We are all slowly getting to rediscover the joys of Fandom, lol.
Glad you are back!
And... Thanks for the updates...
By the way, how do you pick whose story or author join the other fabulous stories on your site (after all without your site I wouldn't have discovered Supernatural discipline stories and knew they existed and then tracked the sites they were on and then ending up at spn-spankings, lol)?
Edited at 2016-10-02 05:16 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I've been doing this a long time, haven't I? Sometimes it's strange to think about how many people have come and gone while I'm still around doing the same thing.
Well - when I did the prompts, any author was welcome to sign up and join in. If I do another prompt page in the future, the same will be true.
For the four authors I've invited to be guest authors on my site, there were three things that made me make that offer. First, and foremost, none of them had their own website, their own LJ page, or their own ff.net page where they posted their stories when I offered, so I knew the general public wouldn't ever get to read their stories if I didn't post them. Second we'd been online friends for a while, so I knew them. And third, I enjoyed several aspects of each story that they wrote.
There are several authors that I LOVE, but I never would have considered asking them to let me host their stories, because they already post their stories on their own site, or LJ, or ff.net, for everyone to read. I do however put links to their sites on my 'Links' page. (Which I should probably update, because it's been a long time).
Lol... Now that you pointed it out... I do feel a bit aged :)
It's okay though, there is so much value in the archiving of these moments in time for the Fandoms we love that I can only encourage you to do more!!!
It completely makes sense, I am finding out in my Master Fic list that some of the folks for whom I wrote stories are no more online (or at least with that name) on LJ or other sites and ultimately things evolve and some beautiful stories still get lost because a journal disappears... So if you really still feel up to it, by all means ask away to all the people you admire (even if they have their own site) because we never know how things will turn :D
I am just happy to have been lucky enough to enjoy them and to know I can stop by anytime and still benefit from the fact they are safe and sound on your site!
It's always disappointing when I liked a story and then can't find it a few years later because the person has taken them down or shut down their page. Then I wish I had those stories on my site so I could see them whenever I wanted. I actually do have several stories saved on my personal computer for me to read again whenever I want because I was worried someone would take them down, but I never asked permission about those - I just kept them for me. Most notably the SPN story 'Of Pie and Self-Loathing' and the X-men story 'Family Matters'.
But on the other side of things, I want to spend my time writing, not archiving what other people have written. While I do see value in archiving stories, and I'm very pleased that I have as much as I do up at my site, I wouldn't want to have fifty guest authors. If I did, I'd spend all my limited free time posting their stories instead of writing my own. Especially now that I've started writing original character erotic novels to try and make some money to help put my oldest kid through college.
So I don't anticipate offering a guest author spot to anyone in the near future. But hey, maybe in a few years when my youngest is going off to college, and my finances are better, I'll be into that.
It makes plenty of sense to keep some room for your art to grow and it is quite true that archiving is taking a lot of time and is distracting from other pursuits.
I've never heard of "of Pie and Self-Loathing" was it good?
You've never heard of or read 'Of Pie and Self-Loathing'? I LOVE that story. It's a fanfic about adult Dean and Sam who get John back, and have to deal with him being their father again - lots of spanking. It's incomplete, but it was awesome while it lasted. The author took the stories down, but told us before it happened, so we could save the story if we wanted. If you have any interest in reading it, you can email me directly. firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome back. =) I fully understand the need to take a break. I do that myself sometimes. This year, I think we've all been MIA. I know I haven't been as active online these days since I've been focusing on getting my writing career started. I self-published my first short story on Amazon and Smashwords last week and am now officially an indie author! Woo hoo! Also got accepted into Goodreads' author program the same week. So I've been really excited about that. Currently working hard on more stuff, including a full-size book in a series I'm putting together.
At the same time, I've been working on fanfics in between. *phew* It's been a really busy summer over here. No, I haven't forgotten about this community. Just haven't had much new stuff to post due to spending most of my time on original writing these days.
Congrats! That's fantastic that you've self published. That's a lot of work - I'm impressed.
Yeah, sometimes a break is just... necessary. At least it is for me.
Thanks. =) Oh, yes, it is definitely a lot of work. But it’s so worth it in the end. Although, since I now know what I’m doing, I’m hoping it won’t be as difficult from now on. The first time is always the hardest because you have no idea what you’re doing and you’re unorganized. lol! I’m just glad I started with a short story until I figured out everything. I’m going to try to publish a full-size book next year that's part of a series I'll be working on (it's about superheroes), hopefully, so I’ve got a lot more work ahead in the New Year. I got my manuscript completely done in October. Will begin work on rewrites in January after I take a break through Christmas. Super excited to see what next year holds. Looking forward to holding my book in print form some day very soon. I've been working toward this for such a long time.