duskpeterson: (grief)
I missed earlier announcements about this, so I only recently learned that Scribe (aka Scribe Mozell, Scribescribbles, and Miss Mozell) died last March 29 at the age of 55. I don't know the cause of death, but she had been in ill health for many years. She was a published m/m author but was best known for her fan fiction and for her original slash/het fiction, which dates back to at least the beginning of this century. (I'm not certain when she began posting her writings.)

I've linked at the bottom of this post to the death announcements and to her profiles and writings. (Her publisher's announcement of her death includes her offline name, which she never troubled much to hide; some of her writings contained both her offline name and one of her fan names. So I've linked to everything I could find.) But I'd like to say first what Scribe meant to me.

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duskpeterson: (eternal dungeon)
For those faithful few of you who remember the old days of the Boys in Chains archive, I've got exciting news: the archive is coming back.

For those of you who weren't around at the time, I'll explain: Boys in Chains was a multifandom archive for both fiction and art, with a focus on stories about emotional bonds between people of different ranks or status. Boys in Chains opened in 2000 as an m/m slash slavefic archive. It later expanded its content to become an archive for works representing power imbalances, including slavefic, prisonfic, hookerfic and fic with BDSM themes. It welcomed fan fiction and original fiction, as well as art depicting similar themes.

The archive is now moving in with the Archive of Our Own (AO3). To reflect its openness to f/f slash, het, and gen, the archive's name will be changing to Chains: The Powerfic Archive. For further information, please see the announcement post http://archiveofourown.org/admin_posts/1832 or contact Open Doors: http://opendoors.transformativeworks.org/contact/open%20doors

The Chains archive has been offline since the middle of the last decade, so I'm very pleased that it will be open for business again.
duskpeterson: An apprentice builds a boat as a man looks on. (Default)
I learned about this because [personal profile] franzeska was kind enough to write to me. She gives a run-down of the news at her blog and quotes the exact rules (which are important, because non-fannish original fiction is still banned). She also gave me permission to quote a section of her private message to me that seemed important to me to emphasize:

"AO3 is, as ever, not-for-profit and doesn't allow ads for offsite commercial m/m presses or even break-even zines, but original m/m fic is more than welcome if the author thinks it belongs there. (I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but it's been pointed out to us that the norm in some circles--among fan artists for example--is to use the free stuff to attract attention to items for sale on other sites. Most people don't read TOS carefully; I don't want anyone getting a nasty surprise!)"

I'd like to offer a big thank you to the Organization for Transformative Works for this change. I know that they don't want AO3 to become another FictionPress, so it's brave of them to let us ficcers post our fannish originalfic alongside our fanfic.
duskpeterson: (summer night shells)
"As a general rule, in writing a novel, if you will abstain sexually for some time before beginning, and all during it, you will write a far better novel of any kind, because the sex magnetism energy will translate itself into other forms; into the form over which you are expending energies. . . .

"I ought to tell you in all honesty, since I have been so disgustingly frank throughout, that when you do, after sustained writing effort, throw yourself into sex with a vengeance, you won't enjoy it as much as you did in the old days before writing, because, believe it or not - of course you won't believe it, reading it here, but wait and see - you won't need sex so much."

--Jack Woodford: Trial and Error: A Key to the Secret of Writing and Selling (1937).

How I reply to comments at this blog.


More work on 'Initiation' )
Summer daily schedule )
50 Darkfics )
Okay, so my Muse can do flash fiction )
A hard publishing decision )
Links that might interest you )
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duskpeterson: An apprentice builds a boat as a man looks on. (Default)
"[Editors who are] used to plowing through mountains of manuscripts find reading digital pages less satisfying: 'It's difficult to tell how far you have to read [and it's] not as satisfying as throwing away pages.'"

--Publishing Trends

How I reply to comments at this blog.

Just a gentle reminder: I posted a thread with a request for prompts for my holiday gift story two weeks ago. So far, I've only received one prompt (which needs to be tweaked if my Muse is to be able to do anything with it).

This is the one time of the year you guys can say, "You never wrote about such-and-such!" and my Muse will pay full attention.


Worrying about e-book publishing )
In which my Muse saunters in blithely, as though he had never left )
And my Muse continues his stunning reversal  )
Life Prison (with a question for you guys), royal wedding, and 'Sherlock' )
The results of my pricing experiment this week )
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