October 25th, 2006
|11:16 am - A question for fellow writers|
Hopefully, this won't sound too morbid. ;-)
Over on fanthropology several weeks back, there was a discussion about how people handle their fannish identities--stories about how people have put plans in place in the event of their death, for fellow fen to delete slash fic off of their computers or whatever.
This isn't what I'm asking about, but the discussion made me revisit an old line of thinking that I hadn't pondered in several years:
What do I want done with my stories (fic and original) in the event of my death?
Some authors want their journals, etc., burned. I'm not sure about that, but I'm also not sure I would want to risk just anyone reading them. What about fic? I'd love it if my stories lived on, in their archives, after I'm gone--but I'd need someone to keep an eye on said archives and be my proxy person, wouldn't I?
What about half-written ideas?
Part of me says, you know, it'd be easier to just say I want the hard drive wiped and all my papers burned. Words to dust just as my body returns to dust.
Another part of me thinks I should at least specify someone to look at the stuff and see if there's anything worth salvaging.
I'd love to hear the thoughts of other writers on this topic.
Current Mood: contemplative
I actually have a note in my unofficial will-n-testament to the effect that either my sister or scionofgrace
should finish whatever I'm working on at the moment; to keep trying to sell the things I'm currently trying to sell; to not try to sell anything I'm currently not trying to sell; and that they can read my journals if they want, but they should not be shocked. There are also some notes on what to do with my online accounts.
This may sound weird, but I'm always
like, "I'd better finish this book as soon as possible, in case I die.
Hey, it's not weird to be prepared just in case. Falling pianos happen more often than you'd think! *nods*
I second kalquessa
, it's not weird to be prepared. :-) I've just been more concerned lately with making sure all my fannish friends can actually be notified of my passing (I'm always nervous that I won't find out that a friend has gone until months after the fact).
I'm oddly worried by this, two. Perhaps I should instruct Mr. Bill to hack my journal and post to notify everyone in the event that I meet my demise by falling piano.
I have a list of places my executors (ha!) should post notes on: the RFF, the SQ, LJ, and so on. From there I figure word of mouth will cover it. :)
Yeah. Really, LJ should do it for most of my fannish people--though I'm thinking of maybe maintaining a list of emails, people whom I would like notified personally, as well.
Since you said it, I'm wondering if it might not be a good idea to pre-compose a farewell email.
If you're receiving this message, it's because I have kicket the bucket. Shuffled off to Buffalo. Cast aside this mortal coil for a career pushing up daisies. Deceased. Inanimate. I am an ex-writer.
This should be an LJ-meme.