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October 25th, 2006


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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.
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From:kalquessa
Date:October 25th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Kind of long and incoherent, but you said you were interested in thoughts...

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in black and white, I can mock them or see how weak they are.

Half the point, for me, is to be able to look back and remind myself of how those things no longer have power in my mind, or to see how far I've come in my walk with Christ, etc.

I'm the same way, though in my case (again, huuuuge extrovert here) I have no reservations about people reading any of this after I'm gone. In some places in my old journals I've actually gone back and written things in the margins like "Um, was I on crack at this time?" or "And as it turns out, I was totally right about this, so ha!" just so that anyone reading out of context knows that a) I didn't always stay crazy, I got better, and b) Ha, I was right about something!

But yeah, word to being able to go back and see how far you've come. It is a very good thing, and (in my case at least) and excellent lesson in appreciating how easy I have it now. (I forget a lot, and whine, but I really do have a fantastic life, a fact born out my some of my teen journals.)

And I can see why not everyone would want stuff like this to be seen by others. Makes perfect sense. I don't care because I'm one step away from being an exhibitionist, but I can dig that others who are more *cough* retiring, as it were, might not like to have their worst moments figuratively on display. So I guess there's something to be said for waiting to burn stuff until after you're dead. If you're not me, which most people aren't. Heh.
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From:izhilzha
Date:October 25th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Kind of long and incoherent, but you said you were interested in thoughts...

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In some places in my old journals I've actually gone back and written things in the margins like "Um, was I on crack at this time?" or "And as it turns out, I was totally right about this, so ha!" just so that anyone reading out of context knows that a) I didn't always stay crazy, I got better, and b) Ha, I was right about something!

LOL! I haven't ever done that--though I do sometimes say, remember such-and-such an entry? Well, here's how it stands now.

I don't care because I'm one step away from being an exhibitionist, but I can dig that others who are more *cough* retiring, as it were, might not like to have their worst moments figuratively on display.

Yeah, I'm not sure how much of it's a pride thing (not a ton, I don't think) and how much of it is just that I know perfectly well most people won't bother to try and *understand* someone else, and I prefer not to put myself at the mercy of such. Heh.

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