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March 26th, 2009

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01:28 pm - A couple more questions re: creating my very own fic sticky-post
1) Per general consensus (and common sense), I am separating my fic by fandom. This creates a dilemma: what should I do with crossovers? Not that I've written many, but there are a few. Should I place them in the fandom that they most strongly belong in? Or place them in both fandoms--a double listing?

2) There are about 12 or 14 fics/ficlets (not including the work I did on the I-Man Virtual Seasons) that are not on my LiveJournal at all. For example, my Harry Potter fic "Home for Halloween" is hosted on ladysmith (original posting for a ficathon), the Sugar Quill, and my ff.net profile--but not on my journal. Should I list the fic normally in the sticky post, but link to whichever posting I think best or easiest to leave feedback? Or should I list other archives my stuff is in at the end of the post, and include titles for easy searching of those archives? Or should I repost them all to LJ, as I did yesterday with "Interim Choices," and spam you all with my old fic? *g*

3) Is there some easier way of getting a story's word count besides copy/pasting the text into my word processor and using its word-count program?

This is a work-in-progress, but it's coming along well.
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Date:March 26th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
I have so few crossovers myself that I don’t bother to label them separately. However, if you have a substantial body of work, I would suggest this approach:

Assuming a Numbers/Medium crossover (I use this as an example because I read one such, and in fact I think you were the author), I would list it three times. First under Medium stories, with a parenthetical “[crossover with Numbers]”; then the converse, listing it under Numbers stories, with a parenthetical “[crossover with Medium]”; and, finally, in a separate Crossovers section, with the parenthetical “[Numbers/Medium crossover]”.

That’s just me.
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Date:March 26th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
I didn't write that Numbers/Medium crossover, but I certainly recced it a few times. :) (I believe the author is Red Soprano.)

I have a very small number of crossovers: 4, actually, of which only 2 are proper fics with a beginning, middle, and end. *g* So I may just do as you've done, and not make a big deal out of; either that, or go ahead and list it twice, under both fandoms.

Thank you so much for you input!
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Date:March 26th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
In my own index, I list crossovers under each fandom they involve.
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Date:March 26th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
That does seem like the most efficient way to handle it.
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Date:March 26th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
It seems best from the point of view of someone looking through the index for stuff involving their fandoms, at least, even if it does mean a bit more work when you're setting the index up.
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Date:March 26th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
1) I would say both.

2) If you don't mind posting so many, I'm sure we don't mind being spammed by so many. If you don't want to do all that posting on lj, I would list the archives where thy are. Searching isn't too much of a pain.

3) No idea. That would be the way I would think to do it.
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Date:March 26th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'd say, whatever's easiest for you, as long as everything is labeled clearly. X-overs, if they're representative of both fandoms, yeah, I'm thinking list under both fandoms.

But if you don't want want to post loads of your old fic, you might just have a link in the sticky to your various other indexes (or indices *g*).

Oh, hey. Did I mention the laundromat? It makes me giggle.
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Date:March 26th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
a) place them in both
b) have a separate "crossovers" section
c) list them as their own fandom; for example, you would have pure Sentinel stories under "Sentinel", and then the next section would be "Sentinel/Numb3rs", even if it only had one story in it. This story would most strongly belong in Sentinel fandom. If you had another story which crossed both fandoms, but belonged most strongly in Numb3rs, you would give it another section "Numb3rs/Sentinel", which would be after the "Numb3rs" section. This is what I do, myself. I also have separate sections for stories in a series of stories - this is important when I have a crossover series where the stories end up in different "fandom" sections due to this policy.

Stories not on LJ:
List them in the sticky post, but link to where they are offsite.

It depends what format your story is in. Linux/Unix has a word-count command ("wc") which works on plain text files.
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Date:March 26th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
c) list them as their own fandom

Oooo, yes, I've seen you do this. Perhaps that's what I shall do; there's only a few crossover to list, so it may work well.

I'm also leaning towards your response to question 2--it'll just be a lot easier to link to the story offsite than bother dragging it into LJ. For now, anyway.
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Date:March 26th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Multi tag the crossover fic. Any and all fandoms and the tag "crossover".
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Date:March 27th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
I've only done crossover ficlets as yet - not long enough to go in their own section - so they're with the rest of the miscellaneous lot at the end of my fiction page. But if you have proper stories, I'd put them in each fandom they involve, it doesn't matter if they're repeated.

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