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my fellow writers
(not that i write anymore) has this ever happened to you? you're reading your flist and someone asks, "help, i'm looking for a (fill in the fandom) fic where..." and they describe it and you go 'hmmmm, that sounds good, i hope someone finds it so i can read it" and then you go back to the post later in the day only to discover that the story was yours?

yeah. weird.

just happened. i read last week where someone wanted 2 sga stories, one was an atypical "trinity" fic and the other was a complete rewrite of the final season that included a mild xover with sg1 and since i wanted to read both, i checked that journal today - and yep, both stories were mine.

surreal. i don't even remember writing them and, considering i only have a few sga stories - and the 2nd requested story was my only long sga story, i certainly should have, right?

and no, i didn't head over to read them!


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kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: April 21st, 2011 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
:-) would that I would have that problem; I would probably fall off the chair in shock if a search was for one of my little fics. lol

Actually, I'm not surprised you didn't recognize the search Aly, you've been an incredibly prolific writer, the last few years notwithstanding, and I would be surprised if you did remember ever plot point you wrote. Sure there's not as much SGA fic, but, you've sort of had other stuff going on the last few years.

You may not have head over to read them, but I will b/c I don't remember reading the final season rewrite.

And you may not be actively writing now, but you never know when that'll change, regardless you will always be a damn fine writer.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

well, you made my day :)

and i asked for a story at one point and yep, it turned out to be yours - "Ordinary Life" - so there. :) (which is now bookmarked along with the rest of your sg1)
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: April 23rd, 2011 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: well, you made my day :)

:-D you're very very welcome. I never get tired of re-reading your stories, they still make me "feel" -- I get teary-eyed for Daniel when he's stranded alone until he finds JJ in 'don't let the sun go down' (just read that the other week on a plane), and 'Polar Ice Caps' always makes me cry, as does 'homeward bound.'

And ... seriously?? You searched for a story and it was mine? You just made my month!! (thanks for the bookmark too). I'm so excited now, and yes I squealed like a 12 year old. THANK YOU! And I missed it, thats what i get for rarely looking at the lj search comms. It was The Hens you remembered wasn't it? lol I recently re-read it because I was putting that story on my IJ and remembered why i love it flaws and all.

hmmm, should I? Okay, if you bookmarked my sg1 on one of the archives, there's two very short j/d ficlets that are LJ only. Very short ... and yes I'm shameless at this point because you made me so happy

Absolutely no obligation to check them out--I mean it--as i know you are severely limited with your online time. Seriously, only if you're really bored and want a quickie. ...and my that sounds a bit wrong doesn't it? lol

((hugs)) take care of yourself and sending healing vibes your way.

Edited at 2011-04-23 09:26 am (UTC)
cross_stitchery From: cross_stitchery Date: April 21st, 2011 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
i don't hang out on fic finding comms, so i haven't had that experience. i do remember chatting with some fellow fans once and we were talking about a story idea and i said that someone should write it. there was a long pause, then someone said "you already have" and i still couldn't remember which story it was...

i find that when i'm writing a story it will nag at me to get written - even stories that i abandoned years ago will come back to me on odd occasions, but once i've finished the story, i rarely think of it again.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)

that must be it - once it's out

there, it's gone and forgotten! LOL!
caarianna From: caarianna Date: April 21st, 2011 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
kaleecat said everything I was thinking! (Great minds and all that!) ::grins::

LOL, I have some idea, though, about what you mean. I don't think I've forgotten plot points but I often forget which stories they're in and have to scan to find the one I'm looking for. I think it may be a sign of advancing age ....
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)

forgetting which stories had certain plot points or scenes

seems normal - especially with someone like you, who gives us long stories, rich in detail, you know? the longer the story, the more likely we'll 'misplace' scenes in our memory! LOL!
fluterbev From: fluterbev Date: April 21st, 2011 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm usually a few days late seeing fic searches, and at that point they've usually been found lol. But if it's one of mine I usually peg it, so your experience has not happened to me yet :-)

Hope you are doing okay! I've missed seeing you around ::hugs::
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

*hugs back*

you're also WAY younger than me. :) your memory is still intact - although, i think i've always had a problem remembering my stuff - they were always written in like a fugue state, you know?
fluterbev From: fluterbev Date: April 23rd, 2011 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *hugs back*

I believe it's known as the zone-out factor ;-)
joag From: joag Date: April 21st, 2011 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
That's happened to me a couple of times - is it normal for our minds to go blank on our own stories considering the time, effort and love we put into them? And the worst part is our thinking, wow, that sounds like a great idea for a fic...
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)

well, both of us have

a whole of stories, so maybe it *is* natural? But what weirded me out was that it was an sga, which i *don't* have a lot of - so i should have remembered! LOL!

patk From: patk Date: April 21st, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
>>and no, i didn't head over to read them!

Hey, why not? What's wrong with spending a pleasurable afternoon with a story by a good author if you don't remember having it written anyway? ;-)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)


i didn't exactly take your suggestion to heart, but i did go over to see why my Trinity missing scene story was considered 'atypical'! LOL!
patk From: patk Date: April 25th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: LOL!

And ... why? *G*
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 26th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: LOL!

i'm guessing because many trinity stories have poor rodney going through hell, being shunned, etc. and i guess i took a slightly different route *shrugs*
polly_b From: polly_b Date: April 21st, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haven't had that experience with a finder comm, but I have found a fic in my WIP folder that I have no memory of writing. Absolutely no memory. It's kind of scary, actually. I know I had major forgetfulness after my son died, but to completely blank on a fic like that really threw me. I posted it as mine and nobody has contradicted me yet, lol, but I'm not really *sure* about it. Ironically, it was an SGA fic, too. Maybe it's just that fandom, lol lol.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)

sweetie, i think it's perfectly

natural under those circumstances to forget starting a story. *hugs*
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: April 21st, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I co-wrote a few Trek stories, and if we look at them now, neither my co-writer nor I can remember which of us wrote what bits.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)


now *that's* seamless writing!!!
t_verano From: t_verano Date: April 21st, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
not that I write anymore

points up at kaleecat's statement: "And you may not be actively writing now, but you never know when that'll change, regardless you will always be a damn fine writer." -- Amen.

It's really, really lovely to see you around some again! Sending you lots of good thoughts and wishes.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

i'm giving myself about an hour every other day or so

on the net so that i don't have time to start up the pain. seems to be working so far. *fingers crossed*
jessriley From: jessriley Date: April 21st, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never happened to me, but I've only written a handful of stories compared to you. ::waving like a mad women:: I've missed you on LJ :0(

alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

missing you

too! and your stories are unforgettable :)
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