First, I’m supposed to be working on my 2007 NaNo novel during August’s Camp NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately, between my anniversary and various shopping trips, I really haven’t done much. I’ve also had the problem of things popping up from my planned 2011 NaNo novel, which doesn’t have a title yet. In an attempt to jumpstart finishing the 2007 story, Moonstrike!, I’ve started posting some bits I know are done at Fan Nation. I’m posting it there first because, frankly, the Thunderbirds section at Fanfiction.net is glutted with these kinds of stories and I need for this to be top notch before posting it there. My goal is to show How It Should Be Done™, so it has to be done right.
Which brings me to something else: the Thunderbirds section at ff.net really annoys me right now. There is a plethora of WeeTracy fics, because frankly, you don’t have to really refer to Thunderbirds when you’re doing it. Just use the names and make them two-dimensional characters using what you’ve read elsewhere. There are a lot of crappy fics posted there where the author’s writing skills suck and the current batch of “Let’s give everyone pets and strokes and hope they become better authors” reviewers fail terribly to point these things out in a way that makes the writer take notice. (Though I have noticed Musette 12 hopping in there to take some of the writers to task for either unrealistic fics, bad writing, bad attitudes, or any combination of the three.) There’s a whole lot of writing fanfic from fanon, too. New writers taking the writings of others to form their stories instead of going back to the source. There are also a couple of fics that make me scratch my head and go, “What the hell does this have to do with Thunderbirds?” It’s crazy-making, and truthfully, it’s kept me from reading all but a few writers; currently, that means MathGirl, ThatGirlSix, and Silver Bee (since some of my other faves haven’t posted in the TBs section lately). Which is sad, because I used to read everything.
Well, I guess I’d better get back to doing something! I might go ahead and write what I’ve been getting from the “Fermat’s Mother” fic, or pick up something from Moonstrike! that I know I need to write. I’m sitting on my original fic for the moment as I’ve offended a good friend with some of my religious terminology and I need to figure out what to do there. Christianity doesn’t exist in my world, so terms like “the Blessed Lady” are not talking about the Virgin Mary. But I guess it sounds too close for comfort.