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[EDIT: I have a braintics pseud now! Now we'll see how utterly ridiculous it gets. (For example: do I want to put the 10K RP fanfic tic up there? I... I might.) ]


H'okai so.

I have a crapton of scribbledy braintics, written out to varying degrees of incompleteness, which for one reason or another (vastly unconquerable scope, logical/logistical/self-indulgent problems inherent in the premise, loss of interest halfway through, etc.) will never actually turn into complete fics. They generally exist as patchy bits and bobs (and artefact of my nonlinear writing process) which I occasionally compare to ancient, fractured stone tablets from which you have to reconstruct the full story. Like the Epic of Gilgamesh. Or something.

For the most part, these languish in the depths of my Scrivener files or Gmail, and I occasionally share snippets. But it seems like a lot of them are in the most complete form they're likely to get into, and it seems like a shame that all that work results in nothing sharable – I mean, they routinely get up to many thousands of works. (Something like 30K for the ridiculous Sam Carter And Her Goa'uld Conquer the Galaxy thing; over 7k for the Angsty Neal Caffrey Almost Gets Eaten By Peter's Invisible Secret Dragon Friend thing.) And I imagine that they might tickle someone, so I've been tossing around the idea of archiving them somewhere. AO3 seems like the natural choice.

Thing is, I don't really want these mingling with the rest of my fiction; I'd like to offer the stuff that's actually a complete story on my profile, and have all of this ridiculousness somewhere partitioned off from it. A click away, p'raps. And I haven't used all of AO3's various features enough to know how to do that sort of thing. So.

How would I go about that? Would a pseud do what I'd want it to? Would I need a second account? Collections and the like would still show up in my main list of works, if I'm not mistaken – am I? Or am I just thinking of series, and confusing myself?

Elp?

Date: 2014-10-18 09:02 pm (UTC)
princessofgeeks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
I would like to read some of these, and if it were me I would post them under my main account name, and tag them as WIP Amnesty. Because they so count.

Date: 2014-10-18 11:15 pm (UTC)
princessofgeeks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
This is why I think the Wip Amnesty tag would be good.

But of course you will have to do what you think is best.

Date: 2014-10-18 09:59 pm (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] sholio
I think making a pseud would probably do what you want. I don't have any myself, but I read a few writers who use pseuds, and it looks like the fics posted under each pseud show up on the pseud's Works page but not on their other pseuds. So it would probably be ideal for what you're looking to do. (With the caveat that I haven't done it myself, so I'm not entirely sure what it looks like on the user end.)

(also, hi! :D)

Date: 2014-10-19 10:17 pm (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] sholio
Hectic as well! Though it'll calm down at the end of this month (if all goes well) and I should be able to go back to being a nesting introvert. I hope you'll get some peace and calm soon. ♥

ETA: Also, I'm finding your linked comment thread on ficcish scraps very interesting reading! Somehow I seem to have missed this the first time around ... and I like the analogy about the table -- that fits really well.

(Also, I'm glad I'm not the only person who tells myself happy fan stories in my head to fall asleep ...)
Edited Date: 2014-10-19 10:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-20 12:03 am (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] sholio
Well, this IS where about 90% of my incredibly depressing White Collar headcanon comes from, so maybe "happy" is not quite the right word to use. I suppose mine are about 50% completely self-indulgent h/c that's WAY too sappy to claim in public, and 50% massively depressing scenarios in which everyone ends up hating each other and dies.

Date: 2014-10-19 05:55 pm (UTC)
adraekh: (Default)
From: [personal profile] adraekh
I would use a pseud if you want them sort-of-but-not-quite associated with your username under AO3. When you post works on AO3 under pseuds, they will show up as: "pseud (magistrate)." So the works will be recognizable as yours, but readers will know you've separated the fic off for some reason.

(Here is an example of someone I follow who uses pseuds, if you wanna browse to see how it shows up.)

Otherwise, my general method is to post them quietly under lock on a private journal, but you seem to be a tad more confident in your own writing. ^^

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