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1  Discussion / Fanfic Discussion and Writing / Re: Favourite & least favourite genres to write in on: May 31, 2011, 03:27:58 PM
Hm, good question.  I'd have to say that my least favorite genre is horror.  Even when I've come up with a good horror idea, I don't feel comfortable writing it down.  I'm not great with romance either, although I'm trying to improve.  I'd love to do a better job with humor, too, but I know it isn't my strong suit.  I'm not sure about a favorite genre.  I love to read mysteries, but I haven't quite figured out how to write them yet.  I default to hurt/comfort angsty sort of fanfic, but I'm trying to learn to downplay that in favor of a lighter tone.  If you get done reading one of my stories and feel like the world is a better place afterward, I feel like I've done my job. 
2  Discussion / Fanfic Discussion and Writing / Re: A Question for Writers on: May 31, 2011, 03:20:18 PM
Personally, I'm always happy if someone is reading my stuff!   Smile

On a more serious note, though, I usually try to start my critiques with things I liked best about the story and then go into the things I thought could have used improvement. 

If you've got a whole series of typos or other small corrections, you might email the author rather than present a detailed nit-pick in the comment section.

If you can see that the author is actively writing and posting to the archive (stories posted since 2007, preferably some in 2010 or 2011) - and you really like their work otherwise - you could always offer your services as a beta-reader.  Most of us could always use another set of eyes. 

Hope this helps!

Julie K.

3 / Announcements, Rules and Technical / Sort Stories by Holiday? on: October 09, 2008, 07:15:17 PM
I know that Catherine took the time once to sort our fanfiction by holiday themes.  Is there any way to do that here?   Huh?  Thanks!
4  Discussion / Original/Other Fandoms / Today is Drawing Day 2008 on: June 07, 2008, 03:05:31 AM
I saw this today and thought some of our artists might be interested.   Smile

5  Discussion / Fanart / How long does it take? on: April 13, 2008, 03:25:19 AM
Today I drew my first ever fan art.  I was thrilled that I drew something that actually resembled people (Big Grin), but I'd like it better if my drawings looked more like our bird people.   Embarrassed  (Can I somehow blame this on Zark?)

I was startled at how hard it was to draw the Condor (and I appreciate Wendy's comment on her website which says much the same).  I also realized that the Swan's features are very subtle.  Trying to draw the team made me appreciate all of your efforts much more.   Smile  I know that many of you have been drawing the team for a long time, so I'd appreciate your thoughts. 

How long would you say it took before your fan art really looked like the team?  Or, to put it another way, how long is the learning curve?  Are there some team members that come more easily to you?  Some that just never quite look right, no matter what you do?   

6  Discussion / Fanart / Re: Fanart Favorite Medium on: April 13, 2008, 03:14:45 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, Springie.  I posted a new one of the Swan.  Smile  I haven't drawn anything in a long time.  In fact, I found our lost pencil sharpener in my art box.  (We hadn't seen it in over a year!)

As per your comment, Julieann, I just bought Photoshop today so, we'll see.  I'm looking forward to being able to actually edit my photos. Grin
7  Discussion / Fanart / Re: Fanart Favorite Medium on: April 12, 2008, 06:46:56 PM
I don't draw often, but when I do it's either in pencil or charcoal.  I agree with Springie, I tend to mess things up when I color them. 

FYI -- Our nice new gallery inspired me to try my very first fan art.  <bows at Julieann>

8  Discussion / Fanart / Re: Zero ratings on: April 12, 2008, 03:53:41 AM
Springie, I was so surprised by this thread that I just went and looked at all of your artwork.  And it's great!  I can't imagine anyone giving you no stars for something.  It's ridiculous.  You have some great Swan/Condor and Swan/Eagle pics in there, BTW.  I'll have to stop back by and make some comments next time.  Julie K.   Smile
9 / Announcements, Rules and Technical / Re: [Solved] Public vs. private on: April 03, 2008, 08:45:03 PM
Thanks, Julieann!   Cool
10 / Announcements, Rules and Technical / [Solved] Public vs. private on: April 01, 2008, 11:39:51 AM
Right now, I can't read any stories at Gatchfanfic unless I log in.  Otherwise, I get this error code:

Warning: array_key_exists() [function.array-key-exists]: The first argument should be either a string or an integer in /home/jgatchfa/public_html/includes/storyblock.php on line 103

And I noticed that I can read the Forum even if I'm not registered.  Is the forum going to stay public?  As in, everyone can read posts but only registered users can post topics?   

Just curious.  Thanks so much for all of your hard work!

11 / Announcements, Rules and Technical / Re: Log out / Log in advice on: March 31, 2008, 08:38:10 PM

I was getting a weird error code when I tried to read some stories without logging in.  Now that I'm logged into the forum, that's largely gone away, but I still got this one in one chapter of Catherine's "Best Laid Plans":

Fatal error: Call to undefined function: strip_slashes() in /home/jgatchfa/public_html/modules/storyend/storyend.php on line 64

Do I need to clear something else out of my cache or ...?  Thanks!

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