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No Yuletide for me this year.

Nothing I want to read. Nothing I want to write. End of an era. Also still a bit cranky that the idea of British English for British fandoms and American English for American fandoms turned out to be all controversial and wanky. Just, no.

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karaokegal
Aug. 7th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm just not feeling it right now. It's kind of like the job thing...burned out-time to move on. Or in this case at least take a break. It was so fun those first few years I was in it, now the whole thing is just too big. If Yuletide were a fandom, it wouldn't even qualify for Yuletide.
msp_hacker
Aug. 7th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
Which is why we should all switch to Canadian English for all fic writing. = )
karaokegal
Aug. 7th, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
So you get centre AND organization in the same fic?
minim_calibre
Aug. 7th, 2014 04:36 am (UTC)
I approve, pending my ability to switch my spellcheck to en-ca.
minim_calibre
Aug. 7th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC)
See, back when I had time to do beta reads, I had my system set up so I could do en-uk and en-us autochecks depending on what locale the author was coming from. Ain't, as they say, no big thing.

Not sure why it'd be considered wanky. (Though, as the child of elderly Canadians, themselves the children of Scottish and English parents, my native spelling and grammar has been a hot mess since day one, so I prefer a specified preference, and consider myself game for any of it, drat it.)
karaokegal
Aug. 7th, 2014 04:44 am (UTC)
I'm not saying I always do it perfectly, but it's definitely been a sore point with me ever since I read a House-fic with House queuing up AND using a serviette, which I understand is usage, not spelling, but it's symptomatic. I work my ass (in America) or arse (in the UK) off to get the vernacular AND the spelling right.

Anyway, I always mention this in my Yuletide letter and last year one of the anon memes seized on it as proof of what a bitch I am.
minim_calibre
Aug. 7th, 2014 04:51 am (UTC)
Well, they can stuff it, as I found it useful, drat it!

(I occasionally consider figuring out how to write a plug in that will allow me to select the correct locale for a story and go through and replace all the incorrect terms with the correct ones, though.)
karaokegal
Aug. 7th, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)
Whenever possible, I've tried to get an actual British person to do my Brit picking. Because are some things you just don't know otherwise....like using a Jaguar instead of a generic "limousine" for a specific type of character. Of course the real fun is doing British and Period, like when I was writing The Hour fic.
minim_calibre
Aug. 7th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
I used to have a bunch of them, back in the day. It was exceedingly useful.

(It's not like Buffy fic really needed a stable of Britpickers, but for some reason, the bulk of my beta readers back then wound up being Brits, so when we needed to, we'd help each other out.)
karaokegal
Aug. 7th, 2014 05:25 am (UTC)
I can see Buffy being tricky. American fandom, American spelling, but you want Giles, Spike, Wesley etc to speak in the correct vernacular for their nationality, class and background.
minim_calibre
Aug. 7th, 2014 05:31 am (UTC)
Yep, while still negotiating the fact that they're being written by Americans (and 2/3s played by, though Denisof's sort of a mixed case, as he'd been in the UK for about half his life before coming back to the States), so your canon word usage is going to be weird at best.

You wind up in one of those, "OK, where do I want to best invest my realism?" situations pretty rapidly with BtVS.
joanne_c
Aug. 7th, 2014 09:45 am (UTC)
To be fair to Yuletide itself, the anon comm is never un-controversial and un-wanky. The best written fic by someone they hate is bad, and preferences are auto-wank.

But I think the other reasons are valid reasons not to participate. You could always check out the requests and if inspiration hits, you could do a treat?

Edited at 2014-08-07 09:53 am (UTC)
karaokegal
Aug. 7th, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
It would have to be a MASSIVE jolt of "I must write this NOW!" I feel like I really need to spend the next few months mostly focusing on the new job instead of letting myself get more involved in fannish life than "real life." I also have to get the pooch back off. I've put some poundage on again and it's all right in my gut and it's making me miserable.

The wank is just a side issue, but it kind of annoyed me last year. I've put up that same letter every year and all of sudden someone decides to pick on it. Clearly it's more about their issues with me than the issue itself and I'm really past all that.
joanne_c
Aug. 8th, 2014 11:33 am (UTC)
That makes a lot of sense, you're in a situation where other things take priority - that's kind of what's been happening with me, too, though I have some time for fandom as well. I hope you get the weight back off. Always pulling for you.

I understand that. It may be that the specific anon just read it the first time or something, but it is very annoying nevertheless.
vanillafluffy
Aug. 8th, 2014 05:20 am (UTC)
Good grief, is it that time again?! My biggest problem with Yuletide is the fact that there's always more that I'd be interesting I. Writing than I actually want to ask for, because my noms all sink without a fucking trance. (There is also the fact that I don't know what my situation is, where I'm going to be in December or what lengths I may have to go to for Internet access. But masochistically, I still WANT to---despite never having had more than modest success in previous years.

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karaokegal
Aug. 9th, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
As with all my fannish pursuits, I'm just over it. I can't even imagine where I found the energy. Plus the pain of sweating out comments doesn't seem like fun anymore.
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