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Hi all - I wanted to give some explanation on what my latest Heck project is all about...I also realize that if I have to explain it, there's something seriously wrong somewhere, but...well, when you read this, I think you'll understand.  :)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've been chased playing with a plot bunny for the  letter100 community.   I also mentioned that, because I'm nuts, I've signed up for all the tables and all of the claims, for a grand total of 800 letters in all. 

Before anybody panics:  there may be 800 letters but they are not all going to be long/convoluted/etc., etc.  Some will be fairly long while others are short and sweet and barely over the minimum 100 words.

I've created a new community called  oasis_fanfic where I will be posting all of the letters as individual entries.  The membership is closed (right now), but commenting is open.   I will then post a notice with multiple links to the various communities and this journal.

I've chosen this route for two reasons:  one, so I won't flood f-lists with post after post after post when I have, say, 5 letters ready to go.

Two, I want to post the letters separately rather than (say) three in one post because  I'm trying a bit of an experiment.  The letters will all flow together and form one story/universe, however, my intent is that  the reader(s) can read the story in at least two different ways: you can read the letters in date order OR you can read them based on the person Beck is writing to.   In other words, each series of letters to a particular recipient is intended to be it's own "mini-story" - not unconnected, but you could, for example, read only the letters Beck writes to Heather and not be totally confused or lost.

I have no idea if I'm going to be successful - I won't really be able to tell until the entire series is completed - but I'm rather intrigued and excited by the concept...and I'm wondering if I'm going to be up to the challenge...

I will likely be playing with the posting date function for how entries show up in a community/journal.  Why?  I'm writing letters solely from Beck to other people.  If anybody feels the urge to write a response to one (or more) of Beck's letters and would like to post that response to this community I've set up,  I would LOVE IT (it would be another exciting experimental thing) - and it would be awesome to be able to allow people to make response(s) as separate entries that would show up in the right spot.  :)   I realize that this is probably similar to a role playing community, except that Beck's letters are pre-set - that is, he wouldn't be responding to the response...hmmm...{ponders} - ah, I'm just concerned with posting my story without driving people crazy - anything other than that is gravy (and no expectations)!!  LOL

So, yes, there's something seriously wrong somewhere (probably my sanity), but I'm looking forward to this.  :)  AND to continuing Lost Sheep of course (what's in my head is awesome; how it will translate to paper/screen is anybody's guess LOL ). 
 

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rubberbisquit
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
This sounds super fantastic and interesting! I'm looking forward to what you're going to come up.

And I'm sure you'll do just fine.
shirleyann66
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Thank you!! And I'm so happy to see you come out to play (even if it's only for a little while - LOL). I've already read your update twice; I just haven't had a chance to post a comment. But I will! :)

And I'm sure you'll do just fine.

Thanks! I'm looking forward to the experiment, that's for sure. :)
seren_ccd
Jun. 4th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
This sounds very interesting! I love letter!fics. I actually miss writing real letters, the only person I still write to in that format is my mother.

To completely display my ignorance, what fandom do Heather and Beck come from?

Good luck!
shirleyann66
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! I like letter!fics, but I'm also (in this case) rather intrigued by seeing only one side of the story...sorta-kinda.

To completely display my ignorance, what fandom do Heather and Beck come from?

LOL - no worries. If I recall correctly, I didn't know anything about the fandom your story came from either! :) Anyway, Heather and Beck are from a TV show called Jericho. I'll have to experiment with this new community and get some pictures or something posted...

Good luck!

Thanks! I'm looking forward to it. :)
ditte3
Jun. 4th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
thanks.Hurry with the story.
shirleyann66
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
LOL - hi, ditte! Long time no see!

I have three letters ready to go; they'll probably get posted on Saturday. :)
tanaquific
Jun. 6th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Ooh, this project looks really interesting! Very much looking forward to seeing what you come up with. *g*
shirleyann66
Jun. 8th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It'll be interesting to see if I can make it work... ;) (If nothing else, I'll have a lot of fun trying to make it work. *g* )
qwi_xux
Jul. 16th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Following your link here...this is awesome. The idea behind the letters and everything is so neat. Can I ask how many you've done?
shirleyann66
Jul. 16th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) I have no idea why I thought of it - or why I think I can even do it...*headpalm*

I've posted five letters so far (and all my fics are open to anybody - or they should be... ;) ). I've got first drafts of another 35, and in total about 140 "plotted" out as to timeline/recipient. In terms of the over-all story, it's plotted out in relation to the timelines and "big" things, with at least two of the "mini-stories" semi-plotted out as well.

My biggest problem is that I don't write sequentially, so the 35 that are in first draft are scattered throughout the timeline. Which is why I'm not sure if the "mini-stories" will actually work until I'm completely done...but boy, I'm having fun trying!! :)

My biggest fear is that the process will be more interesting than the resulting fic...*ponders*...

LOL - more information than you probably wanted!! :)
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