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A few things to report...

Today, I put up a story at Bloodshedverse for the first time. I've been dancing around it for awhile. I'm not sure why I was nervous, 'cos the mod who approved it was totally sweet, and helped with my one minor formatting issue. Yep, just one. *takes a bow* It's a story you've all seen, Do You Believe?, which I did for the Fall 2008 seasonal_spuffy. I guess I'll try posting with SpuffyRealm and ElysianFields, too, though HTML is not my native language!

Here's the thing: it went up at 6AM, and it's already been read 220 times! 220! Only about 5 of those were me, I swear! Just to check the formatting, you know? *whistles* So, okay, only 2 reviews, but you get a read count! Posting on LJ, you have no idea how many people are reading your stuff, so I've been completely unaware of the read-to-comment ratio, but now I'm getting it. Maybe. Sort of. I'm guessing LJ members are better commentors than archive readers.

This is interesting because the limericks (you know what I'm talking about!) haven't generated a ton of comments, perhaps because of their shocking! nature. Or perhaps it's because limericks have the reputation of being a tad lowbrow, while we fanfic fans are so...nevermind. Or, maybe people just don't like 'em. Now I wonder if there is a whole population of people out there, bookmarking madly and cackling over the naughtiness, but not willing to come out and say "pretty funny". Limerick Lovers Unite!


Over the weekend, I went to a friend's annual red beans 'n rice Christmas party, which this year was also a book launch. In a stroke of synchronicity, her book is called Pottymouth: Profane Poetry, Recess Rhymes, and Other Dirty Ditties from the Playground. I felt so vindicated! Here's a little gem from the introduction:

When William Wordsworth looked to the sky and saw a bird, he was inspired to write:

ETHEREAL minstrel! Pilgrim of the sky! (etc. I got bored, so I stopped reading)

If only Wordsworth had spent more time at recess, he might have come up with:

Birdie, birdie in the sky,
Dropped a turdy in my eye,
Gee, I'm glad that cows can't fly.


Pottymouth is dedicated to collecting the great poetic works of the playground and sharing them with anyone who remembers nothing of Coleridge, Wordsworth, or Keats, but can sing five verses of "Miss Lucy Had a Steamboat" without missing a syllable.

There's a section called "The Classics" which includes two versions of the aforementioned "Miss Lucy", as well as one entitled "Limericks". The limericks section was entirely too short, IMO, but the one about the brass balls will be quoted in my upcoming 1950s fic, you can be sure. Anyway, some of you might get a kick out of such a tome, and it's available on Amazon.

In seasonal news, I adopted this sweet Santa from
nekid_spike, where he was created by caelieth. We're having a jolly season, sitting around eating Bugles, watching Rudolph, and eventually making cookies. I'm thinking gingerbread kitties. He's great with kids, too!

Santa Clem

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shapinglight
Dec. 16th, 2008 10:35 am (UTC)
I look forward to reading that story, as I haven't seen it before.

Am hoping (probably in vain) to have some time to read fanfic over Christmas.

Edited to say, realised that of course I've read that story! So sorry. I can never remember titles.

Edited at 2008-12-16 11:49 am (UTC)
rebcake
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, you did read it and your comments are treasured. What I really want to know, though, is your stand on limericks. Heh. Because Finders Keepers (alas, down with your website) was a bit of inspiration, I assure you. Not that it's funny, of course, but the other thing. Turned inside out and sideways. Just saying.
shapinglight
Dec. 18th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
Finders, Keepers is still up on my shapinglight LJ somewhere, but I'm so bad at tagging! Erm - I think it was February last year.

As for limericks - I think they're great. Wish I was better at doing them myself.

Edited at 2008-12-18 11:48 am (UTC)
mere_ubu
Dec. 16th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh, congratulations on crossing out of LJ land. You're a braver soul than I! 220?! I always figure that probably one out of five people comment but now I'm gonna up that figure.

*sigh* The comedy, she is always underappreciated. philips wrote one of the funniest fics I've ever read last spring, and she got mebbe twenty comments even with recs from me, Herself, and Calypso Woodhaven. (I, frankly, don't pull much weight b/c I'm just the wacky haiku lady, but Herself and Calypso? That just ain't right.) I think that people are reading your scandalous limericks in droves, tittering immoderately, and then, like season five Buffy from Spike, fleeing from the dirty little secret that limericks turn them on. They can't handle it! *nods* Yep, people are visiting confessionals right about now. Bank on it, missy. ;)

Haaa! Pottymouth sounds delightful. *raises eyebrow* Brass balls, you say?
rebcake
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
267 views and holding with 5 reviews! Roughly 50-to-1! Like I say, I think LJ members do better, but who knows?

I know what you mean about the red-haired step child that is comedy. Especially comedy mixed with sex. It disturbs the natural order or something. Takes the romance right out, and replaces it with joy. Too weird.

Now I'm worried that I didn't comment on the Caseus story! I remember distinctly holding my gut, which was in danger of busting. I only found it because it won an award, though, so it must have garnered appreciation in other ways. I'll go check that I've done my duty, though.

Thanks for the pep talk!
mere_ubu
Dec. 17th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Poor comedy is perenially under-rewarded but probably the hardest thing to actually pull off with any kind of style. *sniffs* At least we know better!

*nods* I believe that the cheese fic garnered a Fang Fetish nom. Ooh, and if you enjoyed it, you might be interested to see the doll!fic I did for it if you haven't already; it stars Caseus Prize Spike & Buffy and there are also a few outtakes. No pressure! I'm re-reading that and thinking, "Hmm, needy Mere is needy." Really, though, just offering a little gift-with-purchase. ;)

Edited at 2008-12-17 04:25 am (UTC)
goldenusagi
Dec. 16th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I think LJ viewers do comment more. Most of the time, it's mostly our flists that read, I think, with some others that wander by. And there's also more of a relationship on LJ. With an archive, you automatically have the potential of hundreds of readers, but it's so much more anonymous. Reviews versus hits can be surprising sometimes, but at least people are reading!
rebcake
Dec. 16th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm not complaining about the lack of reviews on the archive. Like you say, people are reading. In droves. I lurked on the archives for a year before I figured out how to use LJ. Still, I had no idea what kind of numbers we might be talking about, since LJ gives no clue what to expect.

Still, I did think I might get more response on LJ to my "Epic Limerick", 'cos you know: the relationships. *shrugs* Oh well.
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