Thursday, April 19, 2007

This Blog's Code of Conduct

Here at A Dragon Writes, I expect all of my commenters (all four of you) to adhere to a strict code of ethics (you've heard of the code of ethics instituted by those chick bloggers, right? Google it.)

However, the touchy-feely niceness doesn't really suit my mood today. So I've chosen to adopt Sean Lindsay's Code of Conduct.

The Bigger Asshole Code of Conduct:

  • I get to be the bigger asshole on my blog.
  • I will define the terms "asshole" and "bigger" at my sole discretion.

It's a simple code, and the implications should be obvious. But for the assholes who want to belabour the point:

  • Your assholarity must be slightly less than mine. (yA < ya =" mA">
  • I reserve the right to enforce this rule by deleting any and all examples of assholiness I deem to be bigger than, or equivalent to mine.
  • This code, and its enforcement, does not impinge on your freedom to practice assholism on your own blog, or in your daily life.

Other bloggers are welcome to use the Bigger Asshole Code of Conduct on their site. For bloggers who are not comfortable with publicly asserting their right to be the bigger asshole, I suggest the use of two simpler codes of conduct:

  • Don't Be An Asshole


  • If You Must Be An Asshole, Be Funny

Monday, April 16, 2007


I'm a fanfic writer. Sorta. I don't really write things like "ships" and crossovers, but I have been known to write/roleplay stories based on other author's works. I have never, mind you, written a fanfic that involved anyone else's characters (don't like to... I write original characters in other worlds.)

I'm going to rant a bit about fanfic writers, today. Not because I'm particularly against fanfic, (I'm not... when I am published, I won't ban it) but I do get annoyed with fanfic writers.

If you write it, this applies to you.

People have no idea what your acronyms are. If you are talking about your fandom with anyone OTHER than another fan of that fandom, don't use acronyms. H/R, R/Hm, JUGHHSTT, or whatever, has no meaning outside of that fandom. Even if the discussion is regarding fanfic, and you are speaking with other fanfic writers... don't assume that everyone knows your cutesy abbreviations. Don't assume we care to find out if we don't know. If someone starts spouting acronyms, I generally ignore them.

You're a writer. Take the time to do just that, and write it out. Acronyms are all well and good, but we as writers have gotten caught up in the tide, and have started getting lazy. It's just a couple of extra letters, people... for clarity's sake, USE them.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Blargh... I am ded

Okay, not really "ded", but definitely not at my best.

I've got the evil block. I take that back. I know what needs to be written. I know how to write it, and what about. But I don't WANT to. I've got the first critique group meeting Saturday, and I haven't written a word in a month.

This is not an efficient way to write.

Hopefully, the critique group will get the juices flowing again. I'm going second, not first, so hopefully that'll give me the kick in the pants I need to get it moving.