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Thursday, April 19th, 2007
6:02 pm
Did I express myself clearly?
I'm not sure I've made it clear exactly what I am hoping to have happen here. I am offering up my stories as sacrificial lambs...

  • Choose one of the stories in a fandom that you feel you're well-versed in and show where the story missed the boat.

  • Find a particularly huge plot hole or break in continuity and point it out.

  • Choose a pairing that you know well and tell me where I've stepped out of character for one or both of them.

It is my hope to learn from this and at the same time allow others to see first hand how constructive criticism can be helpful.

So have at one or more of these stories. Or tell a friend that you know is particularly fond of offering concrit.

Am I nuts? Does this make sense? Feedback please!!!
Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
6:51 pm
Facts of Life
Title: Let It Snow
Rating: PG
Pairing: Jo/Blair
Fandom: Facts of Life
Word Count: 2,125

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1:09 pm
Babylon 5
Title: Transference
Pairing: Susan/Talia
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: 15
Season/Spoilers: Season 2 – 5
Word Count: 6,576
Acknowledgements: Thanks to chicafrom3, my amazingly talented beta, for coming to my rescue at the last minute so that I could submit a proper story. Somehow she managed to make sense of my wandering tense.
Disclaimer: I don’t own them… if I did there would have been kissing and such. This story is not intended for profit but simply to test my ability to create something I am happy with and others enjoy.
Summary: After the devastation of losing Talia, Susan struggles to find meaning in her life. Years have passed and still the pain in her heart is fresh. The heart remembers…

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Monday, April 16th, 2007
6:37 pm
CSI: Las Vegas
Title: Prioritize the Collection of Evidence
Pairing: Sara/Sofia
Fandom: CSI: Las Vegas
Rating: R
Word Count: 796
Summary: Homework isn't always a bad thing...

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6:29 pm
Law & Order: SVU
Title: Elegantly Inelegant
Pairing: Alex/Olivia
Fandom: Law & Order: SVU
Rating: PG - R
Word Count: 5,362
Summary: Even the most together people sometimes aren't.

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6:23 pm
Stargate SG1
Title: 80 Sappho
Author: Annette newbie_2u
Feedback Email: newbie_2u@livejournal.com
Rating: R
Pairing: Sam/Janet
Fandom: Stargate SG1
Prompt: Physicals, dressing gown
Requested By: darandkerry
Word Count: 4,418
Fragment of Sappho: but I am not someone who likes to wound rather I have a quiet mind
Summary: If you’ve got an itch, eventually you’ll scratch it.
Warnings/Spoilers: There is a very brief moment of Jack/Daniel.
Disclaimer: I don’t own them, if I did it’d go a bit more like what you’re about to read. I have no medical training and apologize if I’ve misrepresented any of the medical bits herein.
Author's Notes: I’ve been wanting to write an SG1 story for the longest time. Hope you enjoy my maiden voyage in this fandom. I’ve managed to get a fragment of my fragment in the story and I’ve also used names relevant to our poetess.
Beta: My deepest thanks go out to my amazing beta reader, chicafrom3. She’s done a fabulous job of not only fixing my flaws, she’s also taught me to make less of them. Chica, you ROCK!

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6:18 pm
I wrote this for the Dead of Winter Ficathon at Passion and Perfection as prompted by grdnofevrythng. I'd also like to offer it as a gift to ctorres as she requested one of me and she's the only one I've yet to get to.

Hope you enjoy...

Title: Winter Dreams
Pairing: Xena/Gabrielle
Fandom: Xena Warrior Princess
Rating: 15
Word Count: 4,739
Acknowledgements: Thanks to chicafrom3 for her amazing patience with beta’ing stories for me.
Disclaimer: I don’t own them… if I did subtext would have become maintext. This story is not intended for profit but simply to test my ability to create something I am happy with that others might enjoy.
Summary: Tonight is the night of Winter Dreams, when that which we thought unattainable can be ours

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6:16 pm
Karen Sisco
Title: Regrets Are No Fun
Fandom: Karen Sisco
Pairing: Karen/Marley
Rating: 13
Word Count: 4,271
Acknowledgement: Thanks, as always, to chicafrom3 for her brilliant beta’ing. Thanks also to Jenn and AJ for another Femme Slash Advent Calendar - Dead of Winter 2006.
Disclaimer: I don’t own them. I’ve only seen the two episodes with Kate Walsh and instantly fell in love with Marley Novak.

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6:08 pm
Title: Other Possibilities
Fandom: X-Files
Pairing: Dana/Monica
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1,353
Acknowledgements: For the Femme Slash Advent Calendar - Dead of Winter 2006. AJ and Jenn rule this yule! My deepest thanks go out to my beta reader, chicafrom3. She’s done an amazing job of not only fixing my flaws, she’s also taught me to make less of them. Chica, you ROCK!

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6:03 pm
Welcome to Concrit Quest
I've decided to be more proactive in my quest for constructive criticism, and to that end I have created this community. What I hope to achieve is a place where you can post a story and actually ask for it to be dissected. I am aware that I am only a passable writer, and although I thoroughly enjoy writing stories I know that they could use improvement. I claim little or no expertise in Spelling and Grammar (Sister Mary Grammatica can attest to that!) and I hope to receive guidance here. So to give some form to this quest I’d like to ask that comments be posted using the subjects outlined below (don’t include the descriptions) ;-)

In other words, if you’d like to comment on the characterization in the story please put Characters in the Subject Line of your post.

  • Plot the organization of events that will take place in the story.

  • Characters the people or animals that will be in the story.

  • Setting the physical time and place in which the story takes place.

  • Dialogue the spoken words of the characters in the story.

  • Point of view the relative identification of the narrator with the characters.

  • Theme the main idea or meaning behind a story.

  • Style the writer's use of the language.

  • Spelling the writing of a word or words with all necessary letters and diacritics present in an accepted standard order.

  • Grammar the proper representation of the rules governing the use of language.

Please don’t be shy – I am requesting this of you and would never hold it against you. As a matter of fact, I’d be quite pleased were you to take the time to look over my work and provide guidance. I am doing this to become a better writer, and I’m sure my beta reader wouldn’t mind.

I am posting one story in each of the fandoms I write and offering them up to you to critique.

If all goes well I will offer this space to others to post their own stories for critiquing.
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