Liz (amidala_thrace) wrote,

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Rants, Fics and Writing Schedules

Dear Icon Maker,

Pimping your icon post to a Star Wars icon community and then friends-locking that icon post - and telling people to join your community if they want to see the icons - is probably not the smartest idea you've had this year. I was pretty pissed-off when I clicked on the link only to have LJ present me with a "You are not authorized to view this protected entry" page. So I hit the Back button, but DAMN, I wanted some of those icons.

So you know what I did?

I joined your community, snagged the icons I wanted, and then punched the "Leave community" button.

All in all, I was probably a member of the community for about fifteen seconds. And I couldn't help wondering how many of the 20 members had only joined to do what I did, take the icons and then leave. I also wondered how many people wouldn't even go to the trouble of joining, would just click, see that the post was friends-locked and then scroll right on by.

Look, I understand you're probably leery of people stealing your icons. But there is absolutely nothing to prevent a potential icon stealer from doing precisely what I just did. Unless you start requiring moderated membership - in which case most thieves will probably stop bothering - you're just going to turn away and/or frustrate a lot of people who would otherwise gladly use your graphics.

Needless to say, I've just added another "don't" to my list of things NOT to do if I ever start my own graphics community.

No love,
A PMS-y Liz

In other news, I snagged Season 2.0 of BSG this weekend from Future Shop! I wasn't even planning on going in there, but I had to get groceries anyway, so I figured hey, why not. They didn't have it on the shelf for some reason - I had to ask a clerk to dig up a copy - but I now own Seasons 1 and 2 in their entirety. I'm also working my way through Season 3 on the Space channel every Sunday night, and am feeling a lot more comfortable overall with canon. I'll probably be able to start writing serious stuff for it soon.

I've spent the past three or so days working on a mood theme for my hockey journal, so haven't had a whole lot of time to focus on my fics. I'm hoping to get some good work on them done tonight, along with an ever-growing pile of beta reading. I've got a new idea for the plot of TIS rattling around in my brain, which I will also hopefully discuss with Katie tonight. And there's my app for Kara waiting in the wings. Thankfully it's almost finished.

Last but not least, I need to make a writing schedule. Or attempt to, anyway. I'm not sure how well I'll follow it, but oh well. Can't hurt to try.
Tags: bsg, graphics, rants

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