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31 July 2006 @ 09:59 am
Remember, we are discusing agilebrit's Blooming Cactus HERE.

Comments include:

trekgir55: You know, I had totally forgotten that Zoe's funeral dress was white until I read this. In some parts of Asia, (mostly China I think) white is the color of mourning. I guess I was too upset when I saw the movie to process that information.

lunabee34: I really enjoy Jayne's characterization here. He's portrayed as being very practical and pragmatic, unsentimental but not uncaring. In many ways, he's the Anya of Firefly for me. He's incredibly insightful and intuitive and he gets to say the things the other characters think but won't dare voice.
26 July 2006 @ 11:32 pm
This post begins our discussion of agilebrit's Blooming Cactus. This is a PG-13 rated story in which Jayne comforts Zoe after the BDM. The author welcomes concrit. Discussion will continue until August 6th when the next fic will be assigned.
25 July 2006 @ 01:00 pm
I'm back from Writercon, and what fun was had by all! The discussion went so well in my absence. Yay for you guys!

For the next two weeks, we will be discussing agilebrit's Blooming Cactus. This is a PG-13 rated story in which Jayne comforts Zoe after the BDM. The author welcomes concrit. Discussion will commence on Wednesday.
19 July 2006 @ 08:06 am
We are currently discussing sockmonkeyhere's Reentry HERE. Recent comments include the following:

jans_intentions: I'm wondering lately if we are in a fandom mood lately where we see dark!fic or depressing fic as better somehow than happy!fic? I'm not really sure, and you know these things are cyclical, but I know that in movies, for example, a story where it has a sad ending is seen as more 'literate' than something fluffy. I've actually wondered sometimes if Joss himself had a prejudice against anything particularly happy.

spuffyduds: And I love the motel setting; there's something--nostagically charming about a peculiar place where a gang of friends with a common purpose meets. (Okay, I'm thinking of the "Bob-White Clubhouse" where the detective friends meet in the Trixie Belden series, and the clubhouse in the auto junkyard in "Alfred Hitchcock's 3 Investigators." You may mock me now.)

Your next fic will be assigned on Monday, as I will still be in Hotlanta partying it up for Writercon on Sunday night. :)
16 July 2006 @ 09:21 pm
We are currently discussing sockmonkeyhere's Reentry

Comments include the following:

myfeetshowit: sockmoneyhere has a great gift for using the dramatic POV, showing feelings and motivation through actions whenever possible, and only using thought or introspection when absolutely necessary. It makes for a story that is highly visual, and engaging. Her choice of action, and dialogue is excellent, and you don't need to be told how a character feels, or exactly what they thought. You know.

sockmonkeyhere: In any storyline in which Spike or Angel have a long-term relationship with a human, even a slayer human, the aging problem is going to be an issue; I'm curious now to know if any other authors have dealt with it in their stories [in ways other than the human gaining some measure of immortality], and how they resolved it!

lunabee34 and hermionesviolin think the romance progresses too quickly. jans_intentions, kats_meow and others disagree.

Come join the convo!
12 July 2006 @ 01:23 pm
This begins our discussion of sockmonkeyhere's Reentry. The author is okay with concrit. Let's make this a good one, comm.
09 July 2006 @ 09:42 pm
Our Buffyverse fic for this month is sockmoneyhere's Reentry. This is a Spike/Fred fic set post-NFA and is rated R. The author is okay with concrit.

Remember, discussion will begin on Wednesday and continue until the 23rd. Let's make this a good one comm.
07 July 2006 @ 08:13 am
First, thank you all for submitting fics to the reading list. We have enough material to keep us going for awhile longer now.

You guys also had some really great suggestions for how to make discussion more fruitful in the comm. As a result, I have decided to change the following procedures:

1. Instead of taking place over one week, discussion will now take place over two weeks. This should give people more time to read fics that are longer. We will now discuss two fics a month instead of four.

2. sammywol says: I think that one of the issues with this comm is that everything happens as comments to a single blog entry so it is easy to forget to check on how the discussion is progressing once one has tossed in one's 2 cents. Reminder posts with a link to the original discussion and maybe a teaser about some point made that might provoke more feedback would be a help. In order to keep everyone interested, I will make a couple teaser posts after the discussion begins, and hopefully that will help engender conversation.

We will resume regular fic reading/discussing on Sunday.

Please respond to this post with any questions or comments you may have about new procedures.
22 June 2006 @ 02:38 pm
And club_joss is back after its unannounced hiatus. I apologize for the interruption in your fic discussion fun.

I have a two part comment for you all:

1. We are nearly out of both Buffyverse and Firefly fics to read. Please submit reading recommendations to this post. There are about 100 members of this comm. If each person submits just one fic, we'll have enough reading material to last for two years worth of discussion. Remember to ask author permission before you suggest a fic, and also remember when you are choosing a fic that shorter fics are more likely to generate discussion. No matter how brilliant they may be, longer fics do not generate as much commentary.

2. I am very proud of this community. I think we provide a handful of valuable services for our membership. We function as a reading list for those who want to be exposed to fic that they may not have heard of or that may lie outside their normal reading preferences. We also create a place for writers to get constructive criticism of their work and for readers to provide that criticism. I have noticed that club_joss periodically undergoes slumps and swells in participation that often coincide with exam week and an influx of new membership, respectively. So I understand that some degree of fluctuation in participation is natural and healthy. But lately, I feel that participation is waning, and I want to combat this both because I want the comm to succeed and because I want to maintain my initial passion for what we're doing here. Do you guys have any suggestions for how we can increase participation? Any changes you want to suggest in the way the comm is run? What can I do to make club_joss the comm you can't wait to check when you get on lj?
08 June 2006 @ 10:03 pm
This begins our discussion of van's Took the Sky. The author is okay with concrit. Let's make this a good one, comm.