I hate when I'm suffering from writer's (and artist's) block, mostly because I feel so unproductive. After all, it's not as if I can focus on my real life job instead. :-/
As a result, I've begun reviewing my CLex collection with an eye to FINALLY updating the rec lists. That's right, I'm actually going through over 5000 stories: sorting, weighing, discarding where necessary, and writing up the survivors.
Of course, that means I'm also revisiting my criteria because they are REC
lists, not all-inclusive theme lists. I suspect that stories will fall off the lists this time around because of broken links, but also because two plus years after the initial posts my tastes and my tolerances have evolved.
You may end up going through the revised lists and saying, "But so-and-so's classic story such-and-such isn't on the list!" You are welcome to make recommendations here
, but I may end up rejecting them because of several reasons:
1. I don't care for the storyline/plot/characterizations
. With very few exceptions,that means:
a. Slave-fic (alien overlords may end up on exception list)
b. Character-bashing (except Lionel and the canon baddies)
c. Het and that includes gender-benders written for the sake of het (threesomes okay)
d. Excessive out-of-character behavior unless specifically written as crack-fic
e. Stories without a plot written just for the sake of sex
f. Underage and dub-con and non-con written for titillation, not logical progression of plot
g. Disturbing scenes involving body fluids, orifices, mutilation, mental and physical abuse
h. Negative/stereotypical behavior based on color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation
i. I've read the exact same plot too many times and there's nothing special about the story
2. Bad grammar, spelling, and punctuation
. A few mistakes are fine. I make them myself. However, I'm a beta. I can't turn that internal editor off. It's literally painful when I encounter six mistakes in the first three hundred words. It may be the most fascinating plot line ever with incredibly adept characterizations, but if the story changes tenses and POV's randomly along with egregious abuse of lose/loose, they're/their/there, you're/your, and its/it's - it won't be appearing on the lists.
With any luck, the reading and sorting will kickstart my own work. If not, at least one item on my to-do list will end up crossed off. :-D