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[personal profile] feng_shui_house
When everyone else in a challenge gets gushing comments from their recipient and you get NOTHING? Not a kudos, not a 'thanks for writing'?

2 years ago I signed up for this comm & the fic did great on AO3, so it's not as if it was trash, unworthy of a comment. The recipient was active on AO3 at the time. They put a gushing comment on a gift fic they received in another challenge a couple days after mine. 2 years later I still have got nothing from them.

My own author defaulted at the last minute so I didn't get a fic with anything like the time & thought I put into my own, but I responded to the pinch hitter and thanked them and found something nice to say about their effort. I mean, if you can't even thank a pinch hitter, you're pretty crappy, aren't you?

I didn't sign up again, but left the comm on my flist. A last minute pinch hit request went up this year. I saw it and thought about it. A couple days went by, and I felt bad for this person getting NOTHING, and they actually had a request I thought I could do a nice little fic with, so I claimed it & wrote it, really fast (but still I thought it was really good, even though it's short) getting it in just before the reveals were due.

I didn't know there were a bunch of other fic overdue and the comm organizer was going to put off revealing the archive, and then put it off again. If I had known it was going to have more than another week instead of just a day, I could have done more with the fic, but never mind. It was short, but there were shorter fic NOT as pinch hits, and mine was a complete work, not something chopped off.

Once again, nearly everyone got a comment from the recipient within a day or two. A few other people didn't- but their recipients aren't currently active on AO3. My recipient once again is currently active. They posted a fic the day after the challenge archive went live and responded to comment on their fic. A couple days later they posted another fic. Still not a word on my pinch hit from the recipient.

I could yet get some response from them, but you know, not holding my breath. I'm currently awaiting author reveals, so I can redate it and let people who might like it see it.

If I don't get any acknowledgment from my recipient by the time of author reveals I'm going to remove that comm from my flist. It's not worth making myself unhappy over.

Oh, well... I had signed up for a couple open-ended Bingos. Maybe I'll get motivated to do them.

I should give up on fic gift exchanges entirely. I've never had good luck with them. I usually wind up writing something that I think turns out great and gets good response from everyone EXCEPT the recipient. I also usually wind up with my prompts being last minute defaulted so a pinch hitter does their best with limited time.

I keep telling myself I could at least do pinch hits & get no fic in return, but I'd be making a recipient happy. It seems that doesn't work either.

Maybe this year I'll try another Mathomathon. A mathom is a Hobbit thing- something too nice to throw away, but that you don't actually need. They tended to regift them on their own birthdays to other hobbits. One year I asked my online friends for prompts, and wrote them short fic for my own birthday gifts to them.

Date: 2017-07-12 06:08 pm (UTC)
executrix: (blakeposter)
From: [personal profile] executrix
This is one of the many reasons I prefer challenges to exchange ficathons. But it is absolutely Fandom 101 that an exchange participant HAS to scrape up SOMETHING nice to say in a comment promptly after receiving a fic. Even if the recipient thinks the fic is the worst coal ever. Failure to do so is completely on the non-commenter. It's not that there's some minimum quality requirement and if the fic is not at least That Good the recipient is relieved from obligation to comment.

However, if the other, and more mannerly, participants in the comm are decent writers, I wouldn't quit the comm, I'd keep reading the interesting stuff even if I got assigned to a bag of dicks.

Date: 2017-07-12 06:29 pm (UTC)
executrix: (Default)
From: [personal profile] executrix
That's different! Then you're not missing any interesting stories that would outweigh the crass rudeness of your recip.

Date: 2017-07-12 06:37 pm (UTC)
conuly: (Default)
From: [personal profile] conuly
Geez, how hard is it to just go "oh, thanks" or something? And you didn't even get that? Ingrate.

Date: 2017-07-12 08:28 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (writing)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
Aww, that's rotten! It sounds as though you've had some bad luck, or maybe it's really Not Your Exchange or something. It isn't nice, though, when somebody just doesn't both even to try and say thank you. I've mostly had a good time with the exchanges I've done, but I've had recipients fail to comment on one gift and two treats, and it does suck.

Hobbit gifting is a really sweet idea. I've seen other people do that from time to time. And most exchanges are fun, and most recips do comment, so even if you fall into the trap of signing up/pinch hitting again, you will hopefully have better luck in your recipient!

Of course, it could be that it's very awesome and they have little brain and are trying to respond, but it's going to take some weeks to take a run up. You never know. You should tell youself that; you have slaim them with your amazing talents. they may never recover. ;-)

Date: 2017-07-13 07:10 am (UTC)
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pebblerocker
That is super unfair.

Date: 2017-07-14 12:35 am (UTC)
haldane: (Default)
From: [personal profile] haldane
That is all them, and not you - although it is super sucky to jump in and help someone and not even get a thank you in return.

The Mathom-a-thon sounds interesting (I have to use the hypens, or I can only see Math-o-math-on). Please include me if you go ahead.

Date: 2017-07-14 01:56 am (UTC)
haldane: (Default)
From: [personal profile] haldane
Thought I might cheer you up a little by running what I remember of Blakes 7 through your "random plot generator" link from a few months ago...

A Science Fiction Plot
by Untitled writer
A long, long time ago in a tight-fitting, tight-fitting galaxy...

After leaving the black planet Earth, a group of mutoids fly toward a distant speck. The speck gradually resolves into an erotic, space Spacefleet HQ.

Civil war strikes the galaxy, which is ruled by Kerr Avon, a slinky robot capable of hacking and even prostitution.

Terrified, a see-though computer known as Vila Restal flees the Empire, with his protector, Roj Blake.

They head for Fosforon on the planet Gauda Prime. When they finally arrive, a fight breaks out. Blake uses his tight-fitting ray gun to defend Vila.

Blake and Computer Vila decide it's time to leave Gauda Prime and steal a The LIberator to shoot their way out.

They encounter a tribe of yetis. Blake is attacked and the computer is captured by the yetis and taken back to Fosforon.

Blake must fight to save Computer Vila but when he accidentally unearths an obscene leather jacket, the entire future of the tight-fitting, black galaxy is at stake.

(Particular noteworthies: the see-though computer and the obscene leather jacket XD)
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