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01 April 2007 @ 12:46 pm
I put up the first post of the Reference Library project this morning and I've probably spent nearly two hours off and on jiggering around with the tags and what they mean and creating the beginnings of an index and hot linking each subject to the tag. Found three typos along the way too.

I picked the item I did BECAUSE it covered so many areas and I knew it would give me a good start on the index but the reality was nearly overwhelming. I don't think any of the others will give me quite so much trouble.

In other news...

The IYFG Awards nomination period opened today so I also spent time finalizing my nominations. Now, in previous quarters I've mostly held back until towards the end because I've usually had two, or even three, noms in one or more categories that I was having trouble deciding between and I'd pick the one that nobody else did to make sure it made it to the ballot. This time....

Okay, I screwed up.

I have a spreadsheet that I use to track the stories that I want to nominate. I keep up to three for each category and as I find stuff that makes me say "Wow!" I evaluate if it's as good as what I've already got listed and if it is I boot the weakest story and add my new find. Somewhere around mid-February I just forgot to do this. I read lots of good fic through Inuerotica and Forth's challenges and from authors that I have on notify but while I remembered to comment on the really good stuff, I forgot to keep track of it consistently. So when I opened up the list it was looking pretty bare.

I managed to fill in some stuff from memory but I KNOW that there are stories that I would normally have in there that aren't and I can't for the life of me remember them. Like, I have NO noms in the Best Romance Miroku/Sango category and I've read good Miroku/Sango this quarter. Anyway, I went with what I had and went ahead and submitted my nominations in those categories where I had something.

So, you'll never know who you are, 'cause neither will I, but to those authors who may not get nominated because I"m an idiot, I really do apologize and I'll try to do better next time.

And, please don't take this the wrong way if I did nom you. After all, your story stuck in my memory enough to make the list so I'd probably have ended up nominating you anyway. This is mainly directed at those with stories in the empty categories where I know I would have had at least one story if I'd done what I was supposed to.

Oh, well, by getting my noms in early now I can concentrate on reading what everyone else is nominating and get ready for the vote.
Too Many Voices In My Head...: WHOA! (pchan)alterfano on April 1st, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
wow! you're really very diligent about IYFG. good for you. i should be half so good about reading and nomming. don't think i'll nom anything this time around because i've read so little. bad fano....
ranuelranuel on April 1st, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Every quarter for the last three quarters I've told myself that I only have to read the nominations in those categories I really like and every quarter I read every single thing that gets seconded, enter them all into a spreadsheet and make at least a brief note on each. I can be so OCD about certain things.

Too Many Voices In My Head...alterfano on April 1st, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
forthrightlyforthrightly on April 1st, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)

You nommed me! You nommed me!

::giggle:: I can't help but laugh, since *neither* of us actually likes songfics... and I stuck in your memory because I only posted it, like, two days ago... but I have a fic to root for now! ::beams::

Thank you, Ranny!
ranuelranuel on April 1st, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I had to nom you, it may be the only painless songfic I've ever read. Except for the ones that get posted directly on my flist I'm afraid I'm not adventurous enough to read the other entries in your challenge unless they get nominated too.
forthrightlyforthrightly on April 1st, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
::snicker:: Can I quote you on my advertising materials?

"Discerning readers agree, 'I See Poetry' is relatively painless... for a songfic."


I did try to have fun with it... and make it as painless as possible for whoever gets stuck screening it on the QC at the IYFG. LOL

Interestingly enough, many of your other noms were all ones I had as close seconds on my favorites list for the quarter. Many categories already look to have strong representation. That's a good thing!
ranuelranuel on April 1st, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Go ahead and quote me.

How about "If you only read one songfic this year make sure it's 'I See Poetry' the songfic that doesn't suck!"

That is interesting on our nominations. So far today it's looking good. There's only been one that's made me wince at seeing the author's name. I HATED the story it's a sequel to but I'm reading it now and the first chapter wasn't horrible so maybe it'll be an improvement. It was her plot and characterization, not her prose, that I didn't like though and so far it's all exposition. Exposition that totally ignores actual Japanese history but //stops rant// *ahem*

The record number of DQs last time and Ren's posting of the "gray list" may mean a better batch of noms. I really hope so.