slyjinks: (Capstone)
I've edited through Final Stroke and have finally posted the entire thing to Now, this is not to say it's perfect - it's still just my own edits, plus those suggestions that have come from the feedback I got while it was a WIP on this blog. Now I'm going to go on a feedback whoring spree, and mention it, oh... here, [ profile] transficsation, the Cell, the Art and Fiction board of Deadzone. So if you see me in any of those places, just ignore me (well, okay. If you do read it, I'd appreciate feedback somewhere, if I haven't heard from you already, but not everywhere).

Title: Final Stroke
Series: Transformers, G1 Cartoon, Post S4
Sub-genre: Tragedy
Length: 16,800 words in 25 short chapters
Summary: The Decepticons are scattered about the galaxy, and nothing stands between Omega Supreme and his pursuit of the Constructicons. The builders come up with an unusual plan to bring an end to the eons old chase.
Warnings: See sub-genre.
slyjinks: (Capstone)
As you guys know, I don't feel comfortable with asking other people to beta my stuff because, well, I'm too lazy to beta other people's stuff. To me, a proper beta job is a lot of work, and at the end of the day, this is fanfiction. I'm proud of it, but it's fanfiction. It's not something I can make money off of; it's a hobby. Don't get me wrong. I'm very thankful for the feedback and corrections I've received over LJ, and I'm very proud and pleased with the job I did, but it's just... I don't feel right in asking someone to put in the sort of effort I would want out of a beta, especially when I'm only rarely willing to put in that level of work for other people's fanfiction.

The big argument I hear for, "Always get a beta!" is that "no one is too good for an editor." I agree with that sentiment completely, and the idea that I'm too good is not why I don't get my stuff edited. Just the opposite. I'm not too good for an editor. I'm too unprofessional for one. Do I believe Final Stroke is well above average for fanfiction? Yes, yes I do. Do I believe it's good enough that I'm comfortable in asking others to do unpaid labor for it? No, not really.

So anyway, this is why I don't get betas, and instead self-edit. If I ever go pro, then you'll see me get an editor. That said, I find my self-editing method is usually very effective. I give myself at least a week off the fic entirely. Then I go back through it and, section by section, read it out loud to myself. When I reach the end of a section, I read it out loud to myself again. This process is repeated 2-5 times, depending on how many changes and tweaks I catch each time. The reading aloud makes a huge difference, but doesn't work as well if there's music going on in the background, so that has to go off during editing.

I just finished with my editing. When I got to the end, I suggested throwing in a couple theories as to why Omega Supreme had stopped moving, but then I said to myself, "You know what? No. No, no, no. I like leaving it unexplained. The Constructicons don't get an answer, so my readers won't, anyway. Nyah."

I'm a big meanie-head.

So... the first section is up on It's just that little beginning bit where Capstone gets smacked down by Devastator. No comments yet, which isn't surprising, but I do have a watcher already. I suspect that's more on the strength of my summary, though. The sections will go up at the rate of one a day, and there are 25 in all, so while you folk had to wait well over a year for the whole fic, these guys get it in a little under a month.

When I was considering the genres, the first obvious choice was "Drama," which, in its essence, is the literary form concerned with conflict or contrast of character. Makes sense. It... probably says something about me that it took me awhile to think of "Tragedy" for my second genre. Seriously. I thought of "Friendship" before I thought of that. Then I remembered back to my drama classes in school and their descriptions of the older definitions of tragedy.

The way it was described to me, all drama was divided into two categories. One was comedy. Comedy did not mean "something that's funny," but merely, "a drama where-in the protagonist achieves his or her goals." The other was tragedy, which meant, "a drama where-in the protagonist does not achieve his or her goals." Fitting enough, but to make sure that I wasn't misremembering things or that my teachers weren't BSing me, I went ahead and looked up "tragedy" on Among the choicer (and more relevant) definitions:

a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction.

A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances.

Well. Tragedy it is!
slyjinks: (Pan: Oh the wonder of me)
I've been running Microsoft Word's "Autosummarize" function on a few of my fics, and laughing hard about some of the results.

This is how it summarizes Final Stroke in 100 words or less:

Capstone interrupted.

“Yes! “Oh, Scrapper?” Long Haul, Capstone, and even Scavenger answered as one.

Capstone recovered and trained. Capstone recovered and trained. Capstone recovered and trained. Omega Supreme is coming.”


Long Haul was emptied. Long Haul grumbled. “Capstone! Capstone, it’s okay! Both Capstone and Guardian screamed.

Scrapper sighed. “Yuh,” agreed Long Haul. “Long Haul!” Scrapper snapped. Capstone snapped back. Long Haul argued. Capstone sighed. “Really, Capstone,” Hook sighed. Capstone nodded dumbly.

"Constructicons! Capstone yelled, darting forward. Reluctantly, Omega Supreme agreed. Capstone had been right. Long Haul shook his head.

This isn't quite as good as the one where it has Bonecrusher declaring himself to be Peter Pan, though.
slyjinks: (Capstone)
Use the Final Stroke tag for the story so far.

Gotcha! )


May. 17th, 2007 10:45 am
slyjinks: (Capstone)
I'd like to work an animation error into Final Stroke that isn't "In Your Face" sometime before the end of the fic.

Maybe I'll just randomly use the wrong color description somewhere, or something.

I don't know why, but the idea of a random animation error being tossed into a semi-serious fic amuses me.
slyjinks: (Capstone)
Just because I am updating regularly again now should not be interpreted to mean I will continue to update regularly!

The story so far.

Naughty )
slyjinks: (Default)
Sorry. No Fleetwind claims today. Instead you get Capstone.

The Story So Far

Concurrence )
slyjinks: (Capstone)
Hey, look! It's a Final Stroke update! And it's only been six and a half months! XD

And what do you guys get for your six and a half month wait? Another really short update and no action! Hoorah!

In other news, I'm thinking of changing the title.

The story so far.

Thrift )
slyjinks: (Capstone)
Damsel )
slyjinks: (Capstone)
Yay! Finally!

Nothing really to this one. Just a long, rambling conversation that doesn't really go anywhere. I claim "character development" in self defense.

Family )
slyjinks: (Capstone)
I know. Not only did I take forever with this, but there's not much to it, either.

Uhm... sorry?

Void )
slyjinks: (Capstone)
Apparently the key to productivity is to avoid internet drama, but all too often you can't really tell a conversation is going to become drama until it's already happened. Of course, it's also easier to be productive if you're not, like, talking to other people to begin with. :)

Second Chance )
slyjinks: (Capstone)
Yeah, two in one day. Go fig.

Storytime )
slyjinks: (Capstone)
Prologue )


Just kidding. I'd just rather tell the story as a flashback than deal with Mixmaster's interruptions of Hook's corrections. I be lame!

Also... Capstone icon!
slyjinks: (Long Haul)
Fear. I have written something that vaugely resembles a combat scene. Before anyone asks, no, this is not the end.

The story so far.

Crystal )
slyjinks: (Long Haul)
The story so far.

Civilization )

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