Something about "Connecting the Dots"
I started writing fanfic as a wee teen in 1986, though I didn't finish
my first one until 1987, and wouldn't even know that there was a name
for writing stories about characters from fictional universes until a
year or two later. I started my first archive about fifteen years ago I
think, on pair.com. It was called "Pieces of Gold" and later would grow
into "Selma's Multi-universal fanfiction archive" as I grew it. I got
tired of a flat HTML site and migrated to efiction and later wordpress
for my archives, but I finally went back to the basics when I started
"Connecting the Dots". With the advent of better WYSIWYG HTML tools,
and a lot of experience from running archives with SQL databases, I was
better prepared to set up and run a HTML-only site. (The reason behind
this being that while I love the ease which automated software tools
allow me to archive and categorize fic, they're awfully vulnerable to
attacks. This isn't.)
When I designed the site, I wanted to make it as easy as I could for
people wanting to read my fic (including making it accessible to
color-blind users, and I'm still working on screenreaders). While tags
are a bit harder to implement when
you're more or less hand-coding, because you have to make sure that
each fic is represented in the categories you want it represented in.
For example, each fic is initially listed in its fandom page (and the
crossover page if it is one), the all-fics page, and the characters
page. Sometimes I also have to add things to the pairings, serials, or
challenges pages because I've had a few of those, too, and eventually,
I'll have everything up on the by-length page.
I had to make several design decisions when putting things together.
For example, every single fandom has stories arranged in alphabetical
order, no matter how old they are or how Original Character-heavy they
are. This is so that I represent all my fics, no matter how much I'd
like to hide some of them. I have written a Mary Sue or two, to be
honest, along with children of canon characters and OC/Canon character
romances (and other things that I'd like to bury). I trust my readers
to skip over any fics that they might not like. One of my fandoms is
very tetchy about what season a fic comes from, because it had a really
major broken base. (I should know; I was right there for the first
split, and that is a painful memory.) Some fics will be WIPs or
abandoned, and will be so marked.
Since all my fics are in alphabetical order (most people will probably
access them by fandom, but I also have them in alphabetical order by
other sorting methods throughout the site), I've also made it possible
for people to find their favorite pairings, read serials in order, and
check out fics by challenge. I haven't gotten everything perfected as I
first write this - for example, serials and character pages do not have
summaries, and I need to incorporate a feedback link into pages, and
will eventually have tags at the end but don't yet. But it's a start.
I'm also awful at ratings, but generally speaking, I write at most what
the MPAA would call "PG-13" with a couple of "R" rated fics. I have
written 1-2 "NC-17" fics, which will not be archived here. For one
thing, I have other places to store them, and two, I really don't want
irritated parents hitting my site. I do write fic that requires warning
- I have one incest pairing, a couple of mpregs, an offscreen rape, and
I've written about suicidal
ideation/suicide more than once - but when I do, I warn.
For the sake of completeness, I'm also including some book fandoms that
I've written for Yuletide. If I find that the author/estate no
longer/has never condoned fanfic, I will be a polite person and take it
down from my site (because of the rules of Yuletide, I cannot remove
the fic from either of its archives, sorry). If the off chance that
this happens, I will explain what happened. That being said, I think
rather poorly of authors who don't allow fanfic, will not buy their
works, will advise fandom friends to avoid them, and will get rid of
any works I have of theirs. I think it's only fair.
I hope you will enjoy my fics, because I think I've written some good
ones over the years. There are probably some bad ones here, too, and I
trust that you won't think everything's bad because one of them is.
Good or bad, they're a part of who I am and who I was and who I might
be someday. So, hit the back button, or the link below, and enjoy!
-Estirose, July 2011