HouseWilson

Writing link

I've linked to the writing tips articles at the io9.com blog before. (It's science fiction based blog, but the writing tips they provide are fairly universal.)

Here's another one I thought was interesting: Seven Types of Short Story Openings, which also includes this note on why first sentences are important in short stories:

Sure, the opening sentences are important in novels, too. A strong beginning, in a novel, can help provide momentum that will carry the reader all the way to the last page, sometimes in one sitting. But short stories are different: the first sentence, or the first paragraph, often hangs over the whole rest of the story. Many short stories are really about one idea, or one situation, and that's what the opening sentences establish.

Or fail to establish, sometimes.


The examples io9 provides are from sci-fi, of course, but we can find examples from within the Housefic_Meta library as well. For instance, for #6 The Quotation, from blackmare's Down To The Water:

"You never told me," Wilson says, in that quiet tone that means it'll be no good trying to deflect or outrun him, "what you were doing in the bar that night in the first place."
Notre Dame

The Oxford Comma Is Dead. Long Live The Oxford Comma

OK, so Twitter rumors of the Oxford comma's death may be premature but I thought I use it as an excuse to open a discussion on grammar, punctuation and other pedantic issues.

(Also to apologize for not having posts here for a bit. I've been having an unpredictable life the last few months.)

Obviously a clean story with no typos, grammar mistakes or misplaced punctuation is a wonderful bonus on top of a well written fic. But how important are those issues to you as readers? Do those problems take you out of a story -- bringing your inner copy editor/beta to the surface so you can't escape into it? Are you willing to let it go as long as the story flows?

I'll note that I've noticed that a lot of professional fiction will often play fast and loose with the standard rules (with the understanding that these writers must know how to write properly to begin with to know what they can then trim for whatever editorial reasons). "Lord of Misrule," the novel that won the National Book Award for fiction in 2010, uses no quotation marks, for instance.

Oh, and for full disclosure -- I come from the Associated Press Stylebook side of comma use, so I don't use the Oxford Comma, but have come to a measure of acceptance for others' preferences.
Housewrite

The Examination: A Q&A with Hannah R. Orlove

Happy snowy December to everyone. (Some of you seem to be having it snowier than others.)

I wanted to bring back some profiles of writers and their work as a whole, and we've got one here with hannahrorlove. You can find others by clicking on the "author profile" tag. To suggest other writers to interview, please drop me a note in this post.

hannahrorlove has been exploring the world of House through fanfic for more than five years now, and has shown an ability not only to explore the characters in canon angles, but also to take them into new realms, such as in her fic Left Of West in which Wilson and House are still remarkably Wilson and House, yet it's Wilson with wings.

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Notre Dame

Voting: Involuntary Commitment

Just a reminder before we get to the actual voting that comments are love, folks, and the comment post on this fic can be found here

Voting will be open for about a week and is open to community members. (It's fairly easy to get a membership, just click on "join" and let me see you're a real person.)


Poll #1643670 Involuntary Commitment
This poll is closed.

Does "Involuntary Commitment" belong in the Housefic Meta Library?

Yes, with no reservations
5(38.5%)
Yes, with some reservations
4(30.8%)
Yes, honorable mention
2(15.4%)
No
2(15.4%)
HouseWilson

Differential Diagnosis People: Involuntary Commitment

One more fic in this group of discussions for the Housefic Meta Library. I hope you all are enjoying discovering some new fics or re-reading some favorites as part of this process. If you'd like to make a nomination for future rounds, you can go to this thread and note it there.

Title and link: Involuntary Commitment

Author Ignaz Wisdom

Summary: House heads to rehab. Things go pretty much as well as you'd expect.

Nominated by: flywoman
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Notre Dame

Voting: Coming To Terms

OK, members. Time to vote on Coming To Terms by stenveny. Voting is open to members, and the poll will remain open for a week.

Poll is now closed "Coming To Terms" has been voted into the Library.

Poll #1640139 Coming To Terms
This poll is closed.

Does "Coming To Terms" belong in the Housefic Meta Library?

Yes, without reservations
10(71.4%)
Yes, with some reservations
2(14.3%)
Yes, honorable mention
0(0.0%)
No
2(14.3%)
HouseCuddy

Differential Diagnosis People: Coming To Terms

During this current hiatus for the World Series, we've got a couple of fics to consider for the Library, starting with this one.

Title and link: Coming To Terms

Author: stenveny

Summary: In the weeks following "Help Me", House, Wilson and Cuddy all have some adjustments to make. (Ten parts, linked from the first part.) Note: This is pre-Season Seven, based on events at the end of Season Six.

Nominated by: flywoman
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HouseWilson

Voting: "In High Seas"

Sorry this is a bit late. Real life, yada, yada.

This week, we're considering In High Seas by nieded. Take the time to read it over, if you haven't yet. Voting will be open for one week, and I'll post another fic for consideration by next Monday. We have two fics in the hopper at this point for upcoming discussions, "Coming to Terms" by stenveny and "Involuntary Commitment" by ignaz.

Poll #1630792 Voting: "In High Seas"
This poll is closed.

Does "In High Seas" belong in the Housefic Meta Library?

Yes, with no reservations
5(45.5%)
Yes, with some reservations
2(18.2%)
Yes, honorable mention
0(0.0%)
No
4(36.4%)
Notre Dame

Differential Diagnosis People: In High Seas

Here's a fic that was left over from last summer's batch (I only recently heard back from the author, who had switched names). I'll open a voting post in about a week to follow up. And, for the record, "Twenty Years Of Stealing My Food" was nominated into the Library.

Title and link: In High Seas This is a sequel to Asphyxiation but only "In High Seas" is being considered.

Author: nieded

Nominated by: photoash

Summary: Wilson learns his pre-history, gets naked, and jumps off a cliff.
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