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Earth Humans are the Aliens in the Pegasus Galaxy

When humans from Earth visit other worlds, the humans are the aliens to the citizens of those worlds.

Some scifi fans just don’t get that. They think Earthborn humans belong everywhere, colonizing everywhere (mostly white, US-led humans doing colonizing), while the true natives are “aliens” who belong nowhere. Just the same way how other Earthlings get the same treatment by many humans here on this world.

Teyla and Todd are both citizens of Pegasus, while the New Lanteans are the aliens.

Point it out to some scifi watchers and the fragility of their egos kick in and they get hostile because they can’t handle Earthborn humans not being the center of the universe.

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What if Wraith OCs Would Meet?

For those of you with OCs, did you ever stop to think what would happen if your Wraith OCs met other peoples’ Wraith OCs? Or, how meetings would go between two other peoples’ OCs who are not your own? 😀

Our OCs get spotlights which last longer than 2 minutes on screen and, resulting, we get to know their endearing follies, how to push their buttons, how to goad them into stuff, and what makes them tick. 😀

Oh, the pranks, fights, facepalming and sighing, mentoring, sports and dart racing matches, compliments, etc. which would be bound to ensue! 😛 😀

(That said, do ask peoples’ permission before posting art or fics which include other peoples’ OCs. Ask before creating, then let the OC owner review the work, as well as any edits, before posting crossovers publicly. Over the years, I have seen accidental OC mix ups and takedown requests, for various reasons.)

Fake Stargate Families and Art Theft

Heads-up to the visual artists: There are people posing as Stargate “families” in which one account plays the role of a child and another account as the role of a parent, stepping in when the “child” upsets other people. Yes, this sockpuppetry again. :/ Probably the same ones banned back around 2011 on some forums because they accidentally replied to a mod with the wrong account.

These fake accounts also steal peoples’ art, pass it off as theirs, re-titling it, and ask for reacts to get attention and even virtual coins. At least 3 of mine were taken and I have seen many others’ art too.

They also try to get artists to post their full-size, original files onto forums, claiming that is “official” the only “legal” way to prove it is the original artist’s. Artists, don’t fall for that!!! People like these thieves are the reason I no longer offer full-size downloads of my art. One of the thieves tried to make a fake larger size by enlarging the small ones on my gallery, and the pixilation and blurriness shows their deceit! I suggest other artists also watermark their work and only offer smaller resolution versions, to protect their work.

When I see them do this to other artists, I post the original artists’ links they stole the work from but keep it vague, in the small chance they actually do have permission to re-upload. When they do it to my work, I know they had no permission and I call them out on it on their most commented on threads, so that everyone knows they took my art without my permission, because they try to ignore artists otherwise. Watch out for these pretenders and keep your work safe.

These jerks ruin it for everyone and are the reason why so many artists no longer offer printable quality files and why a number of Stargate artists have watermarked their stuff so much in the centers of their works such that their paintings can’t even be enjoyed anymore.

Everybody Needs a Wraith OC

Or 2. Or more. 😀

It seems like most Wraith fans tend to have at least one OC. Cosplayers, artists, fanfic writers….

There were so precious few of them on the show and all those combinations of hair, beards, tattoos, uniforms, etc. are just too irresistible. ❤ ❤ ❤

When Non-Wraith Fans Draw Wraith

They:

Put Bob’s tattoo on Todd’s face or vice versa

Don’t bother giving any others individualized tattoos

Ink the uniforms in all pitch black so there are no uniform details

Make the finger armor like something from a Medieval knight’s glove

Turn the elegant, sweeping brow ridges into shapeless caveman brows

Place the Wraith in the background so even less detail is needed

Make the nostrils and or cheek sensor pits out of alignment

Fill the eyes in so there are only black dots or blacken the whole eyes out

Give them oversized beards

Have them all baring their teeth as if they do that all the time

Re-invent Wraith tech and hiveship interiors

Put more detail in the drones than the faced officers

Give Todd a nose like Bigfoot in Sanctuary– wrong CH character!

Add warts and other stuff Wraith do not have

Do all this even if getting PAID to draw the characters

#worshipperproblems #triggered #iexpectbetterfromprofessionalartists #lookatthesubjectsplease #accuracyforallcharactersnotjustteamshep

Gaming Fanfiction Sites

Getting a fanfic to rise to the top in site-specific searches often has less to do with story quality and more to do with social engineering. This is not to say that authors who do these things don’t write enjoyable stories, but to show how site programming and psychological tendencies work both for and against different personalities of writers. Don’t let the appearance of popularity fool you into missing some good stories.

Here are some ways people have been observed to game the system:
*Draw the story out for as many chapters as possible. The more chapters = the more page views comments people will leave for each chapter. 64 chapters? That means a single reader will get you 64 page views, vs just 1 view for one-shot stories.
*Make fans wait a long while between each chapter so people beg for updates. Begging = more comments.
*End chapters on cliffhangers and that will accelerate and amplify the comments begging for continuation. This is seen more in chapter-by-chapter fanfics than on printed books.
*Comment and kudos/like on other peoples’ stuff and they will likely feel obligated to comment and kudos back on yours, through the law of reciprocity.
*Ask other readers to beta your work. Betas feel creatively invested in the story and will feel the need to comment and praise the story and give recs.
*Gift work to commenters. Recipients will feel obligated to comment and give praise and recs.
*Do collabs with other writers, including crossovers, to pull in more commenters from other audiences.
*Write the most popular pairing, which, in the Wraith fandom is John x Todd. That pulls in Lantean fans and Wraith fans. If you must write an OC, pair them with an on-screen character, as those are searchable. If you bother with OC x OC, make sure they are with Team Shep or a part of Todd’s hive so you can add those on-screen characters as searchable tags.
*Go tag happy. Tag every character in your story, even if they only say one line. Swipe ideas for tags from other writers. Tags = more appearances in search results and more page views.
*Ask for kudoses/likes and comments, directly in the story comments or through emails. Ask friends and family to join, even if they never read the works.
*Join clubs or groups. Get your works added their lists.
*Reply to readers and converse. Those are more comments. Agree or semi-agree even with trollish comments. To heck with self-esteem, because… comments!
*Allow off-topic fights and drama in the comment section, so visitors will keep coming back to read and/or chime in. Those are more comments and page views.
*See who is in a commenting clique and try to join it, if you are not precluded by nationality or length of time visibly in the fandom. (Yes, these are real things.) Just don’t tick off the group’s unofficial leader, lest you get yourself comment shunned by the group. You might have to give up your unique writing voice, your sovereignty, and, sometimes, your ethics, to make that clique feel comfortable to get more comments. (See my previous post about prejudices going unchallenged and piling up.)
*Some sites allow guests to kudos/like and raise the hit count. Kudos yourself, using multiple browsers as “guests.” Wait a few days for your IP address to change, then give yourself more kudoses. Keep on doing this weekly.
*Kudos yourself while at the library, coffee shop, or elsewhere. It’s a new IP address.
*Privately email others to kudos one each other’s works as “guests” with an international underground kudosing ring.
*Programming savvy? Have your computer automate “guest” kudosing.
*Some sites allow anonymous, guest commenting too. Use the above system to comment on your own stuff. You can even make alt guest accounts. You can even have “conversations” with the sockpuppets that way. Fictional character comments on works of fiction. How about that?
*Speed to market is paramount. The more time that lapses between your story being posted and the fandom’s peak popularity, the worse the page view collecting. The more years go by, the more page views. So, hurry up and post that first chapter and try to make readers beg for more.

All this stuff makes stories rise to the top in search results, as ranking programming tallies page views, comments, kudoses, etc.  Which are ethical? Authentic? Fair game within programming parameters?

See how this is played out on various writing sites and look for it. Some of these games work for art sites and original fiction and nonfiction, too, even on popular book selling sites, pre-planned long before books’ launches! Heck, even providers of goods and services pay sites such as reputation.com to bury negative reviews while offering bloggers and customers discounts or small free gifts for leaving positive reviews on social media or even just following them. Over the years, I have seen and heard some stuff, both online and in workshops and lectures. It’s a game, more serious if money is on the line.

People whose stories tend to get buried away are authors who: write short or complete stories, write OCs, are newer to a fandom, are introverted, or don’t have the desire or time to spend to increase their rankings and consequential likelihood of being noticed.

A lot of articles will tell writers how to do the ethical networking stuff, but leave out the clandestine stuff. I say this all as someone who doesn’t currently have works on those sites and have nothing to gain… and also nothing to lose for fear of retaliation through comment shunning.

Now that you know some of the tricks, give some of other writers and works a chance on ff.net and AO3. Gems are everywhere and they don’t always have dozens of comments on them.

Gater Confession: I Edit and Save Fictions Also

Another Stargate fan said they edited their entire collection of ebooks, to correct what they say are frequent and recurring instances of weapon parts being misnamed, from “clip” to “magazine.” Drama! Controversy! LOL.

Well, then. While ‘gaters are confessing such things, I, too, confess that I edit Wraithy stuff that I want to re-read (and also artworks). Mostly, stuff that gets stripped out are instances of misogyny and speciesism. Gone are name-calling parts, such as calling female lovers of Wraith as wh*res. Gone are non-con human flashback scenes that mar love scenes by projecting them onto unrelated Wraith. Gone are references to violence done to fellow animals and remnants of their bodies, their skin, their stolen reproductive secretions, etc. Those are all human problems, not Wraith culture, and do nothing but distract from otherwise good stories I want to revisit. So… GONE!!! Gone as in three shots from a Zat gone!

It’s telling that such trauma exists in human society that these things all too frequently casually creep into what are supposed to be works of romance– even when it is a Wraith and a human stuck in a small room. Seriously, how do humans manage condoning and promoting human-caused violence even then?! These stories could be so perfect otherwise, too.

Some say to let such violence in stories be, that it is a part of history that will someday be gone. I say, provided humanity wises up, stops our war on all of creation, and survives, that some paid historian or archeologist who didn’t have to live in such a society can look at the violent references with a distanced air. The only time I leave them in is if a character overcame the odds and changed to be a better person. Characters condoning violence are unappealing. I just want enjoyable stories of bravery, mystery, adventure, intergalactic cultural sharing, and romance that I can re-read on my self-care days with a square or two of cruelty-free, fair-trade chocolate, thank you very much!