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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. ❤ ❤ ❤

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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 comments people will leave for each chapter.
*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 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!
*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. 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!

Annoying Types of Fandom People

Some annoying types of people in the Wraith fandom, and other fandoms, in no particular order:

*VIP pass holders – post links to fanfics or posts, or drops not-so-subtle hints about said posts, that they and maybe 4 other people in the world have access to, through a myriad of friends-locks and filters, just to brag about the access.

*Long-term membership card holders – will not talk to anyone who wasn’t posting on a certain Stargate forum on or before 2009, and along with that restriction with enough posts for a custom avatar there.

*Fan haters – keep hanging around even though they never liked the Wraith, or maybe once did 9 years ago, to make it so people who do can’t talk about the fandom or share in peace. If they see fans fighting, they will swoop in to spread the flames, in spite of how busy they claim to be.

*Parochialists – only talk to people who share their sexual orientation, gender, mother tongue (even if they can speak other languages), etc. and make excuses for their rude, anti-Wraith friends, just because they share the same accidental birth characteristics. Also, they make prejudiced comments about classes of characters, as well as real people.

*Auction prop and photo vanishers – bid the prices on props sky high, then hoard the items in closets or moldy basements, never to share photos, or, worse, intentionally ruin the items, including cutting Wraith uniforms into parts, allegedly to re-purpose them. WHY?!!!!

*Legacy police and director blog police – find every book and every post by the authors and try to tell other fans and fanfic writers that they can’t worship Todd or interpret something on the show some other way. Often take director jokes seriously or are VIP pass holders, so that their claims can’t be confirmed, if the reader even accepts those as canon, which I do not, thank you very much.

*Off-Topic proliferators – post about everything under the sun in Wraith forums except for Wraith. Often fan haters trying to derail and ruin conversations.

*Nihilists—see the Wraith as “evil” and so they feel the need to posture online, like a young black metal or gangsta rap listener. So cvlt! So trill! In real life, off-screen, these people often have very mainstream jobs and would never act that way.

*Spammers’ and thieves’ best friends – create forums and sites where fans register, then give random people admin power, thereby giving strangers access to IP addresses, email addresses, passwords, etc. An excellent reason to keep emails and passwords for your bank account varied from fan stuff.

*Sockpuppet masters—create multiple alt accounts to pass off as different people and “interact” with one another and other people, as one would with a RPG. If one says something the puppetmaster doesn’t like, then none of the fake accounts will talk to that other person.

*Art thieves – steal art, which is not a particularly bright move in a niche fandom where everyone knows everyone else’s work.

*RPG meme war generators – make memes insulting certain Wraith or classes of Wraith, to somehow try to score points against people in other RPGs who like/d those characters, even though the people fighting who started them on both sides left the fandom years ago. Why mock and trivialize any Wraith character, especially those who are starving prisoners of war? !

The Time for Progressive Fan Works is NOW

Readers, I know you have seen it. How many times have you gotten far into what seemed to be a Wraith-centric story which looked like it was going to be good, but then the author has the Lanteans bomb the hive? Or, how about when, out of nowhere, the author writes the Wraith as doing cruel things that humans do and does not even fit Wraith culture?

I highly encourage compassionate people to proudly post their own Wraith fan works, because we as readers deserve better and we as creatives deserve better.

For the socially-responsible creatives out there, now is a great time to be sharing.

Even though Stargate has been off the air for many years now, this site has been doing very well! It has been up for less than a year and already has half that many views as my old dA page of over 8 years (and 1/5 of those dA views came from a Pinterest link to a journal I had about art composition).

Consider the following:

*In a time of deep divisions, both internationally and within our own nations, due to race and other demographics, deep down, people long for better and the market is starved for sanctuaries to get away from the hate and to look to better ideals to strive for. In spite of the temporary bad things that happen, nonviolence is culturally ascendant.

*The leading search engine is known to be socially responsible, so is on your side, promoting and investing in positivity, such as plant-based foods/vegan living, diversity and equality, and environmental preservation.

*Oppressors have no inhibitions about posting about violence and aggression, as we have seen when searching for fanfics, so why should you refrain from posting about nonviolence, building bridges, love, diversity, and cultural understanding?

*Fanfics do not have to be long. In fact, with people being so busy, short stories are convenient.

So, if you are a forward-thinking creative, now is a great time to add your works to the mix. I would like to see more of such Wraith stuff, of course, but I am sure other fandoms are also in need (and original stuff would be great too).

Influence of Anonymous for the Voiceless Cube

One of the Wraith actors recently posted an Instagram photo for Anonymous for the Voiceless Cube of Truth and that is wonderful! He either took the high-quality artistic photo for them and/or participated by interacting with onlookers.

This is a great form of advocacy and I recommend it, especially for people who are a more introverted. Participants wear masks and onlookers watch computer screens. The format lets guests explore without expectation of interaction and takes the pressure off both advocate and learner.

I participated in one of these a few years ago when it was in my area (known as the Earthlings Experience back then, and the masks were a bit different– but, the format was the same).

An impact of it on my art was to try to bring the same nonthreatening and exploratory invitation to my gallery, as I am also presenting messages against war, genocide, racism, speciesism, and other forms of violence and oppression. Exploration without expectation of comments/likes/faves/recognition/etc. Art galleries used to be more that way, traditionally, before social media, and I think that needs to be stressed again, especially when it comes to important messages art can convey.

That said, I keep my gallery light-hearted– this is a sanctuary for Wraith fans and compassionate people. I hope viewers can find something unique to look at think about, the beauty of our commonalities and hope for our future. 🙂