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A question of timing

As of now, my incredibly patient beta jezziejay is in possession of a complete draft of "Regarding House," my amnesia fic set in late S7 that I would describe as kind of a cross between "Three Months" and "End Up Like This" - that is, a character-driven, dialogue-heavy multi-chapter fic plus some spoilery speculation and House/Wilson slash.

Should I post this to comms as soon as I'm satisfied with it, or should I wait until the events that it's expected to spoil have already taken place on the show?

On the one hand, I know that a lot of people avoid spoilers like the plague and will probably have forgotten all about the existence of this story by the time the episodes in question have aired, so I would be limiting my potential reading audience by putting it out there now.

On the other hand, I really need to finish this off and focus on other things, and if I don't post it, I will be tweaking it for the next two months and stressing over the fact that elements will undoubtedly get Jossed in the meantime so that I will feel compelled to apologize and/or correct them.

You can probably guess which way I'm leaning...

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barefootpuddles
Jan. 15th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
You could always post it to the comms with a warning. I think most H/W people aren't that sensitive to spoilers anymore.
flywoman
Jan. 15th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'll definitely include warnings. Just wondering whether that means they'll get temporarily bypassed and then never read. But readingrat has an intriguing idea about staggered posts to comms. I hadn't really considered that - I thought that was for people who (unlike me) actually write their stories from beginning to end.
jezziejay
Jan. 15th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
I think you know what I think ;) But in case you don't, POST NOW!:D
flywoman
Jan. 15th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks, as always, for your enthusiasm! ;)
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flywoman
Jan. 15th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Hmm, the idea of staggering my posts is an interesting one. I have my usual system of posting with a link to the next chapter, but when there are a lot of chapters, it gets kind of clunky. Maybe it would make more sense to post all chapters to my f-list but then only release one chapter per week with comm announcement to the general reading public, and then, as you say, a final post with all chapters once there's no further danger of spoilage.

There are folks, even right here on my f-list, who try to avoid spoilers even in fic. I wasn't aware of it initially, so now I'm trying to be extra careful. As far as my fic goes, I think it would be hard to identify the true spoilers unless you were already aware of them, and also it's hard for me to be sure, as you say, how much of what I've incorporated is even accurate.
yarroway
Jan. 16th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
I avoid spoilers, so I won't read the story. On the other hand, it sounds like you already know what you want to do, and it'd be silly to wait when that just doesn't work for you.
flywoman
Jan. 16th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for the input! As suggested by readingrat, I will make sure to put up a final "no-spoilers" post once the coast is clear.
yarroway
Jan. 16th, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
That'd be awesome. :D
cuddyclothes
Jan. 16th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
I have no problem reading a story with spoilers...particularly since you're a better writer than the current "House" staff. And at this point I don't give a shit about what happens in the show.
flywoman
Jan. 16th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
you're a better writer than the current "House" staff
Wish I could say that I still considered that high praise at this point! :P

Thanks for the feedback, and stay tuned... polishing the last chapter now.
justjuly4
Jan. 16th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I look forward to reading your story and as for me, spoilers aren't a big problem.Really-really, I can't wait to read what your idea about amnesiac House turned into!!!
flywoman
Jan. 16th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much! :)

I've been holding off on posting to comms until my f-list folks have had a chance to offer constructive criticism, but I think I'll unlock it soon, and anyone who's watching my page will be welcome to comment.
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