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Declaring Open Season

Hello, my name is keerawa, and I'm a fanfiction writer. This means that I plunder TV, movies, and books for creative resources. Over the past few weeks, it's come to my attention that, in fandom, we rarely use each other's work that way. Which is ... odd. It's not as if we could ever publish these stories to make money, so there's no possible financial harm to the authors.

Now, I do not own the rights to most of the characters and concepts I write about. But anything I might have any rights to, any scenarios or original characters - please feel free to use them. Want to remix a story? Write a fix-it for one of my ambiguous, angst-filled endings? Come up with hot Gary/Cash porn? Write a back story for Matchmaker Annie? Explain how Darius and Jean-Pierre met? Tell us what happens next between Fraser and Ray in that Noir Alternate Ending? Go for it!

I give my permission to create derivative works. I invite you to do so. I double-dare you to! Seriously - if any of my work inspires you, run with it. Just link back to the original story. You don't need to tell me if you use anything, but if you drop me a line, I'll be tickled pink to hear about it. This is not a limited-time offer.

And if you'd like to discuss this, feel free.

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sparklebutch
Jun. 12th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't mind people using mine, but I'd like if they asked. I'd give the permission, but I'd like if they asked. Same with say art and icons.

I think probably it's *because* we don't get money. Canon writers get money, and fame, and to get written in history as The Owners. All we have is the credit and our little usename.
keerawa
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
I'd give the permission, but I'd like if they asked. I always felt that way, but no one ever asked. Even when folks would read a story, feedbck wishing I would continue it, and I responded, "I don't think I will, but go right ahead and write your own!" They just didn't.

All we have is the credit and our little usename. I'd say having people create derivative works and link back to my stories would increase my chance for fame and glory. The attribution requirement's nice that way.
sparklebutch
Jun. 13th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
*If* they link back, yes.
pat_t
Jun. 12th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure everyone would agree with you. Personally, I don't mind if anyone rewrites my stories, which is why I joined remix. However, I wouldn't feel comfortable using someone's original characters or story without having their permission first. For instance, I wanted more from spikedluvs story "So Much To Lose" here: http://spikedluv.net/hlstories/somuchtolose.html

and used not only her story idea, but her original characters with my story, "Moments In Time" here:
http://www.taterville.com/momentsintime.htm

Now, I just would not do that unless I had her permission. Not only to write the story, but I sent it to her and had her approval before posting it.

If nothing else, it's a sign of courtesy. And everyone is going to feel differently. Certainly, if an author doesn't want someone else touching their stories or characters, that should be respected.
keerawa
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
"Moments in Time" is a great example, Pat!

I appreciate your caution, and I'm certainly willing to respect the norm and not touch other fanfic author's work without their express permission. But I've decided to grant everyone that permission in advance. If worst comes to worst, and someone comes up with an interpretation of one of my OCs that I strongly disagree with, or turns out a really poorly written remix ... I've decided I'm perfectly okay with that. *shrugs*
pat_t
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
I think it's great that you don't mind. As I said, I don't either. But there are going to be others that do. Tread carefully *g*. When I think of using others stories, specifically I think about stories that have been there for a long time, unfinished while their authors have moved on. I would love to see an ending to some of these stories. But I wouldn't dare touch them myself.
elistaire
Jun. 12th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I could ever go as far as you, but I respect your offerings! Very, very cool and excellently confident.

I may just go and *save* some of those poor Watchers you created and then killed off so quickly....
keerawa
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Oh, please do, elistaire! Fatima, Aaron and Missael deserve better than few brief lies in the Watcher obits!
nos4a2no9
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
This is a very cool offer. Very generous, and very brave, and inspiring. Because dude, I'd love to pick up some of your stuff and run with it, particularly "Con Job". Like j_s_cavalcate said, that story requires a sequel. And also? I'm still plugging away at something for that ds_flashfiction first-line challenge, but I wasn't sure if it was cool to use one of your first lines now that the challenge is over. So...this is good news!

And on another, totally non-selfish note, you do make a good point about our tendency to plunder freely from source material but be unwilling to share when it comes to our own stuff. I do agree with sparklebutch in that, yes, all we have are our usernames and that little creative niche we can eke out for ourselves, but I'm a little amazed that more people (particularly in dS) don't turn out more remixed stories or recycled plots. I've been tempted a few times to pick up on the ideas of others and create something new. For example, I really want to rewrite that fic where it's revealed that Ray was abused by his swim coach and that's why he suffers from hydrophobia. But I feel a little iffy about doing it, even though the author's no longer in the fandom. It's just such a good idea, y'know? So rich, and I could do wildly different things with the concept without imposing upon her original stuff. But until she makes a post like yours I won't attempt it. I'd be worried there might be an inherent criticism in deciding to follow up one of her ideas, whereas I'm really fascinated by what she came up and it's sparked something that I'd like to pursue.

Anyway, thanks for stepping forward. I think it's brave but also necessary, particularly in a closed-canon fandom like dS. You're really wonderful, you know that? *hugs*
keerawa
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
My fic index is your creative Dim Sum. Enjoy. Can't wait to see where you take "Con Job."

Man, I wish you could track down that author, because I'd love to see what you could do with that hydrophobia idea. Thanks for the hug!
dessert_first
Nov. 13th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
Oh, interesting. Don't mind if I do!

I found this off of luzula's post.

I think I'll take you up on this fascinating offer and write a sequel to the incredibly intriguing "When Masks Slip," if you don't mind, see if I can get the boys sexed up after all that angst. I'm even confident I shall finish it within this century.

Thanks for sharing your ideas!
keerawa
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Please do, I would love to read it!
americanjedi
Apr. 1st, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Hi, I know this is kind of off topic, but I've been recently contemplating similar idea while reading the awesome that is Penfet's "Cutting Losses" (http://community.livejournal.com/ds_flashfiction/511812.html#cutid1) and a continuation of of their fic. And since the verse which their one-shot has inspired seems as though it would benefit from your particular writing style I was wondering if you might consider a joint venture? Please drop me a liine if you're interested and maybe I can share ideas. :)
keerawa
Apr. 1st, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
*waves* I've never tried collaborating before, and my non-linear writing style might make it difficult. That said, it's a fascinating AU. I've written to Wenfet to see if she'd mind. Email me at keerawa at yahoo dot com to discuss it?
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