Yesterday evening I had a startling realization (hope that's the right word)
Right now, at DW they say the character posting limit with spaces is 300,000 thousand, for comments it's 10,000 characters
. I did some math and opened a few stories in MS Word to use the word count feature, 300,000 characters with spaces is roughly 50k words a person can post at once.
Now, when DW first came about and I saw this I was VERY HAPPY. I think I was unrealisticly optomisitc or stupid. I thought that authors would see that this is better than what's offered from LJ. (and maybe they do...)
So far during the closed beta, what I've seen is a lot of authors cross posting, and yesterday I ran across a story that's supposed to be 100,000k plus words but the author is posting it over the next few weeks and I think at the end it's going to be 14 chapters. Luckily she said she'll provide a single file when it's done getting posted. However, that's not the problem.
I ended up writing to ask why is she posting the story in such small chapters at DW since technically the limit should be around 50k words...I found out she's cross posting to LJ and well as everyone knows LJ has a 10k word limit (give or take a few hundred words) Not going to go into a whole other rant of authors that have completed stories (or so they say) but don't post it at once for a variety of reaons that only sound good to them. Truly if your story is still in editing mode it's not complete so please don't lie and say it's complete, I find that highly annoying. Be honest, it's a wip. And if it's completely complete post the damned story already! This dragging out stories by posting 4k word at a time for a 100,000 word story is annoying and if you're a so-so writer chances are your story really isn't good enough to convince people to come back for the rest later. If you're a good author you drive people like me to want to pull a Kathy Bates in Misery on your ass. No I'm not picking on any one particular author because lets face it too many have done this by now (including some of my favorite authors ever). And well truly I think all my real friends know this is my biggest pet peeve ever in the history of fandom.
Moving back on topic....
This is problematic. If everyone posting stories via DW but cross posting to LJ then they are kind of downgrading to LJ limitiations, so then what's the point of even moving to DW then???
I do hope communities move over to DW because really I could not have been the only one overwhelmed with Master Posts at the Big Bang Challenges where there are 20 plus chapters because the LJ posting limit is so small that anyone that wrote over 100,000 words really had a lot of chapters.
After last night I figured maybe it's not a bad idea to take a break from fandom for awhile because I got rather upset (more so than I actually expected) and I thought I did rather well on keeping my anger in check and not take it out on the poor author who had the misfortune to be the last straw on this camel's back. I think I'm tired of merging stories to read. I can't read at work (LJ is blocked) I don't have the energy or time to open 40 chapters and save them (okay I could but I really don't feel I should have to just thinking of it makes me want to cry) So anytime I see a story that's over 3 posts I just don't even want to go there anymore. At this point it's less work converting OCR novels from IRC to ebook format than fan fiction. Hell, at this point I'm revisiting HP because they have these lovely places called archives where I can get a 300,000 word story into a single post with a click of a button. I'm also reading more Doctor Who fan fiction because it seems like a much bigger fandom when you see how many fics are archived at A Teaspoon and an Open Mind
I think I was getting tired of LJ as an archiving community long before DW came out and when I found out that DW had increased posting limits, I think I got my hopes up high so it kind of hurt worse when they were dashed.
I've been a fan fiction writer and reader so I think I can kind of see both sides, but for this issue I'm coming at it as a reader that just wants long stories in single files. I know it's a lot to ask and I shouldn't feel entitled to it but it's one of my biggest wishes.
Basically, in my head I feel like I have two seperate issues mixed up together but ultimately I think I'm burning out, between work, school, converting stories for the Ebook Library
and it's making it harder to feel reasonable when I see 100,000 word stories posted in 10 plus chaptered posts.
One last thing before I stop talking and dig myself a deeper hole...
Does anyone have a single file version of fleshflutter
's Someone you might have been
??? She said she was working on creating one but it's been a month and at 39 chapters...I haven't had the time to even open all the chapters and save them. Also I know she's busy working on her Big Bang.