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Critical Mass
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Critical Mass

Making webfiction explode

Tuesday, March 4, 2008Filed in Site Notes

Guest post at Novelr, Webfiction Community Search


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If you’re arriving here from Novelr, welcome! Feel free to take a look around. Yes, I know that I still need to update the “About” page to take my own advice and acknowledge my membership in the community, but otherwise everything is more-or-less up to date. In any case, I recommend that you check out the quick guide to this place in my “Open for Business” post. If you like what you see and would like to contribute to it, I always welcome guest posts.

There are two pieces of news that may be of interest to readers here:
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posted by CrazyDreamer  
Monday, February 11, 2008Filed in Stories

Mirrorfall


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Title: Mirrorfall
Author: Grace McDermott (d.b.a. “Stormy”)
Site: http://www.wibblypress.net

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posted by Stormy  
Wednesday, January 30, 2008Filed in Site Notes

Open for Business


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If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already figured out that this website, Critical Mass, is up and working, so there’s no point in my saying so. However, a couple of annotations are in order.

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posted by CrazyDreamer  
Tuesday, January 29, 2008Filed in Reviews

Review: Othar’s Twitter (28 January 2008)


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Title: Othar’s Twitter
Site: http://twitter.com/Othar
Grade: B+
Recommended for: Fans of Girl Genius, pulp heroes/adventures, and/or narration by friendly, intelligent psychopaths
Database entry: /stories/othars-twitter

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posted by CrazyDreamer  
Monday, January 28, 2008Filed in Stories

Othar’s Twitter


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Title: Othar’s Twitter
Author: Phil Foglio et al. (other Studio Foglio staff may contribute but normally don’t; Cheyenne Wright makes occasional posts)
Site: http://twitter.com/Othar

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posted by CrazyDreamer  
Monday, January 28, 2008Filed in Sidebars

Othar’s Twitter Interview with Phil Foglio (January 2008)


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The following interview was conducted via e-mail with Phil Foglio between 23 January 2008 and 26 January 2008. It is being published here as a sidebar to a review of his webfiction, Othar’s Twitter. Formatting has been applied, the e-mails have been merged into one threaded interview, and there are a couple of silent typo corrections, but it is otherwise a complete transcript of the questions and their answers.

[Main Article: Othar’s Twitter review]

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posted by CrazyDreamer  
Monday, January 28, 2008Filed in Editorials, Sidebars

Priming the Pump


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[Main article: No Uncertain Terms]

Unanswered Questions

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posted by CrazyDreamer  
Monday, January 28, 2008Filed in Articles

No Uncertain Terms


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Abstract

This article deals with the terms used to discuss online fiction, particularly serialized fiction. It briefly describes four critical concepts: media, physical structure, logical structure, and serialization. It then uses those concepts to define “online fiction” and three sub-categories, “internet fiction,” “blooks,” and “webfiction.” Finally, it discusses two problem terms, “webserial” and “internet soap opera,” and the problem schemas—formal organizations and category descriptions—or lack thereof used by Wikipedia and the Open Directory Project.

[Sidebar: Priming the Pump]

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posted by CrazyDreamer  
Saturday, January 26, 2008Filed in Templates

Review Template


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[The title should be “Review: Title of Webfiction (DD Month YYYY).]

Title: ~
Site: ~
Grade: A+ to D-, F
Recommended for: Types of readers who would like the work
Database entry: URL of the database entry here

Subtitle or section title

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Another section title, if needed

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[2] A citation

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Saturday, January 26, 2008Filed in Templates

Article Template


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[The title may be anything that doesn’t conflict with the title formats for other categories.]

Abstract

A short paragraph saying what the article is about

Subtitle or section title

Body of article[1]

Another section title, if needed

More article[2]

Conclusion

A conclusion sometimes helps but is not required

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