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November 25, 2012


Hey kids.
Thanks for the well-wishes last time. I think I'm pretty much recovered from my brain injury ;) I can look at screens in full light without sunglasses now.

The whole thing kind of made me start wondering about time. It seems there's never enough of it, but then something like that could happen, bam you get a head injury, your brain bleeds, you fall into a coma and then you wake up thirty years older from a coma. I'm not super organized with my schedule and the way I spend my time or anything, but there would be no consoling me if that ever happened. Brains are fragile things. The moral of this story is: don't fall on your head. It's bad for you.

What I'm mostly calling to your attention is duplicate folders within the group. Mostly because... there aren't any.  I can't make two folders for a novel, so the result is your novels have to live under one single genre folder.

For example, if your book is a cross between horror and romance, they can't exist in both folders. You, as the author, have to pick one. I'm of course open to making a unique folder for that type of fusion. Romance-Horror or Action-Historical or Fantasy-Sci Fi, any of that. All you have to do is ask. Same with adding other types of folders that aren't already there to serve your needs. I'm biting my lip wanting to add an experimental folder or a non-genre folder, but there isn't much of that in the novel field on dA right now.

Speaking of which, the Fantasy folder is by far our most popular folder. There are plenty of works being filed there right now. But since is is getting so large, what do you think of splitting the folder? We could go authors or titles A-L and M-Z or make it into sub-genres, or just leave it alone.  Actually, this looks like a job for the group poll. :dance:
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sivrel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Also, congratulations with your recovery.
sivrel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Sub-genres seem like a good idea to me... unless high fantasy is just that popular.
TarienCole Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really, even if it's a fusion (And what work is 'pure' to one genre?) the author knows which one is predominate and should know where the audience is most likely to come from. So I'm fine with the way it is now.
k-h-o Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I used to run the group #Lit-WIP and the way we separated everything was by the author name and whatever the author wanted, they could submit only to that folder. And then we require a small summary so that everyone knows what's in the folder. Sure, it's not the best categorization system, but since there's not a lot of active people there, it works...ish. The only problem I have with it is rather selective in who's on the front the A's go first? Or the Z's?

Anyway. I only submit to Fantasy because I haven't my "true" genre in there, which is New Weird or often mistaken as a Gothic (although they are very similar). It has magic and all that, so it can't be really defined as any other genre. If people are having trouble figuring out what their "true" genre happens to be, this really sorts it all out: [link] (It does not have some genres such as New Weird, but it's the best list I can find.)

This probably wasn't the most helpful comment and quite possibly complicated things. Sorry.
SanguineAthena Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Writer
(This is so delayed!) But I love New Weird :)
And I'd like to have personalized folders for each author too, but my computer system limits my access to my own back room for some reason. I've already ordered a new one so I might just take your advice and do it like you once it gets here.
k-h-o Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Quite all right! I'm so glad someone else knows what New Weird is!

I'm glad you like the way my other group does it! With only 69 members at the moment, it seems quite possible. But if the group grows too large, another system may have to be thought up.
Great-Lord-Dread Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sub-Genres maybe. Modern Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Traditional Fantasy and Sci-fi Fantasy are all viable, depends on how much we have of each. For instance both my novels I've submitted (Grimoire and Teleforce) would be Sci-fi Fantasy as they include elements of post apocalyptic story telling and theoretical technology/science.
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