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rocksalt_recs :(

After a really great two years, it looks like rocksalt_recs is closing down. I am so sad. I haven't used it a ton in the last six months or so, but it's been such a great resource for the SPN fannish community, and I've enjoyed reccing things there.

It sounds like there might be a possibility of it staying open if they found new mods to run it, so if that sounds like something you'd like to participate in, here's your chance.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Comment here or there. (comment count unavailable DW replies)

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de_nugis
Jul. 30th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
Oh, that's too bad. In all honestly, I took them off my watch list at one of those moments when I just could not cope with fandom's reaction to s9 any more, but they were a valuable comm. But I don't think modding is something I could consider, given the rate at which I am drifting away from the fandom.
snickfic
Jul. 30th, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
Same. I would like it to continue to exist, but I don't want to be responsible for its continued existence. A year ago, yes; now, no.
quickreaver
Jul. 30th, 2014 04:17 am (UTC)
*sighs wistfully* We will always have LJ...

But seriously, I hope we all keep writing SOMETHING and stay in touch. I want to buy everyone's first novel!
de_nugis
Jul. 30th, 2014 02:39 pm (UTC)
LJ is another thing that has me feeling elegiac these days, but I hope at least a few crickets will remain chirping to each other.

I haven't walked out of Spn and slammed the door -- I still have a couple of fics I'm contracted for, if nothing else -- but I'm reading very, very little these days, so I'm singularly ill fitted for a reccing comm that deals a lot with fic. I will say that I'm seeing more art than ever, though: Tumblr doesn't work for me for conversation (I find that it does OK for debate and OK for squee, but the more ruminative, descriptive modes I prefer don't do well in that sort of round robin circulation the reblogging format generates), but it really is great for images.
quickreaver
Jul. 30th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
See? If you didn't make me google the definition of a new word on a regular basis, I would be that much less enlightened! Never leave.

Tumblr is really only great for images (as long as attribution isn't stripped.) The histrionics over there, though...eeeeeesh. I just went on an unfollowing purge and I feel so much saner.
ghostyouknow27
Jul. 30th, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
The histrionics over there, though...eeeeeesh. I just went on an unfollowing purge and I feel so much saner.

I know what you mean. Just the way feelings are expressed on tumblr can make things raucous, even when people's emotions aren't running that high. When they are, yikes. I'm a little more adamant in my opinions over there as well. There's just something in the water.
quickreaver
Jul. 30th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
I'm already trying to keep too many SPN events afloat here on LJ. :/ I'm sad to see it go; it was such a good resource and I can't find jack shit on AO3. But fandom is dispersing and condensing, so some things will fade. It's getting harder and harder to find good stuff to read, as more and more of our classic authors leave *stares at present company* but all good things must end. Guess we'll have to rely on word of mouth and self-publicity, eh?
snickfic
Jul. 30th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
Aw, yeah, I know you are doing more than your bit. (Which is much appreciated!)

FWIW, I've had some success finding genfic on AO3 just by going to the SPN page, selecting "gen," removing Dean/Castiel from the results (because they're so popular they end up even in fic marked gen), and specify things over 1k. Then I just click on summaries that look interesting. That's how I found that horror fic I recced a month or so ago. There's hidden gems over there on AO3!

Heh, I don't think I count as a "classic" author in any sense, but thank you! I'm not done with this fandom yet, even if I've slowed down. There are still a few SPN fics in me yet. :)
quickreaver
Jul. 30th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't figured out how to remove tags from my search parameters yet! I MUST, because I was having the very same issue with D/C just the other day over there.

It's so lovely to hear both you and de_nugis might still have a thing or two to write in the SPN world, and I truly mean that. There seems to be a...philosophical(?) difference between the folks who come from a sensibility of the first five seasons, and those who are more familiar/comfortable with the seasons that have followed. It's simply different. And I miss it.
snickfic
Jul. 30th, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I can help you there! It only works for the big tags, like pairing and fandom, but here's what you do. First you select the tag you don't want, like Dean/Castiel, here. Notice the "Subscribe to RSS feed" button in the corner. If you hover over or click on that link, you can see a web address with a number in it - that's the number associated with the AO3 tag (AND all the tags synned to it, which makes it even better). So go to the page of the tag you want, say the SPN tag, and put the number you found, which is 5672 in this case, and put "-5672" (without quotes) in the "Search within results" field on the SPN tag page. And voila! SPN without any D/C.
quickreaver
Aug. 3rd, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try this! (Oddly enough, I've just stumbled onto a few decent longfics over there and am really looking forward to them.)

If I end up digging the fics, I'll crosspost the recs here on LJ. I think LJ and A03 are a little more mutually compatible than anything tumblr. There seems to be more of a philosophical similarity, or maybe the youngsters aren't as attracted to A03's utilitarian look. *shakes cane and adjusts dentures*
snickfic
Aug. 4th, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
Actually, I think Tumblr uses AO3 as its primary fic interface. For example, I'm pretty sure 90% of the rare pair stuff that turns up in the newsletter is from Tumblr - nobody on LJ is writing those pairings, for sure.

Good luck on your fic search!
quickreaver
Aug. 4th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
Okay, yup, very true! I don't read many rare-pair things (though I'm not necessarily adverse to writing or arting them.) I actually kinda dig Dean/Benny, and just about anything with Jo. And your Gen was a favorite of mine. Huh. I'll have to check out the newsletter with a keener eye...
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