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canette
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anyone heard anything from the author autofocus. I was enjoying his stories and he just sorta stopped updating them, it might be from writer's block but emailing him, and getting no response, oh well,

thank you to all of the writers on this site, have been enjoying reading here for a few years

Replies:   richardshagrin
richardshagrin
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@canette

ignore this

Crumbly Writer

Richardshagrin, I started to say the same thing before considering it. "Lost Stories" is an attempt to locate lost stories. This request is instead a search for a missing author (i.e. they already know who the author is).

We should all ask Lazeez to create a new "Missing Authors" category, since so many damn fine authors have gone missing with no known links. (Someone suggested adding ALL the "missing authors" into one thread, but with thread drift, that could become one royal mess if he did!)

canette

I just figured with the way some of the authors here talk to each other, some one might know some thing.
if this is not the right place, then tell me where it might be the right place
oh well tyvm all

Ernest Bywater

@canette

Out of the options available, this is the best place to ask. However, it would've been a bit more obvious if the thread title was expanded a bit to make the purpose of the thread clearer.

Crumbly Writer

@canette

I just figured with the way some of the authors here talk to each other, some one might know some thing.

Sadly, SOL & ASSTR authors disappear all the time. Often, their families don't even know they write online, and even if they do, they wouldn't know how to either post stories, or who to contact that they'd died.

We've discussed different methods for handling stories if any of us were to die unexpectedly, but they tend to fall apart after a few years.

If you're planning to die sometime soon (authors only), then SOL allows you to post at a specific time in the future, so you could post everything you have available (unedited) even after you're gone. But the list of missing authors is long and getting longer every year.

rustyken

There is a forum item on BTFH that talked about authors who seemed to have disappeared. It would be nice to see a similar topic here.

Cheers, RustyKen

Replies:   richardshagrin
richardshagrin

@rustyken

I am not sure I want to encourage authors to disappear. Maybe one page on one forum is enough.

Perhaps we ought to encourage either co-authors who will pick up the load or relatively frequent correspondence between/among authors so when someone drops off the edge of the world we can commiserate about it. Misery shared is misery reduced.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@richardshagrin

I am not sure I want to encourage authors to disappear. Maybe one page on one forum is enough.

Authors aren't 'influenced' to stop writing. They're driven by their own internal demons. Instead, they either die, are bankrupted by the government (lawsuits), or they get sick. Oh, and occasionally they'll get married, find religion and remove all their previous pornographic stories (and unsurprisingly, never write anything again).

I vote for a new "Lost Authors" category. If Lazeez isn't interested, then we create a thread (where we try to limit it to information about those who've disappeared, rather than repeated requests about those who've been gone for years).

Replies:   docholladay
docholladay

@Crumbly Writer


I vote for a new "Lost Authors" category. If Lazeez isn't interested, then we create a thread (where we try to limit it to information about those who've disappeared, rather than repeated requests about those who've been gone for years).


That sounds great, at least it would be a place to check. I personally could see checking the list first before asking about a writer. Of course there will always be those who ask first and refuse to check any listings.

Crumbly Writer

@docholladay

I also see it as a list that authors/readers check to determine everyone who's currently listed as missing (i.e. reading the whole list).

I've lost a lot of fellow authors and editors who I've worked with over the years, and I haven't been writing for that long. It's amazing how quickly they seem to pass.

Ernest Bywater

@docholladay

That sounds great, at least it would be a place to check. I personally could see checking the list first before asking about a writer. Of course there will always be those who ask first and refuse to check any listings.


And those who'll check the list just to see if they're supposed to be gone yet or still alive!

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

And those who'll check the list just to see if they're supposed to be gone yet or still alive!

Ha-ha! That's a separate list: Authors we wish would retire. I know several who'd nominate me!

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

Actually, I was making a reference to those people who check the obituaries in the local paper to see if they were listed this week.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

Actually, I was making a reference to those people who check the obituaries in the local paper to see if they were listed this week.

Yeah, I got that. But I think most authors check their last story update for the same thing, thinking that, if they haven't posting anything lately, that they will cease to exist in the public mind.

Replies:   docholladay
docholladay

@Crumbly Writer

Actually, I was making a reference to those people who check the obituaries in the local paper to see if they were listed this week.

Yeah, I got that. But I think most authors check their last story update for the same thing, thinking that, if they haven't posting anything lately, that they will cease to exist in the public mind.


I admit I tend to check your blog's onsite as well as the forums, since I know there are many reasons for not posting or updating stories. I find a little patience and respect tends to go a long way. Although I will at times with a writer who hasn't been heard from in some time write him/her an email if possible asking about their health and such. I know probably dumb in some cases.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@docholladay

not so dumb. I interact with a couple of other authors on projects, and it's amazing how some projects take ages to get finished because they aren't in regular contact. That's one reason why I handle the blogs for a couple of people now - and I keep them minimalistic.

madnige

I think Laz could do something close to saying dead-or-alive by just listing a 'last logon' timestamp on the author page (and I'm sure he has the required data already). It doesn't matter if they're working insanely hard IRL, sick, disabled, in prison, dead, or otherwise cut off from the 'net, if they don't log on, they won't be posting. This could extend to 'yellow flagging' as inactive on the 'Authors Starting with...' pages any authors who haven't visited the site for a year (or whatever) - just as the last posting date is highlighted if it's recent, the author name could be highlighted if inactive. [BTW, where does it tell us about what the shading on 'Latest' date means - I'm sure I've seen it, but can't find it now]. Just letting readers know that the author is still around, even if they're not posting, would be a great comfort.

I do think that the underlying author login timestamp should be listed for all noms-de-plume; indeed, I'd like to be able to see all pseudonyms associated with authors.

Crumbly Writer

I finally contacted Laz about this issue (and the "Publishers" category. As we all imagined, he doesn't want to 'sanction' a publishing category as he feels it's encourage authors to avoid sites like SOL (or worse, only post 'teasers' to draw readers away).

Personally, the few of us who do publish are pretty good citizens, in this regard. We use SOL (and any other sites) to augment sales, rather than burning our bridges (such authors don't remain authors for long if they take short cuts).

Most of our sales are 'thanks for the effort' sales, where the readers read the story for free, and then purchase it as personal encouragement. Publishing manages to extend our reach to new readers who don't visits story sites like this. However, I can see his point and hadn't really anticipated my request to be successful.

He (Lazeez) is considering this request (to create a "Lost Authors" category), but he's caught by the same considerations. In short, he's afraid that if he publicly acknowledges authors who've quit reading, loyal readers might quit. Most of us have visited sites for a specific author, and we'll hang around for a long time waiting for new stories, but we'll abandon the site if our favorite author/s quit. So his decision could go either way on this subject.

In general, the yellow tag posted after a year's delay is a reasonable alert, not just for a single story but for the author. If they haven't posted in over a year, chances are they're gone for good. Not necessarily, but the odds are against them. The only issue is, if all their stories are 'completed', you'd have no way of knowing they aren't active. For now, the thread on BTFH is the best reliable source we have.

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