Excellent answers, but I wouldn't expect anything less. I think you're unable to lock down your brain and just write something 'empty' - haven't found anything yet, at least.
I SO agree about ff.net, I've been there twice, trying to find something, and it's absolutely hopeless. I'm sticking to PS, SQ and FFA.
Also what you say about "Mary Sues" rings true, I've alwys wondered how it is supposed to be possible to keep oneself completely out of any character. Is that at all doable if you want to write a character that rings true?
Hi, Ros. Actually it was a very good fic that upset me because a character I liked was behaving badly in an AU. That wasn't really the part that made me angry, though; it was the response to my review. I can't say more without stirring up the whole thing all over again.