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Links, a rec, and a massive eye-roll/rant

First, Hey, Don't Judge Me is cooking today (with lots coming later today, too.)
Game of Thrones! Hope you like your incest. And baby killing.
Dexter! The rewatch continues with the beginning of Season 2, eps. 1 - 3.
Touch! The new Keifer show that is steadily picking up steam.
Later today: Mad Men! Bomb Girls! And THE RETURN OF THE BORGIAS (but debuting on HDJM!) Show my girls some love, if you would be so kind. They're working for praise, so how about you give them a raise? :)

FIC REC: one of those "Please drop what you are doing, read this, leave encouraging feedback, and marvel that this is in the world" kind of fics.

Sweet! A Love Story Told In Sugar by ohquixotica (I believe there are two other authors contributing as well?

WHY: Did you love Pushing Daisies? Do you love surreal romance and beautiful words and maybe a little Like Water For Chocolate? Because this story is all of that and more. I very rarely get emotionally moved by a lot of fanfic. I'm a jerk, I suppose. I choked up, clutched my heart, squealed with happiness, and felt everything right along with the characters. So funny, so sweet, so achy in places I could barely catch my breath. Everything I love in a story and all I didn't know I needed. PLEASE. Track this one. It's a WiP.

And those in Glee fandom? THAT IS HOW YOU WRITE 3rd PERSON OMNISCIENT. Know your POVs, it seems to be a problem. Do I sound snippy? I'll tell you why. But before I cut, PLEASE PLEASE READ.TRACK, BOOKMARK SWEET. You'll thank me later, I guarantee.



1. Fanfic is free. You get to turn on the computer, type in what you like and then you have it! That's amazing. The person providing you with a story (or a drawing, or vid, or...) because they have fannish love for something is doing you a service, and they're not even asking for much in return. Maybe you say thanks. (Most don't.) Maybe you leave them a comment or engage in things you liked, etc. It's still something that another person is GIVING TO YOU FOR NOTHING. Pretty sweet!

2. Which makes many fen feel entitled. You are not owed a new chapter, a new drawing, a new vid. No one "had better" fulfill the promise of posting at a time when it's convenient for you. Posting on Tumblr with a tag for the story (vid, etc.) "Fuck you Author" is about as shitty as it gets. (I'm not even going to go into how much I hate people who post "Look at this asshole" and "fuck you" when someone is especially handsome, pretty, etc. It's douchey; I think it's douchey; I can't stand it. Which is why I scroll and filter.)

Demanding (even when anonymous - that's just worst, imo) that people give you things to your schedule is just about as bratty as it gets. Really? You feel that's acceptable behavior? Or only because you're hiding behind being anonymous? And if you're simply bitching for things (legitimately bitching) then you're just awful, it has to be said. See: FREE.

3. I can't speak for everyone, but here's why I share fan-works - because fandom is (and has been for a very long time) my happy place. We all feel that to some degree, I'm sure. We share our mutual love for things, discuss things we don't, and yes, some people exist to bitch, I know. Believe me. But that's not how fandom serves me. Am I alone? Probably not. Do I want to interact with people that want to put their hand out constantly and bitch and be ugly? NO. Go your way, I'll go mine, we're both satisfied.

I feel JOY when I write. I feel HAPPINESS to create something I care about. I feel PRIDE when I share it and people don't hate it. That is an amazing feeling! I'm sure I'm not alone with that. Which leads me to

4. TONE. Do you know what this is? I in no way think I'm perfect. Everyone who knows me knows without a doubt that I'm my own worst critic. No, really. Look up self-effacing and you'll find me. I don't take myself too seriously, I'm pretty fun as a human, generally speaking. BUT BOY THERE ARE SOME BEHAVIORS THAT PISS ME OFF.

a) people make mistakes. Errors happen. This does not piss me off.
b) it is perfectly fine to say: "Oh, did you see that you dropped the italics tag in paragraph 4?" or "Whoops, there's a homonym error in blah blah." That's just fine with me, and I have no problem with people helping me make the final product as good as can be.
c) it is NOT perfectly fine to adjust your glasses, smirk at me, then proceed to explain what words mean as if I am someone uneducated. Can you honestly think while reading - say, this latest story I'm posting - and think I haven't been schooled? That I don't understand English? Really? And word to the wise: if you're going to correct someone, ESPECIALLY if it's in a holier-than-thou condescending tone, you better make sure your message isn't riddled with errors, yourself. It just makes your ass into a hat.
d) I am NOT interested in being challenged on plot points. Wanting to know motivation, discussing things? Awesome! "I don't believe this" is not okay with me - I don't care that you don't. I've clearly missed something for you, and I'm guessing there's no way to make you see what I see. You can close the screen and move on. I won't be mad, promise. I sure as hell will get irritated if you try and explain my own characters' motivation to me and how I got it wrong.

In case it's not clear, I have been nitpicked up one side and down the other on this FREE STORY that is FINISHED and is being posted like clockwork DAILY.

I'm not in it to be a BNF. I'm not aspiring to fandom heights. I'm writing a story and sharing it, and if you like it, thank you so much! I truly and from the bottom of my heart appreciate it. If you don't, THAT IS FINE, TOO. You can't like everything, I get that. There are many many stories in this fandom that I cannot for the life of me understand why people even bother reading. The characters are unrecognizable (aside from physical features) the story telling is woefully under developed, there are spelling errors left and right, and not in ANY of these stories have I seen comments with corrections, "hem hem" type condescension, etc.

Why the hell have I been bombarded with it? I don't want it, in case you thought I did. We can talk story and character all day long. BUT MY STORY HAS BEEN VETTED, and I'm guessing much more thoroughly than 99% of the stories out there. Give me an "Oopsie doodles, there's a t-e-h in there, not a t-h-e" all day long, I don't mind.

But you don't need to PM me, comment, drop in my ask box the origin of the word "THE" like I'm some kind of mouth breather. I've had close to ONE HUNDRED of these messages since I started posting last Monday. ONE FUCKING HUNDRED. I'm at my limit, guys. My chest is tight, my heart rate is through the roof, and I just want to share a free god damn story. Those of you that have been so supportive and fun (and those of you that brought errors to my attention in a "Hey, whoops - your fly's down!" way are awesome, and I'm so grateful to you.

The rest of you? Ahem.

Glee fandom: It's time to start behaving like humans.


And here come the anonymous "Stoney's a bitch" comments, I'm sure. Sorry for having opinions in my own journal. *

*no, I'm not. And one last time: CATCHING TYPOS is one thing. Talking down to me is another. Guess which one I'm cool with? (And christ, the story is 148,000 words. There's bound to be an error. Find me a printed book without a single error, would you?)

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schmoopiepants
Apr. 10th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
People can be douche canoes
As a voracious consumer and non-producer of Klaine fic, I'm extremely grateful for what people produce and share for free. Some of it's not up my alley, some of it isn't even that good, but I'm still appreciative of all of it.

I try to drop a compliment or thank you to the author of everything I read. Yeah, my comments are usually pretty short and never insightful, but hey it's the polite and the right thing to do.

*sigh* I'm sorry you're getting this stupid hate. Please don't waste too much energy being upset about it, the douche canoes are just not worth it. And you, you are FUCKING amazing and your writing (both your stories and your snarky comments) just make my day. THANK YOU!
stoney321
Apr. 10th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
And they like their paddles up their fudge holes
I am like you: I consume what is available. I may not like it, but with some folks you can see how happy they are (plus their readers) so why the fuck would I piss on that? No one asked for a golden shower, you feel me?

I am very happily over it - I'm like Blaine with his punching bag - worked it out, and ready to move on and do some fancy spins. AND HEY YOU MADE MY DAY SO IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE EVEN! <3
turnonmyheels
Apr. 10th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
All the assholes in the universe come to play in your yard. Is it the awesome drinks? The amazing pool? The Master Gardener's oasis in the hot Texas sun?

I'd like to ask the assholes of the universe to go to their own yard, be a dick to the people they actually have to look at in real life and leave you the fuck alone.

::Hugs::
stoney321
Apr. 10th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
B, I think I have some weird alloy in my blood stream that attracts the crazies. It's time for a flush, you know? (OMG I HOPE YOU AND SAL HAD SO MUCH FUN!!
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elizardbits
Apr. 10th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
also you smell like butts

butts, laura
stoney321
Apr. 10th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
AS LONG AS IT ISN'T HOT DOG WATER I AM GOOD WITH BUTTS.

*creys*
frumiousme
Apr. 10th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
i for one am so fucking impressed with anyone who can write, let alone to your calibre, that i would not dare to criticise. life happens, people make typos. i am grateful for anything you and other writers choose to share with us.
stoney321
Apr. 10th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Well, you're a treat and a delight and I suspect not fully human and possibly elfish, so OF COURSE you are right. ;D

<3 <3
pushplaytobegin
Apr. 10th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I wonder if it's a carryover from writing workshops where participants pick apart each other's stuff. I have no idea. I'm sorry it's happening to you. (((((hugs you))))) I'm on the edge of my seat because I'm anticipating the conflict that is sure to come. Eeeeeee!

One of my favorite typos was where an author had written "steaks of come" instead of "streaks of come," and I howled so hard I cried. Then I PM'd them. I just can't bring myself to leave corrections in comments, even for typos. Comments are for lurrrrrrve!
stoney321
Apr. 10th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
If I didn't have the most hard-nosed (and right) beta in existence, I wouldn't be so opposed to the workshop mindset. Well, I probably would, because I don't post things until they've been thoroughly vetted, but still. This is a finished story, so I'm not making changes to past chapters, you know?

STEAKS OF COME. That is awesome. That's up with "he seated himself in her audience," that is. :D I don't mind concrit, typically. I have issues with the tone of looking down their nose at my story for not being factual, when I have freaking flaming_muse as an editor. The woman it seriously the most educated person I know, and spent a decade in academia doing - hey-o - editorial work.

I have a feeling, however, that this post has served its purpose. It's okay to help writers. It is! It's not okay to denigrate and talk in an ugly manner.

*still lol'ing and steaks of come.* Er, I'll take mine well done, I believe. ;)
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luvxander
Apr. 10th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
I hate evil, rude, bitchy people. Though, being a bit of a bitch myself, I feel I am entitled to hate them.

Honestly, I'm enjoying the fic so much that I don't even notice the little errors like "teh" instead of "the". And, unless they're just being bitchy for bitchiness's sake, no one else should either.

I am rather grateful, and extremely appreciative, of you sharing these wonderful worlds of awesome with us.

And anyone that needs a punch in the nose? You just point them in my direction. I have LOADS AND LOADS of stress to work out, and violence is, contrary to popular opinion, sometimes the answer.

Now, for a SUGGESTION for your next project. It could, possibly, include Blaine + police officer's uniform + stripper pole. I blame this completely on a (wonderful) dream I had last night.
stoney321
Apr. 10th, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHA. One day I'm going to be in 'Bama, and we're going to find the one gay bar that hiding out in the country, and I'm going to be the most awesome FruitFly you ever went drinking with. (It's the gay version of a wingman.)

Sometimes violence IS the answer, you're right. Like how I'm going to go apeshit on a plate of eggs and bacon in a mo'. :D

AHAHAHA. Blaine, policeman, stripped pole. CHECK. ;D
chinablues
Apr. 10th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
I send you bittersweet chocolates ...
because you do not deserve that kind of treatment. In fact, no creator deserves to have their vision questioned in a rude and irresponsible manner. I read a boatload of fan fiction (no lie, I think housework is highly overrated) and I'm a firm believer in my author's perogative. If they choose to take Kurt to the moon, then I'm happy to find out Marc Jacobs has a stunning collection of space suits to wear on the dark side. It's enough that someone is trying, and then actually putting a piece of their soul out in public. The least I can do is appreciate their unique take on characters I love.

Which isn't to say I think all of the stories I've read are great, or even good, sometimes. But I feel that at the very least I can refrain from being overtly negative, these authors are certainly doing more than I. Critics who can't comment with heart or appreciation for the sheer effort involved in crafting a storyline should make like Thumper and "just say nuth'in a'tall".

And, sorry I haven't expressed my heartfelt love for this story yet. I just raced through the first eight chapters (your Irish love child is absolutely brilliant, Blaine needed a fabulous hag) and haven't had time. But I couldn't hold myself back from supporting your completely valid point of view, and offer my opinion. And chocolate. And a glass
of wine. Just to fortify you in your trials. Keep doing what you're doing, there are hundreds of us out there who love your visions.

And, I didn't see any typos! But please excuse mine, this was typed on iPod, and, due to formatting, proofing is tough (andauto correct is brutal -- funny, sometimes, but brutal.)
stoney321
Apr. 10th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
Re: I send you bittersweet chocolates ...
I can only imagine how grateful other artists/writers/etc are to have thoughtful readers like yourself. I certainly don't expect everyone to leave me praise (boy, did I learn YEARS ago that most people don't comment - it's just how things are) and I'm incredibly happy when I get even the simplest, "Yay!" I would just rather people didn't feel the need to laser beam in on one thing they DIDN'T like and ignore the other 8000 words. If it was such a bad thing, why did they stick around for the rest, you know?

But anyway. Thank you veyr much, and please know that I don't expect comments on every chapter (or at all.) I love when I get them, but I don't EXPECT them. I am really happy to know that Moira gets a thumbs up - I'm rather fond of her, myself. :D

THANK YOU. And I will share that chocolate and wine with you. :)
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stoney321
Apr. 10th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
No, your FACE is a fantastic writer! Your mom is. (I am terrible about accepting compliments. Thank you very much.)

Is it shitty of me to agree with you on the reason people behave this way with other writers? I think there's a lot of truth in it.
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Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

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