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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?)

Comments

prosen8966
Apr. 9th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry people are bombarding you with anything negative, let alone typing errors which I imagine they can either ignore or, if it (apparently) is bothering them to the point where they feel it is necessary to bring it to your attention, INSTEAD, they should probably just go read something else instead. IMO.

If I have trouble with a story/ don't like the way it's developing/ feel that Kurt has become the scum of the earth (that's just an example b'c he's my favorite character on Glee)/ suddenly realize that political opinions not my own are likely to be peppered throughout the tale -- I do this wild, awesome, and quite similar to using a remote on a TV thing where I simply stop reading the story. That's it. I don't find it necessary (or advisable) or anything other than mean, really, to TELL the author that I'm doing this. I certainly am not going to continue reading a story I dislike, just for the joy of letting an author know what I believe is wrong with each chapter.

And the thing that bugs me the most about all this is what you mentioned at the very beginning. You're writing the story FOR FREE. Apart from praise and possible recognition during the next story/artwork, etc., you send out, you're not receiving anything from your hours (and hours and hours) of work other than comments which (IMO) should be positive. (As in 'if you don't have something nice to say, shut the fuck up.')

I'm truly sorry I'm not (personally) leaving comments but I saw at the beginning that I very much liked where the story (appeared) to be going; you said the story was already written (as in, if I did what I'm about to tell you, it would make sense) which is decide to wait for the entire story to be available and then just read it straight through. It's not that it's a bad thing to read stories in stages, but knowing that the wait won't be all that long, it just seemed (to me) to make sense to wait for the full tale and read it all together like a novel. Or a novella. Or whatever.

At the time I decided this, I just assumed you would be bombarded with praise from other people and my holding back would not make a difference. And, as assumptions go, this was a doozy.

Maybe the hiatus is driving people mad and starting tomorrow night, they will begin to act humane and nice and not leave ridiculous, negative comments for you to read for no reason that I can understand.

In my mind, a much more natural response to fic reading in the Glee fandom (since I don't actually read other fandoms) is where hengilas posted a partial chapter to her A Better Way to Fall in Love story, which (for whatever reasons, I think school but honestly, it's none of my business and I'm just thrilled she continued the tale) had stopped back in December or January and thus I was ever so happy to see a new posting today!! TBH, I didn't read through the entire part of her posting where she apologized for the lengthy delay b'c (like you mentioned above) I don't think anyone should HAVE to apologize for when they post their chapters. We, the readers, should be happy that you, the writer, are doing it in the first place. So I can't swear that people didn't bug her during that hiatus w' messages like 'when is your next posting, huh, huh?! but I'd like to believe that they didn't and certainly I did nothing of the sort.

Because I'm perfect.

(I kid.)

Because I just think it's intrusive and rude and unnecessary and sort of like honking in traffic -- if you could post, you would, so how would (other than being rude and intrusive) my message help that process?

So, that's my UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLY long way of saying, I'm so sorry you're dealing w' such crap. (I am, apparently, incapable of writing short messages.)
stoney321
Apr. 9th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
OH MY FUCKING GOD I WANT TO MARRY YOU. I laughed so hard at the turning the channel/shutting the window. I DO THAT, TOO. So good for my blood pressure, I must say.

And honestly, if it had just happened a few times, I wouldn't be so upset like I am today. But I'm not joking when I say how many complaints/nitpicks/when the hell are you going to post again,this song isn't working give me more free music blah - that I've gotten in a week. It's a LOT TO TAKE.

And I'm not kidding when I say that I don't need a million comments - someone tells me now that they're enjoying it, that's wonderful! Anything beyond that is icing, in my way of thinking. And I really don't mind at all people who want to wait it out. I do that, too. For big stories I like the daily treat, but it's not like my feelings are hurt by people wanting it all - that's ANOTHER compliment, I think.

I didn't even think about the hiatus making people crazed with need. That's something to think about, for sure. I know I'm desperate for more show, so...

As for your story about hengilas, I would bet diamonds to donuts that people emailed her about posting soon. I would be shocked if it hadn't happened.

And I love long comments, please! I actually love talking things out. :D

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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.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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