Today's weather: It was rainy, the sun came out, it's snowing. No, wait! The sun's out again.
I'm getting dizzy.
Also, there's a fascinating topic in today's discussion over at spn_darkside, meus_venator's The Thaw, http://archiveofourown.org/works/
...well, it reminded me of why I stopped reading Gabaldon. It's like Tolkien: walk, walk, walk, stop to eat, walk, walk, walk while singing about eating, walk, walk, walk, stop to eat, only with sex instead of second (third, fourth) breakfast.
I realize some of us are in it for the smexin'. But me? I'm easily bored with two pages of every eight devoted to knocking boots. And *two pages?* Every time? That's more repetition on a theme than my story-craving heart can accept. But that's just me.
Title: Can't always get what you want
Word count: 2,200
Warning/spoilers: A/B/O universe, dystopia AU
Disclaimers: I own nothing, this is pure fiction written just for fun. Please don’t sue.
Summary: Jared and Jensen sit down for a conversation
( Two men faced each other in the gloom of a room shuttered against afternoon sun, one relaxed on the sofa, the other cheeking the edge of the desk. Sounds of a party outdoors, laughter of children and adults, the splash of someone jumping into the pool, and the hum and babble of conversation filtered through the closed windows. )
Comment with the title of one of my fics http://fufaraw.livejournal.com/98937.
1. What was my inspiration for this fic? How did it come to me?
2. What’s my favorite part of the fic?
3. What’s the part of the fic I’m most proud of?
4. What part of the fic was the hardest for me to write?
5. What part of the fic am I still dissatisfied with?
6. Who’s my favorite character in the fic?
7. Were there any major decisions I made about the fic that could have made it go a whole different direction?
8. Was there anything I only learned about the fic after I had finished it? (themes, motifs, symbolism, etc)
9. Did anyone in the fic surprise me by doing anything? If so, what?
10. If I had to sum up this fic in a sentence, what would it be?
11. If I were to rewrite this fic, what would I change?
12. Did any thing about this fic’s reception surprise me?
13. What were my beta’s major comments about the first draft of this fic?
14. If I were to write a sequel to this fic, what would it be about?
15. Any other question about the fic!
Ask away. I may actually answer a few of these on my own, because I'm just that self-involved. *g*
In other news, I traditionally use those orange candy pumpkins and candy corn in my Halloween decor, because I'm classy like that. OH shopped, but could find only a smallish bag of corn, and a bag containing regular corn, that blighted, wrong, chocolate-tipped corn, and pumpkins all mixed together. I spent a bit of time this morning...sorting my corn and pumpkins. The corn goes in the black iron kettle on the coffee table with the crystal ball, The Essential Supernatural oversized hardcover, the spellbook box, the skull and flying witch votive cups, my second pine needle besom (the first stays on a wee shelf by the back door), dark-themed books by friends (Dark's Tale, Deb Grabien, Gothic Charm School, Jillian Venters, Sam the Bat by Allyson Beatrice) a copy of Epitaphs from the Very Best Old Graveyards, and Snoopy's It Was a Dark and Stormy Night--the last one's gang agley, though, and I know not where--and the Halloween and Deviant Moon tarot decks. The pumpkins get scattered amid other decorations, and the blighted with chocolate corn goes in a bowl and gets shoved at unwary guests: "Eat it! Go on, it won't hurt you, I promise!" Stupid unnatural chocolate corn.
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August 21st: Fanfiction Writers Appreciation Day
It is not surprising news that fanfiction writers are highly underappreciated.
There’s something wrong with the numbers: let’s take a popular fic with almost 4k hits. For let’s say 700 readers, it will get about 50 comments and 300 Kudos (those numbers are just an example, sometimes it’s worse than that). Maybe I’m being too kind, maybe not, but things stay the same; there’s something wrong here. Can you see it?
It takes us days, weeks, sometimes months to write a story for you. We write for ourselves yes, but we also write to share. We write to offer you content about your favourite characters. We write to bring our and your ships to life. It takes you a fraction of second to leave a Kudos, ten seconds to one, two or a few minutes to leave a comment.
And here lies our problem: there’s no proper sharing if there’s no proper feedback. An author not getting comments is generally a sad author. If I didn’t get feedback I’d wonder what’s the point in keeping on writing. A comment makes a writer’s day, most of the time even motivates them to write more.
Another important thing thrandythefabulous and I noticed: why on Earth do so many readers don’t comment (even kudos) if the fic has been up for a little more than a week or two? Why? Your feedback is still welcomed and much appreciated.
We write for ourselves, but also we write for you. And sadly, many readers are being quite… ungrateful, when giving feedback is the least they can do to thank the people offering them stories for free.
So, before we get started on our little day, let’s talk about comments:
It doesn’t matter if other readers already said what you wanted to say, we’ll still love reading it again in your words.
It doesn’t matter the fic has been up for weeks or months or years; comments on those ones are unexpected and so, it makes them ever better.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have much to say, we’ll be glad anyway.
Most authors leave the comment section open to people who don’t have an Archive of Our Own (AO3) account, which means you can still… comment! How amazing is that.
That brings us to our little Fanfiction Writers Appreciation Day.
The point of this day is simple; on August 21st, writers and readers alike would go on AO3 (or any fanfiction website really), on Tumblr, and leave a comment on their favourite fics (even the fics they enjoyed!) and/or send their authors a message about their works.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve already or never commented. It doesn’t matter if the author doesn’t know about this post. It doesn’t matter if the author already knows how much you love their work.
Just let writers know you love the fics they write for you, simple as that!And well, don’t forget to keep leaving a Kudos and a comment in the future, and make writers happy!
But I'm also being scarce on purpose because--People! So Much Tempting Meanttobe fic! So! Much! So tempting! So I'm kinda marking the dates so I can come back later and eat it ALL up with a SPOON! And BB starts posting *tomorrow*!! So much fic, and me with a moratorium on reading until I post. So sad.
It's really warm, today, and we've deployed the fans, which is really the only way we survive summer with no AC. I'm lacking one oscillator, which is on a high closet shelf and much be fetched by the Other Human, and also the cardboard baffle we made for the front window to keep sun heat on the window glass from heating up the room. It's white on the side that faces out, for reflection, and corrugated for a bit of insulation. We *tell ourselves* it's helping, and it may be, a degree or two. The only thing left to do, and I'm saving it for end of July and August--is mount the shade in the skylight. It turns the whole center of the house into underwaterish gloom, though, and I don't like it. But if it's a choice between baking in our juices and living in gloom, well....
Hope you're all well.
But the thing is, I can't just sit here and moon at it (I want to! It's so pretty!), I need to work on my second draft. And do real stuff, even if it's not as much fun as fic.
So. I should...go do that. Over there.
wolves, wolves, J2 AU, PG! This sort of helps explain a comment I left in roxymissrose's LJ recently. Also, I feel I should apologize for the utter lack of sex. So far.
pairing: Jensen, Jared
genre: Gen, for now
word count: 3,750
warnings: Shifter AU
summary: Jared was just a kid, and Jensen was going to show him the ropes. Any time now.
Unbetaed, which never happens. I own nothing except my mistakes.