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Anonymous said: WHY DOES NO ONE UPDATE THEIR FANFICTION. I'M ABOUT TO WRITE MY OWN FUCKING FANFICTION BECAUSE NOBODY UPDATES. *cries silently*

darthstitch:

booasaur:

tersaseda:

peaceheather:

starrizlightning:

mildredandbobbin:

snapslikethis:

I am probably the wrong person to ask this, anon, because I don’t have much sympathy for this type of complaint.

I’m going to gently (but not too gently) correct the mistaken assumption you have that authors owe you fanfiction in what you perceive to be a timely manner.

Let me tell you, as a fanfiction author, that I wish I could give you all a new one-shot every other day and a multi-chap update every week.

I know many others who wish the same, but can’t.

Because, you know, we have lives.

Real lives. Like in the real world. With real commitments - school to graduate, jobs to go to, both of which we need our sleep for. We have families and boyfriends who demand (and deserve) our time and attention. We have sports teams we may be committed to, projects we’re involved in, or organizations we ally our time and resources with.

And sometimes, an author may have a free day and just wants to sleep in.

Because fanfiction writing is a hobby.

A cathartic and fun one, yes, but a hobby just the same. 

And as such, that hobby, therapeutic and fun though it may be, doesn’t get first priority. Or second. Or third. Or sometimes fourth.

I’ve known one author who basically left the fandom because of the pressure to update quickly and how aggravating that sense of entitlement, I know another who almost left, but didn’t, aun I see asks for the big fandom authors (Jules and BC) weekly asking when will you update? next chapter? how far along are you? spoilers?

For the most part, authors are all super gracious and kind. Because no fanfiction author is hoarding a completed chapter and deliberately withholding it to be mean. Readers are awesome and bringing happiness to someone else’s day-that’s the best compliment, right?

But to get an anon asking where in the hell the update is….that doesn’t help at all. It actually sucks the joy out of writing. And when there’s no joy, it usually—well, it usually sucks.

I’m not telling you how to feel about the subject, but really?

Please, do go write a fanfic. Come up with a plot or a concept, write a rough draft to flesh it out, edit it, maybe rewrite it, find a beta and send it to them, get it back, look at their suggested changes versus your suggested changes, edit it again, send it back to the beta again, maybe scratch entire scene or plotline,  make sure your characters are in character and saying and doing the things they ought to be doing in a way that makes sense and is also compelling to read. Do all that, and post them and maybe get no reviews, or bad reviews. And do it again anyway, because you enjoy doing it.

But you will very quickly see how long it takes—how involved the process can get—because most of the people I know want to want to post work they are proud of, work that takes effort, and can’t (and shouldn’t) be whipped up overnight.

In terms of word count-a hundred thousand words-which is what most multi-chapter fics are-those take real time authors, who do it for a living as their primary income, months and years to complete. And that’s with a fleshed out concept, dedicated time to complete it, and an editor to help the process along.

Your favorite author may be stressing about finals, or working on the third draft of a chapter that just isn’t coming together right, or god forbid, having a relaxing day in the sun.

Like that’s her choice and she will post it when she can and she probably wants it posted, too.

So patience, dear. Have some patience. And go write a oneshot.

You know what’s more encouraging to an author then ‘when’s the next chapter’ or ‘update quicker!’ - leaving positive feedback about what you liked about the last chapter or the story as a whole (be specific!) - because sometimes the author is having a long dark tea time of the soul and just seeing a reminder of what’s good about their story can help them remember why they were excited about writing the story in the first place, and feel enthused enough to get back into it.

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As a writer, I am an unabashed review whore. I don’t mean that I will blackmail readers and say stupid crap like “I will post the next chapter once I get ten reviews!” because that’s childish and manipulative. But I do mean that a good review can make my whole week and will definitely encourage me to write more and write faster. It’s a reward feedback system, pure and simple. I write, you review, I get a little ting! of pleasure, I want to write more and get more reward. I get insecure when I don’t see a lot of reviews, even though I know it could just be a lack of traffic or a small fandom, or the middle of a holiday when none of the usual readers are around to actually look at my work. I crave those reviews.

As a reader, therefore, I’ve decided it’s only fair to leave the sort of reviews that I personally would love to see on my own fics. I don’t just say, “nice chapter!” although that can certainly be part of it. I try to say things like, “oh MAN, the suspense here is killing me and I can’t wait to see how you resolve it, i love love love the way this character just completely shot down that other character who was being a jerk, it was perfect and way overdue for that jerk,” and so on.

^^^^All of this.

Seriously. I’ve read so much fic but only recently started leaving feedback, partly because I followed so many writers on tumblr and saw how the reviews (or the lack thereof) affected them, and partly because I occasionally post photosets myself and like going through tags, however mild or incoherent, so I somewhat understood that feeling. And that’s not even a fair comparison, photosets usually take not nearly the effort that goes into stories, but tend to get reblogged and shared with such a wide audience so quickly.

So after realizing what I appreciated about the tags, and why they seemed so much easier for people to add, and putting that together with what the various authors I followed said, I realized that a review wasn’t nearly the Big Deal that I was making it out to be.

Not leaving comments had nothing to do with laziness and everything to do with my own fear of making a bad impression, of bothering the writer somehow (I know!), of not leaving as thoughtful a comment as the fic/writer deserved, of being unoriginal. Yeah, forget all that.

There are authors who love interacting with their regular readers and who get into analytical discussions with them, and maybe you’re intimidated by that, but I SWEAR, there is not a single one out there who won’t appreciate just a “EASODIFADNAD I LOVE THIS”. But you can just say what you liked, what stayed with you after you finished. A quote, a character trait, if the characters were in voice, how you’d always wanted to see that particular plot. I know I’m terrible with this, I just can’t think of the words, but it’s not a checklist of compliments you need to go through, just think of how you’d describe it to a friend if you were recommending it.

It really, really makes a difference.

All of this.

Oh god, all of this. Writing doesn’t come easy any more, and my original fiction takes precedence, because, y’know, I don’t want to be a fast food worker all my life. We just…we need a boost too, y’know?

colnchen:

The first page of PTSD: The Soldier’s Diaries

That…. just sort of happened.

shslfuckup:

ophibell:

Almost 9 in the morning I’m yanked out of bed hearing screaming at about the power going out. And of course- I was the one backed into the corner to pay it.

This is my parents bill.

Not mine. 

The electricity is the only thing keeping me connected to you guys and making me able to fulfill livestreams and commission work.

And if you remember correctly: This is the second time this has happened. I’m moving in 2 weeks and this has taken a not so lovely blow to my savings.

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And I know I’m going to get people screaming at me about how I’m a stupid kid who’s bitching and moaning when people have it worse. 

I know that’s going to happen.

I am not asking for hand outs.

Please consider commissioning me, over here

Or checking out my redbubble store here.

Again: I’m not asking for hand outs. I would rather work for this.

Friendly reminder that this is the 2nd time that her parents have done this to her despite knowing how badly she needs this money

Friendly reminder that Maril is a super nice person who deserves to get away from the mess that is her family and that you should commission her if possible.

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gemini0526:

Jeremy’s arm poooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorn!!!!! :D

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What did you want the Winter Soldier to come across as? How did you want us as the audience to see him?

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gazzymouse:

arrafrost:

littlejehan:

I bet Clint was on a mission.

I bet halfway through he called for his extraction and his handler didn’t answer.

I bet he was stranded for days behind enemy lines with no backup and no way of reaching Nat.

I bet he finally crawled his way to somewhere with some kind of electricity and stole enough money to call someone only to find out that number after number was no longer in service.

I bet he finally went through every number and caved and called Tony.

I bet Tony, in his own way, was relieved to hear he wasn’t dead in the remains of HQ and was cracking ‘showing up 15min late’ jokes.

I bet he personally rushes there in his private jet and finds Clint covered in bruises and cuts and with fractured bones and almost hysterical because no one is reachable and there’s always /someone/

Tony having to gently break it to Clint that things went fucking tits up and that Steve and tasha were ok but SHIELD was fucked and that was probably a good thing

Clint having to redefine himself for the second time in two years because things keep tearing everything he knows apart.

first of all how dare you

*whispers* And Clint thinks Fury is dead *vanishes*

And EVERYTHING is open to the public. His past. His childhood. His sins, his losses, his affiliations with other superheroes/villains, and everything with Loki. 

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I look a bit tired, and I’m broken out in like three places (the chakra dots on my forehead are the worst and they hurt ><), but here I am~! I’ve been on tumblr a lot more lately (work and life hasn’t made things easy), and so I’m hoping that by getting in gear and getting my shit together, I can update both my original and my fan fiction. Or at least post some shit!

Astronomy term of the day

multiverseofawesomeness:

Light year = The distance light travels in a year. To get this answer you simply multiply lightspeed(186,000 miles per second) times the number of seconds in a year(31,557,600) and you get……..a big ass number….jk it’s 5,880,000,000,000 miles. This seems like it an incredibly far distance but consider our own Milky Way Galaxy is 100,000 light years across or 58,800,000,000,000,000,000 miles. That’s 58 quintillion miles, don’t even try to put that into perspective because you can’t. But below is a picture just to tease you.

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So just imagine how slow light speed actually is, it is estimated that our universe is 93 billion light years across or 546,840,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles. 546.8 sextillion miles as estimated and this is one of the low estimations. That’s so incredibly large I have no representations for that.  

missgingerninja:

do you think when fish get thrown back by fishermen, they swim around yelling about alien abductions and the other fish stop talking to them?

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