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People won't stop requesting stuff in comments on fics, or they keep saying fics are too short, and in the author's note of every fic I now tell people to stop doing that, and people STILL do it. People don't even read my replies telling them to stop. I'm running out of patience and have no idea what to do about this.

And it's not polite; there's a difference between suggesting someone would be happy if I wrote for a ship again/wrote a sequel, and flat out saying I should do it, like a demand. There's also a difference between suggesting I write an established relationship fic or something, and "it's unfortunate that there's no romance/confession here ://" (which I did get recently, almost the exact same wording but I can't remember exactly since I deleted it). I'm getting this so much that I want to explode. What gets me is that everyone clearly knows how to read, since they managed to get through the fic, but their reading skills disappear right after that before the A/N telling everyone to stop doing this (I had to go through every single fic and tack on an A/N. It took forever to do that, but now I feel like I need to do it again and just yell to stop commenting altogether).

I know this is just a vent post, but does anyone have any suggestions? I've had a comment mod wall up for a long time and it still doesn't deter people. And I don't want to delete everything or only host fics on dreamwidth or something, since there are a lot of decent people reading and they're the majority. But god, I am really running out of patience and kindness for dealing with this.
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Lately I've been in a short fic mood, so I've been reading and writing short fics (~less than 1k). I can't put into words how liberating it is going through my WIP list and crossing lots of fics off because I decided to go into writing with a different mindset: make everything as short as possible (a little bit of "get fics done no matter what" mindset thrown in too I guess). I still ended up with 1k+ fics here and there, but the point of the matter is, I'm finally getting stuff done. Not only does it feel productive, I'm getting rid of WIPs, so now I no longer feel like I'm drowning in WIPs and overwhelmed with how many I have.
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Here are all the fics I've made on Dreamwidth (which will probably be posted to ao3 later). This will be updated as I write other fics.

Haikyuu!! )

Granblue Fantasy )
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I'm not trying to dredge up the conversation on "who's more underappreciated: artists, or writers?" because that can be a one-upping nightmare, but one thing that I think can be talked about is the equivalent types of works between the two, and how they should be considered and regarded as much as their counterpart. I'm not saying they should be taken as strict clones of each other since it's still comparing apples and oranges, but maybe looking at them differently will inspire more/different appreciation than before.

For example:

WIPs.

Lots of people don't like the literary forms of them. In the published world people like them more, but I think that has a bit of a different frame than fanfiction WIPs (buying books in an unfinished series vs. a fic that is unfinished). One thing I saw someone say once is that an unfinished sketch is a lot like an unfinished fic, and that was the first thing that made me think about a lot of similarities between art and fic. I'm not an artist so I can't vouch for how it feels to have an in-progress sketch, but when I see artists post them to twitter/tumblr, I get a feeling that it's both similar and different from a fic WIP. Sometimes I can't tell if an art piece is unfinished or not, so I suppose lots of people are the same and get immense enjoyment from them, but they're still unfinished. I think that an unfinished sketch represents a different take on creation process from a fic WIP, too. I've never seen someone criticize an art piece for being unfinished, though, while I see that all the time for fics.

This is where everything turns to chickenscratch in my head. I can't wrap my mind around the fact that art can be unfinished yet still give people enjoyment as if it completes itself in its own way. This is probably because I'm not an artist, do not participate in that process of creation, and don't understand what goes into it. (Either way, though, I do love people's thoughts on their processes.)

Despite being a writer, I don't think even I completely know how I feel about my own WIPs. They're there, I come back to them when I want, and they'll always be there. Whereas unfinished art has its own quality that seems to complete itself to me, I think that fic composes itself in a way where each piece might be its own final product, and it's missing other pieces that make it whole. At least for me, whenever I upload a chapter, I do it with the intention that that chapter is finished and edited, and I don't worry about it anymore. I might return to it with extra touches after rereading it later, but the point is, it's finished. The rest of the fic is nonexistent, so in the context of pieces, it is not finished.

So when it comes to an "unfinished" work, I guess some of it comes down to how you value them and what side of them you value: an unwhole work with finished parts, or a whole work with all parts unfinished. (I'm writing this on the wing, by the way; I'm thinking on my fingertips).

Recreating

We all know what redraws are: recreating a scene and reining it in under our own style. I've seen lots of artists redraw scenes, sometimes tweaking it to their liking. The fic version has no simple word to describe it, but it'd be something like this: re-depicting a scene, describing what you think is important, and tweaking it to your liking as well. I've read quite a bit of these fics, explorations on canon scenes, and I like them very much. Sometimes I think they can be considered character studies, depending on the situation. Maybe a scene has something that can be considered shippy, and a creator decides to bring that out. Or maybe someone sees an applicable side of magical realism to it. Either way, it's recreating a part of canon, and it's not tracing/copying every exact detail.

I don't really have much to say on this topic. I just wanted to bring these two similar phenomenons together because I think there's interesting consideration in understanding where they come from.

Ficlets and Doodles

I hesitate to say drabbles instead of ficlets because drabble has a strict definition of being exactly 100 words, and I respect that definition, but drabbles are also included under the subset of ficlets. For purpose of discussion, I consider ficlet as a fic that is considered small by the creator; as vague a definition as artists give to doodles. I once saw a tumblr post say that a doodle isn't necessarily a piece with minimal effort, but is something fun, indulgent, and takes little time to do (iirc; and op was an artist). So by categorizing an art piece as a doodle, an artist doesn't mean to degrade other artists by implying they can create "masterpieces" (in other creators' minds) with little effort, they simply mean it was fun and indulgent. Small. Relaxing.

I feel the same way with short fics. I really love them, and I don't necessarily think that there's less effort per unit time that goes into a ficlet as compared to when I write longer fics. Sometimes I plan out a plot for a longfic, do a lot of research, keep separate files of just notes and plot, etc., which is considerably more effort, but I don't that often.

Anyway, in my eyes, ficlets and doodles tend to revolve around one subject and make the focus almost completely about that. If a doodle is a picture of a sea, or a few plants, then I'd consider that an atmospheric piece. Same with a ficlet; if the focus is setting, then it's atmospheric. Here's what I love about fandom and fanworks: exclusively atmospheric works are an option! I think it'd be difficult to publish anything that is just about scenery and setting, but when it comes to fanworks, we know enough about characters that, even if it's not a character-driven work, the characters can serve as the background to atmosphere. This, I think, is what makes fandom perfect for dabbling in magic (in the literary sense!) and other fantastical settings.

If the focus is instead on a character(s), then the ficlet is character-driven and emphasizes something about them. I still consider that atmospheric sometimes, in a sense. If a character is taking a day off and is submerged in fluff, that strikes me as atmospheric. If there is a small plot (which is possible), then a condensed relay of events can happen. A doodle can be character-focused, too, and entirely on that character, with no background or plot (or if there is one, then it's usually a small plot point). Really, I think there is a lot that can be done with ficlets/doodles.

My point of all this is: there is no shame in doing the equivalent in one version of creation. If you're a writer, and you have WIPs, there is no shame in that; artists post their own versions of WIPs. You both did a lot of work, and you should be proud. If you're an artist, there is no shame in doodling pieces of characters in your spare time if it's what you love; lots of writers just do lots of ficlets of our favorite characters/ships, and even if it isn't obvious at a glance because it's impossible to enjoy fics at a glance (and also, looking at someone's ao3, I think, gives a different composite than the immediately available sensory information of a gallery of art on dA/tumblr), it does happen. And in general, if you're a writer/artist, there's no shame in treading boundaries of sketches/WIPs/lengths/effort/etc or doing something others might think is halfhearted.

And since I'm already on the topic of writers and artists, there is one more thing I'd like to add. I've seen lots of people say they wish they had as much support as artists, but one thing I saw an artist say that struck me was that they wished they had a branding and connection to their works and audiences that was more than a cursory glance. This artist felt that they couldn't really build something lasting to stick with people and linger in their heads when all it takes to enjoy art is a second of looking. Artists have the numbers, but not the depth; and writers have the depth, but not the numbers. So let this assure you that while there are things to be lost between mediums, there are also things to be gained.
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The other day I said I'd do a post about rude comments. Since I just delete rude comments, I don't remember them well so I can't be that specific. Even if I hate them, I don't want to focus on negativity too much, so I also want to say what some of my favorite comments are.

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I'm so excited for this summer! I'm staying in New York (upstate) in my current uni lodging instead of going to California, and the liberty I get to have from being away from family is already such a huge motivation. I want to permanently move here to the east coast, but I need financial security before doing anything big like that, so for now, I am very happy with this.

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This is just a brief post about old stella glow transcripts that used to be around on tumblr.

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This is a dear creator letter for Night on Fic Mountain 2017. The requested fandoms are: Flip Flappers, Magical Girl Raising Project, Izetta: The Last Witch, and Pokemon Sun and Moon.

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Here's that one sample dear creator letter I said I wanted to make. Might as well dump this sloppy thing now before I forget. I should also probably round up all my prompts I've ever made for exchanges and dump them here too. I could just do this somewhere else, except keeping it here means keeping the html/format perfect, so here it stays.

This is a dear creator letter for [insert exchange title here]. The requested fandoms are: [fandoms here].

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It's come to my attention that my letters can still be ambiguous sometimes? (I'm mentally disabled so I have trouble with these things.) A friend recommended I word them more clearly and insistently, so I think I'm going to post a sample letter soon and fix it from there. I might also just include all the fandoms and prompts I've requested in the past to have them at the bottom in one place too.
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As you can probably tell by my absence, I got addicted to granblue fantasy and do nothing else but play it. I went up 60 ranks in a couple of weeks already. If anyone plays too, I'd love to friend you!
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So I started playing granblue fantasy a week ago and I'm already addicted. I'm sure I have it open like 5 hours a day, but I sometimes idle to try to find raids. My account's only a week old and I'm already rank 36! And I joined an event late and still ended up getting half a million honors.

If anyone else plays this I'd love to friend you there.

Phone Games

Feb. 3rd, 2017 12:43 am
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I started playing Fire Emblem Heroes! I got to Chapter 4 and then ran out of stamina, so I can't play for a while. Fingers crossed I get Frederick or Lucina in gacha.

I also want to start playing Granblue Fantasy, but for some reason it won't work on my computer. And I feel like if I'm going to put in any extra work to make it happen, I might as well go the extra mile and play it on mobile, but I have no idea if the English version is mobile too. Does anyone play this game?

Anyway now that femslash february's under way, I really want to give halfamoon a go, but I'm still swamped with exchange and fan week stuff for february. Maybe I'll do it late.
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School's started, so I'm busier now, but with the start of every new season comes new anime! I tried some of the winter anime airing but dropped a few. Here are the anime I've decided to watch:

  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. It's a little fanservicey, but I really love dragons, and there's clear lesbians, and I'm also a sucker for femslash. It's still pretty G-rated. EDIT: I was so fucking wrong about this series ohmygod
  • KONOSUBA -God's blessing on this wonderful world! It's in its second season. It's also kinda fanservicey, but I found it so funny that I binge watched the first season in the past few days so I'm now caught up.
  • Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club. I've been desperate for sports anime with just girls, and here it is. I love some of the girls.
  • Granblue Fantasy the Animation. I tried playing the game but I could never get it to work. The first few episodes are kinda rushed, but I figured they're just trying to fill in a lot of game plot. Better than dragging the plot on.
  • Little Witch Academia (TV). I've been looking forward to this for ages, and it's everything I dreamed it'd be.


On the video game front, I bought Disagea DS and Harvest Moon Tale of Two Towns this past weekend, so I know what I'm going to be playing for a while.

Looking forward to femslash february! Everything I want to participate in all converge on february, or right around it, but that's valentine's day for you.
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In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share your love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is the fifteenth challenge in [community profile] snowflake_challenge.

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When it comes to writing, I rarely devote a large amount of time to something that isn't fic (or school related), but for the first time, I'm actually writing meta. It's gigantic already. I'm doing it as the 15th fandom snowflake challenge -- love letter to my OTP -- and I'm really glad I'm doing it. I have no idea how much more time I'll take, though...
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In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is the 13th challenge in [community profile] snowflake_challenge.

Go forth and commit an act of kindness. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it, tell us about it if you’re comfortable doing so.

I also completed the 14th challenge through other challenges and leaving lengthier comments on fics lately.

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In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is the eleventh challenge in the [community profile] snowflake_challenge.

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is also the twelfth challenge.

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In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is the seventh challenge in [community profile] snowflake_challenge. My fic is a gen fic for Magical Girl Raising Project. AO3 link is here.

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Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want: a writer who’s made you happy, a moderator of your favorite exchange (not us!), a fanartist you avidly follow… There are so many possibilities. Just let someone know you appreciate their work.

I completed the ninth challenge already through commenting on fics and reccing them throughout the snowflake challenge.

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is the tenth challenge in [community profile] snowflake_challenge.

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