Slow Dancing in a Sundrenched World

the-wolfbats:

Can we have another “Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.” post with the words

  • their 
  • okay
  • but
  • though
  • say
  • no
  • and
  • left
  • around
  • me

That second one seems like something I would say for sure. I have no idea what the one about Damon is from and I’m mildly terrified.

To all the Tumblr users who tend to use tags very liberally:

thejadedkiwano:

Let’s play a game.

Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.

you, also, what, when, why, how, look, because, never

kitharingtonandfriends:

Natalie Dormer for S Moda magazine by Louis Christopher

I’ve been really impressed with every song ‘Glee’ has done from this show. Maybe that’s just because Lea’s amazing, but “Don’t Rain” and “People” are especially favorites. I remember watching the former and thinking that performance was too big for television, it needed to be in a theater. And I seriously almost cried during “People.” I hope this encourages people to see the movie, which has great moments (like when Barb sings “Don’t Rain” on a freakin’ boat) even if it ultimately gets super depressing at the end.

cosmic-goddess:

DAMMIT ROY EAT A SNICKERS YOU’RE NOT YOU WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY

Enjoying the brash sexuality of this so much right now.

lousiemcdoogle:

slowdancinginasundrenchedworld:

lousiemcdoogle:

I have a theory that a lot of people WANT to write affirming reviews to the fanfiction they read, but they don’t always know HOW. Seems silly, doesn’t it? I mean, you’re just saying nice things about the fic you’ve just read- how hard can it get?? The truth is, I don’t think any of us have been…

I fully agree with all of this except the criticism/negativity thing. Maybe it’s because I learned to write as a journalist with ruthless editors, but I wish I got more constructive criticism. The praise is life-affirming, but I sometimes wonder if there are ways I could improve that nobody will tell me about because they are afraid I’ll be offended. Or plot holes, or angles I neglected or even if I’m tying conflict up too easily. I even think there’s something to horrid, soul-crushing reviews. Sometimes they contain a grain of truth and while they hurt initially, I still think you can learn something from them most of the time.

That’s a fair call on the surface, but the more I think about it, the more I disagree with some of what you say.

See, the purpose of fanfiction and the purpose of writing as a journalist are two different things. Fic authors do this for fun, not to fill someone else’s criteria like a journalist would have to. Your editor’s job was to catch your mistakes before they went to print, just like a beta’s job - it was not the responsibility of the readers. Occassionally you might have ranty letters to the editor about an article, but no reputable rag that I know of would accept a letter to the editor without knowing who sent it.

My question, then, is this: What purpose does it serve presenting said constructive critisism in the form of a review - particularly an anonymous review - when there’s the option of private messaging? Why should I listen to advice phrased in a hateful manner that isn’t even signed? After all, if the reviewer doesn’t stand by their own words by signing their name and allowing feedback or discussion, why should I listen to them?

And if they are going to sign in, why not offer the advice privately? I’ve thought long and hard about this, and the only reason I can think of is that the reviewer does so to flatter their own ego, to make themselves look smarter than the writer.

On occassion, I have been driven to offering con crit to a fellow author, but I have done so with a great deal of respect and through private messaging. I did so only because I knew the author in question genuinely wanted feedback, and because I honestly felt they missed an important factor in their characterisation due to openly stated bias against that character. That’s the only time I’ve dared, because the truth is, this is meant to be fun, and I don’t know in 98% of cases whether anything I say as “con crit” is actually going to be helpful, or if I’m just contributing to another talented author leaving the fandom.

Well, I definitely think you’re right about journalism and fanfic having different uses, but I’m also still not sure they’re fundamentally that different. Because for the author of either, it’s still writing. You’re still throwing yourself out there because of your creative impulse or your ego or whatever. And I’ve met very few writers who didn’t think they had room to improve. I would think most writers want to hone their craft.

Part of that is getting constructive criticism and getting a sounding board for your work that isn’t just yourself. But part of that is also learning which criticism does or doesn’t have value. For the most part, any story you write, you’re going to get a few people who don’t like what you’ve done. That’s fine. That’s their opinion. Even if you don’t necessarily agree with it, you might still learn from it or it might make you approach something in a different way next time. That’s also why I think there’s still value in criticism after something is posted. Not many go back and edit once a piece is out there (even I only make minor cosmetic edits), but it helps you for next time. I’ve definitely had people ask questions in a review or say they didn’t understand a choice that affected the way I approached future chapters/stories.

Listen, I would never encourage anyone to leave a nasty review that offered no useful criticism. Anyone writing a review should always remember there’s a person behind that screen name and putting your writing out there for the world to see is incredibly personal. But I would venture to guess that from most writers’ points of view, well-thought out, genuine criticism that comes from a good place even if it’s anonymous is going to be a lot more helpful and meaningful than a one-word review of praise from someone freely willing to post under their own screen name. Because, let’s not forget, that this is all essentially anonymous. We don’t really have any idea who these people are that leave feedback. But if someone is willing to ask questions about a work, even challenge it, then it tells me they’re engaged in what I’m doing and I can think of no more flattering/humbling response. There’s nothing like it. Whether said reviewer wants to do that via review or private message, that’s up to them, but I wouldn’t ever want to discourage a person from offering up something they think might be useful simply because they think they might offend.

I don’t do pep talks.

Aww, I missed this.

lousiemcdoogle:

I have a theory that a lot of people WANT to write affirming reviews to the fanfiction they read, but they don’t always know HOW. Seems silly, doesn’t it? I mean, you’re just saying nice things about the fic you’ve just read- how hard can it get?? The truth is, I don’t think any of us have been…

I fully agree with all of this except the criticism/negativity thing. Maybe it’s because I learned to write as a journalist with ruthless editors, but I wish I got more constructive criticism. The praise is life-affirming, but I sometimes wonder if there are ways I could improve that nobody will tell me about because they are afraid I’ll be offended. Or plot holes, or angles I neglected or even if I’m tying conflict up too easily. I even think there’s something to horrid, soul-crushing reviews. Sometimes they contain a grain of truth and while they hurt initially, I still think you can learn something from them most of the time.

joffreydrankathiswedding:

So Sara and Oliver just broke up. Now she’s off to see an “old friend”.
*cough Nyssa cough*

YUP! Can’t wait. Shipping it forever. Only thing that makes me even remotely able to deal with her breaking up with Oliver.

Wow. First of all, I cannot believe the baby thing even happened. Second, how the HELL is that going to work/tie in next season? I seriously feel that revelation is going to change the way I write Olicity fic from now on. How do you ignore that?

tanya-posts:

okay, that was better synchronized than many dance moves. 
Felicity is the cutest.


My favorite part is that he probably had to text/call for her to help him. It’s not like she was just waiting there that whole time.Like, “Meet me at bottom of stairs. Knee hurts.”

tanya-posts:

okay, that was better synchronized than many dance moves. 

Felicity is the cutest.

My favorite part is that he probably had to text/call for her to help him. It’s not like she was just waiting there that whole time.

Like, “Meet me at bottom of stairs. Knee hurts.”

Can we just talk about the way Sara looks back at Felicity when she’s telling Oliver he needs someone who nurtures the light that’s still left in him?

Actually, let’s not because I’ll start weeping.