The Ugly Underbelly of Fandom

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:13 pm
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There is a certain kind of writer who attaches no value to their own work on an emotional level. They write for attention. It’s the same kind of “writer” who dreams of writing a book so they’d be rich and famous. This is also the kind of “writer” who wants to write a book about their life because apparently, we ALL want to read about it and just don’t know it. This attention-seeking writer actually taints the fandom, and readers, with their pathological need for attention. They encourage readers to offer them suggestions for future plot developments, character arcs, and even pairings. Then when they write themselves into a hole because of they actually listened to all the crap they get back—they blame their “muse” for not being inspired to complete the story.

Of course, the worse part of an attention-seeking writer are the readers they leave in their wake who feel entitled to intrude on the process of other writers because they felt validated by a previous experience. They are utterly comfortable providing a list of wishes and wants to other writers in their feedback. If they want a certain pairing in a story—they demand it and will abuse a writer if they don’t get it.

I’ve said before that reader entitlement is the ugliest part of fandom. I’ve been threatened with rape and murder for not updating when a reader felt I should. There have been times when readers have essentially had screaming fits on my contact form or in an email because I didn’t write the pairing they wanted or I chose a Stargate project over a Harry Potter one for Rough Trade.

Some readers take my decisions regarding my own writing as a personal insult and have no problems letting me know that I’m ruining their life by not writing what they want me to write.

Recently, I had a reader send me a single sentence email, and it was:

“I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, I hope you finish Phoenix before I die.”

At first, I was outraged, but I wasn’t particularly surprised since I’ve seen this kind of emotional blackmail in fandom before. I deleted the email without a response, and I put the sender on a filter in my email that automatically trashes any email she sends me in the future. Because I want no part of her bullshit but I do wonder how many other writers she’s approached with this disgusting tactic.

Those who only read in fandom don’t genuinely understand the creative process. They don’t understand the intimacy of writing or the emotional risk of posting it in public. They never will understand, really, and investing yourself in trying to make them is just intellectual masochism.
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Title: Lost and Found
Original (or) Fandom: Original, Too Old For Neverland
Rating: G, Gen
Notes:
Too Old For Neverland is an Urban/Suburban Fantasy 'verse that focuses on not!Wendy and her quest to save children from not!Peter Pan. For a while I thought this was a Peter Pan AU, but the more I looked at it the more I realized it had no real ties to the source universe-- so I spun it off
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Title: Not the best time to open your heart
Challenge: #52 lost
Fandom: The Walking Dead // Daryl Dixon
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: of course, I don't own The Walking Dead, nor the characters

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Prompt #052 - Lost

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:05 am
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This week's prompt is lost.

Your response should be exactly 100 words long. You do not have to include the prompt in your response -- it is meant as a starting place only. Please use the tag "prompt: #052 - lost" with your prompt response.

Please include all necessary content warnings for potential triggers, mature or explicit content, or spoilers.

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Harry Potter - One Particular Part

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:31 am
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Title: One Particular Part
Author: Musyc
Prompt: #51, Shakespeare II
Character(s): Draco, Hermione
Rating: Teen
Word count: 100
Warnings: None.

One Particular Part )
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Title: Bad Motherboard
Fandom: The Three Body Problem (Liu Cixin)
Challenge: Prompt: #051 - Shakespeare II
Characters: Von Neumann, Qin Shi Huang, Wang Miao
Rating: G
Notes: During the tri-solar-syzygy

“Of course! The computer! We can make the motherboard with electronic elements!” Von Neumann shouted as he drifted by.

Qin Shi Huang shouted back, “Westerners always think you know best. What about this failure, then? You said you could predict the next two years.”

Wang said, “Look out! You’ll be crushed!” He gripped the telescope as it floated up, dodging black stones. Above him three suns shone hard and blistering.

“Does it matter? We’re falling up into the void,” replied Qin. “Into the bright eye of disaster.”

“But next time,” Von Neumann breathed, subtitles dancing below him. “We’ll do better.”

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Title: Spite it For My Sake
Fandom: The Strain (TV Series)
Challenge: Prompt: #051 - Shakespeare II
Characters: Dr. Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez
Rating: PG-13
Notes: Spoilers for the end of Season 3

“Seriously, Eph,” Nora whispers to him in the night, just another ghost in the apocalypse. “You know Zach did this.”

He flings the empty bottle across the room. “Shut up! It’s not his fault; he just misses his mom.”

Nora continues, inside his ear, a white worm turning and slithering in the canal. “He set off a nuclear bomb. His mom died a long time ago. All of our moms did.” She’s angry. Frustrated.

“Nora, I can’t … he’s my son,” he protests weakly, his fingers scrabbling for another bottle. “I love him. Even the … even the bad parts.”
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Title: Never Enough
Fandom: Marvel Comics (Hawkeye)
Characters: Clint Barton, Kate Bishop
Rating: PG
Notes: Neither Hawkeye or Marvel Comics belong to me etc. etc.

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The Faculty // Outward a rebel

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:41 pm
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Title: Outward a rebel
Challenge: #51 Shakespeare 2
Fandom: The Faculty / Zeke Tyler, Casey Connor
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: of course, I don't own The Faculty, nor the characters

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Prompt #051 - Shakespeare II

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:34 am
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This week's prompt is a quotation from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing: "For which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?"

Your response should be exactly 100 words long. You do not have to include the prompt in your response -- it is meant as a starting place only. Please use the tag "prompt: #051 - shakespeare ii" with your prompt response.

Please include all necessary content warnings for potential triggers, mature or explicit content, or spoilers.

Here is a template for posting your work, if you so desire:

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On Monday, because we don't know how to slow down ;) - we went out to Paignton Zoo - and zoo trips ALWAYS mean a ton of pictures to get through afterwards *g*

Under the cut are some of the pictures and at the bottom of the post is the link to the full album on flickr.com - I have to admit, that I managed to cook it all down to 136 pictures in the album, where I came back from the trip with a good 600-700 pictures. It's what always happens - I get carried away ;)

We drove from just outside Tavistock, across Dartmoor to Paignton - along the way hoping to see Dartmoor ponies (wild ponies) and we got more than we'd bargained for - ended up behind a car with one of the ponies trotting along the road, not really able to get off it, but not really giving a toss about there being several cars behind it.

Dartmoor

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Click here for full album om Flickr.com

Doctor Who

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:14 pm
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Title: None
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: G
Characters: The Doctor


prompt: #007 - clocks




Clocks ticked. So many clocks, lining the walls, ticking and tocking away the seconds of inexorable time. Inexorable, that is, for some. Crawling through the shadows, sonic screwdriver in one hand, a hotch-potch of home-made mischief in the other, came the Doctor. The Clockmaker sought to manipulate time; to twist it to his own evil ends; and the Doctor was the universe's best line of defence. One meddlesome Time Lord, and a great deal of improvising.

Clocks ticked. Time – and so much else – moved on. And yet, mused the Doctor, as she ducked a laser beam, some things never change.

Once Upon a Time - Vengeance

Jul. 16th, 2017 07:32 pm
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Title: Vengeance
Challenge: #50 amnesty - #42 Hunger
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: PG
Notes: I do not own OUaT or the characters

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The Faculty - The new club

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:20 pm
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Title: The new club
Challenge: #50 amnesty - #22 dialogue only
Fandom: The Faculty / Mrs. Connor Casey Connor
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: of course, I don't own The Faculty, nor the characters

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Heading south after stopping for the night in Crewe, we decided to deviate from our course towards Cornwall and Devon. The detour? Stonehenge - because we both have it on the list of places we'd like to actually see for real.

So, Saturday morning we set out and we hit it in the middle of heat of the day - early afternoon. Waiting in line was a killer - sweat dripping and nothing to block off the sun. Well worth it though ;) - We took turns to leave the queue for the tickets to stand in the shade and breeze at the building. Included in the ticket is thankfully a short bus trip up to Stonehenge itself. And oddly enough, because they don't allow people too close, due to the layout, I managed to get pictures without people in it.

Stonehenge July 7th 2017
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No Smoke without a Fire (1409 words) by ximeria
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men - All Media Types, X-Men (Movieverse), X-Men (Alternate Timeline Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Still Have Powers, Alternate Universe - Spies & Secret Agents, Humor
Series: Part 14 of 2017 Bimonthly Shorts (x-men AUs), Part 3 of MI6 - Mutant Division aka the Mad House
Summary:

Erik is getting an extra bit of training in, mostly because Charles claims he needs to stop relying on his gift to always get him out of trouble.


So it's all above board, unless you ask anyone else in the facility. They might have a different view on things.

The Faculty - Their first night

Jul. 13th, 2017 05:07 pm
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Title: Their first night (and the morning after)
Challenge: #50 amnesty - #2 night
Fandom: The Faculty / Zeke Tyler, Casey Connor
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: of course, I don't own The Faculty, nor the characters

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The Faculty - Wild and untamed

Jul. 12th, 2017 08:14 pm
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Title: Wild and Untamed
Challenge: #50 amnesty - #27 rebel
Fandom: The Faculty / Mrs. Connor
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: of course, I don't own The Faculty, nor the characters

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