The 15th of July is so far far away.
And I keep getting updates from AO3 about people posting in WIP's I'm following.
Oh, the pain!!!
By that I don't mean that I keep hitting it, stalking it or calling it mean names ;)
What it means is that I use far more time on the internet reading fanfiction I don't really give a shit about, following fandoms about characters that I couldn't care less about and watching youtube vids of people I don't know and don't care about.
I'm living through other people, some of them not even real life people, while my own life just melts away.
I realized something had to be done, when I hadn't managed to write the job application to the job I wanted, because I'd been reading fanfiction, watching netflix and youtube videos.
So I searched the internet and found salvation: the Blocksites add on for Firefox.
I've made it impossible for myself to access AO3, Youtube, Facebook and a lot of other sites. Not only can't I go to the sites but any vids from Youtube that have been embedded on other sites simply do not appear.
It's been so freeing to just scroll past these blank blocks on Livejournal and other sites where I normally would have felt "forced" to watch some vids or read some facebook comments.
I can easily unblock a site but by the time I've started up the add on and asked it to unblock I've usually already lost interest in the thing I wanted to have a look at.
It gets disguised as cat!boy, puppy!boy or angel!boy themed fiction but every description of the character has him/her acting and in most cases looking like children. Their smaller size, compared to the grown up character, is emphasized and their behaviour is very much that of a child. Sex scenes are abundant. The child characters often go into heat and demand to be fucked "forcing" the grown up character to have sex with them.
Am I the only one that finds this really really creepy and unhealthy?
Making the child seem to "want it" does not make it less pedophilia-like.
Here are a few examples:
A day at the mall
What's wrong with writing about kids that act like kids?
Snotty kids with difficulties reading or just plain boring everyday kids?
Stop writing about kids if you have no idea what kids are like!
And it always amazes me, that anyone can be so isolated, that they have no idea what kids are capable of at different ages.
And also: NOT EVERY BIRTH IS A TWIN BIRTH! GOD DAMN IT!
This follows a shift in what I read. It's more and more difficult to find the slash stories interesting. I've never been very much into the sexual part of the stories and do actually sometimes skip that part of a fic.
I also find it easier to write when I don't have to press a romance or sex scenes into the plot.
I've tried but it just crosses a line and makes me uncomfortable.
Playing with make-believe people is okay.
But real people have real lives and I don't think we, as writers, have the right to make stuff up about them.
When reading (well, trying to read) RPS I always feel like I've walked in on someone taking a shower or going to the toilet.
It's embarrassing and way way too personal.
Mostly I've grown tired with the fandoms. Stargate, Star Trek Reboot and Die Hard 4.0 are the only ones I'm still reading.
I've tried to keep up on what's happening in Btvs, Sentinel and Numb3rs but just don't care enough.
I haven't actually worked on any of my own fics in a few weeks and haven't felt an urge to do so.
What I have been doing is listening to Podfics. I can listen while walking the dog or doing something else.
I'll try to take a look at some of my fics this weekend... I really do want to finish Childe 2.
But if I don't post anything new for some time at least you'll know why.
How to find fics without going crazy or pulling your hair out.
Sounds nice doesn't it?
Well, you can.
Find the fic, that is. Not go crazy. Although that can be fun too ;)
So here are all the tricks I have learned in my many (3-4 years) of fanfiction reading.
I'll use examples from different fandoms but all the tricks can be used on any fandom you want to.
Simply type in your favorite pairing but remember that you might need to search both for the pairing by first names and last names.
Like this: John/Rodney or Sheppard/Mckay
You can use more words so you find a special genre.
Like this: John/Rodney angst first time.
Or if you know the title or just a word from the title (in this case it's the fic General & Dr Sheppard)
You can search like this: John/Rodney General.
This can of course also be used to find fics by a specific author. Then you can search like this: devo79 mpreg
But what if you're looking for fics about being homeless and want to know if there are any fics about this or where it's mentioned on http://www.852prospect.org/archive/ but you don't want to search through it page by page.
Then you can use google. By putting the search in google like this: homeless site:http://www.852prospect.org/archive/
This means that google will look through http://www.852prospect.org/archive/ searching for the word homeless.
If you remember a certain line form a fic then how do you use google?
Then you do it like this: put the sentence/line in " " and then simply use the trick shown before.
So it looks like this in the search field in google: "you won't need Vera" site:http://firefly.populli.org/
I hope this helps you guys and feel free to link to this post :)
These last few weeks I haven't really used the internet like I used to. From it being about entertainment it has now turned to mostly information seeking and a little use of LJ and Facebook.
Fanfiction has grown dull (reading, not writing) and my attention has been diverted to pod casts about movies and science not to mention audio books.
So if I've stopped commenting on fics it's mostly because I've stopped reading. I still follow a few writers but all in all I think I've gotten what I wanted out of reading fanfiction and there isn't really much more for me to find.