I hope you don’t mind me posting this separately, this isn’t an attack or anything (promise), but it poses a good question as to what would be considered “shaming” or “flaming.”
Whenever you’re reading a story, there’s going to be parts you don’t like, and that’s OK. I think the brilliant thing about any form of media is that it’s subjective, no one can tell you if you like something but you.
But keep in mind that there’s someone who took the time out of their lives to write these stories. They’re not being paid. They do so because they love it.
I think that any author appreciates constructive criticism, but there are a lot of people who cross that line and think they’re being constructive when they’re just being mean. Pointing out grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, etc, anyone is going to appreciate that. Giving an author enthusiastic tips of what you think would work in the story: “You know what would be awesome? If…” and opening a dialogue with an author. Often times an author has an entire plot line written out and scenes for future chapters already written.
When I think of flaming or shaming, it’s when people leave reviews (usually anonymous) that are insulting. I saw one author write an open response because someone said she was “just like all the rest” and proceeded to assume to know where her story was going because a chapter ended on a cliffhanger.
I’ve seen authors not want to write anymore because people keep saying mean/rude things when they haven’t updated in so long, i.e. “if you’re not going to update, why don’t you just tell us so we can be done with this?” when the author had a full plate in their personal life.
Basically, the way I see it, whenever you go to comment on something, I feel that it should come from a place of encouragement.
I hope that makes sense.
First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for being so kind to me while I’ve been in such a bad place. Things are improving! I’ve gotten past this cluster cycle, I’m in a device trial and have been prescribed oxygen for pain (I know, weird, right?). I’m starting to get back to my normal routine, annnnd… I’m celebrating a birthday! Woo! So, I just want to thank you all for being so patient with me. You’re all wonderful. There’s a lot of questions under the cut, and some of the answers might not be up to par, so I apologize for that. I’m gonna need a lot of help with a bunch of these!
Synopsis: 1943 and Santana Lopez’s father is overseas fighting in the war. A new surge of home front recruitment supporting the war effort spurs Santana to join the fight, earn a decent wage, and make a new home for herself. Her last chance for work and a place to live is far from where she imagined - The Pierce logging company in the Cascade range.
Word Count: 101,931.
Sometimes I stare at the computer screen when the words don’t want to come and I think, “Fuck, who am I kidding? This is terrible writing, and this story is shit, and no one cares, anyway.” And I close the window and go do something else.
But every now and then I get an amazing, heartfelt, beautiful comment from someone who loved something I wrote, and it reminds me that, at least for that one person, I did write something worthwhile. And so I open the window again and I write one sentence, and then another, and then I start to find my way again.
So on behalf of all fanfic writers everywhere, I want to say thank you, thank you so much, to all of the readers who take the time to leave a comment and tell us that something we wrote mattered to you, that it brightened your day or made you laugh or cry or get horny or whatever.
Please don’t think we’re ever bothered by your comment, or that we don’t want to hear it, or that what you have to say isn’t important enough. It means so, so much. And on some days, it’s what keeps us going.
Title: SOME THINGS ARE MEANT TO BE
Synopsis: She doesn’t want to creep around Brittany and tread the water to see if she can trust her; she wants to dive straight in because she’s never met someone like Brittany. She’s never wanted to know so much about a person after meeting them for the first time and she’s never wanted to tell someone everything about herself either. (Girl!Peen)
Word Count: Incomplete.
Status: WORK IN PROGRESS.
Synopsis: Brittany and Santana spend the week leading up to Valentine’s Day giving Mercedes grief about her date.
Word Count: 3,268.
Title: A SLOW DUMB SHOW FOR YOU
Synopsis: Brittany’s fingers curl, and she’s right there and—.
Word Count: 1,389.
Title: VALENTINE’S DAY
Synopsis: Brittany kisses Santana on the subway, on the sidewalk, on the front step outside Santana’s apartment building, in the elevator, and just outside Santana’s door. She kisses Santana in the quiet darkness of the bedroom…and smoothes Santana’s hair back and tells her she is beautiful.
Word Count: 1,667.
Synopsis: Mateo Lopez keeps many secrets but none more precious or more dangerous than that of the existence of his daughter, Santana Luisa. Set between 1879 and 1898. (Prequel to: The Knife Thrower’s Daughter)
Word Count: 107,757.
Note: This is the prequel to the much beloved The Knife Thrower’s Daughter, there’s no Brittana, but it’s such a beloved story that I’m including it here because it goes along with the story.
Title: WHEREVER THE DANDELION FALLS
Synopsis: Like a rope that has come untwisted, there are three strands of Brittany Pierce’s life. How could a simple interaction between two people be the difference between becoming a bartender, a lab assistant, and a sex worker? Maybe random events determine our destiny; maybe they don’t.
Word Count: 242,754.