a review i suppose

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timmy’s secret wish is the worst episode of fairly oddparents i have ever seen :’D - forget about chloe or sparky or season 10 - this is the one where it turns out that timmy is actually 60 years old and cheated his way into never having to let go of his fairies - which results in cosmo and wanda losing Poof.

Naturally, all of this ends with Timmy getting his fairies, Poof and his youth back, without any permanent consequences or punishment whatsoever.

i cannot believe this ;____;

childhoodmeetswesteros  asked:

Hey, so I was one of your most prolific hate mailers and hate reviewers back in 2006. You may remember me as the guy who reviewed the chapters in character as "Lord Voldemort." I suppose I wanted to apologize if my angry troll emails and reviews really did hurt you. I was only about two years older than you at the time, and was lashing out from teen angst. Also, as another former fanfic author who is transitioning to legitimate authorship, I just wondered how you found the experience?

Holy shit.  I actually posted about you a while back, wondering what had become of you.  Dude, don’t despair.  You were HILARIOUS.  I loved opening those reviews.  And I have to say I’m not surprised you’re an author now.

The experience itself…I guess it’s a little surreal.  I don’t feel any different or anything, I just have this added bonus of being surprised whenever things work out the way I wanted them to.  What do you think?  And if you could point me to some of your work or even upcoming titles, I’d love that.

Just finished the demo for Nicobass’ Tomb Raider 2: Dagger of Xian. It’s very beautiful and the controls weren’t difficult to get the hang of, and I’m speaking as someone who’s never played a LAU trilogy game before (which is what these controls are based off of, I’ve been told). I didn’t get comfortable with the combat system yet, it’s too different from what I’m used to. The spiders are just as scary as they are in the original, but harder to kill! 

Overall it was an enjoyable experience. It took me about a couple hours to finish the demo, I wish it had included the entirety of the Great Wall level (I was craving more booby-traps like in the original), but this was a fun experience. Now I’m really looking forward to the whole game!

anonymous asked:

I can't believe that there are people who say that Sonic was never good...

Neither can I. It’s simply ridiculous and arguably childish. Even if they don’t mean it and only say stuff like that to get a rise out of the fans, that’s still pretty shitty and below-the-belt for what are supposed to be “professional” reviewers.

But I find it even more unbelievable that there are some people who vehemently deny that there’s any bias against the franchise. No matter how outlandish the critics get with their personal retcons of the Sonic series and it’s early era quality, they’re quick to go “there’s no bias, that’s just what happens when you make shit games, lol”.

You tell me there’s no bias against the series when there are critics who say with a straight face that Sonic was never good even when he was on the same tier as Mario.

anonymous asked:

Greetings! Could you please write some Sherlock x reader? I really like your writing and I really need a fix of good Sherlock fics before I die of boredom. Thanks in advance!

*drabble

this is prob crack woops i’m tired

“You can’t hide from me!”

Sherlock shut the door in your face.

John chuckled nervously. “Was that really necessary?”

“Did you want to hear that incessant prattling for another hour?” Sherlock replied, sounding not at the least interested. “Because I don’t.”

You had been on their case ever since you were witness to Sherlock solving a crime over three weeks ago. His perfect deductions, the way his mind worked - everything about him boggled you. Sherlock had never met anyone like you before. Instead of recoiling and cursing him for his blunt, rude behaviour like everyone else - besides John of course - you butted against everything he claimed, searching for your own answers with a fiery zeal that would burn him if he came too close. You were strange, and unpredictable, and -

The door shook as you pounded at it with your fist.

- very persistent.

“She’s been trying to have an audience with you for almost a whole month now,” John said, trying to sympathize with the odd individual on the other side of the door. “Surely she would have given up by now if it were not something important?”

“You and I both know what she’ll say, it’s the same every time. Why should I bother?”

John pursed his lips, narrowing his eyes at his flat mate. “Sherlock.”

Sherlock squinted back, knowing where this was headed. “No.”

“How about having some human compassion? Are you really that cold? I didn’t know my friend was this kind of man.”

“I don’t care.”

“Do you really?”

Sherlock growled before twisting back around and heading to the living room without a word. John smiled at his victory, opening the door.

“Hello! I’m sorry for the dela-”

You zoomed past him and up the stairs, leaving him stunned.

“You!”

Sherlock pinched the bridge of his nose.

“Tell me how you did it,” You couldn’t keep still, pointing a shaky finger at him in anger.

“I’ve already told you,” Sherlock pinned you with a blank stare, the disdain dripping from his tone so thick you could taste it. “You just refuse to believe me.”

“No human being could see that much about a person in that little amount of time!” Your eye twitched. “Deductions? A mind palace?? Don’t think me a fool. It must have been some sort of trick, so I demand that you quit lying.”

This set Sherlock off.

“Lie?” He sniffed, his hand gripping the side of his thinking seat and losing his calm aura. “I do not need to stoop to that level. If you want a show right here right now, I will give you one.”

“Sherlock,” John said through gritted teeth, clamping his hands down on the shoulders of the man as if to physically keep him down. His expression comically changed as he offered you a soft look of understanding. “I’m incredibly sorry for my friend here, but we really do have nothing to offer you than the truth we’ve already given you.”

You appraised him. “Thank you sir, but don’t worry about me. It’s not your fault he’s a fake.”

Sherlock stiffened, and you swore you could hear a pin drop.

John let him go limply without any request, sighing and taking a seat at the table. He shook his head. “You’ve gone and done it now.”

What?

“Three hours.”

“Excuse me?”

“No, four actually. That’s how long ago you stepped into the restaurant about five blocks from now.” Sherlock trapped you in his gaze and you found yourself unable to glance away. “You ate seafood with a side choice of wine accompanied by some type of milky dessert - ice-cream? No, ice-cream cake, clever.”

“How did you-?” You looked at your clothes for any stains but found none and was stunned into silence. He continued anyway.

“You don’t live here? No, that’s not it…you’ve lived here for about the last five years. You went on vacation recently though - somewhere sunny - where you hurt yourself, tripped, and now walk with a slight limp. But that’s fine, because you had a couple series of childhood dancing lessons, and know how to work with your feet.” He wasn’t stopping, in fact his energy grew with each word he uttered. You know understood John’s reluctance to let him do this. To let this…beast go.

His unnatural eyes swept over your form once more, stripping you down to your very soul and leaving you shivering.

“All this time you’ve been attempting to get into my own head and prove me wrong. Pathetic. The reason is weak: that is, you’ve spent your entire life with no one ever believing you but yourself.” 

John paled, just as your fist trembled. He cleared his throat. “Sherlock, I think that’s enough.”

“In fact,” Sherlock ignored him. ”the only reason you’ve been this persistent is because you are tired of your own silence, and you are pushing your own self doubts onto me, hoping it’ll relieve the stress of your own depressing thoughts about your self value.”

There was silence, yet again.

Sherlock slunk back into his chair and rose an eyebrow, unimpressed.

You didn’t move.

John’s jaw shifted underneath tense, tightly drawn skin as he bit his lip, watching your still figure. “Y/N? I’m so, so sorry-”

“That was amazing,” You spoke softly.

The two males stared.

“Incredible!” You shouted, and chaos immediately sprung back in, breaking the motionless air as you dove at the world’s only consulting detective.

He dodged, and you crashed into the floor.

“How did you do that?!! Can you teach me your secrets?!” Any irritation in your eyes was now completely gone and it was like you were a different person, staring at him like he was god on earth.

For the first time, Sherlock could not make sense of what was in front of him.

“Are you not repulsed??”

“Of course not!! You’re absolutely stunning!!! And the way you delivered it all oh my god - you need not ask of course but I am now your faithful companion who will work dutifully at your side-”

“John get her away from me-”

You dove again but this time captured your target, sending him, you, and the chair toppling to the ground. 

John blinked, then went into the kitchen to make tea.

[MasterList]

Riverdale Characters as Astrology Signs that include Jason wth, the guy died and we never heard him speak. His backstory was literally his death. Well okay I guess I relate to being murdered by my father while impregnating my third cousin to a certain extent thanks…

jealous | chapter five

pairing: baekhyun x reader x chanyeol

genre: angst, fluff, smut

summary: baekhyun is heartbroken after you leave him. he decides to start over and try to get over you by moving into a new apartment building where he meets chanyeol. what he later finds out is that chanyeol has been your boyfriend for the past month.

pov: baekhyun + chanyeol diary entries

rating: whether you’re an underage hard stan or a legal soft stan, reader whatever the hell you wanna read.

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October 28, 2017 [Fri.]

[23:45] I am fucking tired. Thank god tomorrow is Saturday because if I had work, I wouldnt be able to wake up probably. Park fucking Chanyeol is such a pain in the ass. I don’t hate it though.

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I would like to thank @leaalda for making these amazing banners.

This is an effort to spread the word about all fan fiction writers in our little fandom. If you would like to be featured or nominate a writer, please contact me. Please reblog this post if you can and check out some of @juggydunes work!


1. First things first, if someone wanted to read your stories where can they find them.

I mostly use AO3 for my stories. 

2. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Camila, I’m 22 years old. I love art in all its forms and I sing/act in real life as a hobby (Cross my fingers it turns into an actual job). I’m a cat person and I co-moderate Blueandgoldoffice with Jandy (@jandjsalmon). Best way to describe me could be “Small and feisty with a side of fries”. And by feisty I mean passionate and a bookworm loner.

3. What do you never leave home without?

My wristwatch and my good luck necklace.

4. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I once read a post that said “I’m neither, I’m a perpetually exhausted pigeon.”

5. If you could live in any fictional world which one would you choose and why?

OH. OH… I’m torn between Harry Potter and the world from “A Court Of Thorns and Roses” by Sara J Maas.

6. Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met.

Ha. No one. I suppose people from my country? Does seeing Hayley Williams from afar count?

7. What are some of your favorite movies/TV?

Okay… top 5? Sense8, Sherlock BBC, Teen wolf, Parks and Rec and now… Riverdale.

8. What are some of your favorite bands/musicians?

My current favorite is Twenty One Pilots but my first all-time-favorite was Paramore.

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RPG Au Game

This won’t be an event, as there is no set time to submit designs or start/end or any of that. Whoever wants to play can play, and as soon as we have enough teams the game can start. This is just something to do for fun that can last for who knows how long, and we hope to maybe do this once a year if it comes to it?



Anyway, Here are the details:


[Setting Up Teams]


• Unless tagged in the previous post, you can devise a guild or team of up to 8 “players”.


• Within each guild, there must be at least one of each class (Warrior, Mage/Cleric, Rogue, Archer ect.)



• You can design your muse to fit their role as you please, give them levels and other profile info if you’d like. We may find a way to contribute the info later on.



• Come up with a guild name that you all like, this is essential to further​ your team. As a bonus if you’d like, you can even design your own team flags



• Establish a team leader. The leader will be in charge of challenging other guilds to battle by specifically pairing your player up with an opposing player. They call the shots, so choose wisely


[Initiating Battle]


• Simply put, as said your Leader calls the shots. If you say you’re okay to battle, they can challenge​ another guild member with you as defense.


• If the opposing team says yes to battle, You are to give Me or @ask-kagenerui pictures of your character in a battle ready stance like the example below. Once it is given to us, it will be placed in a vs template and posted with your tags; This will begin your battle thread.



[Battle]


• Every player starts a battle with 100hp, as such you can bet any number between 1 and 100.



• As the host, I’ll have a coin flip app open for bets. If you were to bet 50 and pick heads, the enemy would lose 50 HP if it lands on heads. However, if the enemy were to bet 100 tails and get tails, it’s an instant kill. Caution is advised when picking numbers


•Of course, whoever has 0 HP at the end loses and the other wins, the losing player isn’t allowed to initiate in BATTLE any longer. Posting a victory pose is up to you.


• This will continue on until only one guild is left standing, and said guild will be proclaimed the victors and be rewarded.



• Bard’s are not useless. Their healing song can be used once to revive 15hp, which could help a lot depending on your situation.




[Terrain Boosts]


• You can pick one of 5 Terrains before battle that can aid in your victory. [Fire, Frost, Forest, Mountain, Desert]




Fire: Even after death, you get one more coin flip and a chance to bet 1-50hp off the other team


Forest: At the beginning of the round you have 150hp instead of just 100


Desert: Your bard can be called in to revive you twice instead of once during battle.



Frost: Your enemy automatically loses 10hp at the beginning of the battle



Mountains: You can call in a friend once and this garuntees that even if you lose a coin flip, the enemy loses 15hp




[What happens if you lose]



• As stated, you won’t be able to battle anymore. You can either join another guild to continue the fight, call it game over and return to your blog responsibilities, or continue the Au via the tavern. There you can interact with other players for as long as you please, drink, mess around and just doddle like an actual lobby.




[What if you win]



• Your guild will be rewarded with a large pink crystal upon victory to act as a trophy. They will be declared champions all year long until the next game, where they will be forced to give it up before losing.


• Top 3 Lucky players will be chosen, the 3 players that have the most kills by the end will have bragging rights as well as perks for future games. If you are selected, a victory pose will be needed for a future collage.




With all that mess out of the way, keep in mind that you do NOT have to be consistent. You don’t have to rush to reply to anything or stick around if you decide to play, it’s just for fun. If there are any questions, please ask Rui and I and we’ll discuss to provide answers—



Once again as well, please tag her and I in any RPG designs so we know you’re playing— Or if you want to draw your character in said style and not be involved, we’d love to see anyway! Should this actually become popular, use for all given material and creativity will be utilized for future “quests” or extensions.


I suppose if you’d like to review, “Vocarpgau” can be a tag to add all of your submissions to as well. Hope this is appealing enough! Thank you all for taking the time to read this clusterfuck.

A month ago, me and my lovely sis @ravenlindberg watched “50 shades of grey” together. Dubbed. In japanese. With Kenjiru Tsuda playing Mr Grey. 

That was quite the ride. As in humour for the first 96 minutes and endless cringe after that. There’s a reason an amazing test like this exist XD

And I found the snapchatchats I did with poor @ashethehedgehog, it was also kind of a ride to go through again and I thought I would share some of it. Sorry for tormenting you like that ashe ;_;

In summation; the movie itself wasn’t good anywhere, and I fail to see how this can be classified as a romantic story, but hearing Kaibas voice to all of it was amazing, so I give the movie ten out of ten.

I am done.

This blog has really been stressing me out. I’m done with it. I’ve overwhelmed myself (my fault) and certain die-hard fans have me finally worn me down. Well fine. You got it. I don’t have the energy or motivation to continue this anyway.

So, everyone else who actually enjoyed this blog, thank you for sticking around, being interested, and all the great support. I’m sorry I couldn’t do better or get as far as I wanted to. I’m sorry I couldn’t show you more. I’m sorry for finally giving in. I’ll leave this blog up this time in case anyone wants to review old content or what was suppose to be.

(I may do more chocoboys au art on my main art blog from time to time @sunxiii ☆ so feel free to check it out sometime)

Thank you.

Language exchange apps: Hellotalk vs. Tandem

**UPDATE TO THIS POST HERE**


Hi there, everyone! This time I decided to write about two language exchange apps that I use. There are so many apps out there with so many different feels that it can be hard to pick one that suits your needs properly. So, I decided that I would take some time to review two apps so you all can have an idea of what they’re like. Of course, my opinions here are all my own based on my own personal experiences using these apps. Maybe you have used one (or both) of these apps and had a totally different experience, and that’s sure to be the case quite often, but I can only write from my own experience.

Anyway! Let’s get into it— HelloTalk vs. Tandem!

HelloTalk

As far as language exchange apps go, Hellotalk seems to be one of the most well known ones. I have used this app on and off for some years, so I would say I’m pretty familiar with it.

Making a Hellotalk account is easy! Just choose a name; mark where you’re from, the language you speak, and the language you want to learn; write a little summary about yourself (or not), upload any photo you want, and there you go! The photo does not have to be a picture of yourself, and anyway, if someone taps on your icon to try to enlarge your photo, they will be met with a message telling them that Hellotalk is not a dating app. Sadly, a lot of people use it that way, and I have gotten more than my fair share of messages from guys who are only looking to hook up. Fortunately, blocking and reporting people is very easy, as is controlling who can and can’t find you in the search. You can filter by gender (same gender only or mixed) and age to keep the people who contact you within the bounds of whatever you feel comfortable with.

A feature of Hellotalk that I think seems sort of cool but that I don’t really use much myself is the “Live” section (is it “Live” in the English version too? My phone is set to Korean, so the app displays in Korean also). “Live” is sort of like a social area where people can post photos and text about whatever they want and other users can comment on it, offer corrections, and so on. As I already said, I don’t really use it, but it seems like it could be a good way to start conversations with people or just interact with others on the app without getting in too deep.

Once you’re in a chat with someone, there are a ton of options and little tools to play around with! You can do normal text chat of course, and if you long-press a chat bubble you get a set of options including translation, text-to-speech readout, copy, correct (to make corrections on your conversation partner’s text, or your own), and a option to show tone-marked pinyin for Chinese characters. You can also send voice notes and do voice calls, send photos, and pretty much do anything you can with any current messaging app. However…

One of my biggest bones with HelloTalk is that there are some useful tools and settings on it that are limited or inaccessible unless you pay extra. If you want to set more than one learning language, you have to pay, so either pay up so you can get native speakers of all of your learning languages to show up in your search at once, or just deal with constantly having to change your search terms or your set learning language. Also, some of the nice features that I mentioned above, like the translation and text-to-speech and all, are limited if you have not paid for the VIP membership. A membership is 3,800원 per month (if you do it just month by month; they also have a yearly plan and a lifetime plan), so I guess you would have to decide if the little extra things are worth it or not for you.

Another thing about HelloTalk is that sometimes it’s a bit buggy. It was a lot worse back when I started using it, but still sometimes I have messages that refuse to send despite a perfectly strong connection, an inbox that takes minutes to load, new message notifications when I have no unread new notifications at all, and a few other weird things. Especially the slow loading of the inbox at times and the messages that refuse to send are real pains to deal with. If I’m having a good, long conversation with someone, we usually end up switching to another application pretty quickly for more convenience.

In general, HelloTalk has worked out for me. I’ve met a few people from the app in person, but it is of course a fairly small number compared to all of the many people I’ve actually had conversations with. As with any language exchange app, you get out of it what you put in, and even then your mileage may vary!

SUMMARY:

PROS:

  • Lots of users= more potential partners
  • Easy to make an account
  • Live function allows you to make posts that others can comment on (and you can comment on the posts others have made)
  • Voice notes, voice calls, translation, and correction features
  • Contact controls—can restrict who can message you by age and gender (same gender only or mixed gender; no opposite-gender-only)

CONS:

  • VERY buggy—shows that I have new notifications but does not load the new messages without entirely restarting the app (or waiting about a thousand years)
  •  Another bug thing—sometimes does not send messages in a timely manner
  •  Can only have one language as your learning language unless you pay for their premium features
  •  Translation functions also limited if you are not on premium
  •  A lot of users clearly looking for a date
  • Ads unless you pay for VIP


Tandem

I haven’t been using Tandem as long as I have Hellotalk, but I’ve got a pretty good feel of it I think.

While making an account on Hellotalk is instant, making an account on Tandem is not. You can choose to connect through your Facebook or some other profile, and they actually review your registration. Once you are approved, you receive a notification saying you can get started. If you don’t want to put your face and/or name out there this might not be the app for you. However, they seem to do this for the sake of weeding out trolls and fake accounts and the like. Tandem makes it very clear from the start that it is not a dating app and users who use it as such, or who break any of the app’s other rules, may be banned and unable to use the service again in the future.

When you make your account, the app asks you so answer a few simple questions about your hobbies, what kind of person you would like to talk with, and your languages goals. You also must select your native language, languages you speak, and languages you’re learning. Unlike with HelloTalk, you can select multiple native, speaking, and learning languages for free! Actually, ads are nowhere to be found on Tandem. One of the menu tabs on the bottom of the screen is for language tutors, which do cost money, but that tab is very easily ignored.

Perhaps because of the bit of advanced screening, I feel like the user base of Tandem is a little bit more mature than that of HelloTalk. Almost everyone that I have talked to so far has been very serious about doing language exchange, which is wonderful! 

On Tandem, you can review users that you have talked to, but only if you have actually talked to them, as in, you have done a voice chat with them. People who have done those calls will have a symbol on their search icon denoting how many reviews they have from people that they have spoken with, and I suppose you could use these to screen your language exchange partners a bit more if you want. Tandem seems to really want people to do these calls, as there is a big button at the top of each chat window to start a call (and it turns green if that person is actually online at the moment), and there is no other way to get reviews from other users outside of doing the call feature.

Something that I feel kind of meh about is what Tandem calls “Topics.” The Topics are little conversation topics you can write that will show up alongside your icon in the search window. You can also make a topic from templates the app provides. A lot of people seem to just go that route because they cant quite be bothered to actually write one, so you end up with your search results having multiple people with different versions of the same awkward request to help someone learn ten new words today or whatever else. Nobody I’ve talked with so far really seems to engage based on those Topics anyway. I just ignore them and talk to people who match the languages I’m looking for.

Tandem has shown one or two of the bugs that I experienced while using HelloTalk, but they occur less frequently. Sometimes I will get messages that don’t send in a timely manner, which is annoying.

In terms of in-chat features, Tandem is very lacking compared to HelloTalk, with only message correction and commenting. I never used the other features much so it’s not a big deal to me, but the other features could certainly be useful to others.

Overall, I like the feel of Tandem more than HelloTalk. It feels a bit more grown up and serious, but it does lack a general social aspect and lacks some features that Hellotalk incorporates.

SUMMARY:

PROS:

  • User verification
  • Strong encouragement of reporting
  • Strictly anti-dating
  • More mature, serious user base (in my experience)
  • User review feature (limited, but useful)

CONS:

  • User verification (you might not want to put your actual face and info out there)
  • A bit buggy—sometimes messages send very slowly
  • No real community aspect
  • Limited in-chat features


Your experiences with these apps might be similar to mine, or they might be very different. Just test out a few apps for a few weeks each and see which one meets your needs the best!

Five Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Got Published

Getting published is an experience unlike any other, and although it’s been a rollercoaster ride of awesomeness, there are some rules of the game which I wish I’d known prior to signing on the dotted line.

1. It’s OK to argue with your editor. Encouraged, even. Your editor has one job: to make the story better. Naturally, the author wants this too, which means disagreements are bound to arise. An editor who lets just anything slide isn’t doing their job, but at the same time, the author should have major influence. Arguing means both sides are passionate, and that’s awesome. Think of it as like a stellar collision: when two stars are pulled into each other’s gravitational fields and collide at sufficient speeds, their collective awesomeness coalesces. Out of this exploding nebula of extra-terrestrial excellence, an even brighter, bigger star emerges. Pretty cool, huh?

2. You’re allowed to be embarrassed. It’s a natural reaction to people’s amazement. “You wrote a book?” friends and family exclaim, delighted. You want to refute – less out of modesty than just sheer awkwardness – but they’re having none of it. Everyone is super happy for you, which is nice, of course, but sometimes, their happiness makes you want to curl up under a rock somewhere. Writers are solitary creatures, after all. We dwell in the shadows cast by the light of our computer screens, entertaining ourselves with thoughts of strange and horrible things happening to the people in our heads. (Note: no, we don’t need to be institutionalized.)

3. Marketing is hard… and doesn’t necessarily work. I’m the sort of author who doesn’t mind the odd cover reveal or book tour, but coordinating interviews and guest spots is a mammoth task in itself. And there are no tangible rewards, either, since it’s impossible to know the reasons behind readers purchasing your book. Was it because they liked the cover? Or were they enchanted by the interview in which you gushed about your Celine Dion obsession? Who knows. It’s all part of building your brand, though, which is why I hired a publicist to organize the release day blitz for UNTOUCHABLE.

4. Bad reviews aren’t the end of the world. I suppose I can’t really talk. The lowest review I’ve gotten is four stars, though I’m anticipating an end to the streak any day now. Why? Every author – seriously, every single one – gets lacklustre reviews. It’s nothing to be ashamed or upset about. As a matter of fact, I don’t mind bad reviews provided they’re constructive and offer suggestions. As writers, we’re always improving our craft, and reviews allow our most important critics – readers – to help us do just that. Got a bad review and want to feel better about it? Just head over to Goodreads, click on your favourite book and scroll down til you find the inevitable one-star and two-star reviews. It just goes to show that it’s impossible to please absolutely everyone. (Also, whatever you do, never respond to bad reviews. For that matter, don’t even respond to wonderful ones. It’s unprofessional and kind of stalkerish.)

5. It’s OK to be dissatisfied. I used to think getting an acceptance meant a publisher arriving in a helicopter, six-figure contract in hand. Nowadays, I realise how crazy I was. Most writers dream of publication their entire lives, and when it finally happens, it can be depressingly anti-climactic. That’s fine. Just remember to be grateful for the little milestones – like getting to see your cover for the first time. Or hearing the delighted squeals of readers who received an ARC. Or even just noticing a spike in your Amazon rankings. These are things that all authors get to experience, not just the Big Six elite.

And don’t forget: at the end of the day, you have the privilege of calling yourself an author. Embrace it.

Diary of a Defeated Fan Fiction Author

So, I’ve been struggling the past few days with a little problem I know many fan fiction authors go through off and on during their ‘careers.’ 

Hardly anyone is reviewing my work, which must mean it sucks, and I shouldn’t write anymore. 

Overly dramatic? Probably. True to life? Definitely. 

Allow me to explain a little further…

I started writing Sailor Moon fan fiction back in May, after being an avid reader for nearly 20 years. I LOVED reading anything Usagi & Mamoru related. Being from the US, their story remained largely unfinished for me, and I was sucked into a world where not only did people know how the ‘real’ story finished, but they continued on. Bringing my beloved OTP to life in ways I had never imagined. 

When I started reading fanfic in the SM fandom, it was still a VERY active and, some would say, thriving place. There were SO many amazing stories out there, and tons of wonderful authors who were putting out new content, and I gobbled it up like nobody’s business. But there was one problem with my fan fiction reading habits.

I never reviewed. Anything. Ever. 

Now, I suppose this can be excused for an 8 year old, as I’m pretty sure my reviews would have consisted mainly of, “OMG I WISH MAMORU WAS MY BOYFRIEND,” and so on and so forth. BUT as I got older, and continued to read, as interest in the fandom was waning fast, I still didn’t review. Never took the time to say a simple, “Thank you! This was a beautiful story.”

My reviews couldn’t matter all that much, I convinced myself. Especially on decades old stories where the author hadn’t been active in just as many years. And the newer stories had plenty of reviews. One more couldn’t make that much of a difference. 

Of course, I was completely wrong.

Flash forward to April of this year, when I stumbled across this little story named Ikigai. I generally will only read fics that are completed, as I selfishly hate getting invested in things that will never be finished. Low and behold, Ikigai was not only complete, but it had been recently written. So, I dove in, and was COMPLETELY swept away by it. 

When I finished all 28 chapters, I felt compelled, for the first time since I’d begun reading SM fan fiction, to write a review. I still have no idea why after all those years, I suddenly felt like I had to review this particular story. But it had captured me in a way I hadn’t been since I first started reading fan fics, and reminded me SO much of my brief time in Tokyo, that I just HAD to. And little did I know that that simple action would literally change my life.

A few hours after I’d left the review, I got an email saying I had a PM reply to my review I’d written. I quickly logged on, expecting to see a pretty uniform reply thanking me for reviewing, but instead, I found a huge response that addressed every point I’d made in my review, and I was so surprised to find how genuinely excited the author was about me reviewing! The story is an epic, and has nearly 300 reviews on FF.net, so why would one, little review that came after the story was written, make an author so excited they’d write paragraphs in response?!

Well, as it turned out, that author was @floraone and because I left that review, I gained one of the dearest friendships I’ve ever had. If a day goes by where we don’t talk to one another, it’s incredibly weird. This girl, who lives an ocean away from me, who wrote a story I just happened to read, becomes one of my best friends and closest confidants. And it was all because I wrote a review.

Now, I’m not saying everyone will manage to find their BFF, if you go out and review a story, but I can promise you, you WILL make a huge difference in their writing.

But, the problem remains that hardly anyone takes the time to review, these days, and I’ve found myself questioning if I should even write anymore. 

Again with the dramatics, I know, but let me throw some numbers out at you from a story I completed recently. The Physiology of Tutoring is my most viewed story over on FF.net. It’s been viewed 15,470 times. 

Not too bad for a story that’s only been out there for 2 months from a fairly unestablished author, right? But when you look at how many reviews it has, I think you’ll understand where my defeatist attitude comes from. 

The story that’s been viewed over 15,000 times, only has 80 reviews. Most of which are from repeated reviewers. If it had been a one-shot story, I’d be lucky to get even 20 reviews, as one- shots get so easily overlooked. And five years ago, I could have maybe bought the excuse that the fandom is dying. But with the resurgence of Crystal and all things Sailor Moon, I just don’t think that’s the case. 

So, if The Physiology of Tutoring has been viewed that many times, but so few people take the time to let me know what they thought of it, or if they even liked it, I think it’s fairly easy to draw the conclusion that it’s not worth anything. 

If stories don’t get reviews, authors have NO WAY of knowing what the readers like or don’t like, what they want to read or don’t, and, perhaps, most importantly, they don’t know whether it was even worth their time.

Now, I know that reviewing takes time, and effort. But think of how much time and effort went into the story you’ve just read. You don’t even have to have an account on FF.net to leave a review!! You can literally leave a review as ‘Guest’. No name or identifier required! It makes SO MUCH difference to any author, whether it’s their first story or their fiftieth. 

So, please, please, please, please, please take the time to review the fan fics you read. No matter what you tell yourself, IT DOES MATTER. IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. You could, literally, be the reason someone decides to keep writing, and that’s a much more powerful and positive feeling than sitting back and doing nothing.

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1003: Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders – Part I

Before I sought it out to do this review, I had never seen Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders in any format but the MST3K episode, and even that I’d only seen once.  At some point in the planning stages of this blog I realized I was going to have to review it, and it actually gave me pause.  I seriously considered scuppering the whole project because I didn’t want to watch this movie a second time.  In fact, I still haven’t watched it again.  I’m writing this intro paragraph as a way of putting off watching the movie for a few minutes longer.

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