So in the past month, this blog has gained around 450 followers. I’m truly speechless. Anyway, I was thinking I should do something to celebrate the huge increase. Here are my ideas so far:
1. Create a giveaway: 1st prize would be a 20k word fic, 2nd prize a 10k fic, and 3rd place a 5k fic. This is a major increase from my usual one shots. They usually range from 500-2500 words.
2. Have writing sessions where I open the google doc and allow people to see me write and chat with me. We can chat about anything and not just the fic. This also allows you as followers to also throw out ideas and influence the fic.
3. I’d offer to take peeps out to dinner, but everyone is from all around the world. So that’s not possible, haha. I’m also broke, or well need to worry about my school loans… (This isn’t a real option, don’t vote for it).
So which options appeal to you? Or do you have other ideas?
i think i’ve talked about this before (a lot), but there’s a reason i get so touchy about “please update” comments. like, at a baseline, i understand their good intent. i know people who ask me to update are excited about my stories, and want to know how what happens next. and this is a very relatable feeling that i think everyone who’s engaged with a long-form, more than one shot thing has felt. i’ve felt it, i understand it, i often sit on my heels for months or years waiting for the next issue or book or installment of my favorite stories. so like, i get you. i’m very appreciative that you like my stories enough to be clamoring for the next chapter.
but here’s the other side of that. i work really, really hard on every piece of writing i post. in chaptered works, i try to put as much content and story into every installment. i never want anyone to read a chapter and go away feeling unsatisfied, or that i posted just for the sake of it. i want each part to feel like a story unto itself.
and i’ve gotten increasingly bad at being succinct, over the years. my one-shots stretch out to 10k+ words, my chapter fics are enormous behemoths that i cannot tame to any manageable limit. on good weeks, i can write 5k in the space of a couple days, and then edit and post a chapter, and feel pretty good about myself.
but not every week is a good one. my creative brain is so tied to my mood it’s a little infuriating, sometimes. but there are weeks when i’m burnt out, or busy, or lazy. and during those weeks, i don’t write. i don’t feel compelled to. when i sit down for the express purpose of writing, i don’t like what i produce. it’s taken me a long time to be ok with not breathing down my own neck about this— i like my free time, and a good part of it i spend writing! but there are things that are more important than my updating schedule on ao3 dot com. my professional life and mental health rank far above my stories, as much as i love writing them.
so when i’ve already come to terms with the fact that i won’t be updating as quickly as i’d like (and have made that clear and public), it’s really demoralizing, and sometimes just plain irritating, to get a string of comments that just say “update when” and nothing else. like maybe you think you’re being cute by adding an emoji or telling me you’ll die if you don’t know what’ll happen next in a story, but it’s not cute. it’s not encouraging.
and for heavy, long stories like my current ongoing, it’s so irritating to see a person rip through 50k of content and then just say “update” at the end of it. like, i’m sure there’s something else within all that content that you can comment on. and if there isn’t, maybe just don’t comment.
Masterpost: Yana Toboso’s blog/twitter post translations
People who visit my blog on PC probably know that there’s already amasterpost of all my past blog/twitter post translations, but the majority of people seems to use the mobile version of tumblr and therefore have no access to it (?), so here’s a masterpost that is hopefully accessible to everyone! Also, I’d appreciate it if you could check this masterpost *first* before asking me “Has Yana ever talked about XX on her blog?” xD
Disclaimer: I’m not a professional translator but just a
normal Japanese Kuro fan with intermediate English skills, and I
primarily translate all these Kuro related posts for myself, namely to
improve my English! All posts marked with * are proofread by my
precious, lovely friend minacchin though (thank you for your help<3), so you can expect a flawless English translation :)
Tips:If you don’t know where to start reading, here are some tips. The posts in bold are the ones that got over 1000 notes. And the ones in italic are my personal faves that I found funny/interesting and definitely recommend you to read! :)
And finally, thank you to all those people who read and liked my translations and sent me lovely, encouraging messages in the past 2.5 years! ♡♡