God, these two ❤️ What would I (we) ever do without them. Words can never express just how much these two have meant to me, and will continue to mean to me for the next 30 or 40 or 50 years. They captured my heart all those years ago, from the very first episode I watched, and have made me cry, squeal, squee, scream, wail, jump with joy and every other combination in between. These two were, and still are, the #1 reason I love this show so much. Booth and Brennan truly are THE standard of all couples out there, and I couldn’t be more proud of that fact. They have been through hell and back together, stood over death together, faced down death together, saved each other from the brink of death multiple times, ‘chased each other through wars and serial killers and ghosts and snakes, and’….. my point is that they will forever remain the strongest and most resilient and loving couple to ever exist. And to have been witness to all of their moments before and AFTER they became a couple, and been able to watch them progress slowly from strangers, to partners, to friends, to best friends, to lovers, and then parents, and finally to husband and wife? That has been the most amazing gift that I could have ever asked for, and I swear, if I could go back in time and do it all again, experience their love all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat. So here’s to Seeley Booth and Temperance Brennan, to the best damn otp out there, to the two people with hearts of gold; to the true epitome of soulmates and true love. Thanks for making my life messy, and confusing, and unfocussed, and irrational, and wonderful ❤️
My magnificent project since the summer is finally done! A tribute to one of my favorite shows, and also an extremely late birthday present for my extremely patient husband, I can only hope he’ll love it :)
Hi I'm sorry if this sounds rude but you mentioned your friends are giving up fic writing? And that you came close to.I notice writers get much fewer rebblogs than artists but I didn't know it's that bad. Who are you talking about and do you guys talk about this, like is there a chatroom for writers?
Hi anon! This isn’t rude at all, don’t worry! This is going to be a bit of a long answer, so bear with me :’)
I don’t know if I can mention names here, I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable, so I can’t really give you more details than I already have: I am friends with this person and they probably won’t be writing fanfics anymore. I can tell you though that I’ve also spent most of the last couple of weeks wondering if there was still a point in posting my writing at all.
The thing is, writers barely get any feedback. Especially ones that aren’t insanely popular. We pour so much of ourselves into our writing, so it’s incredibly discouraging to barely get any comments, kudos, likes or reblogs.
In my personal experience, tumblr is an awful place for writers. I’ve got a decent-sized following on ao3 I think (though I don’t have much to compare to) and even there, with more than 100 people subscribed to me, I only tend to get around… 5 or 6 comments max per fic that are actually reviews (as in, comments with more content than “please update soon” or “this was nice”) - which is already more than I know many of my writer friends get. On tumblr, I’m lucky if two or three people reblog my work, and that’s exactly the problem: Who’s going to see it if no one reblogs it? Likes are fine and of course I appreciate those, too, but in the bigger picture they’re meaningless. Once a fic is done, it’s done. It’s out there then, and I can’t keep reblogging my own posts again and again in the hopes that someone will pay attention to them. I get one shot, maybe two if I reblog my fic again for people in other timezones, but that’s pretty much it. I’m not surprised that it’s gotten so frustrating that it makes people want to quit.
…as for your other question - I don’t know if there’s any larger chatroom or space for writers. I know some people have group chats, but it’s mostly a private thing, as far as I know? I’m really not a big name in this fandom so there might be a lot of stuff going on that I don’t know about.
As for me - I just message people a lot, with the tumblr feature, or on skype or snapchat if I know them better. I’m open to any and all conversations (most of mine with other writers started by me yelling at them about how much I love their work ^^), so if you want to talk to me please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message. That’s what they’re for, after all? My ask’s always open, and I don’t mind private messages either.
In any case - there’s quite a few people in my immediate vicinity that I’ve talked to and I consider friends - many of them are writers, some are artists, some do both, some do neither. I talk about this problem (of wanting to write, but barely receiving any feedback, of feeling like we’re wasting our time) to pretty much anyone who will listen, but it’s frustrating because I don’t have the influence to change anything. Of course I’ll try to keep my fellow writers motivated and try to change their minds about giving up, but there’s only so much I can do, and in the end it’s their decision. Most writers I’ve talked to really enjoy writing fanfics, and it takes quite a bit of disappointment to get you to the point where you want to just… stop. So… yes, it’s a big problem.
I’m going to wrap this up now, but… again, I cannot emphasize enough how important comments are to writers. I’ve talked to some people who’ve said they’re not sure if their comments will even make a difference, because they feel they haven’t got anything interesting to say - picture it this way. As a writer, I’m standing on a stage and presenting a thing, and in response, about twenty people give me polite nods (kudos, likes) and four actually start clapping. But there’s like two hundred people (hits) standing in this room, and I kind of feel stupid now. All comments matter. At this point, they might save you your writers. Because with less and less feedback, there’s less and less incentive to actually post things.
I can’t say much for other fandoms because it’s been a while since I’ve written substantially for anything but Haikyuu, which is still a relatively active fandom? But I get the feeling that’s starting to wear off, too.
Enthusiasm shifts, and I get that. But if you still enjoy an author’s work, please, please, by all means leave them a comment. Otherwise it might be the last work you read from them.
Do you still enjoy drawing Insomnia? Or are you ready for the story to be over?
Ah. This a tricky question for me.
Don’t get me wrong. The comic is fun, and I have it all planned out, and I want to see it through to completion. Also it has grown my art immensely. It has forced me to draw more backgrounds, and to experiment with light and color in ways I had been avoiding for years. Also I’m pretty proud of the story and it holds a place in my heart. I think it has a few good messages in it.
That being said it also extremely time consuming and lately I’ve had less and less time time to work on it. Which has made it a bit more laborious and stressful in recent months. I mean this thing has been in progress since December 2015. That is a long time to be working on something, and to be disciplined and consistent(ish) with moving the story along can be difficult sometimes.
That also means that I’ve had to dedicate a lot of my available drawing time and art capital to this project, instead of other things which can get a little tiring I guess? When I started it, it was during a two month gap in between jobs so I had all the time back then.
Now though, between keeping a full time job, and having grad school classes this fall, it’s going to be even harder to get pages out if I want to ever have free time again (to keep myself sane). My job, and my school will have to take priority.
But I do wanna finish because I’ve spent all this time setting up some really cool stuff and we’re getting to the pay out. And because I still really, really like this story and I’m still excited about a lot of parts in it.
I recently watched Rick and Morty for the first time! I hopped on the bandwagon just in time for season 3! I did a quick line drawing in celebration of how dark the show is getting. The plot solidifies!
I’m not sure I like how the meeseek turned out but, if I remove him, the drawing looks unbalanced soooo