Hell yeah, we are! What do you think we are? Quitters? Not in this fucking battalion.
Here’s the thing: the Army fucked some shit because—Army, am I right?—and we’re unfucking the shit, and we’ll be up and live and calling for enlistment just as soon as we fix what they broke.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got to go talk Person down from his rant about the Army. It’s like 42-1/2 minutes long, and this is the third time he’s gone off today.
I only have 4 moods:
- fuck this
- fuck that
- fuck me
- fuck you
I empathize with the above, but I have an additional 4 moods to add:
- fuck yeah
- fuck no
- fuck my life
- fuck everything
and don’t forget the inevitable
- fuck it
and for those who have just given up
this is beautiful
There’s quite a large part of me that wants to yell FFS LEAVE ME ALONE at the internet, but I’ll settle for: when I get it back, I’ll post it.
All right kiddos let’s bring it on in, time for a feelings circle.
You like that fic? You really, really, just really fucking like that fic? It touches your heart? Soothes your soul? Makes you feel a lot? That is great! Beautiful. The best feedback a writer can get.
Oh? It’s a work in progress? You’re clawing your face off pining for an update just as hard as Character A is pining for Character B? The wait between chapters is driving you mad? Inducing panic attacks? You can’t eat/sleep/think about anything else? You may actually die if it doesn’t update soon? Well then, I have only on piece of advice.
SUCK IT THE FUCK UP.
1. Fic writers aren’t getting paid. Their beta readers aren’t getting paid. The obligation to write fic is 0%. The obligation to update a WIP is 0%. There is no deadline. They owe you actually nothing.
2. Finding the author’s blog and sending a gentle query in regard to a fic update might not seem like an impolite thing to do and 99% of the time when taken as a single occurrence it’s absolutely not. Unfortunately the bigger picture is a lot more aggravating. if you’re feeling the desire to ask I can guarantee there are others who are too, and who have given in and done it. An inbox full of this question is really stressful.
3. Tumblr and the ability to send anonymous asks has clearly given people the confidence to air their entitlement publically and, as the ask above suggests, air their delusions that the writer’s motivation for not posting/updating fic is actually all about them.
I don’t know where anyone ever got the idea that new chapters of fanfiction are being hoarded like dragon gold by writers who are laughing maniacally at the peasants fic-starved and dying in the streets. There is no logic in this place. It’s safe to assume that if you are upset that a fic hasn’t updated in a while, the author is equally as upset, if not moreso because they’re struggling to write it. There are nine busgillion reasons that a fic may not have updated and none of them have to do with wanting to make readers suffer. More often than not the author wants to post the new chapter just as much as you want to read it.
Not to be all “back in my day” here, but y’know, back in my day we suffered our irrational entitlement re: fic we want to be updated in silence on public forums like civilized people. So like, check yourself.
4. If you can’t handle WIPs that aren’t guaranteed to update regularly then don’t read them until they’re done, or at all if they’re never finished. Just don’t even click the link. It really is that simple.
5. Passive-aggressive (and just aggressive) asks badgering for updates make me feel a lot like I feel when someone tailgates me: they piss me off and there’s a 100% chance that I will slow down to 5mph just out of spite. Bullying is, shockingly, not real motivating.
6. What IS motivating? Comments! Discussion! If you want to engage an author don’t do it through asks about updates. Leave constructive feedback, ask questions about the fic, tell them how it made you feel or what it means to you or what worked for you or didn’t work for you. I personally can attest that a thoughtful comment or ask constructive criticism has gotten me from a place where I can’t even get a full sentence out to sitting down and writing ten thousand words in one go, and when I’m really into a fic I will leave thousands of words rambling in a comment which is incredibly cathartic for me and hopefully makes the author of this fic I love so much happy that they’ve written it. Readers often catch things writers may not have thought of that can be incredible breakthroughs in a block, and equally as often sheer euphoria at receiving an awesome comment can rekindle inspiration to write. READERS, WE WEILD AMAZING POWER, LET’S NOT USE IT FOR EVIL.
TL;DR - Q: When will the next chapter of this fic be posted? A: When it’s done, bro.
i don’t want to live in a world where i’m not allowed to enjoy both Shakespeare and Ke$ha.
Wake up in the mornin’ feel quite Hamlet-y
Grab my skull, I’m out the door, I’m gonna act real shitty
Before I leave, overthink if I’m on the right track
Cuz if I kill my uncle tonight, he ain’t comin back
I’m talkin trying to kill my foe foe
But instead kill everyone I know know
9 deaths in a row row