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* Raining. And I love the rain. Everyone around me is tired of it now, but not me. That's one of my most favourite things about the years I lived in the UK and in New England - the rain rain rain! I would move to the state of Washington and live on the rainy coast if I could...but I can't. So, I'm contenting myself with this Spring rain that is making my woods so misty and damp and full of wonder.

* I feel like I've been busy....but don't have much to show for it. I have, actually, been penning a poem a day....but they really are most definitely not ready for prime time so I haven't been posting them. If I get one that passes the muster, I will share it. I've also written two....smallish not extraordinary fanfics for Once Upon a Time. I think....I can't write fanfic any more. I'm so immersed in original that what once was easypeasy is now an agony. I know what I want to say and how I want to say it but I just can't make the words connect. It's beyond frustrating. Anyway. Here's the Rumbelle fic I promised I would dedicate to spotzle -

The Harness of Our Gold; Here Come the Tears

I'm still enjoying the heck out of the show and some of the higher quality fic I've found. Three that I think are worthy of rec-ing here. Because each of these reads like an honest-to-goodness romance novel and you don't have to be into the fandom to thoroughly enjoy the story. And heaven knows we all need a good romantic escape from time to time. These are the types of fics that should be published and not relegated to AO3 but I tend to get in trouble when I clamber on top of that particular soapbox. I will say that when I don't feel part of a fandom then searching out AU can at least scratch the itch a bit, the only fandom connection being that you see the characters in the guise of the canon actors.

A Bed of Thorns - 700K+!!! Is that even possible??? But this is fantastically well done. Read it like a medieval Beauty & The Beast and you will be content. I will warn that there is a strangely inordinate amount of SEX but some of you like that. ;)

Remedial French - Another seriously fantastic long writer. This is delightful and full of UST until it isn't.

Away to Me - Just an absolutely fantastic romance between a crotchety guy and a bubbly girl. Oh, and there are sheep and sheepdogs!

As to the rest, I think I'm done. It's not a friendly fandom. I am Tumblr resistant so I'm missing out on current fandom fangrrling. And I really cannot express how deeply offended I become at the young female writers who believe any man over the age of 40 needs a walker and a Viagra prescription. I just cannot with that. And I think that's a fandom loss that falls squarely on the slow death of LJ. There was a time when LJ was THE fandom stop for all things fannish and folks were educamated in the ways of the world. I don't see how Tumblr can provide that type of writing education or worldly knowledge to fans and writers. Not with all the gifs and gushing. Where's the honesty?

If you're needing visual/aural inspiration to "see" Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, well here you go!! Enjoy that delicious burr -


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Apr. 11th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
You picked some of my favorites! I am so glad!

The author of Away to Me is a friend over here on LJ under crysania4. She has DOGS. *gentle shove in her direction* Go.

Remedial French is my all time favorite. I've re-read it I don't know how many times and it's worn well with each reading (same with Bed of Thorns. BoT got me through my last pregnancy - and that baby is turning four this month which tells you how long it's been a WIP). Extree is a good friend of mine and I am going straight to her to tell her you liked her fic. I know she'll appreciate it a lot since she's been suffering writer's boulder for a while.

I wish I could recommend the fandom in general, but you know I can't. There *are* some great people in it. Not a total loss.

Thank you so much for the fic! My MIL is here for the week so I'm going to save it for later tonight when I have time to sit and lose myself in a story. The summary looks really interesting. *hugs you*
Apr. 11th, 2017 04:58 pm (UTC)
There are certainly GREAT fics in the fandom...but there are also, unfortunately, about 30,000 crappy fics. LOL!

Remedial French is well worth a reread or several! BoT is sooooooooo racy...and wears thin after a while, imo, but the underlying story is really strong. I do think...it's flawed...but in a way that would be impossible to avoid after the 75th chapter. It stalled out and the constant groveling of Rumple and the goody-goody two shoes of Belle get old. I would love to see that writer write some original cut-wife fiction! I loved Wren!

I hope you do enjoy my small one-shot. NOTHING at all like those glorious long fics...but I had to write it out of my head.
Apr. 11th, 2017 05:10 pm (UTC)
I fully understand the absolute need to get the fic out before your brain implodes feeling.

Have you read any of extree's other stories? They're all very much worth the time.

Nym, doesn't write as much as she used to due to medical reasons, and I really miss getting new chapter alerts every week. It's a lot of sex, but that's not a deal breaker for me.

Apr. 12th, 2017 02:16 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I'm so so glad you liked my story. <3

I loved BoT but I think you're right that it wears thin after awhile. There's a lot of smut and not as much plot and part of me just started SKIPPING the smut parts because it gets tiresome after awhile. But she writes well at least!

I've got some rec lists on a page on Tumblr that I can share if you want it! It's an older one because I'm not as up on recent stuff in the fandom. Partially because the fandom has gotten so bad that I just get annoyed and disappear.

I do enjoy Tumblr for what it is. Most people there at tag their fic "rumbelle fic" so it's easier to find that there and weed out some of the gif sets and fangirling.

Do you belong to AO3? I highly recommend anything by TheStraggletag, but I think all of hers are set to AO3 members only. If you're not, I can send you an invitation so you can join and read her stuff!
Apr. 12th, 2017 03:24 pm (UTC)

Hahaha to skipping the seafood because yeah. I mean, it's sooooooooooo graphic but therein lies the flaw, it's written so dryly that it reads, to me, as clinical. But she's got all this energy and eroticism in the rest of the story...so I'm not sure what that's about. Sex scenes ain't easy.

I can't get tumblr to load for me. Try as a I might.

I am over on AO3 and I will check her out!

Apr. 11th, 2017 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yay for rain and fic recs! I so need to find time to watch OUAT. I'm beginning to tire with Grimm at the mo so may switch over to it. I used to love Rumbelle.

I think maybe you just need to give yourself time with original for now, you'll come back round to fic eventually. Fandoms are hard on Tumblr. I think the connections happen different ways.

Saw the new Thor trailer. Am unimpressed.
Apr. 11th, 2017 05:01 pm (UTC)
I'm almost done with Grimm and it's one of those finale seasons that is working because it's sad. Very much like New Girl. Makes you realize how much you've invested in a show. Try OUaT! Let me know when you jump in and where and I'll rewatch some, too!

I don't see myself getting back into fandom, J. I think that's a room better left with the door closed. I had GOBS of fun but I also had some negative experiences and I don't have the energy to open myself back up. Besides, original has finally moved into a more gratifying place than fic. I've broken the commentcrack habit!

Yeah, same to Thor.
Apr. 11th, 2017 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'll keep going with Grimm then. And will let you know when I get around to OUAT.

That's fair enough. Whatever is the best for you. I think I have a very different relationship with fandom than I used to. I suppose I just don't expect the kind of interactions over fic etc. as before.
Apr. 12th, 2017 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'm an epi and a half away from finishing Grimm and it's bumming my trip. Glad they are ending knowing it's over.

I think we've basically said everything that can be said - at this point - about fandom. Perhaps the next big thing will shift it once again?
Apr. 11th, 2017 04:42 pm (UTC)

I ended up not using my bye after all, but then the insecurities, etc., etc., etc.

Miss your voice--so happy to see you here this morning. (Did you get my reply to your message? No worries if you did, but if you didn't I'll re-send via email.)

I'm so sad about LJ. I guess I'll have to venture over to DW and attempt to make sense of it. Maybe I will take a "handle," which will be a challenge. My imagination doesn't seem to run to the reinvention of self. :-)

I find the same thing with fanfic. I just can't get into it anymore. Occasionally I will see something momentarily inspiring, but it doesn't last long enough to reach the page.

Rain! It's balm for the soul! (I love rain too.)


Edited at 2017-04-11 04:44 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2017 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you wrote an entry, M! I really really didn't want to use one of my byes...this season...but this week I'm not going to have enough time to read all the entries and I truly believe that's part and parcel of the "game", so I took my first bye. :(

LJ is struggling for its last breath, it seems. I think that's undeniable now. But I don't see DW as being the answer. Sigh. It makes me sad and frustrated but there's nothing to get mad at. It's progress, baby.

It's amazing to me to consider how much I was once into fandom and fic'ing!!! I can't even begin to recapture those feelings. But I'm okay with that chapter being over.

Apr. 11th, 2017 05:26 pm (UTC)
A Bed of Thorns is a CLASSIC. I'm ecstatic that you've been reading it! :)
Apr. 11th, 2017 05:50 pm (UTC)
*glomps* Hey youse! What are you doing around these parts??? LJ is dying and here you are!

So you know OUaT???? Do you write there???

I did like BoT! I just wish it had been broken up into stand-alone stories. But yes, great stuff!
Apr. 11th, 2017 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm still around for a bit longer, as I'm trying to archive as much content as possible....and also trying be sure I don't lose contact with people. :)

And ha, yes, I have to admit I kind of haven't caught up on BoT in....erm... years, as it's just sooooo long, lol.

While I don't write for OUaT (I haven't been able to write much of anything for anything for a while, unfortunately), I do have a soft spot for the Rumbelle ship... :3
Apr. 11th, 2017 05:51 pm (UTC)
I feel it's easier to write fanfic because I get caught up in the worldbuilding of original work. No matter how dull the names the characters come with them and that's one less thing to worry over. And there's the chance of at least a few people reading, probably, unlike original fic and poetry. But I don't skimp on the effort when it's a longer fic, usually a small fandom bang and usually romance, "just" because it's fanfic.
And it's the trade off we make, being "allowed" to write fic without making money from it and so not getting sued. And authors can and do file off the serial numbers sometimes but it's not always possible - and is a fic popular enough to do that when the lack of comments on even popular fic these days is disturbing, which is a culture shift to "click like" Tumblr style consumption without community. It sucks but there's not much to be done especially with the latest LJ bullshit. However I do see a *lot* of posts about how important comments are so there's a minor backlash in some areas of Tumblr.

(eta: also on the "wasting" of posting fic vs publication, worth remembering that not everyone wants to be published. Not everyone wants or can spend hours submitting to magazines or agents or publishers and getting rejections when what they want it is to read/heard. And self-publishing is more acceptable but about once I month I see a "thou shalt spend 1-2k dollars on editing and about 200-300 dollars on a cover before you even THINK about daring to inflict your work on the public" gatekeeping article; which is more money I ever expect to see, yet I can post a novel length fanfic with no cover, my amateur work, some talented amateurs effort, and be read and appreciated without digging myself into debt I'll never survive.)

I hope you post some more poetry soon! I was enjoying your work.

In case I forget tomorrow Happy Birthday! Have fun tomorrow!

And this link made me think of you: https://www.charlotteclarkdesignermaker.co.uk/shop/

Edited at 2017-04-11 06:02 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2017 10:23 pm (UTC)
I am not a fan of kudos. At all. I am definitely in the camp that says if you read and enjoyed a fic the price is a comment. If you didn't enjoy, for chrissakes, click out.

Here's the thing, L. The three fics that I rec-ed are printable writing. The ONLY tie to the fandom is tangential and actor/character inspired. Sure, character inspiration is perhaps "cheating" a bit...but I think that's really splitting hairs. We are ALL inspired by something/someone or other when we create characters and build worlds. That's how our imagination works. I realize and accept that some fanfic writers are not interested in the "game" of publishing and that's A-Okay! This is why I don't beat this horse any more.

I don't write long. I'm coming to grips with my particular style. The length and the lyricism. I envy those who can sit and type out 20K words...so perhaps some of that envy colours my personal attitude about professional caliber long works.

Thanks for the birthday wishes! I want to be ocean bound! But tomorrow I have a long journey to take with my mother.

OMG - that store!!
Apr. 12th, 2017 02:18 pm (UTC)
I have to admit I have contemplated editing the work, changing the names, and trying to get it published. But then I feel guilty. And don't.
Apr. 12th, 2017 03:27 pm (UTC)
I just realized that I commented on your fic when I read it and mentioned publish ability. Eep. Sorry. I shouldn't do that, I know folks have feelings but your work is eminently publishable and if you need less guilt and more cheerleading then consider yourself CHEERED!

It's a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful story.
Apr. 12th, 2017 03:30 pm (UTC)
Oh no at all! I do contemplate it once in awhile. But then I get stumped on...what would I CALL them? What should I change to make it not totally OUAT/Rumbelle. There's probably not a lot that needs to change (mostly the bit thrown in about the teacup).

I may yet go through it and redo it a bit. Just to see what happens. I wouldn't be the first one to do it!
Apr. 12th, 2017 03:38 pm (UTC)
I've done it. And I have ZERO guilt. It is something to take seriously, act seriously upon. For example, if you are seriously considering it, then I would suggest, and this isn't the fun part, that it would have to be pulled down today and the internet scrubbed as best as to your ability. The longer it is disappeared...the better.

Once that bandaid is pulled off....then you can roll up your sleeves and get to the FUN part and it would be fun. The work is done, the editing is really more imagination than drudgery, but please GODS keep the name Tavish!!!

It's your work. IT IS YOURS. And it's top notch top shelf stuff.
Apr. 12th, 2017 03:49 pm (UTC)
Tavish would DEFINITELY be kept. The nice thing about Gold is he doesn't HAVE a first name. I'd probably end up giving him a last name that was far more Scottish than "Gold."

I might even consider keeping Belle's name in honor of BatB. But I'm not sure. That would be the tough one. What else to call her?

It's the pulling it down off the internet that makes me feel terrible and guilty because a lot of folks love the story and I'd feel bad about removing it. But...we'll see. I may work it up and decide if I really want to do it before getting serious about removing it.
Apr. 12th, 2017 05:07 pm (UTC)
I kept mine up because I'm lazy and I'm all for transparency. It started out as fanfic (I barely even changed anything when I *coughed* published) and I'm not ashamed of it. I consider it a first draft.

Also, I find it amazing when fandoms collide. I'm glad you two found each other. :)
Apr. 12th, 2017 05:09 pm (UTC)
Ok that's good to know. Maybe I won't feel so bad about keeping it up then!
Apr. 12th, 2017 05:14 pm (UTC)
Also, since you seem to have stalled on your tornado story, maybe going back with fresh names will get it jump started? Or not. I know I have a difficult time writing original fics. I seem to have to use fandom names or else. Just a thought. Also, I'm greedy. :)
Apr. 12th, 2017 05:18 pm (UTC)
Haha it's a though! I do actually want to get back to it and I'm ALMOST done with chapter 2. But I am not being successful at writing anything right now.

I'm like...half done with my court fic. That was due yesterday. *hangs head in shame* I'm hoping to get that done but then maybe I'll try to kick my ass and get that storm chasing fic done. I got stuck on that one because I don't actually KNOW as much about storm chasing as I'd like! But I guess I'll just make some of it up. lol
Apr. 11th, 2017 07:18 pm (UTC)
My husband is the same way with rain - loves it! I am the opposite. :)

Apr. 11th, 2017 10:17 pm (UTC)
RAIN!!! I should seek out some rainy icons! You like the sunshine? Spring, summer, or fall sun?
Apr. 11th, 2017 10:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not really an outdoorsy person, so I don't necessarily love the sunshine - the shade is my friend - either. I do prefer, I think, the spring sunshine - not as blazing as the summer and prettier outside.

Apr. 12th, 2017 04:43 am (UTC)
Hey, you! Happy BIrthday!
Apr. 12th, 2017 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you, baby!!!! *smooch*
Apr. 12th, 2017 12:38 pm (UTC)
We are expecting the rain later today. Happy birthday btw.
Apr. 12th, 2017 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And enjoy that English rain!
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