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10 March 2008 @ 12:04 pm
With One Eye Open...  
I love Daylight Savings Time, but I hate the shift over to it. Takes me about 1 1/2 weeks to adjust— wonder if morning people have it any easier?

Made minor inroads into a PB fic this weekend (need to finish ASAP, if it'll cooperate), did the usual family stuff. I made a few icons (my "supplies" are pretty terrible, but the Jensen pic above turned out pretty well). And I have Sam/Dean for particlesofgale that really needs to cooperate and make progress, though I guess the first thing I need help with is staying awake during my writing time. Maybe the time-change will help, eventually. *is probably nuts*

I peek at LJ-Toys info from time-to-time. Sometimes it dies altogether (0 hits for days when there are posts people have commented on), which I'll admit does not encourage me to go up to the paid membership! I do wish they'd screen out when you're looking at your own journal entries (comments replies, etc.). Because in the world of data-gathering, we call that "noise."

One thing I do wonder— maybe you all have answers, I don't know— is why people (especially on your friends-list) read fic entries but don't comment. When I don't comment, it's generally because some part of the story really didn't work for me, and I either bailed out or I couldn't find a way to comment on the rest. So when people don't comment (especially friends, and/or passing-through writers whose work I respect), I assume they didn't like the story. Is that generally true? If you don't comment, why not? I do know that there are some of you who are more like me, who virtually always comment. I personally cannot keep myself from commenting, so the flip side of this behavior is very foreign to me. The story in particular I'm thinking of here was the only Wincest non-drabble story I've written since Halloween, so this does tend to make me paranoid as to whether I've lost my writing touch.

Random warm and fuzzy: fiddleyoumust and lissa_bear have their own router, and for some reason it makes me happy every time I see that.

Minor guilt attack: one entry in the router column about 8 weeks ago was "xx.xx.xx via Dial-up" and I had a momentary spasm because I had just posted that Hedgehog picspam entry. Then I remembered I'd used an lj-cut. Whew!

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day: slow start, but it got better fairly quickly. Frances McDormand did well, I thought (although why they cast some of the British roles as Americans I don't understand, but perhaps turnabout is fair play and all that). Ciaran Hinds is still a charmer, but does not look so good with that haircut. Rather middle-aged, in fact (*is saddened*).

Tonight: New New Amsterdam! Really liking this show so far— both the premise (and its angsty side-effects) and the main actor.


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The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on March 10th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
When I don't comment, it's generally because some part of the story really didn't work for me, and I either bailed out or I couldn't find a way to comment on the rest. So when people don't comment (especially friends, and/or passing-through writers whose work I respect), I assume they didn't like the story. Is that generally true? If you don't comment, why not? I do know that there are some of you who are more like me, who virtually always comment. I personally cannot keep myself from commenting, so the flip side of this behavior is very foreign to me.


I think you should be more brave with that and comment even if part of the story didn't work for you. Otherwise, how will they learn?

As for me, I'm probably the wrong person to ask here, as I usually try to comment on everything I read. The only times I might not if it's in a fandom I'm not really in and only read because it has been recced somewhere/I'm desperate for porn/the summary sounded interesting.

Of course it might also depend on how familiar I am with that person.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
I think you should be more brave with that and comment even if part of the story didn't work for you. Otherwise, how will they learn?
Well, some people really don't want to learn. As in, they don't care if they've Britted up their story (and find you ridiculously picky for mentioning it), or that they're tense-shifting or what-not.

If you feel that the characterization is off, or if a particular approach to a story doesn't work for you, that tends to be more opinion-based and perhaps not helpful. I mean, I like to think that people don't set out thinking "I know it's unrealistic to pitch the character this way, but I'm too lazy to find a better way to work my story." Most of the time, it's because that characterization for some reason seems to work for the author.

As for me, I'm probably the wrong person to ask here, as I usually try to comment on everything I read.
I usually do it anyway, try or not, as long as it's a story. If it's something else (rambling, meta, meme, etc.) I might read it but not comment if I don't feel I have anything to add and am not already compelled to respond to it just because I'm me. ;)
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we're all mad hererelativity1953 on March 10th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
One thing I do wonder— maybe you all have answers, I don't know— is why people (especially on your friends-list) read fic entries but don't comment.

Well, for me, I know I go through periods where I am really bad about commenting. It seems that, if I read something and don't end up commenting (for one reason or another), I am more likely to not comment on the next fic. And so on. It is completely awful of me... but there's one excuse.

Some of my 'reasons' for not commenting? 1) I have gotten to a fic late in the game and there are numerous comments already. 2) RL is hectic and/or I am inundated with new fic. 3) there are occassions where my children prevent me... I have had to stop 4 times during this comment alone (3 for older child, 1 for younger).

Again, none of these are *good* reasons for not commenting, but they are mine. I am trying to do better again - I hope I didn't offend you by lack of comments; I will do my best to not be so rude in the future ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
I think one of the realities may be that some people read MORE fic than I do, and so they're in more of a hurry to get onto the next one. I always wish I read more stories, but never read as many as I'd like. Either my time is supposed to be spent writing instead, or sometimes I'm afraid I'll incorporate the story into my own work somehow (that one's pretty rare, unless I'm writing essentially the same story. I've gotten hit with this twice on a friend and author, and still haven't gone back to read the ones I missed, and I guilt myself over that).

I've seen lots of people give your answer for #1 already, so I guess that's common. I usually comment anyway. #2 is probably because you read more than I do, and #3... I finish the comment, but darned if I don't find the constant interruption a little bothersome! Which also happens when I'm trying to write stuff: "And Mama? Do you know what? And Mama?"

I hope I didn't offend you by lack of comments;
No-- I feel your pain. ;)
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Pheebs1pheebs1 on March 10th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I dont understand that either. I always comment, unless as you say I really couldnt' get through it and can't think of anything constructive to say. I do sometimes, when there is no word count, click, see it's long and click out because I don't have time to read anything over a certain length (and likely forget to go back when I do have time =- am terrible with memorying stuff)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
I do sometimes, when there is no word count, click, see it's long and click out because I don't have time to read anything over a certain length (and likely forget to go back when I do have time =- am terrible with memorying stuff)

Augh! *clings to you* It's like we're twins!

Some people rarely read shorter stories in general, but I have more the opposite problem of getting to the longer ones. I even stopped adding stuff to my "To Read" memories because the list is ridiculously long already, and I'm just not getting to the stories.

And then I stew in my own guilt...
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shadow_of_doubt: Crooked Samshadow_of_doubt on March 10th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Call me stupid, but I've seen people mention LJ-Toys and I have no idea what that is. Is it a website, or something you can add to your LJ?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Flirthalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
It IS a website, at http://ljtoys.org.uk/

It allows you to see who(-ish) is reading your entries (including you, for no good reason) so you can get some idea of whether something seems to be popular.

The best way for it to work, in theory, is for you to set up a mood-theme and let the LJ-toys track posts via your mood theme. But because I'm a giant dork and mood-themes seem to involve servers to host your theme, I haven't done that. I just add the raw tag (they'll provide you one) to posts for tracking. Doesn't show up on the post where others can see it, but it tracks the entry.

So, for instance, having added the tag into all my longer Wincest stuff, I can see that there are a fair number of people reading stuff that was posted ages ago, and that's kind of nice. Or that people, even if they don't comment, probably enjoyed the hedgehog picspam (which took hours to upload and link). ;)
elanurelelanurel on March 10th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
So when people don't comment (especially friends, and/or passing-through writers whose work I respect), I assume they didn't like the story. Is that generally true? If you don't comment, why not?

My rule of thumb is: if I read a story, I will comment on it. Even if it's just to say, "Thanks for writing this." Right now, work is crazy, so I have a huge list of stories I have bookmarked to read. (Some of yours are on there. ;-P) If I skim something but didn't give it my full attention, it also goes on the "to read" list so that I can comment later when I have the time to be thoughtful.

Time, unfortunately, is relative in this respect. I'm barely managing the normal f-list these days.

That being said, some of my friends do write stories in genres I won't read or fandoms I don't follow. I think they know that and are cool with it. And by that same token, I write genres that some of my friends won't read and/or I write in different fandoms that they may not follow. And I'm cool with that, too.

As for LJ-Toys, doesn't that just track hits to a page? It doesn't mean a person read the post, just that they clicked on it. ;-P And I've been known, in my quest to try and move beyond my comfort zone, to click on stories in genres I don't normally read because my friends wrote them and just go, uh, no...and back out. I'm guessing my friends do the same thing. Hell, total strangers probably look at my word counts and freak out; such as "She wrote a 23,000+ word story about an OFC for a Women of Supernatural challenge and the boys are in cameos? Whoah, Nelly..."

Dude, I need to stop thinking of more to add to this...

The story in particular I'm thinking of here was the only Wincest non-drabble story I've written since Halloween, so this does tend to make me paranoid as to whether I've lost my writing touch.

It's hard not to feel that way, certainly, as I think we all use comments to guage the impact of a particular story. But...I really don't know why some stories I've written have received more comments than others. I mean, the story I wrote last year which I thought was utterly fantastic ended up with a total of five comments. I've written other stories that I garnered a lot more comments than that, and I couldn't tell you why.

But now I'm just rambling.

Edited at 2008-03-10 08:14 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
My rule of thumb is: if I read a story, I will comment on it.
You're much better than I am-- though even if I sort of like it I'll still comment. It's when the story somehow confounds me (as in, death-by-Britting-in-American-fanfic, or character/plot disaster or unreadable prose that I don't comment).

That being said, some of my friends do write stories in genres I won't read or fandoms I don't follow.
Yes-- much the same for me. I have Gen-only readers in both fandoms that avoid the Slash, for obvious reasons, and vice-versa. Some people don't read the other main fandom I write in, some are not big on humor/angst/drabbles or whatever the story's genre is.

It doesn't mean a person read the post, just that they clicked on it. ;-P
Oh yes-- pheebs1 and I just had a discussion about clicking and then "Uh-oh, too long to read right now" and having to bail out. And I'm sure people have clicked and then, "Oops, this isn't one of the ones I read." It's more people who seem to actually read the stories, but don't comment.

Trying out new genres, for instance testing the brothercest waters of Sam/Dean if you don't normally read that... yes, I can see why people might not comment there either. Doesn't appear to be too much of that, though.

I've written other stories that I garnered a lot more comments than that, and I couldn't tell you why.
That one's always the mystery. Some just hit a nerve and others don't, and you never know why. But the scientist in me wants to speculate, based on what little data I have. ;)
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Are we back to hos over bros?lissa_bear on March 10th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
♥Hi!♥

As for the reading, but not commenting? That's one of the reasons I hate LJ toys. (And the bandom fandom is really, really bad about commenting. It's especially weird coming from the SPN fandom where everyone comments.) Usually if I get all the way through a fic, even if I didn't particularly care for it, I try to find something to comment on. Sometimes I get interrupted or just legitimately don't have time, but I try to go back and comment later if I can remember.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hi!!! Glad to know you and Jewels are still around, even if it's mostly bandom. *cries*

(And the bandom fandom is really, really bad about commenting. It's especially weird coming from the SPN fandom where everyone comments.)
Here, some of the people you'd think would comment on SPN stuff don't, which is where I wonder. If a BNF read one of your stories but didn't comment, wouldn't you wonder if they thought it sucked?

Bandom, though... I'll bet a lot of the readers are younger, and haven't quite gotten the concept down that comments are, in a way, a form of good manner. Teenagers and manners, well... not always a perfect fit. Sometimes. ;)

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PamalaX: Alexthinkingpamalax on March 10th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
I occasionally read but don't comment but its rarely ever done out of dislike. While I do not comment if it doesn't suit my taste I see that asa respectful thing as I am no one to judge anyone elses writing.

Seriously, who am I to tell anyone their fic didn't work for any reason.

Most of the time that I may not comment its a matter of time. I find myself squeezing in a fic where I can lately and often can barely get through it in the time I have let alone leave a good comment. I intend to come back later but am often slow to get back or occasionally forget altogether.

I also HATE leaving very short meaningless *good Job* comments to talented authors who don't need that crap from me.

Take yourself for example, I love to read your stuff and leave you comments on parts that really touched me or grabbed my attention but leaving a *nice story* to someone like you that I know to be an established and talented author seems almost unflattering and fake. You already know I have the utmost respect for you as an author so it almost feels like an empty smile and nod which is something you don't need from me. :0)

I just feel like you and others like you don't need that from me.
Does that make any sense?

Edited at 2008-03-10 08:38 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
While I do not comment if it doesn't suit my taste I see that asa respectful thing as I am no one to judge anyone elses writing.

That's part of why I tend not to. Unless it's a fabulous story that seemed to take a sudden wrong turn, it's usually a matter of personal taste where for some reason our tastes differed. In which case, that kind of comment is pretty useless and likely also comes off as unkind. At least that's my opinion...

You already know I have the utmost respect for you as an author so it almost feels like an empty smile and nod which is something you don't need from me. :0)
I hadn't thought of it that way. Actually, even the smile and nod is kind of reassuring. So few people are reading the PB stuff these days that it's almost nice to know when ANYONE is. Sad state of things, but there you have it. ;)

I find myself squeezing in a fic where I can lately and often can barely get through it in the time I have let alone leave a good comment.
This has really been pretty awful for you lately. Still wish you'd combine the surgeries, just to minimize the risk and speed up the healing process. The recuperation always takes longer than a person wants or expects. :(


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I can read Sam's mindwendy on March 10th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
wish they'd screen out when you're looking at your own journal entries

But...you can. There's a ticky box that says something about not seeing your own page views.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Is it a paid feature, do you think? I can't seem to find it...
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Ice-T: an actor, also a refreshing beveragefiddleyoumust on March 10th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
:D

I'm confused at why sometimes lj names don't show up next to people that usually show up? It's very confusing. Oh lj toys why are you so addictive?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Flirthalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
I'm confused at why sometimes lj names don't show up next to people that usually show up?
THAT I don't know-- especially if something in the router-name identifies the reader.

But sometimes it's true even when the reader is ME. :0

Oh lj toys why are you so addictive?
:D I'm so hit-or-miss on them, and I'd swear that if I don't look for over a week then it stops working altogether. Because I'll go check, and the next day it's collecting data again. ;)
Clair de Lune: origami - canardclair_de_lune on March 10th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
I rarely comment because I'm a bad reviewer. I usually can't come up with anything barely better than "I really liked it" so 1) I feel dumb and 2) I feel like the author deserve a bit more than that. Even though I do realize that letting know the story was appreciated is better than no feedback at all.
On a minor level, I just don't "dare" to post, I tend to think that I will bug people. I'm a bit bolder with people on my friends list because I've finally figured it out that maybe they added me for a reason *g* But it's always a bit tricky for me to start posting somewhere especially when everybody already seems to know each other.
I'm aware both reasons are equally bad and I regularly swear to myself that I'll be a better reader. Still have to get there :-/

I do wish they'd screen out when you're looking at your own journal entries (comments replies, etc.). Because in the world of data-gathering, we call that "noise."
There are *geeky explanations to ignore your own hits* here. I'm not geek enough to understand them, though :-p
And um... Sitemeter doesn't let you know who visited obviously, but you can set it up to ignore your own visits.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
I usually can't come up with anything barely better than "I really liked it" so 1) I feel dumb and 2) I feel like the author deserve a bit more than that. Even though I do realize that letting know the story was appreciated is better than no feedback at all.
I think this, and the "well, they really don't know me and they all know each other" is a feeling that people have when they first start out on LJ (which, for me, was about the first 4-5 months or so). I know I went through that, and I know other people have! Eventually, I realized that people love feedback even if they don't know you that well, and that even just a random "whee!" is a happy feeling to the writer. :)

Still have to get there :-/
:D That's half the battle, but eventually it gets better.

Thanks for the "geeky-link"! I'll see if I can find anything meaningful there. :)
plutogirl10 on March 10th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
See, I'm a chronic non-commenter although I am trying to fix that, and getting better at it. Usually I don't leave a comment not because I don't like a story (although there is that too, on the rare occasion) but because I don't just want to leave a comment saying 'Loved it, thanks for sharing'. Because sometimes a story deserves better than that as fb, and I need to set aside time to provide a thoughtful, well-constructed comment that is hopefully at least a little rewarding to the author - after all, they do deserve it. So I bookmark the fic ... and then proceed to forget to comment on it *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Because sometimes a story deserves better than that as fb, and I need to set aside time to provide a thoughtful, well-constructed comment that is hopefully at least a little rewarding to the author - after all, they do deserve it. So I bookmark the fic ... and then proceed to forget to comment on it *g*
I've had that problem more when my depression has been heavier, and have gotten to the point where my feedback might even come off as random but I'll do it right away just to make sure that I did actually comment!

I definitely know how those good intentions wind up getting the better of you, and then make everything worse! I think a conscientious nature just makes that all the harder. :D
miss_mandy on March 10th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to see a pattern here. You know I think I just don't like to comment.

I rarely read fic anyway, but when I do I almost never comment because just like with replying to my entries I never have anything worthwhile to say. Sometimes if a fic really blows me away I will do a keymash or something.

But I just find it hard to type out a coherent review and I often feel it comes off as insincere. Maybe it's just my social anxiety...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
But I just find it hard to type out a coherent review and I often feel it comes off as insincere. Maybe it's just my social anxiety...

It is. :D

People are happy to hear from you, even if it's brief or just a keymash. :)

I know it's hard to have that perspective when you feel differently, but other people perceive you (you specifically!) as more settled in yourself and cool than you probably think you are. :)
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aeroport_artaeroport_art on March 10th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
On why people don't comment to fics they read, personally I only leave comments when I feel like I've read a stand-out story, and that I have something more to contribute than simply "Cute! Thanks for writing." There really has to be something I want to point out, whether it's an especially strong line or great characterization, originality, etc.

I dunno, I used to comment moar, just to be like "hey I read this and it didn't suck," but I got lazy :0 There's just so much stuff out there!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
There really has to be something I want to point out, whether it's an especially strong line or great characterization, originality, etc.
Now, see, this is what it takes for me to do thinky comments, and there's usually something that caught me (if it's practically EVERYTHING and the entire story could be quoted at length, the comment might be more vague than usual, which is the opposite of what you'd expect).

Moar! Moar is better-- even when it's brief. :D
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Deadbeat Nymph: dean gagdeadbeat_nymph on March 10th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
One thing I do wonder— maybe you all have answers, I don't know— is why people (especially on your friends-list) read fic entries but don't comment. When I don't comment, it's generally because some part of the story really didn't work for me, and I either bailed out or I couldn't find a way to comment on the rest. So when people don't comment (especially friends, and/or passing-through writers whose work I respect), I assume they didn't like the story. Is that generally true? If you don't comment, why not? I do know that there are some of you who are more like me, who virtually always comment. I personally cannot keep myself from commenting, so the flip side of this behavior is very foreign to me. The story in particular I'm thinking of here was the only Wincest non-drabble story I've written since Halloween, so this does tend to make me paranoid as to whether I've lost my writing touch.

Okay, I'm going to weigh in here because it is a major issue for me.

First, I want to apologise. Because I haven't been commenting. Because I suck.

To be more specific, I have this trouble. I avoid things. It's like a major issue for me with regards to everything in life. Basically, whenever I deem something 'important' or 'desirable', I put it off. So, when it comes to friends' fics, I often bookmark them 'to read later when I'm up to it', because I want to leave proper feedback. And then, I don't. And then, I feel guilty, so I want to leave extra-thoughtful feedback. So then I put it off more.

Because of my 'issues' - *eye roll* - I have extreme difficulties with concentrating. Like, really bad. So it takes me a ridiculous amount of time to read things, even simple things, even vapid magazine articles. I usually have to read things three times: once to get a general idea, another time to read in detail, and a third time to put together all the pieces of read #2. If I don't do that, I have no idea what I just read. And even in that process, I virtually always have to go back and start over, or reread paragraphs. So that's part of it - I plan to read things 'later' when I have 'more time' to 'read properly', and when I'm feeling more clear-headed. But, of course, that rarely happens.

(This is why I have basically given up entirely on reading novels, and why it takes me forever and a half to beta things.)

Also, when I do read things, sometimes I like them so much, or am so impressed or intrigued with a particular aspect, that I want to leave detailed feedback, but just can't at that moment, for the reasons described above. I've tried to implement a 'always leave feedback right away, even if it's brief' policy, but that ended up causing me to avoid reading entirely. :P

So, anyway, I do feel guilty all the time because I haven't read and/or commented on my friends' fic. I actually keep a running list of all the fics that I have yet to read and comment on, including a few non-friend fics that I really want to read. It just keeps getting longer and longer, though.

Sorry for the long ramble. I don't know if that really accounts for a lot of the lack of responses from other people, but I just wanted to share so that you'd know it wasn't necessarily because people don't care, or because they're being cavalierly neglectful, or just didn't like the fic.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Just to let you know, I wasn't thinking of you in particular! So don't feel too bad...

And then, I don't. And then, I feel guilty, so I want to leave extra-thoughtful feedback. So then I put it off more.
Now THIS cycle, for me, is one of the things depression does to me. I have the worst time with follow-through because it takes more mental energy than I have, and the depression also makes it harder to comprehend/organize thoughts/etc. After increasing my meds (because I've had a much bigger challenge to deal with due to my husband's major problems with depression), this is better now. Just something to consider for you-- there's functioning, and then there's functioning well. I've had too much of the "barely functioning" until recently.

Beta work takes me almost the same effort as writing stories myself-- getting the context of the author, the author's voice (i.e., what they should be saying vs. how they ARE saying it), all of that stuff. Basically, making the author's work more like what the author intended, instead of just grammar/etc., is very taxing.

Novels, though, I consume readily (they're more portable than a computer screen, for one thing). I have a huge backlog of those, though, because I read so many of the kids' books as well. :0

Thanks for the thoughts on this-- I'm sure you're not the only one going through something like this, either.
smilesoftnsweet: sam_neck_sidesmilesoftnsweet on March 10th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
For me, I always used to comment on every fic I read and enjoyed. But lately I've been in this 'Ah, loved it!' rut and I don't really like leaving that on people's fics unless it's like a full-out PWP that really doesn't any comment from me besides 'omg! hot! LOL

But yeah lately for me anyway, I've just been lazy although I've been trying to break out of that ;)

I'm still going through your Prison Break fics as well as going back to some XD lol
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 11th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
I'm still going through your Prison Break fics as well as going back to some XD lol

:D It's things like having people read the older stories that remind me to check the tags on them (back from when I was really clueless as to how to use tags well, and try to figure out what the heck happened to the icons in the posts, the formats (the style shift was unkind to the previous format), etc.

And that I've got a bunch of stories to put on the main fic pages, too. :0 *is kind of behind*