Wow. So. Wow. You really are going to read this? :-)
I am a full time student and I also work 2 part-time jobs. My favorite way to decompress? I read fan fiction. Quite a lot of it, actually, and I encourage authors to be proud of excellent work, whether it includes original characters or not. Just when I think that I have read ALL the good ones, I stumble across a new story that rocks my world.
I read a ton of Harry Potter, generally, and anything Hermione-centric, specifically. I am active over at Grangerenchanted.com.
I also love Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Evil!Jareth from Labyrinth, Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series(not the neutered, anemic TV version),Loki from the Avengers films, and those delicious Dixon brothers from Walking Dead...sensing a trend here?
I don't refuse to read anything, but I am extremely hesitant(and find that I tend to avoid) threesome fics, and dom-sub. Meh. Not my thing, and (no offense intended) seem to be very rarely done with any integrity.
I love great writing. I appreciate subtlety and maturity and restraint...even though IRL I find that none of those really describe me.
I would love to be a beta someday, and maybe even an author, but god, you gotta write something first, you know? You'd have to quit reading so damn much, to start with...
Anyhow, a BIG thanks to all the great authors out there.
A word from one of your loyal readers:
1)If something keeps you from updating your work, or you have lost interest or inspiration in your writing, please put a note on your profile. Your stories become real, living, flesh and blood things to many people. I was an invalid for a time, and fan fiction got me through a lot of lonely depressing times. You can make a real difference to many people. When you disappear and leave a story dangling out there, it is distressing. You will avoid a lot of repetitive PMs just by dropping a sentence or two about what's up with you and your stories.
2) I would love to be a writer. I haven't done it yet. Loads of times, I am at a loss for something to say. Do you really need empty reviews to make you feel better? I hate making pithy comments in reviews. When I read a new story that says, "Wondering whether I should continue or not, if I get reviews I will!", I usually skip that story. I understand the courage it takes to post something, but you have to be driven by more than reviews to write. If you don't have that story somewhere inside of you, and you don't feel this desire to express yourself, then maybe you shouldn't continue. When I leave a review it is because I feel like I have something to say that is constructive. Please don't be offended when I simply favorite because at the moment I am blown away by your brilliance.
3)Don't go all Anne of Green Gables on me. You learned a new word. Yay for you. Please use it when it is appropriate. Don't go nuts with the adjectives. Simplicity can be elegance. Don't overtell the story. So many times, it is more important what we don't say, rather than what we do. Use balance in your language. Your readers will appreciate the difference, trust me.
P.S? This is not my kid in my profile! My friend was laughing because this little boy was falling asleep on me on the plane and took this picture. Haha:-)