Author has written 3 stories for Bleach.
My life fell apart. Without going into details, I'm not sure when I'll be in a good place to write, again. I might post a drabble up to appease you all. Thank you so much for your patience. I swear I'll get Catalyst going again. I'm hoping once school is over I'll be able to focus on writing. Right now it's difficult for me to even get through class... or think of anything beyond taking everything one day at a time.
Your reviews and PMs mean the world to me. I will respond to every single one of you when I'm finally able to.
With all my love,
I may have accidentally dropped my laptop on the floor. I'm going to be missing for awhile. I'll be reachable via PM. I promise I'll update... as soon as I can. First, I gotta see if they can fix my screen, and see if my chapter is still recoverable, or if I have to write it again...
As taken from the awesome MarginalMary, whose entire profile, really, I agree with:
The fascinating subject of reviews.
Look, you should respond to everything you read. However, life doesn't always work that way, and/or the fic you just read doesn't inspire you to review. Both are understandable. Of the first, "shit happens." Of the second, not reviewing (silence) often speaks louder than words.
That said, if a fic provokes a stronger reaction and you decide to review, try to write something useful.
Tell the writer:
1) what is good
2) what is bad
3) what they can improve upon
4) how they might improve upon it
5) what is unique/profound/fascinating about his or her work
4 and 5 are touch and go. Sometimes the fic in question doesn't necessitate that sort of review.
About Beta/Review Requests
If, for whatever reason, you'd like for me to take a look at your work, I'll do my very best to do precisely that. However, I'm usually swamped with work of some kind. I may not have the time to comply with your request in a timely fashion or sometimes, at all. This isn't an attempt at a personal slight. This is the reality of my life coming into play.
If I do leave a review, you can expect that I follow the guidelines posted above. I believe that reviews can be useful in helping an author grow; If I've been specifically asked to review, I will be honest, and I will be deliberately looking for things good and bad. I do not see the point in a review that does little more than pad an author's ego. It is never my intention to come across as condescending, callous, mean, or really, negative in any way. Please do not read it as such. Criticism can be constructive. It can be good. I personally enjoy receiving a well-thought out review that challenges me as a writer and helps me to grow. In return, I want to do precisely the same.
Having received several comments on my portrayal of characters - some of which saying I'm spot on, and others who say that while they see some of what they'd expect, that the characters seem slightly off - I thought I'd comment on that a little bit.
Firstly: I'm not perfect. I've tried my best to study the characters as much as I could (mostly based off what I've seen in anime) but I wouldn't doubt that I'm not wholly consistent with what seems to be stereotypical behavior.
Secondly: A lot of the characters I'm writing - that is, every single one of them save for Tōshirō, and even then that's arguable - are peripheral characters. I feel like they are extremely one dimensional in the manga/anime, and it is so hard to really get a good hard look at the "whole" of them. I've had to extrapolate on what I've been given with characters such as Karin and Yoruichi and Isshin. They can't all simply be what we're presented and nothing more. There has got to be more to them than whatever we see in their few minutes of screen time. So yes, I've taken liberties with all of the characters, if only because I feel that it's necessary to give them more depth, and make them more believable. For example, Matsumoto Rangiku isn't solely about being a slacker, getting drunk, shopping excessively and aggravating her captain. For her to have made vice captain alone should speak for her character, even if she doesn't choose to show the serious side of her often. That these characters are often used in the filler episodes and omake shorts in ridiculous, exaggerated fashions only serves to detract from the complex and realistic characters I want them to be. They shouldn't be defined by those moments, but rather by those rare glimpses in canon where we see a facet of their personality shine through that hint at the complexity below the surface.
Just my 2 cents. All this being said, I'd love for concrete feedback on the characters, and would definitely enjoy a dialog about any one of them. Shoot me a PM if you want to discuss something further. I'm always open to suggestions.
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