current mood: pensive
current song: Outlaw Country
Hello everyone, I've actually been back writing fanfiction for about six months after an unintended sabbatical. A lot changed in three years, I must say, though I've still been updated the same stories and even started a new one or two. I feel like making a list to organize my fandom thoughts looks productive, even if it isn't actually helpful to anyone but me. These are in no particular order:
1.) Buffy crossover fanfiction has gone much more mainstream, clearing a path for a lot more genres doing crossover fanfiction without a single Buffy character in sight.
2.) The readership at Twisting the Hellmouth seems smaller, though still awesome. I'm not sure if this is actually indicative of readership, or simply my absence making readers cautious.
3.) I occasionally Google myself in fandom. I'm around so rarely socially not many people discuss my work (the more present you are on social media and message boards, the more likely people are to follow/engage with you). That being said, I'm on a fanfiction page for TV Tropes (this btw, made The Boy inordinately excited).
4.) Still can't find a reliable beta reader (many nice people offer but for a variety of reasons it never results in clean, updated chapter) but people complain a lot more about my grammar. Hopefully this means people have gotten higher standards instead of my writing getting sloppier. This is very much a hobby for me and while I understand reader frustration I have to hire a copy editor to proof my professional writing. Explaining to me in excruciating detail every grammar error in a review really doesn't fix my general lack of precision. Oh well.
5.) I've been writing much more out of my own comfort zone. I'm not usually interested in writing relationships (and yet...) and I'm currently working on a one-parter that will likely alienate some of my long-term readers.
6.) I'm Dr. Kei now. This is exciting, but I'm still burned out. SO burned out. I miss words coming to me because I love words, instead of my current routine of staring at a screen and trying to string awkward sentences together. I'll be so much happier when writing is as easy as it used to be and I'm not constantly thinking about textual/legal/discourse/content analysis.