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I'm already a couple of tissues down, so I'll keep this brief.  I've felt bad all week about getting back to the love meme to leave more love, but uni and work and friends and family and rl in general have been swamping me.  Anyway, the last thing I expected to see when I got there was me.  I'm so often left in genuine awe of your talent and creativity and I feel like I do so little for fandom besides love it (and by it, I mean you), so to see the kind things written there, well, you've made my day/week/month/year.  I'm so deeply touched - you have no idea.

<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
*__*    YOU'RE ALL SO AWESOME AND I LOVE BEING IN FANDOM WITH YOU!!!    *__*
<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

I feel so privileged to share the flail with such a wonderful bunch of people.  I just want to get you all in a big hug and squish you all 'til you're gasping.  There's a reason why there'd been an 18 month gap in my frequenting of fandoms and the past 9 months have dispelled them all.  Thank you, so, so much.  

Well, now that I'm feeling a little overwhelmed, I think I'll go just one more tissue (and a nice cup of tea), listen to that lecture I missed and then get back to spreading the love. 

Date: 2011-05-05 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eternalsojourn.livejournal.com
You know, I had no idea how much it meant to have people comment until I started writing, and when I did, I realized a few things. Comments are like little jewels, and I treasure every one I get. I understand what it's like to not know how to comment on something (visual art, for example - I'm not always sure what's the right/wrong thing to say). And I'd really prefer that people just enjoy my writing without feeling obligated to comment.

However, then there's people like you, who read attentively, intelligently, and provide sane, level-headed and thoughtful comments. You're a writer's dream. It's no wonder to me that people appreciated you on the love meme. I can't speak for everyone else, but I, for one, write for readers like you. If all you do is love the work people produce, I can tell you that's the single most powerful thing that keeps the whole thing going. ♥

Okay, I'll stop pouring on the sugar now, but I felt the need to put that out there.

OH! Sorry, one last thing. On a bit of a meta note about writing, I hesitate to talk too much about my own stories, lest I colour peoples' perception of them unnecessarily. I kind of want the fic to stand on its own without too much more muddling on my part. But you make it really difficult for me because your comments highlight things I've thought about, or aspects I hadn't fully fleshed out in my head but do as a result of your input. The urge to dig in and discuss it all is fierce, but I don't want to be the authority on my stories. I've had this discussion with another author who likes to engage in discussions, and I didn't want you thinking I didn't want to do so. Just thought I'd make my reasons clear. Or make them muddier, whatever I've accomplished here. D:

Date: 2011-05-05 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eternalsojourn.livejournal.com
Fuckin' hell. Ridiculously long comment is ridiculous. Sorry.

Date: 2011-05-05 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] we-reflamingos.livejournal.com
LMFAO. I have the opposite problem. I often don't want to say much in comments because I don't want author's to think I'm telling them what their fic's about. I know any art is subjective from both sides. I will say, though, that I think an author is an authority on their own work. That doesn't mean that the reader's interpretation is invalid if they're not interpreting it as the author would, but there's something to be said for intent (outside a clinical/technical context). I paint abstract art - doesn't translate well to fandom - and I know no-one can tell me what my pictures mean, that's for me to decide. However, other people's interpretation of the art always, ALWAYS, says more about them than me, so I can't hold that against them either. The best reaction I can imagine is them making me think, the worst is me not making them think.

Long reply is long. Can you forgive me?

And thank you so much for you other comments which are still making me blush as I write. I'm off back to twitter now to roll in the porn insightful discussion. ;)

Date: 2011-05-05 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] we-reflamingos.livejournal.com
Actually, I'm finding this discussion more amusing now that it occurs to me that half my comments to you are probably "OMG, YOUR TESTOSTERONE FUELLED PORN IS TOTALLY THE BESTEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" XDDDD

Date: 2011-05-05 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eternalsojourn.livejournal.com
Haha! Yeah after I posted that whole big long thing, I thought to myself, "you know, she's only read your porn." D: Oh well, I stand by my assessment. :P

Date: 2011-05-05 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] we-reflamingos.livejournal.com
And I stand by my love ♥ ;DD

Date: 2011-05-05 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knowmydark.livejournal.com
Why would we not leave love where love is deserved? You deserve so much more than the comments on the Love Meme, darling, you deserve mountains and mountains of love. ♥

Date: 2011-05-05 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] we-reflamingos.livejournal.com
Oh, Mel, you were one of my earliest friends in this fandom and I love you so much. Well, you and your folks, they always crack me up.

And tish'n'pish - I don't deserve mountains! I'd settle for a wee range of ex-volcanic lumps. I'm not greedy. ;DD Warrumbungle me, bb. LOL!

Date: 2011-05-06 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] almostgaby.livejournal.com
ZAWWWWWW CONGRATS WITH ALL THE LOVE ♥

Date: 2011-05-08 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] we-reflamingos.livejournal.com
AWWWWW, THANK YOU, BB. ♥

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