June 4th, 2020

Pros: Dinner

30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 15

15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

To warn or not to warn; that is the question. The whole issue of warnings is actually another thing that is far too fluid and subjective to make any real objective sense.

The only thing I regularly warned for was 'major character death'. Given my penchant for 'happy ever afters' I have very occasionally used the warning 'this is not a happy story'. Beyond that, I don't warn for anything.

To be fair I never tended to write stories that I would even consider needing a warning for. However, seeing the kinds of things that are now warned for on AO3 for example, I probably would find myself falling foul of the rules in not warning. I personally think there are far too many warnings used for fanfic these days. After all, when reading mainstream fiction the 'blurb' isn't full of warnings for this, that and the other, so why should fanfic be thus?

I do get there are trigger things and certain things people have problems with when it comes to reading - I have one myself - and I respect and understand that people can and do get upset when encountering certain things. However, as I say above; mainstream fiction doesn't come with warnings; so why should fanfic?

I don't believe I have ever warned for anything 'strange'. Yet my personal 'trigger' the one thing that will have me not only stopping dead in the middle of a story/line/sentence and will almost certainly make me never read a story by the author again is a very strange one. It's food-sex play. I'm okay with 'partner feeding' in the way one offers the other a taste of his/her food via a fork or spoon or even if it's something like a sandwich holds it for the person to take a bite from. That's fine. But once it turns into anything involving sex - or even a food fight - I have to stop reading, there and then and find something else nice and cosy to read. Would I expect it to be warned for? No.

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Writing: Qwill & Ink

30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 19

19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

Yes and yes. I did both. It would depend on the bunny and what I had ongoing at that time.

If the bunny was directly episode related or, as happened a few times in NCIS, came from a preview of the next episode, then I would make sure it was written and posted before the episode actually aired - and I always made a point of saying that in the story header.

If it was a story I was writing for someone, then I would tend to write it straight away. Ditto, if I was writing a long story and I had a bunny I knew would be 'short and sweet' I would write the short story and go back to the longer one.

Otherwise I would jot down the idea, sometimes it could be as simple as just writing the title, sometimes I'd write a few words or a couple of lines, occasionally it would run to a couple of paragraphs. However, for the most part I tended to rely on my memory.

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