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18 November 2014 @ 11:49 am
Surely I would have remembered  
You know that moment when you get a comment on an old fic? So you go to thank them and end up accidentally reading a line or two of said fic because, well, it's old, and maybe you have fond memories of writing it? And then the line or two turns into reading all of said fic, and then you go to hit the kudos button because omg, who wrote this? The prose! I wish I could write prose like this...wait a minute... *facepalm*

And then you spend the rest of the day wondering when you stopped writing like that.

Other signs you might be a grouchy old lady of fandom: getting more than one kudo or comment at once on old fic and not being able to find out how they got directed there in the first place. Searching for recs used to be easy before twitter and tumblr and all the rest.

Also posted at DW, where comment count unavailablepeople have commented. Comments welcome here or there.
sue: writer-sex iconsjhw_tolerance on November 19th, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
Amen, sister!!
ziparumpazoo: Literatureziparumpazoo on November 19th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
You know, I felt really fandom-old the other day when I ran across a fic in a newer fandom by somebody I recognized from back in the SG-1 eGroups listserve days. I remembered some conversation thread about her going to her grandparents before going to her first con or something... funny the things (and people!) that stick. :)
mrspollifaxmrspollifax on November 19th, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
wondering when you stopped writing like that

You know I sympathize with the feeling, BUT YOU DIDN'T.
ziparumpazooziparumpazoo on November 19th, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
What? Stop writing? There has been very little writing as of late.

No, but there has definitely been a stylistic change. Or else it was just easier before because I was less focused on the words maybe.
mrspollifax: han and leiamrspollifax on November 19th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Setting aside the question of writing lately, I don't think there's been *that* big a stylistic change? I mean - for example, you wrote some Longmire fic which was first person with a particular style based on the books but within that structure you still write lovely, lyrical prose that connects with setting in ways that I've been trying to dissect and figure out for years.

I may argue this further with you elsewhere so as not to embarrass myself by gushing too much in public. ;)
ziparumpazooziparumpazoo on November 19th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll give you that one. :) We can agree to refer to that Neil Gaiman quote about the parts that we find boring to write are sometimes the parts that resonate with other people? That sums up a lot of writing pretty well. ;p
mrspollifax: heartmrspollifax on November 19th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
And/or we can agree to the smart thing that *somebody* I know has said to me on multiple occasions when I have said this about my own writing, which is that time and distance give you a different perspective.
ziparumpazoo: Xrayziparumpazoo on November 19th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. I don't remember. It's been too long. lol.