This is a little strange and maybe not necessary, but if anybody working on a fic or anything has questions, you can ask me. I’m an incomplete paraplegic, and between the bulletproof suit and his balancing between Storm and Nightcrawler at the end of X2, I have reason to think Charles is too.
Questions can be private or public, and of course every spinal injury is different, etc., but if you want to write a story where Charles is disabled and you just don’t feel confident about it, I might be able to help.
Re this post, the pertinent bit:
If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. … Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.
So true. I had an idea for a novel which featured werewolves and vampires, and I was pretty fired up about some of the ideas I had. But then I looked at the paranormal romance boom and thought, eh, by the time I wrote it and potentially got it in front of someone, that stuff would be played out. “In a year or two,” I thought, “everyone will be sick of paranormal romance and especially vampires.”
That was in 2004.
(I’ll save you the Googling: Twilight came out in 2005.)
I know at New Year’s we’re supposed to look forward and all, but it’s also a time for looking back. And while it’s a time for change, it’s also a time of avoiding that change by burritoing and procrastinating. So if you ask me about something I’ve written, I’ll write a timestamp or tell you a bit more about it.AO3 Fic | Tumblr ficbits | Bunnies | Ask
But today we have its close contender, the note asking me to specify exactly which of my fics have Erik as the penetrative partner (so she can read those) and which have Charles as the penetrative partner (because she has a “serious problem” with those).
I’m not answering it.
I get that people have preferences and fantasies, and I’m not knocking those. However, if your lone interest in reading something is “which asshole?”, and you feel like you’re entitled to demand that I specify assholes for your reading pleasure, I cannot help you, on any level.
Also, if you are that hung up on one partner always being penetrated, never penetrating, I would like to introduce you to this exciting genre called “het” that might suit your needs.
Oh my God WHAT EVEN. Noooooo.
Do you remember the person who left the comment that read, and I am quoting:
"trigger warning for bottom/erik!,jesus."
I don’t even remember who got that comment, but maybe that person should hook up with your commenter and warn each other for bottom/erik!,jesus.
Writers are usually pretty keen for feedback, to the point that we tend to say “Any comment is a good comment! We just want to know someone’s reading!” And I don’t want to spoil it for other people who really do feel that way. But for me, at this point, no. Any comment is not a good comment. I haven’t finished anything in a while, and the last story I did finish, I saved as a draft on AO3 months ago and never published it. Because if it gets no response I’ll feel bad, and if it gets “Write more!” comments I’ll feel bad, and if it gets kudos and all nice comments, that would be pleasant… but the odds are really against it. It seems like there’s always at least one “Write more!” these days, and I know people mean it as a compliment, but in a year when I’ve barely been able to write at all, I don’t want to hear the implicit ‘This isn’t enough, write more of it!’
If you don’t make fanworks, take whatever hobby you do just for the enjoyment of it: cooking, running, knitting, breeding show ponies, whatever. Now imagine doing that thing and sharing it with other people. What do you want to hear? What don’t you want to hear?
You serve them the food you made, they eat it all and say “Don’t stop there! Where’s the rest? More!” You tell an acquaintance about your last charity half-marathon time and they say “That’s not bad, but it could be a lot better. I know you don’t know me that well, and I don’t run myself, but I’ve watched a lot of races, so let me constructively critique your training regime.” You tell them you knitted your scarf yourself, and they say, “You’re a really good knitter, I hope your next scarf is in a color I like better.” You show your pony, and an onlooker says, “This pony is a good start, but it would be a lot better if it was taller and stronger and faster with longer legs, you know, more like a horse. Basically, instead of ponies you should breed horses.”
It’s well within people’s rights to have any (polite) reaction, including any of the above. And some hobbyists might really want to hear it all. They’re happy to make more food, they’re looking for running tips, they don’t care if other people aren’t into the color of their scarf, they don’t mind explaining why they would rather breed ponies than horses. Or they’re just good at taking the complimentary part to heart, and letting the rest roll of their backs. I’m not speaking for all hobbyists or all writers here, just myself. For me, all the above comes off as thoughtlessly discouraging, and these days, it’s hard enough for me to find any enjoyment in anything, without also navigating responses that aren’t meant unkindly, but still have the effect of booting me while I’m down.