calliope_love: (Break: Handle your shit)
For the record, here is another reason I have been quiet -- and this is likely the reason I am going to stay quiet, except to write a bit of fic and fling out some icons here and there.

The Pandora Hearts fandom is, in certain places, turning into a cesspool of wank these days.

I am sure some of you are scoffing at my lack of tolerance; I'm aware that there are bigger fandoms who are much, much worse, as far as the petty fighting and idiots and trolls go. And believe me, I'm probably just as annoyed by all the people nagging for scans and translations and people who don't think things through before they speak and the people who exhibit a serious lack of reading comprehension as you are.

But here is something I have noticed. The entire world is plagued by people like this, in all areas, and it is always going to be. It is not the slightest bit fandom-exclusive. And whenever these people start to get a little too loud, the people who are a bit more clever -- by which I mean, mostly, possessing a tendency to think about what they are saying before they say it -- start to raise up as well as a result; they seek one another out as they start to contribute to the cesspool, and they form another group. Then these clever people start congratulating themselves on how awesome they are and everyone gets big heads in addition to having their knickers in a knot, and they start to forget that everyone involved here is a human being.

Yes. I hate to be the one to break this to all of you because quite frankly I would much rather stay underneath my happy little rock and not speak to anyone. But behind all of these stupid comments and nasty comments and sensible comments and funny comments, there are people with their fingers on the keyboard. And the thing with people is that you can never, ever assume anything about them, especially on the internet. Everyone has reasons for being what they are and behaving in the way that they do. It is very possible that these reasons will never be shared. But we cannot forget that those reasons are there, and that we will never fully understand anyone else simply by virtue of the fact that we live in our heads and not theirs.

You all may not believe that anyone could have a valid reason for plaguing other people with silly questions on the internet. I am hard-pressed to come up with any myself, beyond "too young to have learned yet" or perhaps "new to the fandom, which is growing every day". But those reasons are all the ones we really need, and just because I don't know any better ones does not mean they are not there.

I am bothering to type all of this out because in the past I have seen plenty of people inside of fandom and out ripped apart by thoughtless comments coming from people who completely forget that, ahaha, they don't know shit beyond what this person chooses to tell them. I am guilty of causing such hurts, too; it's a difficult thing to keep in mind all the time, this notion that I do not, in fact, know everything. Gods know I have an ego the size of Manhattan and I have plenty of episodes during which I take it into my head that I am better than everyone else.

But I'm not better than everyone else. And neither are any of you.

So everyone just take a step back, please. I know what it is like to think of oneself as a crusader for the noble and valiant cause of correcting the stupidity of the rest of the world, because again, I think quite highly of myself and am just as frustrated by inanity as you are. But being nasty and smug is not the way to fix anything. That's like churchy people trying to convert the heathens by telling them all in the most snotty way possible that they're going to burn in hell, as though simply being churchy somehow makes them a better person and gives them a free ticket to be an asshole.

Protip: All that does is hurt the heathens' blasphemous little feelings and make them hate your entire religion, which you are giving a bad name and thus ruining for everyone else. This is not effective. It does not breed change. It breeds animosity. Also, you are acting like an asshole.

So instead of smacking people down when it's very likely that you don't understand them at all -- again, everyone involved in this is a person -- try showing them what you want them to strive toward. Lead by example. You know that quote, "Be the change you wish to see in the world"? Do that. There are always going to be lost causes, but I promise you that more people are paying attention to you and your behavior than you think, and more people have the potential to be amazing than you are giving credit for. A lot of them are very young, you realize, and have no idea what to do with themselves. They will grow up. The ones who are already grown up will change. Do not underestimate the influence that you can have on strangers on the internet.

And think about this: Were you, at one point, an idiot saying stupid things on the internet?

I bet you were. I was, once. I was a shitty writer for a good long chunk of my life, too. And it was the people who went about their business being reasonable and pleasant and writing good things that taught me what I needed to be instead. It certainly wasn't any of the people who told me I was an idiot saying stupid things on the internet.

Now go do something productive.
calliope_love: (Break/Liam: Modernverse)
At long last, I am home for good, and life should be getting back to normal.

Which means Calliope should be getting back to being awesome.

Just give me a bit of time to get used to being myself again and we shall see what is to be seen....
calliope_love: (Break: I will kill you.)
So this pops up on the wedding lolsite this morning:



"iPhone app by WeeWorld

I’m going to build a blanket fort and stay in my room with my royal wedding countdown app for the remaining days until the HIGHLIGHT OF MY EXISTENCE.
All other measures of time are irrelevant!

Send food plz."



Why is this funny?

Because, as we all know, Modernverse!Break is British, and this is so him. You know when the announcements showed up on the BBC news website he had a rabid spaz fit about it, too. Because Modernverse!Break is not only British, he is a dork.

Also he does occasionally get Liam to help him build blanket forts, yes.

(And Liam is the one with the iPhone, but he keeps things like Angry Birds on it to distract Break into behaving quietly in restaurants.)
calliope_love: (Break: Take care of him.)
And then I discovered myself writing Break in first person.

*eyes it askance*
calliope_love: (Liam: I am more awesome than you know)
Soooo muuuuuch personal stupid going on right now what the hell is this I can't even. To take my mind off said stupid, let's play a game: Ask me anything. Ask me about Modernverse. Ask me about my PH headcanon. Ask me what songs I associate with the characters. Ask my opinion on this or that. Whatever, though if you go too personal, I reserve the right not to answer, Xerxes-style.

I am not usually anywhere near this social and chatting with people takes a lot of energy on my part, but if I don't find a way to occupy myself this evening I'm just gonna stew in my own melodramatic emo forever and it pisses me off when I do that.

So that this post isn't just a plea for attention, here's a meme that has nothing to do with fandom; it just amuses me.

Blah. )
calliope_love: (Break/Liam: Modernverse)
Just dropping in to saaaaaaay~

As you might know or have realized, in my Modernverse AU, Break and Liam have a white cat. Her name is Reginald, or Reggie. Break found her lost out in the rain as a kitten and couldn't just leave her there so he brought her home, Liam fussed and flailed and arranged vet visits and all that, and then they wound up keeping her without really ever deciding to do so. Now they are forever arguing over whose cat she is exactly, Liam mutters that between her and Break shedding all over the place none of his black clothes will ever really be back again ever, and Reggie ignores them both and climbs the curtains.

Later, they will get a white dog, too, and Break will punch Liam for making a joke about how now he has three white-haired pets.

But anyway, Reggie. Reggie is not the most intelligent of cats. She's not completely stupid, and she loves her dads dearly, she's just...more than capable of amusing herself, and sometimes this leads her to do things like try to run up the wall or take flying leaps off the top of the fridge.

Today I found a gif that pretty much sums up Reggie's mental state most of the time.



Yyyyyyeah. Sometimes on Friday nights they give her catnip and then sit back and watch.

Anyway, that's all I've got for you today, and I'll probably be scarce this next week or two. The two main fics I'm working on right now are big and I have a lot of other projects that need to take priority in that nonsensical "real life" thing I'm saddled with. *flaps sleeve at it* I'll be around-ish, though, and in the meantime you can all have fun watching that gif over and over.
calliope_love: (Break/Liam: Lolwhut?)
Re: Chapter 57 )

Damn, but there's been an outpouring of new Break-and-Liam people around of late. TK was telling me pretty soon there's gonna be as many Reuniting After the Party Fics as there are Coat Fics, and we're even starting to get "Eeeew, no more Break-and-Liam" people on the kink meme. I can't decide whether I'm happy about their newfound popularity or not. This is my first time actively participating in a fandom, not to mention getting into it early enough to watch it growing around me and have a hand in that growth, and I admit was sort of enjoying being one of the only Break-and-Liam writers.

Tsu and TK and I have been preparing something in relation to that, but for now I will continue to keep it secret -- ugh. I have too much to do before it's ready, still. Why do I give myself so many projects? Why? I love Break and Liam enough to do everything I do and am doing that you don't know about yet, but theoretically I have a life I'm supposed to be living and I actually need to sleep sometimes or I get cranky.

Bah. Maybe I'll get something done tomorrow. I spent most of today...sleeping.
calliope_love: (Break: I will kill you.)
It is difficult, I have discovered, to write fic on a Greyhound bus that's running late with some idiot behind you calling damn near everyone he knows.

I hate you, guy behind me. I hate you and your cell phone and your friends and your Boston accent and your Jeff Gordon hat. Shut up and take a nap. You waaaaant to taaaaaake a naaaaaaap.
calliope_love: (Break/Liam: Lolwhut?)
6,577 words and counting, but at least they're more or less out of the foreplay and into the more serious sexytimez now, good Lord. I guess. I know it's your first time, boys, but can we get on wiv it now?


...


You know, I've been working on this fic for like -- three months? I would really like to finish this epic smutty thing so I can play with the epic early!Rainsworth thing instead. It is only at 1,928 words and counting. Psh.
calliope_love: (Break/Liam: Modernverse)
Ohoho, Mochizuki, you troll. Happy holidays to you, too. *titters*







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