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windlepoons

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Did I decide to read a nice blog with my afternoon coffee? Yes I did.

Did I choose one that looked nice and promised an adventure with some humour? Yes I did.

Did I choose badly? Yes I did.

 

Might have some Skyrim time this evening - will my delivery get stolen so I get a punishment from Master and that c**t Herran? Fucking probably lol. This time I will reload though because bugger it.

If B****t costs me my job I swear I will look at writing a mod, I have the shape of a nice BDSM mod in my head. It would be so awesome, and consensual.

 

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Did I decide to read a nice blog with my afternoon coffee? Yes I did.

Did I choose one that looked nice and promised an adventure with some humour? Yes I did.

Did I choose badly? Yes I did.

Which blog could've proved so utterly disappointing in terms of content, if I may ?

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13 minutes ago, windlepoons said:

It wasn't disappointing... just a little upsetting. 

Turns out I am what I think they call a snowflake!

People think what they think, and it's impossible to please everyone. That being said, the important point may not be where we come from, but what we do. So if their criticism lies on what you are, you can purely ignore it.

 

If it's about what you do however, listening to the constructive ones may prove useful in improving one's works.

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8 hours ago, Tirloque said:

People think what they think, and it's impossible to please everyone. That being said, the important point may not be where we come from, but what we do. So if their criticism lies on what you are, you can purely ignore it.

 

If it's about what you do however, listening to the constructive ones may prove useful in improving one's works.

Agreed that it is not possible to please everyone, and the note did so it would be violent. But I saw that it had less sex as its protagonist was shy so thought I'd go for it. I do not read many blogs and thought I had picked a relatively light one to start with. As a drama it worked very well, but I just didn't expect the ending of the newest part. 

In case you hadn't realised I am the sort who always reads trigger warnings!

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1 hour ago, windlepoons said:

Agreed that it is not possible to please everyone, and the note did so it would be violent. But I saw that it had less sex as its protagonist was shy so thought I'd go for it. I do not read many blogs and thought I had picked a relatively light one to start with. As a drama it worked very well, but I just didn't expect the ending of the newest part. 

In case you hadn't realised I am the sort who always reads trigger warnings!

Hmm, so an adventure, with a rather shy protagonist, a violence warning and an upsetting ending in its newest part. That sounds somewhat familiar. XD

 

Regardless, I said that constructive criticism was to be welcomed, and this goes not just for you but also for anyone publishing. Part of the problem regarding it, is that it's not always constructive, and that a large chunk of the audience don't even bother giving it, whether they like or they dislike, whether it's as simple as clicking a button. And so if the likes and follows are lower than expected, you may not have a chance to know why.

 

Some people may recognize the amount of work which is put into one entry though, and feel more inclined to share thoughts with the author so she/he can improve. Which is why, specially among the storytellers, there's a community. But though visible and quite pleasant to interact with, those are a minority.

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Yes you are right, it was Tabrielle. 

I understand it's easy for readers to go 'That is not the story I wanted/expected'. But it is your story to tell.

I guess you are up against the old issue of spoilers versus drama. But to me the issue was what started out as a standalone, fairly light-hearted adventure with two bickering on/off lovers went very very dark. I must admit after the first episode I did not read your notes at the top, I was already invested. I should ask, this story is part of a wider narrative, was this foreshadowed elsewhere? Is your output usually dark?

This is why people often use trigger warnings, so that those who want to avoid things that might distress them can look and know what to avoid, while others can simply not look at the warnings.

Anyway regardless, it was well done and part of the reason I and I think others are so affected is because it was such a good story.

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6 hours ago, windlepoons said:

Yes you are right, it was Tabrielle.

Thanks for your honesty.

 

Before answering, I'd like to share a bit of criticism as well. Your blog has been jokingly alluded to in the comments of my last entry ; but the reproach made wasn't about you hypothetically being a "snowflake" (meaning a person thinking he/she's special when he/she really isn't), but about the amount of content featured into your entries. Mourning White chapter 6 was over 100 hours of work total. Sure the average amount of work for a story entry often is way lesser, but there's a lot of effort put into them (specially the AAA quality ones), and so when we do see an entry featuring such content pushed away by one which content seems to be not even remotely comparable, we can't help but feel a bit mixed about it.

 

And that while BSDM and its rules can perfectly be the object of some legit blogs. If I had to be constructive, I'd say compared to that blog (also purely written and dealing with BSDM) currently your entries lack of development, and do not feature enough content. Sorry if we expressed that in a scornful fashion.

 

Now, about your remarks :

6 hours ago, windlepoons said:

I understand it's easy for readers to go 'That is not the story I wanted/expected'. But it is your story to tell.

I guess you are up against the old issue of spoilers versus drama. But to me the issue was what started out as a standalone, fairly light-hearted adventure with two bickering on/off lovers went very very dark. I must admit after the first episode I did not read your notes at the top, I was already invested. I should ask, this story is part of a wider narrative, was this foreshadowed elsewhere? Is your output usually dark?

This is why people often use trigger warnings, so that those who want to avoid things that might distress them can look and know what to avoid, while others can simply not look at the warnings.

Anyway regardless, it was well done and part of the reason I and I think others are so affected is because it was such a good story.

On your first point, you are right, I don't wanna spoil the readers yet I have to go about some kind of warning when needed. Which is why all Tabrielle's chronicles do have a small message about the themes being different, and a small warning about the violence degree. It's not too visible, but it's there. It's my current compromise.

 

Second, I published extremely lighthearted content with the Endeavors of the Prince crossover. Whether people were awaiting Tabrielle's & Benor's story instead, or if they just didn't like that kind of lighthearted content, or if they felt Stranger's character was too much of a private joke, or if I was affected by the notifications bug, I do not know. But what I do know is that the final entry (which was excellent IMO) scored an historically low 12 likes, rather few views, and no follows increase. Current story has resumed and is both of even higher quality, and darker in tone, and seems to have been received better in spite of the events being quite harsh to live for anyone empathizing with the heroine.

 

Anyway, if some people can't even be arsed to put a like, or a comment, nor a follow ; well I won't be able to tell the difference between if they like, dislike, or don't care about my work. And so their voice won't be heard. I do rejoice for having friends among our virtual community who care, support and help if they can despite of that.

6 hours ago, windlepoons said:

I should ask, this story is part of a wider narrative, was this foreshadowed elsewhere? Is your output usually dark?

Ooh, yes it could've been foreseen since chapter four in fact. It's subtle, but Tabrielle reassuring Benor about the upcoming confrontation implies she had trouble in the past. Yet I didn't want to make it too obvious, to it's too chapters before. A lot of people who commented didn't foresee the violence of what happened to her, so you're not alone having been surprised.

 

Yet you must have noticed the themes and content going darker and darker since the introduction of Urunach.

 

Anyway, if you did read Malicia's chronicles, you'll see they aren't dark. So my output isn't always that dark, my last entry was an extreme case. Yet, Tabrielle's story is a difficult one, and though the tones and themes will be mixed with more lighthearted ones (specially with chapter 8), do expect darker ones to be there as well. Just like in real life, but in another universe...

 

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