Running off to work, but this is just to say—
In which the inception of Colonel William Stryker goes about as smoothly as you’d expect.
An open note to readers of fanfic
Sometimes I stare at the computer screen when the words don’t want to come and I think, “Fuck, who am I kidding? This is terrible writing, and this story is shit, and no one cares, anyway.” And I close the window and go do something else.
But every now and then I get an amazing, heartfelt, beautiful comment from someone who loved something I wrote, and it reminds me that, at least for that one person, I did write something worthwhile. And so I open the window again and I write one sentence, and then another, and then I start to find my way again.
So on behalf of all fanfic writers everywhere, I want to say thank you, thank you so much, to all of the readers who take the time to leave a comment and tell us that something we wrote mattered to you, that it brightened your day or made you laugh or cry or get horny or whatever.
Please don’t think we’re ever bothered by your comment, or that we don’t want to hear it, or that what you have to say isn’t important enough. It means so, so much. And on some days, it’s what keeps us going.
I’m going to echo this and add that while I appreciate every comment and take it to heart, even if it just says, “This was great!” sometimes real life gets in the way of my responding to comments. And if I don’t respond, it doesn’t mean that I don’t care or don’t appreciate it—seriously, comments make my day. Kudos are nice and I appreciate those as well, but the advent of Kudos mean that comments are rarer and that much more treasured for it.