October 10th, 2011

btvs - spike write: sdwolfpup

Fic meme, Day Fifteen

Day 15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a story?

I'll be honest. I hate warnings. When you buy a book, they usually don't come with a list of warnings on the back, so it has always felt indulgent and overly PC to see warnings on fics. I understand about triggers (trust me, I have my own), but those can vary so much from person to person that it's impossible to predict how somebody might react to a story. Plus, in the fic world, if you're *really* worried about a trigger, all you have to do is ask the author. Fic authors are much more accessible than a lot of professional authors (though in this electronic age, that disparity is dissolving). Or, ask other readers. Given my druthers, I'd eliminate warnings entirely. (I'm also really annoyed/frustrated with a growing faction within the e-romance community that wants warnings on books for things they don't like to read, like any sort of het contact in an m/m book, or slash content in a het story, but that's another rant, lol.)

However, I know it's expected, and I'll do what I can to accommodate it. I do it most often with NC17 ratings, since the purpose for those can vary widely. So I'll try to say if it's for violence or sex that's beyond vanilla. I've also done a warning for a kind of noncon scene before, as well as the hint of miscarriage or actual character death. I don't warn for strange stuff. I don't think I'm that sort of writer, to be honest, though I also didn't go back through all my fics to see if there was something I might have forgotten.

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Fall is definitely more my season. Though the weather has turned dreary the past couple days, I find myself in better spirits. The holidays are approaching, which always puts me in a good mood because I have explicit permission to lavish people I care about with gifts and not feel guilty about it, lol. That's my favorite part. Seriously. I LOVE giving gifts. It's my preferred drug of choice. If I can't find a reason to give something to someone I know and love, I'll go to a department store, look up a random gift registry, and buy a gift anonymously for someone. When I was younger, it was always wedding registries. Now that I've got kids of my own, it tends to be baby registries, lol. As we roll closer to the holidays, it'll be whatever gift tree stores will have, like books at B&N and toys at other shops.

But it helps that I've got Christmas and both Alex and Alicia's birthdays in the next four months. And I get to use the holidays to send extras into the school, too. With the new food arrangements in our house, baking is dangerous. But I can do all I want as long as I get rid of most of it, which means Alex's class and Craig's work benefit.

Speaking of baking, the kids and I did Halloween test runs today. I'm making cupcakes for L's Halloween party, and I'd bought these stencils at Michael's to use, but they didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped...

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