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Let's shout into the void.

April 7th, 2015 (05:17 pm)

current mood: stressed

I'm not even going to look through my old posts. I feel like I've come home to pick through a long deserted attic. Everything I owned's all boxed up and I don't have to open a thing to know it's all dated and vaguely embarrassing, like Beanie Babies and troll dolls, like last decade's lightest pop music, like being just out of my teenage years and sporadically miserable and sporadically talented.

I'm well out of my teen years. But I'm still sporadic.

My friends page, pretty dead. People I knew personally long-departed. Only posts I'm seeing are the big public ones made by artists and authors I admired and still do. I don't expect much movement back here. People move on. Tumblr and Twitter and Facebook and your various independent blogs maintained apart from the steady, codified ebb and flow of watching and being watched.

I sporadically enjoy blogging. I used to enjoy it more. Back before I got concerned with platforms and social marketing and that killed it for me. You know how it is. Books and lists and buzzfeeds and what-have-you about how to achieve success through slotting A into B and keeping it up at a rate of C. How to turn raw material into commodity, and we are all raw material, friends.

Eh, I'm not here to say that success is inauthentic (nothing could be more sour grapes) or that there's nothing to be said for a talent and a fervor for marketing. I just, me, personal-like, gotta do this for love or not at all.

So hello. How've you been. How've you been.


Posted by: Highwing (highwing)
Posted at: April 8th, 2015 03:30 am (UTC)

OMG, is it ... is it ... is it really TARI????

So many long-departed RFFers ... and I must sadly confess that I've not even thought about you in quite a long time, in spite of you being on my pathetically small Friends List. (And that's *LJ* Friends, which count so much more than the cheap and overly-plentiful Friends at that Other Site.) So glad you posted, to kick my addled brain and remind me that there are still even more good people around and about out there than I tend to realize. I do still check in with LJ daily, or nearly so, so I would encourage you to post more in the weeks and months to come. Or not. Up to you, 'cos heh, it's your LJ!

So, what HAVE you been up to, Tari?

Posted by: Wicked Baggins (subsidaryforge)
Posted at: April 8th, 2015 03:35 am (UTC)

Yep, it's me! All grizzled now, and that's quite all right. My Redwall days are a decade behind me, thereabouts. I remember you, you remember me, that's all that matters! You're quite faithful to still be checking. It looks a bit wastelandish out there, but that's sometimes kind of comforting next to hectic sprawl of more crowded platforms.

Me, I've got all the degrees I'm going to bother with and am working information strategy for big corporate (this is me talking myself up; in practice, it's not always much of a job). Been haphazardly self-publishing on the side. Hard to motivate myself sometimes. Getting married, somehow! How are you?

Posted by: Highwing (highwing)
Posted at: April 9th, 2015 03:33 am (UTC)
Re: Whoa

I know exactly what you mean about "hectic sprawl." And while I confess I do currently check in on Facebook multiple times a day, for a long time I didn't, because I found it frankly overwhelming. I've become more zen in my FB approach, only scanning down as far as my mood compels me each visit, and then giving up on the rest - oh, and I almost NEVER post there myself, just reply to others on occasion. Gimme LJ any day, dead as it is.

And, MARRIED?!!!? That makes ... well, yet another RFFer, after Snitter and Tsar and erfie and Shy and JM (he's engaged, but it'll happen). Hope you found your true match, or that your true match found you, however it came about, and that you're both very very happy. And as for getting self-published, got any links? I'd love to see what you've been up to, literary-wise.

(As for me, I'm still writing Redall fanfics. Need I say more? :P )

Posted by: Wicked Baggins (subsidaryforge)
Posted at: April 10th, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
Re: Whoa

I try to check Facebook occasionally, since people tend to post news there, but short form (at least that short a form) isn't my game. Alas, alas.

Thank you for the good wishes! He's terribly nice and funny, at least.

I've actually got a novella up for free at the moment, for a couple of days: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P59UBHS

What/where's your fanfic?

Posted by: Highwing (highwing)
Posted at: April 10th, 2015 11:53 am (UTC)
Re: Whoa

Why, it's on the RFF, of course. (And ff.net too, at the insistance of a very insistant reader/fan of mine.) Yet another Urthblood novel. Will it be my last? Only time will tell ...

Sadly, Amazon crashed my archaic browser when I clicked your link, so I could not sample your literary wares. Really do need to replace this 2006-vintage Mac one of these days ...

Posted by: Aerrin (aerrin)
Posted at: April 8th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)


I never write anymore. But I bet I'm one of the few people who continues to check LJ every single day. Sometimes I ponder picking it back up. But then I don't.

Time, audience, etc. IDK. I always liked this better than anything else, though.

Posted by: Chris (mereilin)
Posted at: April 9th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)

I check almost every day, too. Old habits are hard to break. Nice to see you guys. :)

Posted by: Wicked Baggins (subsidaryforge)
Posted at: April 10th, 2015 03:23 am (UTC)

Hey, comments from you both. I'm impressed you've kept checking. I do also like the longer form of the posts. Whether I'll keep at it, though ...

Posted by: Aerrin (aerrin)
Posted at: April 10th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)

Well if you do I promise to at least read and occasionally comment.

Posted by: Aerrin (aerrin)
Posted at: April 11th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)


Posted by: Pike (pikestaff)
Posted at: April 9th, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)

"Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook" - yup I am super active on all of those. This is my first visit to LJ in like six months, whoops.

I think small time blogging is basically dead; there was a point where my WoW blog would regularly get dozens of comments on each post and now I'm really lucky if I get one. The death of Google Reader certainly did not help. Now I write clickbait for money, because I have no soul and have to pay rent. Fun times. How have you been, though?

Posted by: Wicked Baggins (subsidaryforge)
Posted at: April 10th, 2015 03:25 am (UTC)

Hey, man. I've written clickbait in the past and may in the future. Girl's gotta eat. I hear you that it used to be easier or seem easier to get an audience, but when I was young, I was also obsessively into fandom and that ship has sailed.

I don't do great at microblogging like Facebook and Twitter, but I do keep a steady tumblr (with typically too-long posts). I'm working corporate, getting married, and writing nonsense on the side, I suppose.

Posted by: Pike (pikestaff)
Posted at: April 10th, 2015 09:26 am (UTC)

Really I'm into Twitter/Tumblr/Facebook all for different fandoms. Well, Facebook is for typical family stuff, but Twitter and Tumblr I'm into for different fan communities. I don't know if I'd be involved in those sites if not for those communities.

Congrats on the getting married thing! I'm getting married, too, at some point, once immigration and visas stop being dumb.

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