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It’s putting it very mildly to say that the weather around here has sucked deeply this winter. We have had at least one snowstorm a week, the most recent one being Monday. I’m getting a little tired of shoveling, shoveling, shoveling. After the most recent storm, everyone on the street where I live got their walks and cars all dug out and ready to go – and then a snowplow came around at 11 at night and plowed everyone back in. Real considerate, right? (And when you tried to shovel the snow again the next day, it had all turned to solid ice. Lovely).

Today, we’ve dodged the bullet in that we’re getting rain. (Of course, all this is supposed to freeze solid tonight, because the temperatures are going to drop severely). However, it’s an ice storm where my brother lives in Philadelphia – a weighted-down tree branch fell on the bar/gazebo he has in his back yard and smashed it. (His girlfriend’s parents already had their car smashed and power lines snapped by another tree during Monday’s storm. They made the Philadelphia news).

Oh, and we’re getting more snow next week. Yippee dippee doo.

Meanwhile, I just overheard two of the college-age kids who work in my office part-time talking about “back in the LiveJournal days.” Wow. I figured LJ was on the way out – I’m seeing fewer and fewer posts lately, and the ones I’m seeing are getting less and less responses – but this is the first time I’ve actually heard someone proclaim it dead and buried. (I’m still holding on to mine, as you can see!)

I’m still trying to figure out where the hay everyone is posting J-rock fanfics nowadays if it’s not on LJ, or Dreamwidth, or AO3. I’ve heard of an AsianFanfics.com, but that apparently is mostly J-pop and K-pop. I do wonder if the J-rock community is gradually stopping writing fics altogether and going over to just roleplay like the animanaga community did – which would explain all the RP ads I’ve seen on Tumblr. I don’t really want to do that – I did the roleplay thing in a few organized games and the freeform D. Gray-Man Dressing Room, and it’s just not the same as fic. For one thing, I like being in control of all the characters, not just one! (For another, RP just seems to lead to wank – which is the primary reason why I quit).

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socialriotbitch
Feb. 5th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty much desperately clinging to LJ myself, I do rp on tumblr as well and as a matter of fact I see people who write fics on tumblr too, but I think people are just writing less? I know a lot of writers have gone on hiatus, and some have simply stopped altogether, but I wouldn't call it ghost-town-with-tumbleweed-rolling-around dead just yet. So far I have only found one jrock fanfic on asianfanfics (though I can't say I have been stalking the page down), and I'm not on AO3 so I can't say much about that, but I think most jrock fanfiction is still on LJ, it just... quited down a bit? Oh well.
Do tell if you hear about a major migration, though, because it puzzles me as well. I thought with the bands' general growth in popularity, there would be more fanfic writers, not less.
puss_nd_boots
Feb. 11th, 2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you'd definitely think there'd be more fanfic writing - I think it's just that people are taking up other hobbies within the fandom instead of writing. The fact that Tumblr is the go-to place for fandom now encourages graphics and video above everything else, and I've been seeing more and more RP blogs/ads showing up in the GazettE tag of Tumblr nowadays. I do hope that this is just a temporary slowdown, and fic makes a comeback!
ldybastet
Feb. 5th, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm holding onto LJ and DW too!!! Tumblr just don't work that well as a conversation tool, and don't get me started on the impossibility of posting fic there. *frowny face* I have no idea either where people actually post there stuff though. :(

RP is... gods yes, can be so so so wanky! I stay the hell away from it these days, apart from really private RPing. And I want fic! Grr. LOL I am writing a tiny little bit again, so I hope not everyone will have abandoned this place by the time I post. LOL
puss_nd_boots
Feb. 11th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
I've seen people try to post fic to Tumblr. It never works out very well. It ends up being a HUGE post with no cut that you have to scroll and scroll and scroll past if it's not something you're interested in reading. I'm still just linking back to my LJ.

I do really private RP with a friend, also - it's the only kind I do nowadays. I was once part of one of the biggest games on LJ at the time (Atia Amat Omnes)and I swear, people spent as much time going on anonymemes and complaining about the game as they did playing in it (not to mention starting drama in the game's OOC community).

And you can't imagine how happy it makes me to hear about you writing again. ^_^
lunapastilha
Feb. 16th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
although I don´t write fan fic, I notice the same. I used to receive like 6 or fanfic a day. and now 6 or more for two days. I have searched Dream with and others and did n´t found many fics from jrock!!
I think everyone is migrating to Tumblr and RPG. although it´s not the same thing!!
i just hope you don´t quit....it will feel like an atomic bomb in creativity!!
And I hope the weather is better now!!
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