Related to this discussion about giving feedback, I wrote a whole "Iron Saki" shitpost in lieu of being able to give coherent feedback about Learning To Fly. LtF is a lovely story written by a lovely man who I deeply grateful to be friends with, and I don't click with it. There's nothing wrong with LtF. The opposite, actually. I've spent quite a long time thinking about pieces in this fandom that I don't emotionally connect to. It covers suicide, music, and other problems that kept teenage me up at night, but at some point you accept that people are emotional islands of their own. Hence Iron Saki, which is a flat representation of my own bored perceptions and the wanderings of my mind. If Zade Wither's author was a friend, I might take my own shitpost based on it.brythain wrote: ↑Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:06 pmYou can imagine me sitting there, not quite knowing how to improve on the text presented, and hesitant to say anything negative without something positive to offer. And after some time has passed, I too regretfully pass. The problem is with me—I don't think I'm very good at giving useful advice most of the time.
Generally, if I can see a fix that isn't just language-based, I would offer it. But sometimes I'm quite sure the author doesn't want it fixed. In the past, I'd say, "Hey, this doesn't have the right tone," and the response would be, "Too bad." Or, "You could try making the plot less of X and more of Y," too which I'd get, "I was going for X."
Maybe I should go back to trying. Or not. But when people offer me advice, I do take it seriously myself. People like Oddball and ProfA actually 'forced' rewrites out of me, or at least lengthy clarifications.
Euro finds it hilarious, which I'm thankful for. Other people seem to have found it funnier than I have. I fundamentally don't really believe in good or bad stories. I am not a rational analysis person in terms of storytelling. You can't fight a story. It's all spooks.