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A Fic Reader's Advice

One of my favorite ways to keep my fanfic reading fresh:

1. Find recs/trustworthy authors/trustworthy sources for fic.

2. Be cognizant of interesting premises that might be more fun as a surprise (i.e. genderbending, mpreg, secret identities, blind dates, and so forth...).

3. Don't read them. File them into a "To Read" folder for a rainy day.

4. When it strikes your fancy, pick stories out of this file at random. Don't read the summaries, pairings, or warnings. Then just -- go! Read! Reap the rewards of surprise.

This really keeps shit fresh and exciting for me, and I think perhaps I am better enjoying the story in the way the author intended -- before I am "spoiled" by all the header warnings. I know headers also work to keep you away from fic you wish to avoid and draw you to fic you prefer. But it's nice to be in the dark sometimes, and then stumble upon enjoyable things as if by happenstance.

Speaking of enjoyment, I'd like to take this moment to thank all the fanfic authors on my flist. You rock me. I can tell it's going to be a good year in fandom.

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I love being surprised by stories. Sometimes I don't read the summaries and just dive in and end up discovering something wonderful. :D

I do that too, haha! Ignoring summaries. I tend to gloss for key terms -- favorite pairings, NC-17 (naughty me!), key "genres" -- and then trust the author with the rest. It's a fun gamble.

I'm impatient. I want to read all the fic NOW.

But having reccers I trust is a lifesaver. I just always moan and groan if I catch up. ;)

♥ to you.

I know, right? The fic calls! Admittedly, I only tend to do this when I'm pressed for time, but sometimes I do it deliberately.

OH! And I'm going to email you soon about the second half of that fic. I have been neglecting the edits. :O

No problem! Kids have been absolute pills the past week-ish so I've been slacking on *everything*

It's a good thing they're cute or they would have been strung up by their toenails multiple times this week.

/end rant

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