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Awkwardness in human form. 19, Female, French-speaking Canadian/Quebecer with an obsession for the English language, vegetarian, caffeine addict, writer without a cause, unapologetic fangirl.
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December 2009
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Dreamwidth is great for fandom-related things. It can't beat LJ in sheer number of content, but there's an underlying sense of... Oh, whatever, it just works. And so, aspiring writer that I am, I started writing fics again.
After... five years.
I went from the average thirteen-years old fanfic writer, all hopeful and sort of innocent (but not really, because no thirteen year old invested in fandom can be innocent, of all things) with not-quite-horrible grammar (for a thirteen-years old) and, worst of all, bearing Mary Sues, to an eighteen-years old delusioned fiction-addict who believes she should have stopped caring about fandom a long, long time ago and started worrying about things such as — oh gee I don't know — real life.
Scary progression, but at least I don't write Mary Sues anymore.
Oh, and I switched languages.

My first language, and basically the only one I can speak to an acceptable level, is French. I love it, I apparently have an excellent grasp of every tiny detail that makes it nice when written, and if I ever manage to write something original that's worth anything, it'll be in French. Internet, however, is extremely English-based, and fandom is so scarcely represented on the French side of the language barrier that there's no choice but to jump over to the other side.
There may be a few exceptions to this. One fandom that is vast enough in French, but it's enormous worldwide so that's not too surprising, is Harry Potter. But even then, when compared to the English fandom, there's just not the same diversity to what's found in either fanfic, fanarts, or just people to talk to about crazy theories.

Problem is, English is quite different from French. Some may say it's simpler, and while I may agree, there are many little things that either come from writing a literate French or from reading a little too much mainstream material that make my written English awkward. And though I do find it much simpler to write fanfictions in English, if anything then because I don't read/watch/play translated material, so I rarely ever know the French technical terms for, say, what the TARDIS might stand for in Doctor Who, or the translation is plain ugly -- such as many names in the Final Fantasy-verses. (Just thinking about "Clad" makes me physically ill. And it has nothing to do with how much I despise Cloud.)
Considering I write awkwardly, however, most of the stuff I write won't ever see the light of any comm. That's a good thing. A very good thing. I also edit a lot more than the average fanfic writer. That's also a good thing. And it gives me a lot more practice than I'll ever get (or need) in French.

That also means that the only pieces I tend to judge as 'worth seeing' are... drabbles.
Bite-sized pieces of vanilla-flavored awkwardness.
I find that a little sad, considering I'm far too verbose for my own good. It's like denying my nature for fear that someone'll say "Bleh, you suck!" when I do suck... at drabbles. Ah, irony, how I adore thee. *eyeroll*

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