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I love the chapter notes feature on AO3. It helps keep word counts accurate so long, rambling notes don't affect the count.

I also really like there's a separate story notes from the individual chapter notes.

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Izuku vs the Garden Boy on Fanfiction.net or Archive of Our Own
Rated T (M on FFnet for suggested sexual content)
My Hero Academia
Katsuki Bakugou x OC & Katsuki Bakugou x Izuku Midoriya, Humor & Drama

Summary: Kacchan’s dating a boy without a Quirk and Izuku’s never wanted to punch a good person so badly in his life.



The above fic is my first major, serious project for an OC x a Canon character and I figured this was as good a time as any to share it here.

Why you ask? This:

I was sitting there browsing my reading page and saw The Importance of Self-Inserts by [personal profile] mllemusketeer and it made me think about my own relationship with OCs and how they've changed over the years.

Honestly, I sort of avoided them for a while and when I did include them in my own fics, they were always support characters to push the plot along. They were never main characters, or in the one time where I did venture into making a main character OC it was because I didn't have a canon character equivalent to do what I wanted.**

And then I discovered the Life in Glass Houses series by Blueskyscribe and I adored their TF OCs. To death. I loved the main character ones. I totally supported the shipping of those OC characters x the canon ones & even had a (short lived) RP blog for one of them. It was one of the first times I found original characters that didn't feel like they were shoved in or out of place and it entirely changed my opinion on OC characters.

I dabbled a little bit with OCs after that in Transformers myself (I had a lot of robot babies & I had the Twins Low Gear & High Gear for the Cliffs of Delph series I was RP'ing with Rothinsel), but they were still pretty contained to AU land.

Then the My Hero Academia bug bit and I needed a third person for a Love Triangle AU I wanted to write and BAM. My first shameless OC x Main Character Fic.

And people liked it. I was blown away by how many people were rooting for the OC by the end of the fic and it was the first time that it hit me that feelings toward OCs were changing.

I have a friend who pretty much only reads and writes OC x Canon character fics and pairings for fandoms she's in and it's fun to see how much things has changed.

The stigma is still there, but it's fun to see it slowly drift away.

And it makes me want to do a sequel to the above fic where Daiki (the OC) gets his man back. Lol. I felt bad for breaking up his relationship by the end of it. XD

He's not a self insert, but he deserves some love. :P


**As I was writing all of this it did occur to me there was a point in time where I did have a shameless Self Insert Character (It was a character I designed to be "Liliy" with like teal hair) that I used as myself you can still find around my old DA stuff. Lol. I had a whole story arc with a Digimon partner and a crush on Ken from the second series and all that fun embarrassing stuff. I keep forgetting about it because I keep forgetting about that entire period of my life despite having a website dedicated to it.

I digress. The point is, everyone did it. It's fun. No need to pick on people who do it.
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I summed up my feelings on this entire mess on Twitter fairly well, but here's a paraphrased recap:

Since the Tumblr Purge began, I have seen:
  • Artists Disappear (Both SFW and NSFW)
  • The worst flagging system known to man hit everything but what it was intended to target.
  • People scared and hurt.
  • Bots thrive.
That last one ticks me off the most because I saw a literal uptick in Spam Bot followers and fake accounts after the Purge. It's infuriating.

The worst part of all of this is Tumblr already had content filtering. I used it. All the time. The issue with the site wasn't the adult content, it was bots not flagging their posts and having them show up in Safe Mode. 

I'm sure that there was an issue with illegal content as well, but that's the thing--it was illegal. You delete just that with an actual team of people who can look at the content for themselves.

But clearly that's too expensive, or something.

I am aware that much of this is a decision really based on ad revenue (not wanting to be near adult content) or their app store status, but it's still grating. They said the adult content would be allowed to stay and now they're taking that back. People are upset and rightfully so.

The end point, is that if Tumblr wants to make money, ads aren't the way to do it. Or at least not ads the way they're using it. All of this really makes me miss Project Wonderful. It was the only Ad distribution & revenue site that I adored because everything was submitted by artists, writers and content creators. I was proud to display ads for all of those things & I bought ads myself. It was great.

And of course there's the subscription model, which Dreamwidth and Deviant Art uses. Here's the thing, Tumblr: If I like your site, I'm happy to pay a little to help keep it running and so others can use it for free.

But I'm not happy with you right now.

I hope you have some common sense and take back the NSFW ban, but I doubt it.
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 I just read an amazing Hawks/Endeavor series and I was only able to because the Author Orphaned it instead of deleting it.

Every time I see a "This has been deleted. Sorry!" message in my AO3 bookmarks I instantly regret that I didn't keep better notes in my bookmarks to figure out what fic was lost or that I didn't download a copy of it.

"Bad" fics, unfinished fics, great fics that were removed from peer pressure--I feel an ache in my chest every time I see one disappear. It always feels like such a loss to see stories and literature disappear, even if it only had one reader.

I've started to get better about saving copies of fanfics I really love, but there's such a long back log of bookmarks (on AO3 and my old internet browsers) that I'm not sure I'd ever get through all of them. Heh.

But for now, I'm thankful for the orphan account option and that I got to read an amazing series today. (Though I do regret that it doesn't create a separate Orphan account for each user. I want to read more of their stuff.)
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