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07 January 2013 @ 12:04 am
things of wonderful perfection  
I’ve been trying to catch up on some be_compromised Secret Santa wonderfulness, because I want to comment on as much as possible before the reveals, and it seems that I didn’t post here about my gift…even though I’m pretty sure I did *side-eyes LJ*.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s Comfort and Joy, currently Anon. by always_a_queen (PG for implied sexy times and mild language; Avengers; Clint/Natahsa, Thor/Jane, Tony/Pepper, and (overt hints of) Steve/Maria) Summary: ’Tis The Season: Clint and Natasha (and the whole team) and the holiday season. Or: The Avengers celebrate Christmas and everyone gives Natasha unwarranted advise about her love life.

I love it to pieces and I left a huge comment saying why, but basically this has so many wonderful details and moments and thoughts and feelings and team things and pop culture references and perfection in it that I can’t help but love it, topped off with a theme of Christmas being about togetherness, whether that’s a happy and perfect kind of togetherness or not, which is what Christmas is for me <3

I also got a late be_compromisedpromptathon fill surprise today: Congratulations on an Excellent Kill by igrockspock (link to AO3, also here on LJ; Teen and Up; Avengers; Gen) Summary: In which Natasha discovers that Hallmark does not in fact make a greeting card for every occasion.

This has all the hilarity you’d expect from Natasha looking for, or making, greetings cards appropriate for SHIELD, but they way it’s done is a perfect blend of hilarity with FEELS. This was, again, a long comment required fic *grins*.

On a side note, I think I have four modes for commenting on creative things: 1) things I loved with things you might want to improve/think about, 2) I really, really liked it, but I don’t have time to comment much right now and/or everyone else has already said everything, 3) let me show you all the thinky thoughts you just gave me! and 4) you just destroyed my brain; inability to comment coherently. My commenting is based on the state of my brain: can I be constructive right now, can I say anything that hasn’t been thought of, I can’t help but think, and ability to think gone. A lack of long comment does not mean I didn’t love things, I feel I should point this out :)
feeling: highhigh
The Queen of Procrasti-nation: brainy sexyshenshen77 on January 7th, 2013 07:23 am (UTC)
I'm totally with you on the commenting modes, I do exactly the same :D

I think constructive criticism is vastly underrated and I would love to get more of that... Can't improve and grow if you don't know what might be worth looking at again, right?
inkvoices: avengers:past behind you hug (C/N)inkvoices on January 7th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
It's a brain thing :D

I try to differentiate between constructive crit and beta reading though, because in the first I've been invited to read and enjoy, wereas in the second I've been invited to spill thinky thoughts and honestly all over the place, and I get worried about coming across wrong sometimes. Personally I love constructive crit and other helpful things!
The Queen of Procrasti-nation: thinky thoughts 2shenshen77 on January 7th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is :D

True, and as they are two pairs of shoes I totally agree. If I beta, I get to poke at the holes in the plot or at the grammar or what have you, and the author is asking me to do so. And even then, if it's someone I never beta'd for before, I get nervous and apprehensive of overstepping boundaries, you know?

I adore con crit so much, you have no idea! It's also the reason I'm trolling everbody to read my fic and leave thoughts, good, bad, whatever. If it made you happy, I'd like to know. If there was something than threw you for a loop, I'd like to know. I mean I want to improve as a story teller, so feedback is love, especially con crit :D

(And sorry, long comment is long...)