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« Reply #270 on: April 07, 2021, 02:10:31 PM »

Hey. I know it's been a while since I posted in here
Just saying hello. I took a break from writing for a little bit but I think I'm getting back into things.
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« Reply #271 on: April 07, 2021, 08:06:50 PM »

They just flow together too nicely not to and emo Broken Nick seems predisposed to cry in the shower anyway.

Absolutely LOL.
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« Reply #272 on: April 07, 2021, 08:07:03 PM »

Hey. I know it's been a while since I posted in here
Just saying hello. I took a break from writing for a little bit but I think I'm getting back into things.

Welcome back!  Glad to see you writing again.
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« Reply #273 on: April 07, 2021, 08:33:48 PM »

I was browsing Reddit, and someone on the Fanfiction subreddit posted the question, "Does anyone else have certain words that make you oddly uncomfortable when reading a fic?"  It's a good question, and feel free to answer it here, but I laughed at the second post in the thread, which is about the word "orbs" LOL.

https://www.reddit.com/r/FanFiction/comments/mm87vo/does_anyone_else_have_certain_words_that_make_you/
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« Reply #274 on: April 07, 2021, 10:38:35 PM »

Hey. I know it's been a while since I posted in here
Just saying hello. I took a break from writing for a little bit but I think I'm getting back into things.

Welcome back! I hope work has been going a bit better for you. Glad you're writing again. Smiley
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« Reply #275 on: April 07, 2021, 10:42:57 PM »

It's a good question, and feel free to answer it here, but I laughed at the second post in the thread, which is about the word "orbs" LOL.

Okay, but I noticed that no one complained about "face balls," just "orbs" and "pools," so "face balls" it is! lmao


"Does anyone else have certain words that make you oddly uncomfortable when reading a fic?"

I can't think of any that necessarily bother me in anyone else's writing, just mine when I go "oh, I wrote x again," but I need some clarity on this chuckling discussion. Isn't it just a quiet laugh? And not the "goofy laugh" or "cackle" people picture it as? What else are you supposed to say when a character laughs quietly? It's a Brian thing to do in general, but any time I've pictured Nick doing it, nine times out of ten it's more "Heh." than a full-blown laugh. Is it better to just right "heh" at that point and save all the chuckles for Brian? These are the things I wonder?
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« Reply #276 on: April 08, 2021, 12:48:18 AM »

I was browsing Reddit, and someone on the Fanfiction subreddit posted the question, "Does anyone else have certain words that make you oddly uncomfortable when reading a fic?"  It's a good question, and feel free to answer it here, but I laughed at the second post in the thread, which is about the word "orbs" LOL.

https://www.reddit.com/r/FanFiction/comments/mm87vo/does_anyone_else_have_certain_words_that_make_you/

Orbs will always continue to be annoying! For whatever reason, my brain cannot properly absorb the word sidled. I canít ever hear that word when I am reading it. Itís like my brain refuses to comprehend it. Odd
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« Reply #277 on: April 08, 2021, 02:18:59 AM »

Sorry Iíve been gone. I know I said Iíd answer those questions and then disappeared. lol now I have no idea where they even are.

I didnít get my vaccine yet. Not happening until end of April. Yes, I did drop my cheesecake and burnt my right hand as a result. Luckily Iím left handed and the cheesecake tasted (tastes) pretty good. I made whipped cream to cover up the huge portion that ended up in the garbage.

Iím on both twitter and Facebook more than Iíd like to admit. Iím far more vocal on Facebook as opposed to twitter. I just kind of use twitter as my lifeline to bsb. Thatís how I find out whatís going on and any gossip. I have taken a vacation from many of my facebook friends who were Magats but for some reason I canít bring myself to unfriend anyone on there. I do have an Instagram but I rarely use it. I tend to get lost for long periods of time scrolling through my good reads app.

I never listen to podcasts. They donít seem to hold my attention. Thereís no way Iíd pay to listen to one or pay to read a fanfic. I would imagine once people are paid for fanfics, copyright infringement becomes a thing.

Iím sure thereís a lot more I missed but thatís what I got for now 😁
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« Reply #278 on: April 08, 2021, 07:12:44 PM »

Okay, but I noticed that no one complained about "face balls," just "orbs" and "pools," so "face balls" it is! lmao

I can't think of any that necessarily bother me in anyone else's writing, just mine when I go "oh, I wrote x again," but I need some clarity on this chuckling discussion. Isn't it just a quiet laugh? And not the "goofy laugh" or "cackle" people picture it as? What else are you supposed to say when a character laughs quietly? It's a Brian thing to do in general, but any time I've pictured Nick doing it, nine times out of ten it's more "Heh." than a full-blown laugh. Is it better to just right "heh" at that point and save all the chuckles for Brian? These are the things I wonder?

As long as it's face balls and not "black balls of sight," like someone said on Reddit LOL.

I don't get the hate for "chuckle" either.  I think of it as a quiet laugh too, not a full-blown belly laugh, but more of a "heh heh" like you said.  It's more of a masculine word than "giggle," which sounds more feminine to me.  I like the word "snicker" better, but I think "snicker" has a slightly different connotation - I tend to use it more when characters are reacting to a dirty joke or making fun of each other.

There was also a lot of hate for "smirk" on that thread, but that may just be because it's overused in fanfic.  I remember that video we discussed a while back about things fanfic writers do that don't fly in published writing talking about characters who smirk too much.  I'm guilty as charged with that one because my Nick smirks all the time... but that's because real Nick does that smirky half-smile all the time too!

Besides "orbs," the only one I really agreed with on that thread was the various awkward synonyms for "penis."  I know we've already discussed that here.  I don't read a lot of smut, so it probably bothers me more in my own stories when I'm trying to come up with a word that doesn't sound too vulgar or too technical/medical.

Back in the Broken/BMS era, the word "stump" used to make me cringe.  Even when it was completely out of context, like on a sign for "tree stump removal, it would automatically make me think of poor Broken Nick, and I would feel this surge of guilt.  I have gotten over that the further removed I've become from those stories, but it lasted for a few years.
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« Reply #279 on: April 08, 2021, 07:18:21 PM »

Orbs will always continue to be annoying! For whatever reason, my brain cannot properly absorb the word sidled. I canít ever hear that word when I am reading it. Itís like my brain refuses to comprehend it. Odd

That is interesting.  I don't mind the word sidled.

I have maybe a similar thing with the word/color "mauve."  Since I was a kid, I have always pronounced it how it looks, like "mahv."  Then I found out as an adult that it's apparently pronounced with a long O sound, like "mohv"?  But in my head, I continue to pronounce it with a "ah" sound because it just sounds better to me that way. LOL
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« Reply #280 on: April 08, 2021, 07:22:51 PM »

Sorry Iíve been gone. I know I said Iíd answer those questions and then disappeared. lol now I have no idea where they even are.

I didnít get my vaccine yet. Not happening until end of April. Yes, I did drop my cheesecake and burnt my right hand as a result. Luckily Iím left handed and the cheesecake tasted (tastes) pretty good. I made whipped cream to cover up the huge portion that ended up in the garbage.

Iím on both twitter and Facebook more than Iíd like to admit. Iím far more vocal on Facebook as opposed to twitter. I just kind of use twitter as my lifeline to bsb. Thatís how I find out whatís going on and any gossip. I have taken a vacation from many of my facebook friends who were Magats but for some reason I canít bring myself to unfriend anyone on there. I do have an Instagram but I rarely use it. I tend to get lost for long periods of time scrolling through my good reads app.

I never listen to podcasts. They donít seem to hold my attention. Thereís no way Iíd pay to listen to one or pay to read a fanfic. I would imagine once people are paid for fanfics, copyright infringement becomes a thing.

Iím sure thereís a lot more I missed but thatís what I got for now 😁

Welcome back!  We have been mentioning you in hopes you would sense your name and return LOL.

Ouch, sorry you burnt your hand too.  Burns hurt so bad!  I'm glad it wasn't your dominant hand and that you were still able to eat the cheesecake.  Too much work to throw away!

I only listen to podcasts when I'm trying to fall asleep because they inevitably put me to sleep LOL.  I could probably listen to them when I was doing something like cleaning or crafting because I usually have the TV on as background noise anyway, but I never think to do that.  I know a lot of people listen to them while driving, but I like my music too much to make that switch.
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« Reply #281 on: April 08, 2021, 08:04:22 PM »

Orbs will always continue to be annoying!

As long as it's face balls and not "black balls of sight," like someone said on Reddit LOL.

That one made me laugh! lol I notice that Mare didn't specifically mention an issue with "face balls" either, so... Here we are, face balls, lol.

For whatever reason, my brain cannot properly absorb the word sidled. I canít ever hear that word when I am reading it. Itís like my brain refuses to comprehend it. Odd

That is interesting.  I don't mind the word sidled.

I have maybe a similar thing with the word/color "mauve."  Since I was a kid, I have always pronounced it how it looks, like "mahv."  Then I found out as an adult that it's apparently pronounced with a long O sound, like "mohv"?  But in my head, I continue to pronounce it with a "ah" sound because it just sounds better to me that way. LOL


I think that happens a lot when you only see a word in print and never hear it. There's one that always used to get me until recently, but I can't think of what it is now. Colonel got me a lot as a child because there isn't an "r" in it, but that's how we pronounce it in America, at least... I don't know about England, so I don't want to blanket this with "in English."
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« Reply #282 on: April 08, 2021, 08:12:33 PM »

I think that happens a lot when you only see a word in print and never hear it. There's one that always used to get me until recently, but I can't think of what it is now. Colonel got me a lot as a child because there isn't an "r" in it, but that's how we pronounce it in America, at least... I don't know about England, so I don't want to blanket this with "in English."

Absolutely!  "Colonel" is a good one too.  I have seen a quote shared many times that says, "Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word.  It means they learned it by reading."
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« Reply #283 on: April 08, 2021, 08:21:06 PM »

I don't get the hate for "chuckle" either.  I think of it as a quiet laugh too, not a full-blown belly laugh, but more of a "heh heh" like you said.  It's more of a masculine word than "giggle," which sounds more feminine to me.  I like the word "snicker" better, but I think "snicker" has a slightly different connotation - I tend to use it more when characters are reacting to a dirty joke or making fun of each other.

All I can guess is that people think that since the word looks weird, the laugh must sound weird? I don't know that I picture it as even just a "heh" or "heh heh," unless it's Nick, a quiet kind of throaty laugh is where it is in my head, like you want to conceal it, but not actively or it's a little funny, but not a lot funny. I don't tend to use giggle for males either, because it feels too high pitched.

I think "snicker" has some nasally aspects to it and mocking? "Half-suppressed, typically scornful" is the definition, so yeah, teasing each other is a good time to use that.

"Chortle," that's another weird synonym for laugh.


There was also a lot of hate for "smirk" on that thread, but that may just be because it's overused in fanfic.  I remember that video we discussed a while back about things fanfic writers do that don't fly in published writing talking about characters who smirk too much.  I'm guilty as charged with that one because my Nick smirks all the time... but that's because real Nick does that smirky half-smile all the time too!

I saw that too. I think there was one comment where someone was describing a character who smirks all the time, and I think that's where the line for these might come into play for me? Like if everybody's wandering around smirking at everything all the time, then that's just weird. If it's one character wandering around smirking at everything all the time, then that's just that character. Replace "smirk" with whatever in this case. But then there's always a worry that it starts to feel like "Is my character Bella Swan biting her lip?" and that's unpleasant too!

Aww, Nick's lopsided smile/grin! That's how I always describe it. Smiley In my most recently posted chapter, he had a nice flirty lopsided smile and later a lopsided gape. Good times were had by all. Smiley I figure y'all know what I mean, but that's another thing that I wrote this week and went, "ah, the first time I ever mention this, I have to explain exactly what it looks like in the OF version."

(Also, now "One Phone Call" is stuck in my head.)


Besides "orbs," the only one I really agreed with on that thread was the various awkward synonyms for "penis."  I know we've already discussed that here.  I don't read a lot of smut, so it probably bothers me more in my own stories when I'm trying to come up with a word that doesn't sound too vulgar or too technical/medical.

Agreed. Though no one mentioned "impaled," so... lol.


Back in the Broken/BMS era, the word "stump" used to make me cringe.  Even when it was completely out of context, like on a sign for "tree stump removal, it would automatically make me think of poor Broken Nick, and I would feel this surge of guilt.  I have gotten over that the further removed I've become from those stories, but it lasted for a few years.

LMAO! Sorry about your guilt, but I'm dying that tree stumps made you think of Broken Nick, lol!
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« Reply #284 on: April 08, 2021, 08:26:28 PM »

Sorry Iíve been gone. I know I said Iíd answer those questions and then disappeared. lol now I have no idea where they even are.

Just glad you're okay and making cheesecakes, lol.


I didnít get my vaccine yet. Not happening until end of April. Yes, I did drop my cheesecake and burnt my right hand as a result. Luckily Iím left handed and the cheesecake tasted (tastes) pretty good. I made whipped cream to cover up the huge portion that ended up in the garbage.

Sorry you burned your hand, but glad you were able to salvage the burnt part of your cheesecake and can still use your dominant hand. Burnt hands are no joke. End of April is soon! Yay!


Iím on both twitter and Facebook more than Iíd like to admit. Iím far more vocal on Facebook as opposed to twitter. I just kind of use twitter as my lifeline to bsb. Thatís how I find out whatís going on and any gossip. I have taken a vacation from many of my facebook friends who were Magats but for some reason I canít bring myself to unfriend anyone on there. I do have an Instagram but I rarely use it. I tend to get lost for long periods of time scrolling through my good reads app.

Y'all are my lifeline to BSB at this point. And sometimes Instagram. I figure they post most of the same stuff on instagram and I get to look at great photos.


Iím sure thereís a lot more I missed but thatís what I got for now 😁

I think it's mostly been Julie and I starting serious conversations about writing and then devolving into jokes.

I know a lot of people listen to them while driving, but I like my music too much to make that switch.


Same. There's only one I've been meaning to catch up on, the "history of IWITW" one (or whatever it was called).
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