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You Know You Read/Write Too Much Fan-Fiction When...

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You know you read/write too much fanfic when...

...your computer tells you that the mail server has a TCP error, and you think to yourself, "Hmm, that's strange, I haven't finished that story yet..."

...your friends have to pry you away from your computer with a crowbar. feel guilty walking into the comic shop to read the canonical stuff, because you know you have Betas clamoring for the next part of your fanfic!

...because the only reason to read Gen-X is to get fan-fic ideas, and the only reason to read Excal is to get spoof ideas end up dating your beta reader. are real ill and start asking people wheter they are writers or fictives.

...the word 'fictive' is a part of your standard vocabulary.'ve been on-line for twenty minutes
...there's nothing new posted to acf-f check again
...still nothing, your hands are cramping, your mouth feels dry... have the 'big three' archives bookmarked...
...along with every other archive...
...which you also check religiously.'re convinced Gambit has some sort of 'extra-spacial' sense. (with a nod to Val for the Witness arc that started it, iirc). snicker any time the words 'bunny' or 'slipper' are used in a sentence.
...and you shudder if they're used in the same sentence. run screaming in terror if someone is wearing a pair. know how to pronounce 'skkrt'. suggest 'Sikudahni' as a baby name to your friends.(with a nod to Darqstar) think the Marauders are the most thought-out villians in the X-Verse. (with a nod to Kielle and Laersyn, amongst others) automatically tag the word 'Subreality' before 'Cafe'.

...all your Managers are androgynous. actually understand how Dawn dies and comes back again and dies and comes back again and... (nod to Tapestry) check ACFF
...nothing there go to check your email to see if anything has been posted to Untold
...nothing there check each ofthe big three for new stuff
...nope, nope, and nope
...and then you repeat read a mainstream with Abyss in it and wonder, "Where are Nudge-Nudge and Wink-Wink?" feel guilty going to WORK because you've got editors waiting for your next chapter. feel guilty getting any sleep at all because you've got editors waiting for your next chapter. refer to others by the names of your characters. call going to the comic book store 'research.' try to explain the history of Cable to your mother, who knows nothing about the X-Men. use your character's name as a computer password.'ve got more e-mail from Beta-readers than from friends. dream about the X-Men.

...if asked where you are going to take your vacation, you reply, "I hear Subreality is great this time of year." can recite all the major fan-fic characters in alphabetical order by memory

....everything posted on "Re: META: You know you read/write too muchfanfic when . . . ." can be applied daily to your life. read a comic written by (insert your most hated writer here), and come out wondering how they got the job in the first place. know that they will never reveal the whole story about M, so you write your own version of it into your fanfic. seriously think that Bum should be writing GENERATION X. feel guilty for writing "You know you read/write too much fanfic when..." lists because you have editors waiting for chapters. begin signing e-mails to your parents with your 'handle.' begin discussing writers in class and the names 'Kielle', 'Phil Foster' and 'Jelpy' come out, forcing you to explain. try to write a book report on said authors. make a reference at the dinner table to the Subreality Cafe...

...someone hands you a paperback and you're fascinated that you can take it from place to place and you don't have to hook into your ISP and then the web to read it. wonder what Bobby is doing alive in the X-Books and where the heck is Vicky in Gen-X (Tribute to "Vicky's Diary")

...someone mentions the "Claremont days" and you respond with, "He's not on any of the archives *I* visit." start to write a letter asking why Marvel isn't expanding on Remy's relationship with his sister Renee (Tribute to "Wild Cards") can't get through a television show without thinking 'geez, this would be a terrific X-Men crossover.' (Same thing goes for movies. <G>)'re reading a good Wolverine comic or story and get tothinking 'I bet Logan is Xena's descendant.' (Think about it! Black hair, blue eyes, used to work for the bad guys but turned good, uses EXTREME measures to get the job done.) actually understand more than 1/2 of the referances in this list.

...someone starts a joke with "So Wolverine walks into a bar..." and you automatically ask "Which one?" shudder any time you see a chainsaw. (with a disembodied nod to laersyn) think Guiness and sake are a workable combination. (with a drunken nod the the CBBFA awards)

...anytime a 'vs.' thread appears on racmx, you can instantly work out the resolution in your head, graphically, with applied sciences, accurate dialogue, and variations for disparate timelines.
...and then sit down and write it.'re sure Dawn is the X-man slated to die this summer. instinctively include a disclaimer in any conversation related to television, movies, or lit.'re sure you could restore Gen X to some semblance of quality.
...and Excalibur.
...and maybe even X-Factor.
...but not X-Man on the best day of your life. can spell 'Mhairie' at will. can picture Mhairie at will.
...Mhairie is _in_ your will. dream in fanfic. (Sometimes unpleasantly. Had a dream the other night about Magneto being tortured, which was nasty enough that... well, let's just say that the only ficcer who'd write *that* one is laersyn, and then only on a bad day. I've been reading too much Garth Ennis, I think. Brr.) go to the Love Doctor on the web (I *think* it is, but I'm not sure) to check the numerological compatibility of your favorite fanfic couples.
...and when it tells you they haven't got a chance, you add and subtract middle names, titles, use code names instead, even resort to names used while the character had amnesia. figure out that the reason Magneto survived falling from Asteroid M pre-Fatal Attractions, and the reason he went insane, is that Justine Miller must have resurrected him. think Perkolator and Manchild are real Gen-X characters. know Jessica Pierce never was a real New Mutant, but you think she should have been.

...everything you know about Excalibur comes from reading fanfic, and you're pretty sure you prefer it that way.

...your ears perk up every time someone mentions "magnetic field" in your presence. find yourself staring at good-looking older men with white hair as you pass them on the college campus and wonder if they are causing the static your Walkman is picking up.

...when you are making up the canonical list of Magneto's romances, you include Noemi Majewski. make up the canonical list of Magneto's romances in the first place. post to a META thread about "you read/write too much fanfic when." read solicitations for a new Marvel miniseries and think "Three issues? I can't believe they think they can tell a story in less than 40 installments!" see porno spammed on acff but start to read it anyway, because you really can't tell the difference've completely forgotten that any comics besides X-Men, Excalibur,GenX, and New Mutants even exists.'re already responding to this post because the previous line made you get defensive. start talking about the latest Subreality Cafe story and then spend an hour trying to explain what the hell the Subreality Cafe is to fellow Roleplayers...
...who then think you spend way to much time reading fanfic. tell people "what do you mean Bishop's NOT Xavier's grandson?" (nod toValerie) cave to demands for a sequel to your FIRST published work, end upcrashing your hard drive, swearing off fanfic, un-retiring a week later, tryingto take on multiple projects, trashcanning them all, then... (oh wait, that'sjust me. Sorry.)

...any time you read an X-Book and you see a black cloud, you start thinking gruesome death is imminent ("laersynphobia") know the URL to "Blood In The Gutter." have "Blood In The Gutter" bookmarked. upgraded your modem just so CFAN wouldn't take so long to load. find yourself responding to RAC* posts with info from fanfics, (i.e."well, when X-Man met Dawn inside of Onslaught" to which multiple replies of "???" result) find yourself trying to imagine which authors look like which characters (wasn't that a thread here a while back?) read a mainstream with Sinister in it and play "Where's Brucha?" have actually made a "fripping" sound.

...someone mentions Eany and Meany and you say "Wink-Wink and Nudge-Nudge could take 'em." are intimately familiar with the sex lives of comic characters.
...ficstream AND mainstream. even compose FAQs on the subject. yourself are often assocated with said lives. (with a nod to Brucha, lady Amethyst, and others) contemplate adding a new email box so you can write erotica under a pseudonym, but still get plenty of responses back.'ve given serious thought to erotic applications of mutant powers. (but then, who hasn't?)
...and written them. engage in learned debates on racmx whether characters would *use* their powers for erotic applications, or whether they would consider this degrading. get an electronic Easter card that shows two bunny slippers moving back and forth, and you think to yourself, "It's Wink-Wink and Nudge-Nudge! RUN AWAY!" (Note: This has actually happened.) insist that the facts presented in the Gestalt Archive by Lori McDonald should be the TRUE mainstream. begin thinking of dead animals, people, etc. as temporarily dead. do respond to the question "Pleasant creature with nine lives" with "Jean Grey Summers." are spooked by someone's real strange relatives and silently ask yourself if they are of the Summers clan. think Impar Vir wrote Excalibur #7 confused the writings of Falstaff with Scott Lobdell. think Falstaff is a better writer then Lobdell. think Lobo beat the crap out of Logan. fall over laughing at the mention of Fed Ex, Tickle Me Elmo, or Girl Scouts. keep wondering when Bobby Drake is going to get a boyfriend
...but you never wonder when Shatterstar and Ric are going to get girlfriends... name your bunny slippers Wink-Wink and Nudge-Nudge.
...and try to make said slippers drink beer and moke cigars.

...when you meet annoying persons you promptly decide to make them "innocent bystander" (TM) hit by a falling house or suchlike in your next fanfic. look at the lokal politicians and decide to use them as FOH member templates help your friends when they have got love trouble and archive theirreactions etc for future use between your favourite fictives refer to comic book characters as fictives.


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