365 Days of OUAT Fics

So for those of you who don’t know, I have been in a fanfiction mood lately. Whether it be writing it or reading it, I have been addicted. Which is weird because I never thought I would like it, that’s why I’ve always avoided it until last month. My New Year’s resolution is to write more. Since I am a journalism student and I write for the student newspaper and am a writer for Talk Nerdy With Us and Hollywood News Source, I am constantly writing. However, it’s never fictional and that’s what I want to focus on.

My plan is to write a one shot every day. Spanning from 250-1000 words. Whatever I have time for that day. I want to have different prompts to write about and different ships. Not merely just Captain Swan, although it’ll probably be mostly that!

What I’m asking for is for you all to comment, tweet me a prompt that you would like a one shot about. Any ship (as long as it’s canon), any interaction, any plot, whatever. Just let me know!

I will be posting on my fanfiction account starting January 1!

Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with this since college is a bit demanding, but I’m optimistic!

Are Twitter Friends Really Friends?

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The age old question: are twitter friends actually real friends? Okay, so maybe it’s not an age old question considering Twitter is a pretty new thing. Anyway, the answer to question would be a solid yes. Without a thought, I consider my Twitter friends my friends.

No, they’re not the ones you see every day and make fun of. They’re not the ones you can text to get coffee with you. However, they are the friends who will always respond back to you when you want to freak out about your favorite TV show, book or movie. They understand the fangirl side of you that maybe your real life friends do not. I’m glad most of my real life friends know and understand my crazy fangirl side.

I have met some awesome people via Twitter. Shout-out to my CaptainSwan group chat (Erica, Madi, Kristin, Marina, heeeyyyyy!) Or the ones I made this blog with (Caro, Em, Jo) I know when  I need to vent about something fandom or people are trolling me or even when I want to complain about school, they are there.

The same goes for many of my other friends on Twitter. The amount of times they’ve made me laugh or supported me or made fun of me, that’s friendship.

So when people tell you that Twitter friends aren’t real friends, slap them. Actually, don’t slap them. Just tell them they’re wrong. Because they are.

I wish I could meet every single one of you, but that’s impossible.

An Open Letter to Twitter Bullies

If there is one thing I am passionate about, it’s bullying. Not to bore you with details about myself, but I was physically and emotionally bullied in junior high and high school. And you know what? It nearly destroyed me to the point where I no longer was happy. It was a hard 4 years, but 3 years later, I am happier than ever. So when I see people get bullied online or in-person, it pains me. I know what thoughts are going through your head. But guess what? That person does not own you. They don’t matter. Never let anyone take away your self-respect.

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Lately, all I have seen on Twitter are people bullying one another over ships. Let this sink in: they are fictional. Who are you to reprimand someone for not liking your ship? Who are you to call them ‘idiots’, a ‘bi***’, ‘worthless’? As someone who has been on the receiving end of some nasty tweets for shipping my ship (Captain Swan), I can honestly say it sucks. Then I realize, it’s not worth feeling upset over. Those people have no idea who you are and they have nothing else to do but try to tear you down. So while I used to get upset over trolls dragging me on social media, I asked myself why do I even care? And I realized that I don’t care.

Like I said, they’re just bullies.

I will never judge you for shipping or not shipping a ship. You hate CaptainSwan? Okay. (Although, gasp, how does one hate CaptainSwan?! lol) You hate Swan Queen. Okay. You ship CaptainSwan? Yay, I probably love you. You ship Swan Queen. Okay. You do you and ship away.

The big part of fandom is to be with people who get you. But ships are constantly at each other’s throats. SHIP WHO YOU WANT AND LEAVE EVERYONE ALONE. I know we all can’t get along because let’s face it, that’s reality. However, stop dragging people who don’t drag you. It’s that easy. I am a very opinionated person, but I manage to keep my thoughts to myself. I see some awful tweets about my ship, but I’m not about to bully you into saying that you’re wrong.

You just don’t know what the person you’re dragging is going through. In fact, there have been times I contemplated deleting, but I have made so many great friends on Twitter. I decided not to let the bullies get to me. And you shouldn’t either! (PS…I love heart you my CaptainSwan and other shipper mutuals)

If you every need someone to talk to, reach out to me! My Twitter handle is @onceuponamads or my personal is @MeMadeline2. Just know that you shouldn’t feel bad about shipping a ship. If it makes you happy, I’m happy for you! I’ve met some nice people who ship SwanQueen or RumBelle and it’s great. I don’t ship those ships, but I respect that they do and they respect I ship CaptainSwan. It’s all about how you choose to conduct yourself. Fangirl or fanboy your little hearts out!

Okay, I’ll get off my soap box. Mostly because I need to walk across campus to get pizza. Yes, I do NEED pizza. Pizza is life.

xoxo,
Madeline

UGH: Ship Wars

Part of being in a fandom is shipping. And it’s one of the best things about being in a fandom. We all have shipped characters. Even if you’re not in a fandom, you unintentionally ship characters. You just technically don’t know the correct fangirl term for it.

The reason why I’m writing this post is because every time I go on Twitter, I see negative tweets or hate towards other over a ship. First off: that’s cyberbullying. Second: we have to remember these characters are fictional. Third: it’s really not that hard to keep your mouth shut about ships that you hate.

I wish I could log onto Twitter without seeing so many nasty comments. Sometimes I will tweet innocent things about how much I love CaptainSwan. (I have never and will never tweet about ships that I don’t like). Yet, I still get some rather rude tweets directed my way because of who I ship. I just don’t understand that. If who I ship makes me happy, but you don’t like that ship, what does it matter to you? I’m not offending you or your ship. Ship who you want and respect those who ship others. Like I said, it’s not hard! 🙂

I have thought so many times about deactivating just because it’s gotten to the point where nothing I read is positive. When I joined fandoms, shipping was all about fun and positivity. Now it’s almost to the point where you’re skittish about posting something in fear of ‘trolls’ attacking you. Obviously I haven’t deactivated (I love Twitter too much), but I choose to ignore the hate. CaptainSwan, OutlawQueen, etc gets so much hate. And why? Because you don’t like it? Who cares…if you don’t ship it, then don’t ship it. But let those who do enjoy who they ship. I’m not saying that you have to love everyone’s ships, but remember that we all don’t ship the same characters. And that is totally okay. That’s a fandom for you.

Okay. I’ll get off my soapbox now. I just needed to rant. Just remember that whenever you think about criticizing someone’s ship, think about how YOU would feel if they criticized yours. We all have feelings and we all have the right to ship whomever we want. If you respect my ship, I’ll respect yours. Easy!