And while we're at it... let's get a bit silly. ^_^
I found this image quite a while ago, and while I generally think it's hilarious, it gets me thinking: if your life was fiction - if each year of your life was a season of a TV series, for example - what would your fans say about you? What would they discuss, what would they argue about, what would they like the most and what would they think needs to change? Granted, I know I don't live a life worthy of fictionalization, but let's just say whoever's watching has vastly different standards of entertainment and go from there.
Considering the vast misconceptions I've seen online of how the writing thing actually works, I'm sure my viewers would be ranting regularly about how long it's taking me to make it as a writer. He started writing books back in season 13, they'd say. (Some would argue if the stuff I did back in season 7 counted or not.) But after so long, shouldn't I be rich and famous? Others would say that I hadn't made it yet because I'm not spending every waking hour writing, and there would be arguments wherein fans linked one of my own blog entries to those people.
It's very odd to think there would be flame wars over my lack of success. O_o
Some fans would point out that the show's writers had clearly either run out of ideas or gotten into a serious rut, what with me staying in the same place at the same job for eleven seasons. Others would praise the rotating cast of characters at said job, and talk about the character development I've shown. This isn't like seasons 18 through 21, they'd say. Still others would be disappointed at certain characters from work leaving the show, and say that at least the work time was more interesting with them around. I would agree with them.
In that same vein, I'm sure there would be even more arguments about my moving plans, with some saying the series needed a new direction, and others saying that eleven seasons in the same place was proof that it was working out. But such a thing would lead to a new supporting cast, which would only give more fuel to... the shippers.
I haven't had anything even remotely resembling a romantic life for a very long time, but I know how shippers work, and I know that nothing stops someone who's dedicated to seeing two characters get together for a happily ever after and/or mad crazy sex. I tend to get along well with women, which means that I'd be shipped with every woman I've ever known and a few I merely walked next to. >_< The smushed-together pairing names would be ridiculous, as would the ship wars between people who wanted to see me with one person or another.
And in every single argument, there'd be that one person saying, "Dude, he treats her like he treats everyone else. He's not interested in her. Get over it." That person would be the only correct one.
To leave this with one final mind screw: I've cosplayed as various characters from a handful of series over the years. Which means I'm now imagining one of those characters sitting down to watch the series of my life, only to see me putting together a costume and going to a convention... dressed as them.
I can only imagine the look of utter dismay on Snape's face, but I'd like to think Bumi thinks I do him justice.