About

About the site:

The Half-World was started in September of 2010 and has been slowly consuming the internet ever since. Really, really slowly. You’ll never notice until it’s too late.

The site’s name comes from a phrase my mom uses sometimes; when I’m spacing out, she’ll say “You’re staring into the half-world”. When I was trying to come up with a good name for the site, this was the only name that stuck. It’s rather appropriate for a blog filled with the kind of stuff I think about when spacing out.

I use a fair bit of internet slang and fandom-speak on here. I also make reference to memes on the occasion. If you’re ever puzzled by something I have said, there’s a handy glossary where you can look something up. (And if what you’re looking for isn’t on the page, just ask and I’ll be happy to answer.)

Though THW gets a fair amount of visitors each day, not many of them comment, and I do love feedback. Anything you have to say is appreciated.

This site is, or was, primarily a MST blog, but I am in the process of shifting focus to mocking published fiction instead. There’s also a fair bit of fandom-related miscellany here if you go back through the archives.

If you like this blog, you can tell the world you like it by liking it on Facebook. You could also help fill out its TV Tropes page.

About the MSTs:

(For those who don’t know what a MST is, you can go check out that glossary I mentioned and linked to above.)

THW’s fanfic MSTs are the most popular thing here, and the most plentiful. The first was run in February of 2011, and over thirty fanfics (well over a hundred and fifty chapters of MSTs) have been ridiculed here since.

The MSTs here are divided into five categories:

  • HFF, or Horrible Fanfiction, is the main category and the largest. All MSTs in this category were done entirely by me. This is the most regularly-updated category.
  • The Guest MST category is composed of exactly what it says on the tin: guest MSTs. These were written by people other than myself (friends of mine, that is). They have their own numbering system and are updated only sporadically.
  • Author’s Request MSTs, as you might guess from the name, are fics I’m MSTing on the request of the author. They’re a little different than regular MSTs; first, they aren’t all horrid, and second, they contain more constructive criticism since the author is part of the audience.
  • The fanfic My Immortal, which is quite well-known on the internet and also quite long, has its own category simply due to its length. Like the HFFs, it is a solo MST. Now complete.
  • Surviving Middle School at Aperture Science also has its own category due to its length. Now complete.

I am not currently taking submissions for fics to be MSTed.

About the fanfic reviews:

From time to time I do one-shot reviews of fanfiction. Generally it’s stuff that I liked, or that’s popular in its respective fandom, or just that I felt like talking about.

About the book reviews:

I’ve been changing focus on this blog lately to go after published fiction rather than fanworks (many of which are written casually by kids in their free time, so it doesn’t seem fair for me to be so critical in most cases). So far I’ve plowed my way through Fifty Shades of Grey, and I’m currently reading and reviewing City of Bones.

About me:

I’m nineteen, human, and a college student. I’ve got something of a busy life and don’t always have as much time as I’d like to run this blog, but I do what I can.

You can also find me on Tumblr, where I blog about my fandoms in a typically much more casual, but also much more prolific, manner than I do over here.

20 Responses to “About”

  1. Came from TV Tropes Says:

    Skepkitty,

    You are cordially invited to join myself and the Telltale Fanfic Theater 3000 in a Co-MST of “Christian Humber Reloaded”.

    If you are unfamiliar with this story, which is widely believed to be THE WORST fanfiction every written (primarily due to the fact that its genuine) its TV Tropes page can be found here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/FanFic/ChristianHumberReloaded

  2. Came from TV Tropes Says:

    It happened about a week ago. Ringmaster said that you’d just add your stuff in once you had time. It sounds like there was some sort of mis-communication.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sBEZg1cQBGtMHKzmt0SDjdlSio6tumDuu7taB1uUybs/edit?hl=en_US

  3. What’s an MST?

  4. Oh never mind, found the glossary =)

  5. morbidvintage Says:

    I discovered this blog a day ago when I was sick in bed and it made my day! I spent a good five hours reading your posts.

    Then I realized that you’re my age and that I don’t have to be ashamed of teenagers anymore.

  6. Hello, Skepkitty! I’m a big fan of your MSTs, and I wanted to ask you a question. You mentioned in your Teen Fortress 2 MST: “Frankly, I don’t blame him because holy hell. Reading that was painful. And I’m a girl.” But your TV Tropes page refers to you as male multiple times. I don’t mean to poke into your business, so feel free to ignore my question, but what gender are you actually? I know it doesn’t really matter, but it helps me judge things a bit better.

    • I’m a trans guy.

      The TeenF2 MST is old; it’s from before I figured out my gender identity.

      • Oh, sorry- that must have been quite rude of me. Thank you for answering anyway. I’m glad you’ve found your identity- it’s a hard thing to do.

  7. THE IDIOT FROM DOWN THE STREET Says:

    WE GONNA GET FUCKIN CHROMEBOOKS AT SCHOOL I’M SOOOOOOO EXCITED

  8. Hello? I’m very sorry for posting this on your about page, I just didn’t know where to put it. I believe you are someone of rational and understanding thoughts, despite some the shit(cough cough awful fanfics) you have to swim through here. I don’t know how I’m supposed to ask, and I’m very, very sorry for making it quite open, but could you please remove all the Grazie reviews? They’re not mine, actually, but the author is actually one of my web friends, and I’ve known her since she wrote those. Those were adolescent stories, and mine were just as bad, but she’s going through a lot right now. I think there’s a high chance she’ll come across them on this blog and it might upset her a lot, since we both refer to the days we wrote stuff like that as the ‘Dark Times’ and have both greatly evolved past the lower-life forms we once were: Mary-Sue writers.
    I just…I understand every reason you review them, and I love this blog a LOT, I just really, really don’t want anything to upset Gracie. (Yeah, that’s where Grazie came from and yes, she hates the shit out of Grazie) Please, I just don’t want her to come across it and get more upset over her past stories. Thank you very much.

    • Hey, actually, Gracie/Cakez came across these Grazie MSTs some time ago. I’ve already talked with her about it. I appreciate you looking out for her, but this would be old news to her, and rest assured I haven’t touched her stuff since! Hope she’s doing okay.

      • Oh thank god, I was so worried. I didn’t want to mention them to her in case it upset her, but yeah. She’s doing better, I just didn’t know how this would affect her.
        Thank you for being understanding, to me and to her in the past. I tend to be rather worried and stressed out about the emotional states of people close to me (much as I’d hate to show it) and I flip out and…yeah.
        Anyway, I love your work, and while I’m not sure it matters, I have some god-fucking-awful fanfics on my old Fanfiction.net account Amy2421, which I have long since abandoned. I’m just saying, I wouldn’t mind if you tore them apart so I can slap my past self in the face for being in so much denial about herself it hurt. Nothing like a demand, and honestly, I don’t want anyone to read them, but they’re shining examples of how to be awful. I don’t know, ‘HEY, HERE’S SOME ASS-SHIT IF YOU WANT IT OR WHATEVER I DUNNO KAY’
        Something like that. Honestly, I think some part of me just wants to relax and laugh at how awful I used to be, but that part is overshadowed by the part that hisses, ‘MARYYYYYY-SUEEEEEEEEES…….MARYYYYYY-SUEEEEEEEES….’

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