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In what was probably a bizarre coincidence but makes me wonder if there's some weird grand conspiracy going on, three people contacted me this week stating they either should review more or feel it is important to review. I know this fandom is getting smaller by the day, and barring a new series that's likely to continue, so I figured I should take some time to say, if you review my stuff, even if it's just a "thank you," I appreciate you. If you give a kudos or favorite my work, I appreciate you, and even if you just read and enjoy, I appreciate you. And if you really go all out and draw pics based on my work, like the awesome [livejournal.com profile] brendala then I REALLY appreciate you!

more. )
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Back when I was a junior in high school, my English teacher gave us a writing prompt that went something like this: "If I ever had to choose between my friend or my country I would always choose my country." We had to write if we agreed or disagreed and why.

Not liking absolutes, I thought I very cleverly made the case that circumstance was left out of the equation. If my country was doing something bad, I would choose my friend. If my friend was being a jerk, I would choose my country. I was rather proud of myself.

Well, all of my high school English teachers were lazy and, rather than, grading the papers themselves, had this system set up where our peers graded it. Before passing out the papers to other students to grade, my teacher said that if the person whose paper they're reading tried to argue for both ways then there's no way that person could get full points. No discussion.

I hate absolutes.

I've been thinking about that writing prompt a lot since I heard about the PolgaraWolf scandal last week. Long story short, there's a pretty conclusive case against PolgaraWolf that she has plagiarized most of her work from a large number of fanfic authors and even some published authors such as C.S. Friedman. When called on it, PolgaraWolf threatened to call the police and sue for libel.

Give me a cut! )
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Back when I was a junior in high school, my English teacher gave us a writing prompt that went something like this: "If I ever had to choose between my friend or my country I would always choose my country." We had to write if we agreed or disagreed and why.

Not liking absolutes, I thought I very cleverly made the case that circumstance was left out of the equation. If my country was doing something bad, I would choose my friend. If my friend was being a jerk, I would choose my country. I was rather proud of myself.

Well, all of my high school English teachers were lazy and, rather than, grading the papers themselves, had this system set up where our peers graded it. Before passing out the papers to other students to grade, my teacher said that if the person whose paper they're reading tried to argue for both ways then there's no way that person could get full points. No discussion.

I hate absolutes.

I've been thinking about that writing prompt a lot since I heard about the PolgaraWolf scandal last week. Long story short, there's a pretty conclusive case against PolgaraWolf that she has plagiarized most of her work from a large number of fanfic authors and even some published authors such as C.S. Friedman. When called on it, PolgaraWolf threatened to call the police and sue for libel.

Give me a cut! )
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First, let me say that Fiction Alley is currently ranked 205 on Pepsi Refresh. Which I could not be happier about. It looks like this is not going to work for them, and most of the feedback I have seen has been negative.

I'm not going to rehash the very valid arguments about how disgusting it is for Fiction Alley to do this while there are charities on there that help children with cancer and victims of human sex trafficking.

Basically my feelings are that fanfiction is a niche community activity. The primary beneficiaries are the fans. When a pet shelter gets grants money, the whole community where the shelter is located benefits (stray animals are a costly problem that use up a lot of tax payer dollars). Same when an abused child gets therapy that helps him/her to become a productive citizen rather than a statistic.

Fanfiction is a creative outlet for fans. My writing fanfiction doesn't benefit my neighbors. Therefore, if we the fans feel it is that important in our lives, then we should fund it. Outside places shouldn't.

And plenty of fan based sites thrive. Precisely because the fans do feel it is important enough in their lives to fund it. Fiction Alley should look into copying their models rather than compete with charities for money.
alexeia_drae: (wtf)
First, let me say that Fiction Alley is currently ranked 205 on Pepsi Refresh. Which I could not be happier about. It looks like this is not going to work for them, and most of the feedback I have seen has been negative.

I'm not going to rehash the very valid arguments about how disgusting it is for Fiction Alley to do this while there are charities on there that help children with cancer and victims of human sex trafficking.

Basically my feelings are that fanfiction is a niche community activity. The primary beneficiaries are the fans. When a pet shelter gets grants money, the whole community where the shelter is located benefits (stray animals are a costly problem that use up a lot of tax payer dollars). Same when an abused child gets therapy that helps him/her to become a productive citizen rather than a statistic.

Fanfiction is a creative outlet for fans. My writing fanfiction doesn't benefit my neighbors. Therefore, if we the fans feel it is that important in our lives, then we should fund it. Outside places shouldn't.

And plenty of fan based sites thrive. Precisely because the fans do feel it is important enough in their lives to fund it. Fiction Alley should look into copying their models rather than compete with charities for money.
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There's a lot of criticism in fandom over the way women, POC, people who are different abled, and GLBT are presented. As always, some of it is warranted, some of it is not. The saying goes that constructive criticism is important because if you don't know what's wrong then you won't know what to fix. There's truth to that. There's also problems with it.

I'm only hearing negative, no, no, no, bad! (Any other Lisa Loeb fans?) )
alexeia_drae: (Default)
There's a lot of criticism in fandom over the way women, POC, people who are different abled, and GLBT are presented. As always, some of it is warranted, some of it is not. The saying goes that constructive criticism is important because if you don't know what's wrong then you won't know what to fix. There's truth to that. There's also problems with it.

I'm only hearing negative, no, no, no, bad! (Any other Lisa Loeb fans?) )

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