Thursday, July 08, 2010

WARNING WARNING! I am apparently homophobic!

Today I got a review on a fanfiction I wrote. Not only was it belittling, but it was quite frankly RIDICULOUS!
I am probably about to be very rude, but considering it was left by "Anon" I don't really care. I would have sent my thoughts to them personally, but I can't because they didn't leave an email address.

Not a bad little fic, but just a word of advice: warning for 'slash' is kinda
homophobic, and may put off many potential readers. You don't need to 'warn'
for homosexuality any more than you do for heterosexuality.

Other than that, keep working on your writing, you've got some real potential!

First of all "Not a bad little fic"? how condescending is that? Either you liked it or you didn't, but don't say it's "not a bad little fic". I spent quite a few hours on that story and having it called that is a putting to say the least.

Second: Obviously the writer did not read my profile. I suppose a person who is 90% lesbian could be homophobic, but it would be kind of like shooting myself in the head...

Thirdly: If a story contained graphic descriptions of heterosexual sex you can BET YOUR ASS I would want a warning in the summary. I more than likely do not want to read it. I will skim over any such sections if I actually bother to read the story.
It's common courtesy when posting stories online to warn potential readers about content that may offend them. My stories have had anything from "possible triggers for abuse or torture", "Graphic sex", "Slash", "Cussing" and "Graphic violence". Any of those things could tell a person they don't want to read the story and shouldn't bother clicking on the link.
I would rather post the warning and warn readers who will be offended from reading, than not post a warning and receive dozens of flames from people saying
"U GROSS! I don't wanna read bout no gayz having sex!" or the equivalent.

And my last point for the day: If this "anon" had bothered to read my profile for another reason...If he had he would know that I was accepted, because of my writing portfolio, into a very prestigious art institute. I don't need to be told to keep writing because I "have potential" by this yahoo. Especially not after my story was called "not a bad little fic".

I would like to think that this reviewer did not realize how rude and condescending their review was, but they probably did.

Some people may take this blog as me being too sensitive about reviews. I can handle constructive criticism in reviews, I have at various points received criticism on the stories I write, but a review like this that was obviously mis-informed and simply condescending really frustrates me.

FYI, if you are going to call me homophobic for giving people a heads up about the content of my writing, at least have the decency to leave a way to contact you to address your allegations. It makes me really unhappy if you don't.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Sometimes it still hurts

Last night I had a dream about New York City.

It's still the place that I consider my city and sometimes it still hurts that I can't be there.

That's not to say that I'm not excited about moving to Alabama to move in with Zena, but there is still a part of me that seizes up and curls up into a ball and cries when I think about not being able to live in NYC.

Sometimes I think that it would have been better if my dream had always been a formless one. If I had never visited New York or gotten accepted to University there.

Of course, the writer in me feels validated that I got into Pratt, but the having the possibility in front of me and then loosing it makes me feel a bit like Charlie Brown and the football...

The really annoying thing is that I just want someone to listen to hurts that I can't go, but when I try to talk to my mom about it she acts like i'm trying to guilt trip her because she can't afford to send me to Pratt.

The actually point is...I don't care about Pratt. Getting a degree in writing is next to useless in a lot of ways, I can learn and write on my own, but Pratt was my excuse to go and my ticket in. I don't have the money otherwise...

So I'll move to Alabama, but one day I swear I will make it to NYC.