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In Every Respect

In online disagreements, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one making an effort to be nice. Like you’re working hard to talk respectfully, but everyone else keeps sabotaging you.

All people have to do is be a tiny bit civil. That shouldn’t be complicated, right?

The thing is, it’s pretty complicated.

Here are a few examples of how you might try to convey respect in choosing your words:

  • empathizing with other people’s thoughts and feelings
  • not making assumptions about people’s thoughts and feelings
  • avoiding swearing & overly casual language
  • avoiding pompous, academically elite language
  • being straightforward & honest
  • refraining from saying negative things
  • carefully avoiding statements with any kind of subtle bigotry
  • not walking on eggshells with someone just because you have privileges they don’t
  • refraining from logical fallacies and generalizations
  • refraining from nitpicking and hair-splitting

See how this can get a little… contradictory? Differences in how you prioritize these things can alienate people who grew up in the same household.

Now imagine folks from radically different social circles, religious backgrounds, and countries, all trying to correctly guess what everyone else will read as respectful. That’s the internet on a good day. We can all work hard to treat each other right, and it can still blow up in our faces.

People on both sides can take measures to de-escalate a conflict, and it can escalate anyway because they perceive the conflict differently.

This can leave you feeling frustrated, self-righteous, and put-upon. All dry kindling in the world of flame wars.

It helps to figure out what exactly makes you feel respected. Then you can ask people to treat you the way you want, in a specific and constructive way.

And when you can articulate how you want to be treated, it’s easier to remember that others might want to be treated differently.

Before the modern era of copyright and intellectual property, stories were things held in common, to be passed from hand to hand and narrator to narrator. There’s a reason Virgil was never sued by the estate of Homer for borrowing Aeneas from the Iliad and spinning him off in the Aeneid. Fictional characters and worlds were shared resources. For all its radically new implications and subversions, … fanfiction also represents the swinging back of the pendulum toward that older way of thinking.
—  Lev Grossman, in his forward to Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World 

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A hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.  The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.
—  Felix Adler
If You Ever Want to Know the Most Frustrated Fandom



And to top it off the author is now writing “fanfiction” on Kindle Worlds for Vampire Diaries. MOTHER EFFING VAMPIRE DIARIES.

So Sherlock fandom, do not dare complain to me of a long hiatus or wait. At least you have Doyle’s original works to comfort you.

“In ten years you haven’t changed a bit.”
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Your friendly reminder that this exists (especially since the show is probably not gonna give us a happy Paily ending.)

i’m curious about something booklr

reblog if you use a kindle/nook at all

like if you use something like a kindle app on your phone for most of your reading

and reply with a ❤ if you mostly read hard copies?

Hedatu: Reader Help Needed...

So this morning I woke up to interesting feedback from a reader after posting the latest chapter. A snippet of it says…

“I understand life happens but for people like me that have been reading this story for almost a YEAR now Im giving up. It’s clear you aren’t going to finish and even if you do at this rate its going to take another yr.”

And first, I am not upset. I don’t need consoling. I don’t want backup. I admire them for putting it out there because I am thinking about this reader’s valid point. I don’t doubt they’re not the only ones that feel this way. It’s something I had thought about some time ago with Hedatu, and now they have circled me back to it. It’s my own concern about Hedatu’s length. It’s over 300,000 words at the moment. It’s a lot. It out matches stuff like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter books. It probably is the longest story that I’ve written thus far. And yes, at this rate the story could very well push 600k words. For me, the word count has no merit to my imagination, to others it may.

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Daria 2016 pitch

(Actually, a Daria 2015 pitch but, in a cynical move she’d condemn but half-approve of, I’m altering the title for marketing purposes. I’m edgy)

Last year, myself and my friend Brian knocked out a pitch for rebooting MTV’s Daria. Here it is again with a few snips and edits, for you all to see, to be condemned as unpopular and badly dressed.

So long as there are bright, sullen teenagers who think their classmates are imbeciles and that they know better than their parents and their teachers and everybody else, there’s gonna be room for a Daria on the airwaves.

And that brings in a specific


The original Daria traded in black humour and barbed words. We plan to take this further than the show used to. We already know the market can have darker humor than 1997 would allow – Adventure Time has running gags about Princess Bubblegum running a police state, Gravity Falls gives us a seemingly-amoral conman as the parental figure and stories about mugging a unicorn, and even Scooby Doo was able to do a straight-up Saw pastiche. The way is clear.

Why go for broke? In this we’re going back to the first season of Daria, the original plan for the show. The show got less nasty as it went on and more prone to give characters some dignity, but S1 was acidic. This is the one where Daria and Jane are laconic about a woman having a hyperglycemic shock in front of them; where the Morgendorffers don’t always seem to like each other that much; where Jake Morgendorffer mutters that he hopes all his military school peers died in ‘Nam; where the kids are taking bets on when their history teacher will have a heart attack.

This was the foundation of the show. This was the worldview that Daria’s pessimism was built for, and S1 had episodes like The Lab Brat, Road Worrier, and The Misery Chick, which are seen as the top eps by fans.

And that was in 1997! The original Daria also aired during a period of economic growth for the United States, while 2016 is a time of economic recovery many people aren’t feeling. Daria groused that college applications were about money and what clubs you’d been in, in 2016 kids like her are grousing that they’ll end up with hideous debt for the chance of a ‘good job’. The future hasn’t looked bright for a few years now.

In this kind of soil, black humor’s got to be blacker yet.

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Where the Signs Go for Fic

Aries -

Taurus - Kinkmemes

Gemini - Still reading fanzines 

Cancer - Only listens to podfics 

Leo - Livejournal

Virgo - DeviantArt 

Libra - Types shit into Google until they find something

Scorpio - Kindle Worlds 

Sagittarius - Adult 

Capricorn - AO3

Aquarius - Wattpad

Pisces - Follows trails of rec lists 

All the signs - Tumblr 

comtessedebussy  asked:

Hi Neil! You may or may not have heard about the new fan fiction platform that Amazon is launching (Kindle Worlds, I believe it's called). If you've heard of it (there's a post going around tumblr about it), what are your thoughts? I myself don't like the idea of fan fiction becoming monetized in this way, but am I jumping to conclusions?

See the post that I put up on this a couple of days ago, linking to Scalzi’s blog.

Short answer, it makes me uncomfortable. (Having said that, I learned that fanfiction existed when I was about 15 because I read a professionally  published collection of the best of Star Trek fanfiction. So I do not have problems with the concept of professionally publishing fan fiction, if the rights holders are comfortable with it. I’m more uncomfortable with Amazon’s role in this.)