Honestly, I think the whole “don’t pay the writers” thing boils down to the notion that everybody thinks they can write. It’s the old saw about the novelist at a cocktail party having to hear someone say, for the millionth time, “I’d love to write a book someday.”

Someone–Stephen King? Pretty sure I saw this in a Stephen King foreword–once said they’d like to say to a brain surgeon, “Boy, I’d love to do brain surgery someday.”

We treat “the ability to put words into a sentence” like it’s just the same as “the ability to form a coherent narrative that engenders a variety of emotions within the reader and puts them in a scene and shows them what they didn’t see before”.

And that’s like me drawing a stick figure and saying I’m an artist.

Writers are constantly devalued because everyone thinks they have a book in them and don’t realize the level of skill and commitment it takes to finish even a short story, much less a whole book. 

This goes well beyond fandom, but man, I would’ve hoped fandom would know better.


The little flower-shapes in Dragon Games Poppy’s make-up were really tricky to do…  I don’t think her make-up turned out quite as well as some of the others, but I’m happy enough with it.   (The other dolls with their swirly makeup added: Apple, Raven, Holly, and Darling.)  Now, I want to get back to adding paint to the DG dolls’ accessories, so I can put them back together again :D

(as usual, this project is taking a lot longer than I’d planned…)