Mewsings from Lowecat (aka Indianacat)

My rants, ravings, and overall 'mewsings' on life, the universe, and everything.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The BS Just Keeps on Flowin' Down the Pipe

 
 
 
It used to be exciting to get a notification from Fanfiction.net that a new review has been posted on my SOA (or any other) fanfic.  I've always invited constructive criticism and reviews of my blog and fanfic.  Even if someone didn't like a particular aspect, the reviewer always gave a valid reason why they didn't like it, like the OC's issues with her mother.  I certainly appreciated the reviewer's input and comments.  Any personal animosity they felt for me didn't come into the picture.

All that changed a few minutes ago.  Today, I received an email from Fanfiction.net that there was a new review.  I opened it to find the following.


"Story: Charming Pawse Book I
Chapter: 1. Chapter 1

From: Freaked out (Guest)
-------------------

Freaked out:I've tried reading this series, and I just can't do it. You have
literally just written yourself into the SOA story and frankly, it's creepy.
Everyone does a little self insertion with original characters to some point,
but this? Wow! You don't even try to hide that you're making this Cat
character an avatar for yourself to live out your fantasies of getting with
Tig. Considering your presence in the SOA community it really gives me the
heebs that you're doing this. Especially since you gave a copy of the story to
Kim. Sorry, but I think that is way beyond wrong. This is some serious fan
girl weirdness that girls half your age wouldn't even consider doing."




Obviously this is someone in the not so social networkin' community takin' another pot shot at me.  Someone who has read the twitters and knows that I gave Mr. Coates a USB drive with all the 'Charming Pawse' chapters up to Jan, 2011.  That came out during a recent sand box q/a with him a couple of weeks ago. 

All readers write what they know.  Fanfiction was orginally considered Mary Sue - or Lt. Mary Sue from Star Trek TOS  - stories because the heroine was usually based on the writer and often told in first person.  I've always attempted to present another side to Tig that we don't see and delved into the things that the show didn't have time to deal with (LuAnn's funeral and Otto's attendance, what happened back at Charming when Hale was killed and Tig, Gemma, and Tara were in Oregon, how Tig got the cleaner's 80's music, etc). 

Perhaps this is another unwarranted, unwanted attack on me and my writing.   There have been attacks both on Twitter and elsewhere for certain posts I've made.  As for my standing in the SOA community, what standing?  Just because Mr. Sutter follows me and chose me as one of the first challenge winners doesn't make me any more important than any other fan in the world.  Lucky to have had the opportunity, sure.  But more imporant?  Hardly. 

Though it does make me wonder if the unknown writer is hitting closer to the truth.   Should I quit writing something that has given me (and hopefully others) joy for the last 5 years?  (more on that in a minute or two).

It's not the first time I've gotten a bad review.  Anyone who saw the write up in the blog called 'small towns small screens' that is on blogspot will know that there have been unkind reviews.  If you didn't read it, back in 2010, the blogger ripped into the first entry of my SOA fanfic, and a few people agreed with her in 2010 and later in  2012.  Yet, the blog readers didn't give anything more specific than that it was crap, but not why they felt it was crap.  At least the blog author, while rediculing the story, gave valid reasons for her redicule.  Did I take it a bit personally?  Yeah, I did.  Because that's my heart and soul in the work.  I spoke about it on a couple of comment boards, and on my FB page.  But I didn't ever respond to her on my blog.  Things would've degenerated into a cat fight (no pun intended), and I don't have the time or inclination for that kind of thing. 

The avatar was a pencil drawing that was made for me by a dear friend and fellow fanfic writer.  Yes, I asked her to make it for me.  It's been used as my FB and Twitter avi for years.  Mr. Coates even sighed a copy for the artist and myself!  Her fanfic story is also a 'Mary Sue', and went its' own way from the SOA story.  It's in my favorite stories/author lists, and I hope she continues the storyline (as well as her sci fi SOA story!).  It means as much to me as the pics of me with the various stars, or any other avis I've used.  If it has upset Mr. Coates, he's been kind enough not to say anything about it, and Gawd knows he's had ample opportunity!  In fact, I doubt he would've made that sign that one of the production staff took a year ago (and that a SOA comment board owner sent to me via the interwebz) if the avatar/illustration upset him.  

Perhaps, due to cicumstances that occurred earlier this week, my ego is a little tender right now.  The positive reviews have far outweighed the bad.  There have been good reviews received on fanfiction.net, on the social nets, and on some of the SOA forums.  There have also been the scratches and gouges on the aforementioned blog, and now this review.

I'm sure this coward who signed themselves  'Freaked Out' would like it if I quit indulging my "fantasy of getting with Tig" and quit writing.   Frankly, I'm in the mood to flip him or her the bird and go on ahead with it, whether anyone else ever reads the rest of the stories from here on out or not.  To quit would let that fucktard win, and frankly, my dear, there are worse freaks than me out there.

So thanks for readin' this little epistle, and lettin' me get this off my chest.  It's just my way of respondin' to the purrson without shittin' all over fanfiction.net.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have completely misinterpreted this persons use of the term 'avatar'. I see nothing that says its anything to do with a picture, that's Internet slang. I think they meant the more traditional meaning and more so in the sense of the movie. So taking offence about your drawing is a little silly and totally unwarranted.

August 8, 2013 at 4:05 AM  
Anonymous I Concur said...

I second your reviewer. To be frank, I think it's disgusting that you write yourself with Tig the way you do.

I'm not dissing your writing ability (which isn't bad) but to be so damn blatant with the original character being you to a T (even to having your character drive a PT cruiser the same as you) that's really messed up. At least TRY to disguise the fact you're writing out your secret fantasies!

Mary Sues are rife, sure, but at least most of them aren't that Goddamn blatant and so traceable back to the author. It's all well and good writing what you know, but you need to think of what the readers know about you too! It's far more creative to develop a character BASED on yourself than to just stick yourself into the story exactly how you are, bar a few tiny modifications.

And to be blunt, I'm embarrassed for you to have the audacity to have shared this with KC! You preach respect towards these actors but he clearly knows who you are ('the cat woman') so what do you think he'd feel about reading an identical version of you (in print) doing things like giving him head in the shower and lord knows what else. It's nasty and totally out of line, I feel.

If you were a stranger to him, that's one thing, but he knows who you are and can draw comparisons like the rest of us and that's just utterly creepy!

By all means write, it's great that you do but for the love of God make it less obvious that you're writing about yourself and flapping over him behind closed doors. I think its gross and disrespectful to drag him into your sexual frustrated creative outlet. Think of his wife for crying out loud! Yes, girls write this stuff all the time, but they don't give him copies of it!

Yes, Tig is fictional, but you totally cross the lines between fiction and reality and that is not cool!

August 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM  
Anonymous I Concur said...

Since you didn't have the guts to clear my comment. I thought I'd post it again. It's obvious I hit the nail on the head with my comments due to your avoidance in revealing my words to your readers. Are you afraid that people will agree with me? Or wake up to the reality of the situation?

I second your reviewer. To be frank, I think it's disgusting that you write yourself with Tig the way you do.

I'm not dissing your writing ability (which isn't bad) but to be so damn blatant with the original character being you to a T (even to having your character drive a PT cruiser the same as you) that's really messed up. At least TRY to disguise the fact you're writing out your secret fantasies!

Mary Sues are rife, sure, but at least most of them aren't that Goddamn blatant and so traceable back to the author. It's all well and good writing what you know, but you need to think of what the readers know about you too! It's far more creative to develop a character BASED on yourself than to just stick yourself into the story exactly how you are, bar a few tiny modifications.

And to be blunt, I'm embarrassed for you to have the audacity to have shared this with KC! You preach respect towards these actors but he clearly knows who you are ('the cat woman') so what do you think he'd feel about reading an identical version of you (in print) doing things like giving him head in the shower and lord knows what else. It's nasty and totally out of line, I feel.

If you were a stranger to him, that's one thing, but he knows who you are and can draw comparisons like the rest of us and that's just utterly creepy!

By all means write, it's great that you do but for the love of God make it less obvious that you're writing about yourself and flapping over him behind closed doors. I think its gross and disrespectful to drag him into your sexual frustrated creative outlet. Think of his wife for crying out loud! Yes, girls write this stuff all the time, but they don't give him copies of it!

Yes, Tig is fictional, but you totally cross the lines between fiction and reality and that is not cool!

And P.S. Your need to constantly promote your fic is pretty sad There are a thousand other fics that don't do that and receive way more attention than yours. I get the feeling I'm not the only one out there who feels your self insert is uncomfortable to read!

August 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Myra Lowe said...

Reprintin' my response to your second 'precious' comment from Twitter, 'I Concur'. And NOW y'all cannot hide behind a fictional account name from now on!

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat3h
An open comment to the fucktard clg herself I Concur on my blog, if you read twitter or FB at all, you'd know I've been on the road the ...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat3h
...last 2 days dealin' with the last details of my deceased daddy's estate and CANNOT access blogspot management fr the frackin' iPhone

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat3h
... For someone who bleats from behind a FAKE NAME about how 'disgustin' I am in repeatin' your comment and callin' me chicken for not...


from Washington, IN


Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat3h
...postin' your diatribe right away to the blog, I have this to say, cunt. If you want to see disgustin' look in the mirror. I've been ...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat3h
...dealin' with MORE IMPORTANT issues than your opinion of me, my writin' and anythin' else. If you cannot or will not realize that ...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat3h
...there are more important things than your precious little ego. I pity you. And yeah, I called you a cunt. In my own name. Come out ...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat3h
...from behind that fake cover, and I'll call you that to your virtual face! #endofline


from Washington, IN

August 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Myra Lowe said...

And, my dear, here is my first twitter response to your all important, 'precious' comment. Enjoy!

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat8 Aug
OK, a word to you turds hidin' behind fake names on http://ff.net & my blog. My fanfic has been around since 2009, and (con)...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat8 Aug
...I find it highly suspicious that all y'all don't say a bloody frackin' thing about it for all the years its' been out, and NOW y'all ...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat8 Aug
...are comin' out with your 'your OC is disgustin'' comments???? Shat was right when he said get a life. Cuz you gashes are obviously ...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat8 Aug
...jealous little asshats who can't tolerate that someone like me has DARED to accept recognition from Mr. Sutter and others 4 ...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat8 Aug
...protectin' against bootleggers & misuse of soa to promote shit. Guess if I was a skinny young skank, y'all wouldn't have your thongs...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat8 Aug
...up your asses over my involvement in the community like y'all do. That bein' said, just because Mr. Coates was given a USB of ...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat8 Aug
...the story doesn't mean he read it!!! It was a gift, and once given, it's his to do with as he wants, includin' tossin' it in the trash ..


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat8 Aug
...in the hotel suite! Do you ppl really think all your nastiness on blogs, FB, and here are appreciated by the stars? Think again...


from Washington, IN

Myra Lowe‏@Lowecat8 Aug
.frankly, you make yourself look smaller than the person you are slinging shit at. Incidentally, your cowardly diatribe was posted end rant


Well, I thought it was posted, as it turns out, account blog management on blogspot doesn't work on iPhone. However, now y'all either have to have a google account or an open ID in order to post a comment. No more anonymous, fake name shields. Come out, come out, wherever you are, if you dare.

August 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Myra Lowe said...

To Iconcur/Annamon

Your last two posts have been deleted and WILL NOT be posted here. I have no interest in maintain' a discourse with y'all when you hide behind a fake name, and when you also claim to know me better than I do.

Any further posts you send to this blog are banned, and the two you sent have been forwarded to Google.

Have a nice life in your anonymity. BUT, if y'all ever wanna come out of hidin' and have at it one on one, I'm ready.

August 12, 2013 at 6:38 PM  

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