Okay, so here, in its entirety, is an email that someone sent me today. Now, normally, I won’t post a message someone sent me, but I sort of suspend the rules when someone emails a message like this and does it anonymously. It’s not like their name is associated with it, because they didn’t have the balls to identify themselves, so I’m not really breaking netiquette here.
Here’s the email. It’s starts with him (I’m using him for convenience, but it could have been a her), quoting something in my story:
“That started a discussion between them about the
damage that the erosion of the separation of
church and state was doing. Jane was quite
passionate about her point of view and Ken was in
agreement with her. He’d been so wrapped up in his
little world that things like this hadn’t gotten a
lot of attention – unless they were rooted in
technology, government intrusions had been mostly
ignored by him. Of course he understood, and stood
by, the rights of the various churches to preach
what they wanted. He expected that some churches
wouldn’t allow a gay marriage in their faith.
However, he felt that the state should have
absolutely no say in who could marry whom. As
long as the fuckers got their taxes, what did
they care anyway?”
After quoting something that he’s read for free, he goes on to say this:
I think it’s in bad taste to insert political
opinion into a stroke story – especially when
the insert has little to do with the overall
plot. I don’t care about gay marriage either way,
but this really disrupted the flow of the story,
and quite frankly, the news is plenty enough for
these issues. When I fap, I don’t need to hear
this shit. This is what I’m trying to escape by
If you’ve got a message and you want to put it
across, take the meaning and generalize it;
derive a theme and sprinkle it over your writing.
Now, you’re free to express your opinion, and Goddess knows I’ve received hate (or mild dislike) email before. Generally, I respond to it privately, and if I bitch about it publicly, I won’t ID the person who sent it. However, try really hard not to come off like a complete idiot when you email me.
Avatar is a plot driven stroke story based on MY ideas and MY politics. So if you don’t like those, then perhaps you shouldn’t read the story.
This quote comes from Chapter Ten of book 1. There are, to date EIGHTY-FIVE chapters of Establishment posted… that’s somewhere around four hundred and twenty-five THOUSAND words.
I’m going to guess that I’ve “derived a theme and sprinkle(d) it over (my) writing.” as this person suggested. Of course, they might have known that had they read past chapter ten — unlikely since they don’t appear to have the required attention span or flexibility of thought.
Anyway, I guess the moral of the story is, I love feedback, and I even appreciate negative feedback. Hey, not everyone likes the same stuff, you know? But please, if you don’t have the balls (or overlies) to add your name to your email, you’re just gonna find me ridiculing you on my blog — especially when you’re bitching about a free story.