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Open Letter to People Who Do Things


If you do things that others know about, you will attract a lot of criticism.

People will think you’re wrong a lot. Sometimes you will actually be wrong; sometimes you won’t be.

Sometimes people will be vicious. Sometimes people will try to hurt you as badly as they possibly can.

No matter how well you do things, there will be people who are disgusted by what you do and think you’re a terrible person.

No matter how politically neutral the thing you do is, people will attack it for political reasons. (Either a specific reason, or they’ll say it’s frivolous and that you should be fighting global warming or poverty or something instead.)

If you charge money for what you do, people will be outraged (including people who would never work for free.)

No matter how much you charge, people will angrily tell you that it’s too much.

Even if you work for free, people will be angry with you for addressing some things but not others. Or for not giving them what they want fast enough.

No matter how well you consider other sides, someone will angrily accuse you of censorship or refusing to listen.

And so on and so on. No matter what you do, there are people who will be angry and disgusted by it. There will be people who will hate you. There will be people who try to hurt you to make you stop. This happens to absolutely everyone who does things that a lot of other people know about. It is possible to live with that.

(Part of the way to live with that is by learning to keep perspective in the face of other people’s anger.)

A note about criticism – it’s important to be open to criticism, because sometimes you will be wrong. In order to be truly open to criticism, you have to get past the desire to appease everyone who is mad at you. If you try to please everyone, what ends up happening is that you end up deferring to whoever is the loudest and meanest. Listening to criticism in a good way means you have to be selective — and it also usually means disengaging from jerks.

You don’t have to be perfect to do things that matter. If only perfect people could do things, nothing would ever get done. Everyone who has every done anything has also been flawed in a serious way. Because that’s how people are.

It’s also important to remember that you don’t owe the world a heckler’s veto. There will always be people who don’t like you or your work. That doesn’t mean you have to stop. It doesn’t mean you have to engage with them. It just means that you’re being noticed, and that some people don’t like what they’re seeing.

tl;dr If you do things that people notice, some people who notice will be mean to you and try to convince you that you are terrible. That happens to everyone who does things. It doesn’t mean you’re terrible. It means you’re visible. Being open to criticism doesn’t mean giving the world a heckler’s veto. It’s ok to do things even if you’re imperfect and sometimes people are angry at you.

please DO NOT assume that just because my character is doing something that i as the writer



  • approve of it
  • am romanticizing it
  • have a kink with regard to it
  • think it is okay for anyone to ever do ever

because sometimes my character does things that I absolutely cringe at and which are almost painful to write.

but my writing a villain does not make me a villian

understand that it is fiction and I do not condone the wrong actions that sometimes are written out on my blog for in-character purposes.

There are waves of times when a bunch of people decide every character I write is always acting in ways I condone, and I’m currently in one of those times. Seriously, even main characters aren’t gonna always or even often do things I approve of. Characters gotta have flaws beyond “clumsy” or “often late.”





You know what’s really disturbing to me? The culture that seems to have sprung up around fanfiction. Writers spend weeks and months working on a story – I think my record is six months on A Place For Us To Dream. And so many times readers expect to just be given a chapter even if they don’t give anything to the writer in return.

I’m going to date myself a bit here, but I’ve been reading/writing fanfiction for ten years. And when I first started it was a wonderful community. There was an unspoken rule – if you read/enjoyed it, you review it. You take thirty seconds to tell an author who probably spent anywhere from three days to a week writing that chapter you just enjoyed to tell them you enjoyed it. Even if it was as simple as “Great chapter, can’t wait to see what happens next!”

Writers spend so much time on stories, and then they post it because they have this thing that they’ve invested so many hours into and they want to share it with the world. They know how they feel about the story, and they want to know how other people feel, what other people think.

And when you read it and don’t review, you know what message you’re sending that author? That they’re not worth your time, or you didn’t enjoy their story. So why should they keep posting it? Yeah they might continue working on it in their own time, for their own enjoyment, but you might never see another chapter again because you couldn’t be bothered to take thirty seconds out of your day to tell them how you feel.

I’ve written stories in eight different fandoms, ranging from very small to very big (I’ll openly admit I wrote Twilight fanfiction once. Once. It was an Alice/Jasper story and haters can hate all they want but I’m still proud of it). I took a break for a few years because I fell out of fandoms during college, and when I came back apparently it’d become the norm to just greedily consume writing without telling writers how you feel. And that is one of the saddest things in the world to me because fanfiction is where I really started getting serious about writing. It’s how I’ve honed by skills and become the writer I am today. And that was largely in part because of all the support I got when I was an itty-bitty thirteen-year-old writing crappy W.I.T.C.H. fanfiction.

Everyone keeps saying “reviews don’t matter, you should just write for yourself.” Well, you’re wrong. Reviews make or break fanfiction. Reviews tell writers whether it’s worth their time to continue posting that story online or whether they should keep it on their hard drives and never share it with the world.

Kill the attitude that reviews don’t matter. Start telling writers you like their stories. And if you don’t, if you all just continue to be invisible readers? Don’t be surprised when that writer disappears.

Honestly, reviews or comments are so important to me.

People who reblog my writing and write a comment in the tags literally make my day. Even if it’s just “I loved this!”

Any type of feedback is so important.

Srsly, if you read to the end, just hit the kudos button. That’s all I ask. I got a one-word review on a fic a few days back that said ‘lovely’ – nothing else. And I was smiling the whole day.

Kudos are ok but they don’t really work for me for long, not like even something as simple as a couple of words in a review. Mainly because most of my fics are multi-chapter so you never know if someone just hit Kudos at the end of CH1 and didn’t bother to read any further. On each chapter a little something lets you know people are still reading ( and enjoying! ) with nothing you don’t know and eventually you run out of steam.



Over the past 24 hours I have been notified by several people about pages of Peter &
Company and other pieces of my artwork being supposedly “available for
sale” through a site called Wallpart (which I will not link in this post, for reasons explained below), and in the same time span I have seen many
other artists make journals/submissions/posts talking about finding their own
work on there as well. Naturally, the inclination of any artist finding
their work available for sale without their consent is to head to the
“Report Violation” link attached to every listing and file a complaint
to have it removed.


This site already has a bit of a history, and I’ve read several posts from people who dove into their site code and snooped around. Long story short, there are some very devious bait-and-switch tactics going
on. Essentially:

I have not found any confirmation that they are actually selling any of the images/prints that appear on their
Their “search function” is nothing but scraper software, which
essentially just loads up hits from Google Images and displays them
within a pre-built “shop” template based on the image’s resolution. This
is why every single piece on there has a title that is lifted directly
from whatever gallery site (FA/DA/Weasyl) or general website was hosting
it. Example: They have my title card from my Kickstarter page for the
P&C pilot, with the title lifted straight off the description.
– The dependence on Google Images is also why doing a search for your
own name will turn up different results each time, or possibly no
results at all, even though the listings still seem to exist if you have a direct URL to them
. Their “search” function never actually searches their
own listings; it even offers the same real-time suggestions that you’d get from a Google search bar. Confusingly enough, performing the
same search multiple times often returns different results at different
times throughout the day. I was able to find dozens of P&C pages
supposedly for sale by searching my name yesterday, but today none of
them show up in search results – even though the direct links to the
page forms (which I saved) still exist.
Their “Report Violation” link is actually a 100% phishing form. If you
fill it out, no matter what you put there, you will be sending them a
LOT more than you anticipated. This is
actually the main purpose for the site’s existence – they completely
anticipate artists being upset about their work supposedly being sold,
so they developed a system to exploit those who complain.

– Various pieces of malware and other malicious code have been found
embedded throughout their pages at different times. This site is just
bad news all around.
– The site itself is hosted in Russia, and has already swapped web hosts
4 times in the past few months. The current host is listed as ENOM, and
other bloggers/artists have already sent complaints and reports to
their contact page, with little luck. It looks like it’s already been
branded and caught in the past and is trying to keep itself alive.
– Also, for a site claiming to have “billions of images” available for
print, to only have a little over 3,000 “happy customers” should be a
pretty big red flag on its own.

So please – DO NOT VISIT THIS SITE. Do not attempt to search for your own artwork in its listings; if your work shows up on Google, it is guaranteed to be on that site. They’re even listing “prints” of web banners and other graphical elements that were never intended for printing. Do not give it page views, and
Instead, there is a petition asking for the domain to be stripped and brought down.

Please share the word around as much as possible so other artists don’t
potentially fall into their trap by thinking that their “Report
Violation” page is actually what it claims to be. These people are pure
scam artists, plain and simple. Avoid them at all costs. 

Dear DA2 fandom


In the “Fenris Recruited” quest, Fenris says there are six (6!) bottles of agreggio pavali in his cellar. Six.

In “Questioning Beliefs (Act2)”, he says he is finishing off the last of the agreggio, as celebration of an anniversary.

The second quest takes place over a year after the first.

Fenris finished off six bottles of wine no less than one year. And he came from the Thedas equivalent of Ancient Rome.

Consider the following:


In fact FENRIS PROBABLY DRINK LESS THAN A LOT OF YOUR PARTY. Like Isabela and Varric, who literally live in a bar.

Dragon Age series and DLC sale on Origin!!!



Here are the current prices:


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Digital Deluxe edition: $34.99

Deluxe Upgrade: $6.99

Jaws of Hakkon DLC: $10.49

(Both item pack DLC’s are still $4.99)


Standard edition: $9.99


Standard Edition: $9.99

Digital Deluxe Edition: $12.49

Awakening Expansion: $13.99

Ultimate Edition: $14.99

You can CLICK HERE to see the sale for yourself on Origin.


Blogger Gatherings!

Click the button for reports from the 2010 Spring Blogger Gathering, hosted by Linett of Nimrodel!

Berethron of Brandywine hosted the 2010 Summer Blogmoot.

The Winter Blogmoot was held on December 4, 9 p.m. EST at the home of Telwen of Silverlode.

Next up: The Spring Blogmoot of 2011 shall return to Nimrodel with Tuiliel (Whart, aka user-1027520) hosting! Linett is looking forward to another local moot!



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