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  • I heard something about that at Sila's LJ. I got nothing against him, I've never really seen much of him except in the Writer's Corner.
    Oh yeah, that's true. It got to the point on my S file that I didn't have any box room left for anything, so I said "screw it" and deleted the file. Of course, I've only got about two years left of battery life.

    What you need to do is link to an awesome new article.
    I'll give it a try. Not so good at computer stuff, but I should be able to figure it out, especialy if there are directions.
    If you insist on being so snippy about it. I was done with this **** last week. In fact, someone asked me for the link for the livejournal and I basically told them to screw off because I was tired of dealing with the whole situation. The only reason I found it, in fact, was because someone that knows me found it and saw her refer to me very negatively - several times. Now if you can justify Silawen talking about me behind my back to people that will only ever agree with what she says, then I'll tip my hat and applaud you. Also, while on that livejournal, I found a post where Silawen outright said that she wanted to show readers that Mix's story wasn't as great as they thought it was. I don't know how you interpret that statement, but it threw up a red flag to me.

    Then again, this wouldn't have happened if she could have told me to my face how much she hates my guts and hates the fact that I don't agree with everything she says. I wouldn't have given a damn what was in the livejournal.

    There are so many people - call them 'fanboys' if you want - that just think that Silawen is more than a bit condescending in her reviews. There's nothing worse than someone talking to you like they know everything and have every answer. That's the most freaking irritating thing in the world, especially when it comes to authors. I don't understand why you're still going out of your way to defend her in an argument that we're essentially no longer having.

    And I definitely don't like the way you pulled my age into it as if I'm being immature or something. Silawen's into her twenties (I think) and actually giving these 'fanboys' you're referring to the time of day.

    Fact is, I wouldn't like it if I was 30. Maturity's got nothing to do with it. The fact that people that sound like they know everything slightly irritate me...

    That does.

    So, I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish by bashing my maturity on my own profile, but I stand by what I've been trying to tell you for the last several days; I could agree with some of the things Silawen says - Mix's fic in particular - I just don't really agree with the way she says them, which is (in my eyes) more important.

    And this is exactly what I'm talking about. Anybody that agrees with Silawen - you, included, apparently - stops their ears at anyone that doesn't agree with what she's saying. You guys are laying into the so-called 'fanboys' for doing this, but you're not a whole hell of a lot better, really, because you don't consider anyone else's opinion worth listening to.

    Everyone else is busy trying to find who's right and who's wrong, but Silawen and I disagree philosophically, and over the last week I realized that this isn't something that can be solved by going back and forth. Everyone cites the example of Mix and Silawen going at it - even though Mix seemed to be fine with everything, her followers were still going after Silawen. Now, it seems, Silawen's followers are taking the same kind of revenge on me for disagreeing with her and making my opinions known. Silawen and I have stopped talking about the situation - in fact, we're not really talking period. But here comes some other friend of hers with the proverbial torch and pitchfork. For God's sake, I was trying to get back to writing and do so in peace.

    You never heard me say that the way Mix's readers handled the situation was right. But rules apply both ways. If it should be easy for any of her readers to ignore the posts containing Silawen's content and just read the story, it should have been that easy (if not easier) for Silawen to do the same thing. It takes two sides to have an argument, and there's no getting around that. If Silawen wanted to leave a parting shot on my profile, I'm pretty sure she'd be fully capable of doing it herself - without your help. But since she didn't, I'd like to think that she and I are done communicating. As for what she or anyone else says behind my back that they can't say to my face, a line from the classic movie "Gone With The Wind" comes to mind:

    "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
    Well, if you're being honest, a lot of people think that the aim there was to make others feel stupid for liking the story. As unfortunate as this is, the more a critic keeps pushing, the more that readers (and sometimes the author himself/herself) will feel that it less resembles honest, objective critique, and more resembles a smear campaign against the story. This is especially true of critics that also like to shy away from telling an author what they liked about the story. From the outside looking in, people start thinking, "If you hate the story so much that you can't post one single good thing about it, then why the hell are you wasting your time?" I'm just of the mind that if you're going to completely rip someone's story to shreds, you should at least go out of your way that much to find the one thing they did right and commend them for it. But, hey, I'm too soft on people and I don't know anything - which is exactly why nobody listens to what I have to say.
    Last time I checked, respect =/= not challenging someone's opinion. If you want me to be frank, that's a very dictatorial view of respect. If you don't agree with someone else's opinion, you don't agree with it - and I, for one, think that it's even more disrespectful to pretend like you do.

    And, no - I haven't read Lucki, nor will I ever. I read for enjoyment and, frankly, the author of that particular piece of work was so arrantly disrespectful to me (as well as friends of mine) that there's no way I would be able to read it and enjoy it objectively. It's not often that I feel that way about a person. I've even started reading Silawen's work. But Lucki won't get the time of day from me - you can be sure of that. Frankly, I don't care if it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I'll never respect someone as an author if I can't respect them as a person.
    Sorry to bother you, but....who's Faria? You mentioned her in a thread in the Author's Cafe and I got curious. D:
    'Canon Nazi' - those weren't my words, although I'm not sure I necessarily disagree with them. You don't know Air Dragon, do you? He and I are actually pretty good friends. Apparently, Silawen told another member on this forum that she thought that he wasn't a very good reviewer because he 'sugarcoats' things. I already disagreed with her on her critiqing philosophy because I thought that it was much too negative, but if anyone's blasting people because their philosophy is different, it's her. But whatever. She already said that she didn't have enough time to read my story because I was already 35 chapters into it, and judging by the attitude she's taking toward my beliefs and thoughts as a writer, that's just fine with me. The bottom line is, she doesn't have to agree with other people's opinions, but she has to respect them. As long as she fails to do that, I have nothing more to say to her.
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