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It’s true that I have a “positive” feedback policy and that I do screen the comments on this site. I do this because of the abuse I receive for writing slash not because I’m “over sensitive” or can’t handle critism. I don’t approve “critism” comments (though I’ve only gotten like 5 in the past year beyond people pointing out my grammar problems) because I don’t want the discussion that would result.
I want this site to be FUN because I have fun with it. Having big discussions about politics (or whatever angsty thing my fic might inspire) doesn’t appeal to me AT ALL.
I don’t require that anyone love my work. I just don’t want to hear about it on my own site if you hate it OR if you think I write badfic!, fluff, crack — whatever. I post my work for people to enjoy and if you don’t enjoy it– just don’t come back over here and read it anymore.
Here’s the thing– at one point I didn’t even have comments enabled on my site. I opened them up because of email feedback. And the only reason I allow them now is because I feel like my readers have created a community for themselves AND I’m open to answering questions about my fic and future projects.
I make jokes about feeding my ego with comments but let’s be real honest– you have to have a pretty damn healthy ego to create a site dedicated to your hobby, buy a domain name, and generally brag about the fics you post by placing notifications on LJ and yahoo groups.
I have a very healthy ego that hardly needs any help getting any bigger. Normally, my husband handles the ego maintenance. He’s excellent at it because he realized the pure power of my badassness from minute one!
I do write a lot of porn and no– I wouldn’t consider it “great literature”. Quite frankly, great literature bores the shit out of me and I sure as hell wouldn’t attempt to write it for FUN.
Additionally, and this is to address a few (cough) emails I’ve gotten recently. I don’t write “feminized” characters in a gay relationship because I think it’s STUPID to believe that when two men fuck that one of them has to be a “woman”. It’s backward, ridiculous, and quite frankly disgusting to see a male character acting like a weak-willed, whiny-ass girl in a story.
GAH! The “girl with a dick” syndrome drives me up the fucking wall but that is my opinion and I’m entitled to it. You don’t have to agree with it but I’d really rather not get another email from you (and you know who you are) trying to explain why I shouldn’t feel this way about it. I realize, truly, that my position upsets you and I’m genuinely sorry that I haven’t responded to your 15 emails that you’ve sent in the last 3 days but frankly you’re communication with me is starting to freak me the fuck out. Just sayin’.