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Cam's Corner of the World
The wise Viking knows when to retreat to the longboat
2006-06-19 04:20 pm (UTC)
Confession? Well, I've never ripped off your work and I'm a fairly low wank person, fandom-wise. The only thing I can think of is that I thought you were a little full of yourself when I first met you, because you were in snark mode at the time. But that was due to the fact that I was brand new to
sort of fandom online, still subscribed to the theory "don't like don't read omg!" and truly believed that my 10th Walker Legolas epic was a masterpiece.
Even after I got to know you and realized what a kind and humble person you were, it took me a long time to come to terms with the whole GAFF school of thought. Eventually though, I realized this was entirely based in my own insecurities. Fandom had to teach me quite a few harsh lessons before I could understand where the snarkers were coming from and that yes, 9 times out of 10, they were right.
I suppose I have that to thank you for- I really did make an effort to understand why you felt the way you did about fanfiction. I respected and liked you so much as a person that I didn't want my hang ups to be a barrier between us. Ultimately, I don't think I would have gone to that effort for anyone else and were it not for you, I'd probably still be ranting about GAFFers and pounding out Mary Sues left and right.
Also, it made me realize that the type of writing I was doing was far below my skill level and to improve, I had to push for a higher standard.
Thank you for that and apologies that my initial impressions were so far off-base. I'm glad that I made the effort to see beyond them because if I hadn't, I would have missed out on some very important lessons and a truly wonderful person.
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