That’s what SHE said…

Yesterday I got a few – what I thought were – random comments on my homepage, all starting off with, “Eric sent me…” And I was like…

 high

Had he somehow managed to come to life? Why hadn’t he come to see me himself? Was it my love of all things Skarsgard that kept him away?

I didn’t get it, until I played a round of, “Google me this, Batman,” and found out there’s been some recent discord in our fandom. Living under a ridiculously huge pile of peanuts, covered in a just as ridiculously huge amount of squirrels, I’d had no clue. And while I’m not going to rehash anything or pick at any scabs, after reading 4padfoot’s post, I will say I applaud her and sadly, I agree that our small fandom seems to be taking its last breaths.

Breathe like you mean it

And this happening today only drove the point home:

I was walking through the Base Exchange earlier today. Air Force folks refer to it as the BX, while Army folks call it the PX, but it’s all the same thing: A retail complex catering to active duty, reserve, and retired military members and their families.

In the mall area of the exchange there are smaller shops and kiosks, with vendors selling various wares, and today there happened to be a woman selling a couple of books she had written and – I’m guessing – had self-published.

Good for her, truly.
(So long as there aren’t any vamps named Stefan doing very Eric-like things to someone who isn’t Sookie.)

Walking out of the main BX, with my overpriced carton of cigarettes in hand, she smiled at me and asked, “Do you like to read?”

DO I?!?! I LOVE TO!

YOURE_GONNA_LOVE_MY_NUTS

But not wanting to scare the seemingly nice normal lady, with the filthy fangy things popping up in my mind, I only smiled and playfully replied, “About vampires, I do.”

Little did she know…

“Oh,” she smil-aced (a forced smile through a grimace). And then politely dismissing me, using a tone that all but screamed I was 50 Shades of Illiterate, she said, “Uh…no. There are no vampires in these books.”

Her preciouses, obviously.

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what a bitch

So, yeah. Our fandom is shrinking and to the mainstream, we’re obviously all high to still be hanging around. But I say fuck those dicks and their I’m-better-than-you-and-you-can-read-all-about-it-for-$12 bullshit.

I’ve already tied myself to Eric’s tree trunk (take that to mean however you want 😉 ) and I’m not going anywhere. I’m in it for the long haul and I truly love and appreciate that any of you spend your precious-non-bitch-like free time reading whatever nonsense that makes its way from my nonsensical brain to a Word doc. I love hearing from you and I encourage you to leave kind words of support for every author whose stories you’ve enjoyed.

So on that note, I want to remind – or maybe even inform – everyone that voting for the You Want Blood Awards reopened at 12 noon EST today and will remain open for 24 hours. I’m not asking you to vote for me, by any means, but I am asking you to vote for any of the deserving nominees on the ballot. They all deserve to win and to be recognized for their hard work.

Click here to go to the ballot page

And if any of your favorite fics or authors aren’t on the ballot, it would be great to let them know you appreciate them by letting them know it in a review.

That doubly applies to the organizers of the awards and if I had life-sized chocolate GP’s to hand out, I would mail them out to all of them.

So as soon as Eric makes his way to my house, I’ll get right on it.

Both his GP and making a mold of it for chocolate ones. 😉

And speaking of a gracious plenty of nonsense…

Repossessed – Devil with the Blue Dress On

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24 comments on “That’s what SHE said…

  1. Donna says:

    As someone that is still reading Queen as Folk fanfic 11 years after the shows end, I must say that the stories I’ve written and those others have written are my got to reads now. Rarely do I read “real” stuff anymore. I believe that while a Fandom grow and change and yes sometimes shrink they will never truly die as long as the authors and stories remain out there for others to discover, read, fall in love with, and be inspired by.

  2. fffbone says:

    I love the stories you’ve written. I’ll never stop reading SVM/TB or mostly Eric and Sookie. So thanks.

  3. sweetmg says:

    Well …. As much as I WISH Eric had sent me, I’m just stopping by here all on my own. As for our fandom?! I wasn’t aware it was dwindling. I still find fabulous, fresh, new E&S stories every freaking day — written by long time, much adored, brilliantly talented fanfic authors such as yourself, AND by equally talented newer writers. In my world, there is no shortage of wonderful stories, and certainly no shortage of love and devotion for said stories. I’m probably delusional, and if so, I’m choosing to stay here in my bubble, where all is right with the world. XO

    • sweetmg says:

      PS – I did vote earlier today. In almost every category, I found it extremely difficult to choose just one! So much talent out there!

  4. elw2 says:

    OMG. I’m SOOOO glad you’re hanging around. The way that post started I thought you were saying goodbye. I like reading all sorts of things, but I definitely need my E/S fix, and it’s very true the fandom is dwindling and there is a definite difference between a fanfic and a GREAT fanfic.
    I’ll be reading as long as you’re writing. 🙂

  5. luvvamps says:

    I’m here for forever! This, Eric and Sookie stories, has been my life for years! I’m not going anywhere and I’m grateful for you and all the SVM/TB writers that give me so many wonderful stories to read. I can’t get enough.

  6. Even if I’m the last one standing I will never leave this fandom and especially not our lovers! I haven’t read a regular book in years, not since finding fanfiction anyway and I have absolutely no plans to go back to them either. It will always be Eric and Sookie for me and I’ll read and write them any and every way I can! Long Live Our Lovers!!!

  7. Kathy says:

    I love, love, love this story. Thank you!

  8. askarsgirl says:

    I couldn’t even begin to tell you how happy your post made me. To hear you say you’re in it for the long haul almost brought tears of joy to my eyes! Eric/Sookie fanfic is pretty much the only fic I read these days and I have to tell you that it’s because of you I started reading them in the first place. All In was the first fic I ever read and from there I was hooked. So thank you and all the fantastic writers out there, whether you’re new to the fandom or have been around since the beginning, you all are so appreciated.

  9. shandiii says:

    I am so glad to hear that you will be sticking around I ADORE your writing and I would be lost with out it
    Thankyou

  10. shandiii says:

    I had a similar experience to you last week when someone asked me if I liked superheroes, when I said only if they are vampires every one looked at me like I had just escaped from an insane asylum, Oh well

  11. anem72 says:

    Yeah I know the type. My sister loves to read as much as I do and we always swap stories of what we are reading. She loves her Nora Roberts books but is open to anything. That’s why HER reaction shocked me a few months back. I was describing the story I was currently reading – CK’s Burn Out The Pain – and she was ‘ooh can I borrow that?’. I hadn’t mentioned ff because I’m used to the looks – you know those ‘oh you poor sad thing’ looks. As soon as I said she was laughed and said ‘I thought it was a real book, I’m not into that sort of thing’. I replied that was a little narrow minded considering the first Nora Roberts book she read was about Vampires, Warlocks and another dimension! After which she bought me the books to read! Not to mention my sister gets drawn into TV shows or book series as much as I do. I left the coversation with telling her she was missing out on amazing stories by amazing writers and she was the one moaning about needing new writers to sink her teeth into.

    So glad you will be sticking around. I’m totally in love with Eric so I will always be reading. And, now you know what the hell everyone is on about – Eric sent me to say that I love your stories, and I do.

  12. joanwntr says:

    As long as you write it, I will read it

  13. unseenwonder says:

    I plan on still staying in the fandom, I refuse to leave something I love because of assholes. Did you get a weird and cryptic as fuck message yesterday too?

    Mine said, “Eric don’t send me.
    Sookie sends me to say she wants to be really happy and not remain in the places where her ‘owner’ has left ‘belonging’.
    And your stories are a good place to belong to her.”

    I was like, I don’t understand this… I clicked on the link to their WordPress and it said it didn’t exist, so that was another weird part. I’m pretty sure its some of the jerks that left the fandom after stirring up drama and are just trying to ruin it for everyone else.

    • kjwrit says:

      I DID get that same message. But me and my damn unicorns thought maybe English was a second language for the reviewer and the gist of it was they preferred fanfiction Sookie over book or TB Sookie.

      I took it as a compliment, so if they meant it as an insult…I showed them. *pets the unicorns* 🙂

  14. Ginger says:

    I LURVE THIS FANDOM!
    There is no such thing as too much Eric and Sookie. I’m sure I’ve memorized my favorite stories, but that hasn’t stopped me from keeping them on my phone in case of emergency; boring work meeting, stressed need to get out of my head.
    I have been guilty of not leaving reviews like I should, I get behind and just keep hitting next. Not a valid excuse and I’m truly sorry because y’all deserve so much more than that.
    I’m looking forward to someday reading Eric & Sookie stories in my nursing home. If the eyes go out I hope they have a youngling that can read them to me!
    Thank you for the laughs, the tears, the entertainment, the education and most of all for sharing yourself with us.
    So not worthy, but really really grateful!
    Congrats on the wins!

  15. fanficglo says:

    I probably spent about 4/5 months reading all of your work, when I became aware of your awesomeness. Do I consider it a waste of time? HELL NO!!!!!!

    I love you and your work! I will be a faithful follower until the end!

    And of course I could never give up on our Northman/Skarsgård. I freely admit I’m an addict and your my dealer 😉

  16. msbuffy says:

    As always, I love your turn of a phrase. Just the way you seemingly take things in stride and make us all laugh about the things that happen throughout the fandom and your non-reactions to all of it are a great lesson for everyone. Thank you for that and for all you do! I really don’t think the fandom is dying based on the number of new writers I’ve come across, some of whom I beta for and for some I’ve had to turn away. Then of course there are writers such as you & The Queen of Are Five who continue to churn out such fabulous stories! I hope you & all the veterans keep it up! You inspire the new writers! All the best! 🙂

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