Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Blast from the past

Blast from the past

Recently I got an email from the librarian of the group Bludhaven over at Yahoo! Here’s what I got.

Brendan (James)

Allow me to introduce myself... Regulars around the 'Haven already know me, but you have been AWOL since I moved here.

My name is Kathy, and I am the new librarian for the 'Haven archives...

Lately, however, though, I have had this annoying visitor, who has been trying to find you... I think his name is Harvey? It seems he has been watching the library listing, waiting for some new mention of you, as he has been trying to find you... And, since I have put your name down as co-author with Tammy for The Answer to the Primordial Question, he now thinks I know how to reach you... I don't know how much longer I can put him off... If you don't hurry up and post soon, I may have to break down and tell him where to reach you! (Seems like he wants you to finish the stories you left undone!)

He is threatening me with things like: "... and should these instructions be ignored, a disaster beyond your imagination will occur."

Thanks for any help you can give me...

Kathy Brignole
Bludhaven Library Asst.

I wrote back a small novel and I thought I’d share it.

Hi Kathy,

I left the 'haven and torched the pseudonym of Brendan Storm after a slight difference of opinion with one of the great list moderators. I opined that constructive criticism should be allowed in the group so as to allow us to positively influence others to write not just more often but grammatically and structurally better work.

I was also the proud owner of the "I stole a plot from Syl" award and was made pariah because I remembered seeing the damn story and then writing a very similar but more humorous version of the same evening. Mention the name "Elinore" in a fic and you're branded a traitor. I also vote Republican.

Due to these issues I had requested that the specific piece of work "Adventures in Babysitting" be removed, which was denied by the Legal dept of the 'haven group. There was a lot of satirical and feigned anger, but I had drifted in and out of the group several times before this and I had at the time created a list of my own, which has also been disbanded.

Personally I have and at no time ever had any animosity towards the group or the leaders of that group and I still believe that we should be allowed to use a critical eye towards the writing and art of the 'haven and the canon work we are using, namely Nightwing comics and the other DC titles.

As to what has happened to my work, my wife is the writer of the family. I have moved on from fiction to technical writing and commentary. My plots, concepts and ideas were never mine and what ever anyone wants to do with them are up to the 'haven leadership as "owners" of that fiction. In fact if something was left unfinished, by all means let someone finish it. I'd love to see how it ends.

If this "Harvey" person wishes to correspond with me in the future please direct him to my email address. I'd be happy to reminisce. I, however, do not do that kind of thing anymore, at least not unless Tammy writes it. She considers me to be a co-author for a fiction if I give her my plot bunnies, but she is and always will be the talent of this family. I can also be found as a reviewer on Fanfiction.net as "Krypto the Superdog", and I would be happy to beta for anyone who would send a submission. Brendan Storm is now a Warrior/Elementalist in Guild Wars and shall remain merely a character.

I will always have a fondness in my heart for the 'haven. The group is where I met my wife, and where I fell in love with her. If it wasn't for you I would still be alone and probably in a very bad place mentally.

All my best,
James Garrison

By the way. This is the last time I’ll be using this template on Blogger. I hate blogger’s usual templates so badly that I’m hiring my friend Joel to create a template for my blog so I can make it Do what I want it to do. That includes auto-posting my RSS feed from Battlecorps.com so you can read it and figuring out how to make my other 2 blogs I have mirror this blog, so I can do profound thoughts here and mirror them on my LJ, and then go to LJ and tell him to give me light. (Sorry an old techno reference, ignore it)

Have a nice day.

Stoopid monkey