You may have noticed that I've not posted anything this weekend.
In fact, I've taken something down instead.
And there's a very good reason for that.
I've always known that posting my stories online is a risk. I've faced people copying my work multiple times by now. Sometimes I don't even let you all know. I find out or one of you emails me or leaves a comment and the issue is handled "behind the scenes" so to speak.
Because honestly I hate rehashing things that are plain painful. And more importantly, the benefits have always outweighed the risks in my opinion when it comes to writing and posting online.
I'm not here writing because I want clicks or readers or comments (all those things are nice, very nice actually) but what really keeps me writing is my love for this amazing show.
It wasn't a perfect show, but I loved it. Truly, madly, deeply. And will always love it.
That's why I keep writing and posting.
Even though I have a crazy, hectic career and life.
Even though most of my friends don't understand why I continue to do this.
Even though it is all a LOT of bloody work.
Because I LOVE sharing my stories on ArHi with like-minded people.
But this time something happened that's making me rethink the risks versus benefits of continuing this completely.
Fateful Love was copied--word for word--and posted on some other site on some other show.
I've said it time and time again, I do not give anyone permission to copy and distribute my stuff. It is ONLY posted here and on india-forums under my username, TINA!
Anywhere else is unacceptable.
Anyway, I handled it this time like I always do and it's been taken down at the other site.
But what really bothered me was the person who copied it actually had the nerve to email me, claiming that because my work is fanfiction, there's nothing wrong with stealing it.
I am not replying to whoever you are because it honestly leaves a bad taste in my mouth but I really hope you read this.
For one, my stories are original. The only one that goes somewhat along the lines of the show is Secret Passion and that is deliberate. It's meant to be an edgier version of the show.
Second, no one has the right to copy ANY fanfiction. It's wrong and dishonest--not only to readers but also to yourself.
Third, take a moment to understand how much damn work this is. Anyone who takes the time to write and share it, is literally sharing their most personal thoughts and feeling and taking time out of their life to do so.
Why is this so hard to understand?
Anyway… to friends and readers out there… the good, honest ones that I know 90% of you are.
Couple of things:
1. I'm going to finish SP, DH, and BHO as planned. Nothing changes because of this. Don't worry, I won't leave you hanging.
2. I've taken down Fateful Love for the time being. It was a painful and difficult decision, but I think it's the best decision--for now, when I'm debating what to do. I hope I can share this story again with you all very soon because it's really close to my heart.
3. I'm having serious second thoughts on Enemy Lines. I need some time to decide where exactly I go from here--writing wise. What I'm comfortable with…and what is best if perhaps painful...
Writing has always been my go-to stress relief but this weekend, it somehow morphed into the biggest headache of my life, which I really don't like.
The funny thing is I was really looking forward to opening my laptop and typing this weekend.
A few of my close friends know this, but I was going to tell you all that I've started taking a writing class.
It's once a week and I've been trying really hard to make each one.
I still plan on going this week.
I thought I'd use everything I learn to make Enemy Lines my best story ever, but now I think I'll first rewrite Fateful Love.
Maybe in some weird way, this is just the push I needed…something several of you told me to do all along but I've been too busy and over my head to seriously consider it. Till now.
Thanks to everyone who appreciated Fateful Love. I'd probably be moving it into my 'Fanfiction' folder on my desktop and forgetting all about it if not for you.
Now, it's my new priority (writing wise).
I don't know where this is all going to lead. I just need some time to sort everything in my head I think…
Excuse the long rant, but I couldn't keep this to myself any longer
ps. will try to be back soon with updates
pss. hope your weekend was better than mine...