The Other Pokeauthors, Part 116

Universally positive responses today! A lot of people are getting fed up with Blaze.

re: Your review to A Trainers Epoch
30 JunDragonFelicis
A response to your review at https://www.fanfiction.net/r/12985991/

Damn I knew there should have been an apostrophe! I second guessed myself, I’ll fix that right away.

Thank you, I’ve been bogged down before on stories while I have so many ideas. I thought this could be both interesting, fun, and solve my problem.

Glad the time and date is justified.

I’ll get to the punctuation and other grammatical bits as soon as I can. It’s 11pm over where I am so I will be going to bed first, but as soon as I can tomorrow I’ll be correcting all the little things.

Yeah riolu IS way overused, the two biggest reasons to why I still went with her are that I’ve had the stories going about in my mind for years, and it is pretty integral to how Felix can understand pokemon.

And I have something very special planned for why she was there in the schoolyard. Sad too, I can’t wait to write it.

I’ll look into some condensing of the chapter, I did think it drifted a bit myself and I do have betas. Two in fact. But they are learning as well, together with me I like to think.

Thanks again ^^

9h agoAlso, may I ask, how do you deal with Dragon’s Blaze and the others? Within minutes of posting my stoey I had two of them to come ‘warn’ me about you and then after your review, which is one of the best reviews I have ever gotten, I had one more coming to disagree with you for the sake of disagreeing. It was really insulting. I can handle negative reviews and all, but they were even saying that the good things you pointed out to be the worst parts and wouldn’t explain why after I contacted them. Just harped on more about you.

I looked into Dragon’s Blaze, I’ve seen their reviews around a lot and was not thinking they were helpful, and found they got a critical review from you. So they have declared war? What good is that?

Sorry. You probably just ignore them and I will too, just bothered me.

secs agoYes, I just ignore them. Don’t feed the trolls, etc. A full list of their known sockpuppets is here if you want to block them: https://www.fanfiction.net/topic/11834/171837508/1/Dragon-s-Blaze-sockpuppets-and-friends
2m agoI’ll keep an eye out, thanks.
Context
30 Jun[anonymized for protection]
Following your review on my story (And even beforehand) I was told by about three different accounts that you are a ‘jerk’ and I should block you immediately. I just wanted to get in touch with you to hear your own side of the story and whether or not they can be trusted.
secs agoSure. I made a summary of events on the “Misc Discussion Post” page of the blog Dragon Quill, at the end of the comments. You’re free to comment there if you have any questions.
7m agoThanks man, I’ll check it out.
btw, I appreciate the non-sugercoated way of reviewing you’ve adopted; it’s a lot more efficient than beating round the bush.
Thank you!
30 JunVela Allure
Hey! I wanted to thank you for your review. I have received several PMs and even a review from someone warning me about you, Farla, and a few others. I’m not sure what that’s all about.

I’m an author in my own right with my own publishing company. I think that it might be that some of these people do not know how to take constructive criticism/write well and they get really offended when someone is straight with them.

Anyway I wanted to thank you for actually taking the time to read my first chapter and give me some feedback. That’s exactly why I’m writing fan fiction at the moment anyway: as practice while I work on my second novel.

I really appreciate it!

Vela

47m agoYou’re welcome. If you are concerned about my hecklers, know that they’re all one person. The sockpuppets we know of are listed here, if any of them start harassing you: https://www.fanfiction.net/topic/11834/171837508/1/Dragon-s-Blaze-sockpuppets-and-friends
38m agoGood to know. I checked the list and it seems that all of them who messaged me/left reviews regarding this are on that list.

That’s really unfortunate that this is going on. One of them has already replied to your review acting really out of place and almost seeming personally offended by a review on MY story.

I sent them a private message asking them to stop doing that, at least on my stories. Hopefully they’re respectful enough to listen, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

Vela

thanks
6 July[anonymized for protection]
I know that people hate on you but I read one of your reviews and I just figured out my dumb ass was formatting dialogue incorrectly. Thanks man. You’re the savior the Pokemon community desperately needs, but doesn’t listen to.

59 Comments

  1. Ghost says:

    Starting to backfire a bit now. Yay.

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    1. CrazyEd says:

      It seems like responses are a lot more positive now. Maybe getting a taste of this “everything you do is perfect” crap is souring people against it, and they can finally see helpfrul critique when it’s given?

      1. Ghost says:

        Or they are frustrated with Blaze’s antics and are starting to see that Elmo and Farla are not that bad.

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  2. Keleri says:

    Nice, more reason to put these authors on my watchlist and then fail to read anyone’s stories

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    1. Farla says:

      Oh hey Keleri, I know you missed out on the rage reviews, but I just noticed that Blaze did remember your name for a couple minutes at least, because the Twenty4Seven account deleted your fic off the TvTropes rec page while purging my stuff. So at least there’s that.

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      1. Ghost says:

        Wait, we can view past edits of the pages? Why haven’t I found this before?

        1. Farla says:

          I never noticed it before either, so I think it’s new.

      2. Keleri says:

        GASP. MY MANWICH

        I did get one revenge review where istwill said my Raikou story was boring, so I have that for my mantelpiece at least.

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      3. GrittyGrant says:
        I can’t believ this is actually still going on.  Idecided to indulge on the recent edits and I noticed one user had made notes on a character being a bit of a Mary Sue and Twenty4Seven keep sremoving that comment frpmt he rec page saying the user is affiliated with Farla.
        1. Not anymore! Twenty4Seven got banned for being a sockpuppet.

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          1. GrittyGrant says:
            Ah, so I suppose the admins jumped in finally. Never thought I’d see it happen. Hopefully the proof against Twenty4Seven were decisive; as much as I hate cheating behaviour to make one’s fic look good, it’d be terrible if they happened to actually be a different person. Oh well, all’s well that ends well.

            Funny I saw this, though.  I originally came back because I recalled there beinga link to all of the ffn sockpuppets so I could block them on my account. Last thing I want in my stories would be to have them defiled by absolute non-reviews.

            1. Ghost says:

              The FFN user or the TV Tropes user?

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            2. Just TV Tropes, because they have functional mods.

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  3. Ember says:
    The forum was a good idea. I’ve been away from the internet for a bit, but I’m glad to see a page we can link to in order to explain the worst of the Blaze drama to anyone sucked in.

    And more people agreeing with you is a definite win for you guys! Totally made me smile. :)

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  4. “You’re the savior the Pokemon community desperately needs, but doesn’t listen to.”

    Does that mean you’re the Batman of the pokemon archive? (I know the actual quote is quite different, but it’s too similar for me to pass over).

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  5. Godly Pika Y says:

    I heard a lot of this Blaze child, and have yet to encounter said being. Who is Blaze exactly? I would love a link to his account.

    1. Ember says:
      Here you go! Talking with her is like pulling teeth, but not as fun, so I hope you never have to.

      https://www.fanfiction.net/u/7142086/Dragon-s-Blaze

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    2. Ghost says:

      Good luck. You are gonna need it.

    3. Definitely Not the Reeds of Enki says:
      Do yourself the favor of a lifetime and don’t get involved with Dragon’s Blaze or related sockpuppets. Nothing but frustration ever comes from talking with that individual. We don’t even know if she’s even a ‘she,’ per se, but Dragon’s Blaze seems to be the primary account as it has stories on it, so it’s what we use. In all seriousness, I wouldn’t even post on the forum Ember linked. Don’t make yourself a target. She goes after people.
      1. Ember says:
        This is completely true. Blaze is a disrespectful and mean person, and plenty of authors have gotten called terrible things and threatened just because they don’t agree with her stance on Saint Elmo’s Fire. Conversation with her is difficult as well. She doesn’t respond well to direct questions, and her thought processes are erratic. She’ll begin conversation as if in the middle of a sentence or thought, and call you names.

        I’ve only spoken to her twice via other authors, when people I BETA for have let me use their accounts to handle the situation and try to get some answers about her behavior. I’ve also seen three other PM conversations with Blaze from authors I know IRL. From these experiences I can say for certain you’re better off never speaking to this girl. (Assuming she is female)

        That being said, I understand entirely if you need to see for yourself before making a judgement call. I’m the same way. All I can say is that I’ve never used my real account to talk to her, and strongly recommend you do the same. Make a fake. Or two, and respond to her positively on one and negatively on another to gauge for yourself the disparity between her reactions, and the inherent immaturity which is evident in her cognitive process.

        Best of luck

    4. Godly Pika Y says:

      Yeah if anyone knows St Elmo’s Fire? Yeah, the user posted on their profile no less a huge lie about me with only the evidence that they faked, and a bunch of made up crazy theories about me. Claiming I’ve somehow been here since 2009 and linking a Fimfiction user to me. The guys rely just pissy I refuse to let him do his little ritual of reviewing people with nothing but a copy-paste spam review that’ mostly him whining at users for not doing things his way. Seriously I even tried diplomacy but when I refuse to bend to him he just made up shit.”

      I can understand the first half, but the second half is idiotic. The point of reviews is to critique people and of their errors. Even when his reviews mostly contain the same format, they’re helpful to those wanting to take writing as a career. Anyone who loves to read stories expect many things– a lot of them being excellent English. More than half of the site has mediocre to deplorable English and grammar. 

      Hopefully, I won’t have to deal with someone like that on Fanfiction.Net.

       

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      1. Ghost says:

        If she figures out your FFNet account name and you start reviewing she’ll probably start counter reviewing saying “Ignore this guy, he doesn’t agree with me therefore his opinion is a lie and you should block him and only listen to me and my friends because we don’t have anything better to do. Also, fuck St Elmo’s Fire.”

         

        …Tad bit over the top, but probably accurate.

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  6. Embershine says:

    (Ember, actually logging in) I wrote my thoughts out, and it turned out nearly a page long. This may contain sensitive subject material to some, so please read at your own discretion.

    As much as I’ve come to dislike Blaze, she is, however, an interesting subject psychologically speaking. As a psychology major I can’t help but notice red flags and speech patterns, or constructing profiles based on raw data and responses to calculated conversational cues. Based on my own observations, I strongly believe Blaze does in fact suffer from an undiagnosed mental disorder.

    People tend to overreact on hearing that term. I would like to clarify that a ‘mental disorder’ is no more morally shameful than a broken bone or the flu, and should be treated medically with the same mindset as physical conditions. Though the symptoms are often purely psychological, today’s technology has confirmed that there are physiological changes to the structure of the brain when such disorders are present. And while I would need to meet her in person and conduct a proper examination to make a diagnosis, or look at a scan of her neural map, there are several factors which are indicative of minor cognitive impairment. (Asking for a brain scan would provide an amusing conversation, even if the odds of success were negligible!)

    Conversational flags which are indicative of impaired neural function are as follows, in no particular order.

    First, is the interesting quirk of beginning conversation with conjunctions, as if continuing an argument which has not actually taken place. (For example, saying: ‘And everyone hates Saint, you’re the exception’ as a beginning to a conversation, or as the first sentence of a response to a completely different and unrelated line of questioning.) This is a common marker for disorganized cognitive function, and is considered a warning sign of several low to moderate severity conditions, even if only witnessed a single time. (Blaze is up to three such instances that I’ve seen.)

    Second, is her obvious compulsive lying, and the inability to admit to her past deceptions, no matter how much undeniable evidence is placed against her. The compulsion to lie is a trait which everyone suffers from to an extent, but it is still a reliable marker when witnessed over long periods of time and in such severity. Dragon’s Blaze has not only lied about her motivations in attacking Saint, (beginning with her bad review, and evidenced by her public attack on Saint regarding said review in a forum, though she swears to anyone who will listen she never cared about his review at all) but also about her use of alternate accounts to construct a false appearance of being correct and popular. (She swears she has never used alternate accounts, even when faced with literal IP tracking, her own mistake of posting the same review on a story using two of her accounts, and, I kid you not, an actual comment from herself in which she admits to using alternates to avoid bans.) The tendency to flat out ignore or deny accusations of even such obvious deceptions suggests either a deep rooted denial regarding any form of negative stimuli, early stages of pathological lying, or an inability to accept change to her own constructed worldview.

    Third is her paranoia and narcissism. These ones are tricky to define absolutely as either a symptom or the underlying cause behind previous symptoms, since lying can be a result of an underlying cause of both paranoia and narcissism, but can also be the root cause of seemingly paranoid assumptions and narcissistic behavioral patterns. Examples of Blaze’s paranoia include several blanket statements such as ‘they made that (clearly evidenced) thing up to discredit me’ or ‘you were probably sent by Saint’, and even ‘you’re obviously one of Saint’s friends using a new account’. Narcissistic behavioral patterns include, obviously, the creation of multiple fake accounts to back herself up in arguments, review her stories, and her severe reaction to criticism. Many of her known alternate accounts, including the one she accidentally left the identical review with, have been seen reviewing her stories as if they are strangers.

    I could go on for a lot longer with my observations regarding other potential warning signs, but this isn’t an actual homework assignment, and I do have work to do. (Sentence structure, obsessive behavior, the need to deny all of her ‘enemies’ statements regardless of their accuracy, inability to spell consistently, and the adoption of various personas also made the list if you were interested) While any single one of the potential red flags above is NOT a valid reason for a definitive diagnosis of a disorder, all of them together is highly suggestive of a real psychological problem. Unfortunately, people displaying symptoms of mental disorders rarely seek help unless their problem becomes severe, so it is unlikely she will treat herself properly, or even recognize the signs and patterns for such conditions.

    I would like to end this message turned essay with an honest entreaty: do NOT use the possible existence of her mental disorder to attack Blaze, or insult her. I really hate it when people throw the names of mental disorders around as if they were insults. These conditions are real, treatable, and in no way devalue someone as a person. While I recognize the poor public perception of such disorders, my thoughts are in no way intended to insult Blaze, in the same way that I wouldn’t mock someone for having a broken leg or cancer as if it made them less than normal. One in every four people experience some level of mental illness every year, but lack of awareness and public stigma often prevents them from being recognized for what they are or treated professionally.

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    1. Definitely Not the Reeds of Enki says:
      Hear hear! I’d upvote this comment ten times if I could. I do think she’s allowing a mental illness to override what might ordinarily be rational behavior. I do also appreciate the statement about mental illness being as normal as a broken leg. There’s a lot of stigma against anything to do with mental illness, and I’ve had to deal with that personally on many occasions. Mental illness is like a physical condition. Most are chronic, can be treated but not cured, and are totally not the person’s fault for having them. Even in places that supposedly specialize in treating disorders are horrifingly ignorant about them in many scenarios. I have been denied treatment on the basis of when someone asked about my OCD if I had violent thoughts and I said yes, because obviously, I do. It’s a super common OCD thing. You can dump a box of pennies off a tall building and at least one will fall on some place that deals in physical health, but quality therapy is both rare and sometimes inaccessably expensive. It’s unbelievably frustrating.
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      1. Indiscretion who is not logging in says:
        I second the therapy is fucking frustrating thing. In my experience, a registered nurse lied about their license, a psychiatrist decided it was a great idea to bring me in to listen to how my mother thought I was the cause of all her problems, and a family therapist told me her interpretation of my beliefs (not mental disorder, literally beliefs), and when I pointed out how she was mistaken about something I said and no, this doesn’t mean I secretly love someone, she said ‘we can all have our own opinions’. She was also mistaken about something she remembered and insisted on remebering it.

        And maybe this is a common thing, but another one asked me what my sexual orientation was without prompting, and insisted on it when I wouldn’t give her a specific result, despite my case having nothing to do with anything gender.

        Point is, ‘treatment’ is often shitty and unregulated, which makes the entire process of getting it worse. Throw in, oh, an asshole family or something  and you get ‘TREATMENT IS A PRIVILEGE YOU MUST GO TO THIS OR ELES YOU FAILED TO IMPRESS THIS DOCTOR SO HE WOULDN’T TAKE YOU’, or perhaps the opposite of ‘MENTAL ILLNESS MEANS YOU’RE WEAK FOR TAKING DRUGS I CAN KILL MYSELF RIGHT NOW’, and I am very sympathetic to people who the system has not helped or aren’t currently getting help. As someone has a lot of mentally ill friends, it’s the people you’re stuck with who make it worse. 

        Dunno if that relates, but I feel like it should be said.

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        1. Definitely Not the Reeds of Enki says:
          Nah, I totally get irritating family bits. Mine threw the mother of all fits after I made one comment on my childhood, how I was terrified of my biological mom, even though I ooze gratitude over literally every kind thing ever done, down to like four “thank you”s over the course of every treated meal. The second I stop the rhetoric that she’s not 100% Supermom, she and my stepmom flipped the fuck out. I wasn’t even allowed to comment on the hospital I was forced to attend, where they stuck me in a locked hallway filled with violent schizophrenics (I WISH I were joking) after going in for suicidal ideations, like that would make anyone see that life’s worth living. Urgh. Break a bone, scream in pain, people surround you with sympathy. Scream because your brain is trying to destroy you, people surround you, call you a freak. Or call you a liar! What a wonderful comparison. No I’m not bitter.
          1. Embershine says:

            Injustices like these are one of the main reasons I was drawn to the field of psychology. It turns out furious anger at the occasional ignorance of the human race is an excellent motivator to learn how to best help those suffering from conditions stemming from their own minds. One of the biggest steps, and easily one of the most difficult, is teaching others to forgive themselves for things beyond their control, and their own flaws. Understanding that mental conditions are real problems and not ‘in your head’ (Excuse my joke), is the first step towards healing. Stigma towards mental illness is present even in those who experience them, making changing that perception all the more important.

            I really think there needs to be a higher standard for care among trained professionals. The mind is a tricky thing to treat, but there’s never an excuse for a trained psychologist to act so terribly. I sincerely wish both of you the best in caring for your mental states, and hope you are able to find competent help in the professional field.

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            1. Indiscretion says:
              [I really think there needs to be a higher standard for care among trained professionals.]

              Do you think this is possible to standardize?  How someone behaves seems pretty difficult to monitor, especially when patient-therapist relations tend to be private, and isn’t something the patient may catch out of denial/not recognizing what healthy relationships are like.

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            2. Embershine says:

              This is a valid point. Treating mental health is difficult to standardize for many reasons, including patient care varying case by case on each individuals personality. What works for Patient A would never work for Patient B, but shares similarities with what helped Patient C, for example. It’s more complicated than setting a bone, because the mind is different every time, even if the underlying problem is the same.

              While I do think the tests for determining the qualifications for a psychologist should be more selective, I was thinking more of along the lines of creating healthier environments for psych patients in hospitals themselves. Just shoving people into rooms and drugging them up until they are sane enough to walk out the doors is not good practice, but lots of hospitals operate like this, or similarly. Like slapping a band aid on the mental equivalent of a stab wound, and pronouncing it good because the blood isn’t gushing so obviously anymore.

              I’ve heard a lot of theories on how to improve situations as a whole in treatment facilites, which includes everything from color and music therapy to different drug administration and on staff psychologists for suicidal thoughts. (Which most hospitals do have, these days!) Environment MATTERS. Ideally, there should be no contact with people in worse shape than yourself. Ideally, there should be doctors who understand that patience and love are absolutely necessary in treating suicidal brains.

              Good care for mental conditions does exist in many specialized centers for therapists, but at a significantly increased cost which reduces availability to those who need it. It really sucks.

              Beyond these thoughts, I don’t have much else to offer up. I’m still a student, but even I can tell things need to change, even if I don’t have all the answers. It’s pretty frustrating. I guess even psychologists in training need to be able to forgive themselves for the things out of their control, and do the best they can, one person at a time.

              I feel like I’ve been ranting a lot today. This has been a worthwhile conversation. I can’t seem to stop checking back every few hours. Time for sleep now, but I’ll check back tomorrow. Goodnight, everyone. :)

               

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            3. Indiscretion says:
              Hm. Thank you for your reply.

              A lot of my friends deal with mental illness, and we talk about it a lot. As the consumers rather than the people who make the system, we probably won’t ever have much influence in what changes (especially with the whole mental illness=can’t think idea), but I think it’s important to know that things could be better and how, rather than accepting that what society is doing right now is the best that anyone can help and if you’re miserable that’s life. 

              There are lots of ways you can fail at your goal. Don’t let giving up be it!

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          2. Indiscretion yadda yadda says:
            [The second I stop the rhetoric that she’s not 100% Supermom, she and my stepmom flipped the fuckout. I wasn’t even allowed to comment on the hospital I was forced to attend, where they stuck me in a locked hallway filled with violent schizophrenics (I WISH I were joking) after going in for suicidal ideations, like that would make anyone see that life’s worth living.]

            This. This SO MUCH.  Down to the locked hallway, damn. The one I was in wasn’t full of violent people and mostly sad teens, and the only way you could get out was if your parents let you. After living outside their toxicity for a few weeks, I get stuck into a hospital to hear that I’m stuck in it until ‘she loves us again’ because anything less is an illness.

            The staff says one of the kids looked like a holocaust victim to his face. A trans kid gets his birth name written on his food because who fucking cares. They tell someone with an panic attack to ‘pace around the hallway’ to calm down instead of offering anything else. Oh, sure, they’re there to keep you alive, and congrats, you’re not dead. You learn to lie or live in a hallway with other mentally ill people and somehow expect that to be better.

            And if you scream ever again when you’re out, you’ll be sent back in. That’s how it works for minors, and for adults for what I’ve been told to be optimistic because it’s less often you can get thrown in.

            Combining the ability to incarcerate people with narcissistic, asshole parents is a horrible idea. Uncaring bureaucracy with worship-your-parents mentality, hm.

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            1. Definitely Not The Reeds of Enki says:
              @ Ember, on behalf of the mental health community, thank you for looking out for us. I’m sure whoever you end up helping will really appreciate quality aid. As for me personally, I’m working through stuff, but functional, which is really all I ask for. 

              @ Indiscretion, I forgot about the hellish staff! This one dude was just wandering around, looking like the poster child for someone just totally “lost” and dropped something, and asked if they’d make sure he didn’t kill himself. One of the staff mocked him, called him a liar, told him to snap out of it, and when I came to his defense, I got asked what the hell it had to do with me, which led to an ineffective trail of phone calls trying to get the POS fired while my doctor took a vacation, and my other “just as qualified doctor” wouldn’t approve the necessary discharge interview for fear of upsetting the other doctor, also forcing another three days of cash shelled to the hellhole that is Peachford. I entertained myself by recording the gospel of Skinhead Jesus, who is not much at all like Bible Jesus, btw, despite his insistence on being both Moses, Jesus, God, and I forget who else. But why leave a place where you get treated to random shouts of “I AM the Third Reich!” Just curious, did you experience an odd cultural phenomenon concerning currency to do with cigarettes and/or cups of cran-grape juice? You could buy a friend with a cigarette, or if you managed to hold on to one of these plastic pudding cup things filled with juice, you could earn people’s favor there. Fascinating culture distinction from the outside. A guy named “Big Dog” actually chose to stay because he had power and influence over the Veterans’ Guild People, who held enough influence to threaten the staff.

              Mental hospitals are wack, yo.

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            2. Logging in because I realize how messy that last comment was. I should really stop using my phone to text stuff more often. Maybe the cigarettes thing was for adults-only, a minors place probably wouldn’t have that. I do want to know if your place had something similar to that, like some sort of snack or drink that was in high demand so people bartered over it. The culture inside the place interested me; that was part of what kept me sane. 

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            3. Ghost says:

              Hearing all your experiences with hospitals makes me feel grateful I managed to luck out and get supportive parents and friends to help me though the worst times. That does not sound like a fun place to be.

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            4. FFN Lurker Without a WP account says:
              It’s things like the experiences in this thread tgat are why I hide. I have a fasmily that’s not emotionally great to me. I’ve been told I’ve hot the emotional control of a toddler. I’ve been called out as familal depression because I’m not 100% kf the yime happy… my mother has it, but I don’t seem to wcpress it to the true level? I’ve had people threaten to call the cops on me because I was panicking because someone wpuldn’t let me get out of the darkness and into light. My family cirners me and when I lsmic, they just get angry. And I honestly feel like they might just lock me up, so I retreat and hide.

               

              …ugh, sorry about the rant. This just reminded me of that. But yeah, mental health “care” sucks. And I agree about the being called a freak if your brain tries to destroy you.

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            5. @ FFN Lurker, yikes. That sounds rough. My family can be pretty bad sometimes, but they can be pretty good sometimes as well. I hope things look up for you when you get older, at least. I’ve never had the cops threatened on me. Best of luck with everything.

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            6. FFN Lurker Without a WP account says:
              @The Reeds of Enki thanks for the well wishes! Yeah, I hope to get out of there once I’m older, preferably as soon as I can.
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    2. Farla says:

      That’s really good to know. The opening conversations like it’s the middle thing struck me as off, but I didn’t know the specifics.

      Blaze’s first interaction with me was over here, where she seemed to open coherently, but then immediately has a sock show up to tell us she won, then things got steadily less coherent and with more spelling errors as time went on. I’ve talked a lot with St Elmos’ Fire but we weren’t sure if the issue is that she can be okay if she’s calm but loses coherency when she’s angry or if there’s always major problems communicating with her and it’s just more obvious when she’s mad. How are the initial posts in terms of red flags?

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      1. Embershine says:

        That was certainly an interesting read! It’s pretty obvious that Blaze did a ton of research to back up her points, but ultimately I’d have to agree with Saint on the subject of Arceus being referred to in the same linguistic context as God. I am unfortunately guilty of doing this exactly one time in my own fanfictions, but it felt off even then and I only included it because I honestly thought that it was the norm, no matter how cringey I personally found it. (I was little, and worried about pleasing everyone) Time for an edit on old work, I think.

        As far as red flags during that particular conversation go, what really struck me was the gradual decrease in both rationality and intelligently constructed arguments. She started off fairly strong, but began resorting to insults and alternate accounts bit by bit, while her speech patterns degraded. This in conjunction with the greater rate of spelling errors as the argument escalated suggests a condition which is exacerbated by emotional turmoil.

        Again, I would like to point out that singular red flags themselves are not enough evidence for a mental illness. Many people become less coherent when angry, and make more mistakes as a result. Blaze appears to be considerably worse than what I would consider normal in this regard, but she can absolutely control her grammar and spelling issues with effort, as we’ve seen with a few of her more unique alternate identities. This again suggests a condition which is highly treatable, and only a mild to moderate severity. If it were worse, it would be far more obvious.

        One mistake Blaze is making is in her emotional consistency between all her fake accounts. The tone of her fakes always gets much worse at around the same speed as the Dragon’s Blaze account. Real people, who really are separate, don’t do this so uniformly. Occasional disagreements between her fake accounts is simply not enough to hide her personality markers in each account.

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        1. Ghost says:

          Made a similar mistake as well. In my case, I hit writer’s block and wanting a story to start with a character going “For Arceus’ sake” was what got me writing again.

          Would ignoring people’s requests to not get involved to do what they perceive as right be a red flag too?

          1. Embershine says:

            Not by itself, no. That kind of response is fairly normal, if a little rude.

            1. Ghost says:

              In conjunction with what we already know?

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            2. Embershine says:

              That’s where determining symptoms can get tricky – once you notice several red flags, it can be tempting to assign negative meaning to lots of normal behaviors as well. I would hesitate to say for certain, since ignoring others and doing things your own way really is fairly normal. However, it COULD be a sign of obsessive behavior and narcissism, especially since it is seen in conjunction with established markers of impaired neural function.

              All in all, I can’t really say for certain on this particular point. It really could go either way.

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            3. Ghost says:

              See, I’m tossing around the idea that it might be something on the Autistic Spectrum. I know some people on the spectrum have issues with spelling amd grammar, particularly when they get put under a deal of stress, i.e.: Fighting with someone over a topic such as Pokémon. They don’t like change and some don’t respond well to being told they are doing stuff wrong unless it’s carefully and kindly explained to them, i.e.: Elmo’s review setting Blaze off.

              Mostly theory, but I’m aware a significant portion of the Pokémon fandom are on spectrum in one way or another. In comes Blaze to scream at me for that in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

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            4. Embershine says:

              I’ve avoided speculation on a definitive diagnosis so far, simply because signs and symptons for different conditions can vary considerably by individual, and due to the possibility of multiple minor conditions being present simultaneously. The Autisitic Spectrum is especially difficult to determine as an underlying cause for various behavioral patterns. This is doubly true for the more mild cases, which can often mimic other conditions and be misdiagnosed as a result.

              I wouldn’t feel comfortable pointing at a specific disorder without speaking to her in person or obtaining a medical history because of this. However, autism is a lot more normal than many people think, since it isn’t often recognized unless the symptoms are severe and life altering.

              Another interesting point I’ve studied is the increased rate of mental conditions among authors! As someone who writes, I find this very cool. Writing is often used as a treatment and a coping mechanism. Personally, I really like how art is so often the result of channeling and treating pain and emotional turmoil. They say real art comes from real complexity of character, which is only achievable through experiencing powerful emotion, whether negative or positive.

              I could rant about this particular subject for ages. It is so, so cool. But…I have actual writing I’m neglecting right now…XD So I’ll check back here a little later. I hope my insights have been of interest!

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            5. Ghost says:

              Same problem here. I need to get started on my next chapter, been too busy playing Skyrim and Gundam Breaker 3 agaim -_-

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            6. Embershine says:

              Skyrim is my nemesis too, haha! Such a wonderful game…and SUCH a time waster…hours gone like minutes is normal for that game. I’m doing a Dark Elf playthrough and I’m loving everything about it so far. <3

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            7. Ghost says:

              I’m doing a modded Nord run currently. Almost got all of the main story, DLC and faction quests done, just need to finish the Mage quests and then I just have the side quests left.

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      2. Embershine says:

        I would also say that she always has at least a degree of impaired neural function, but that emotional instability makes it more obvious. All the more reason to be nice to Blaze, while maintaining a firm stance that certain behavioral patterns of hers aren’t acceptable.

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    3. Embershine says:

      I’m actually…really surprised we haven’t heard from Blaze herself yet on this thread. Or a ‘random bystander’ who totally thinks Farla is in the wrong, Blaze is the victim, and that we’re all evil for suggesting she might have a legitimate problem.

      I’m both pleasantly surprised and cautiously optimistic. She would almost certainly derail any attempt at a mature discussion of such serious issues.

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      1. Ghost says:

        I think Act IP banned her on multiple addresses so she’s probably just watching. She hasn’t changed her bio to make a comment on it so I guess she hasn’t noticed.

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        1. Act says:

          She definitely noticed, she sent me dozens of increasingly unhinged PMs about how I was the real evil for not letting her comment.

          I didn’t respond, assuming — rightly — that she’d eventually scream herself out, which she did, and she also seems to realize that I’m not going to let her through, so she gave up. She does seem to be reporting random comments to test if I watch the moderation queue or if she can disappear comments that way, which obviously is asinine.

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          1. Embershine says:

            Oh man. I can almost hear the screaming fits. o.o Thank you for being our Blaze filter, I really appreciate it

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            1. Ghost says:

              Well, at least we know we haven’t offended her by discussing this. Just that she can’t comment to tell us why we are wrong and evil for discussing her.

              she’s trying to report comments? Which ones? Genuinely curious as to who she’s trying to get rid of.

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            2. Act says:

              Not really any consistency, unfortunately. A smattering on older posts (which makes me think she was seeing if I wouldn’t notice because they were older) then a whole crop of very recent ones, possibly to see if I was still moderating comments post-diagnosis.

              Also, full disclosure, there’s no way to tell who’s actually doing it, I just assume it’s her because I can’t imagine who else it would be.

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            3. Ghost says:

              Ah, okay. Probably testing to see if you can see it then.

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  7. On the Sidelines says:
    So I’ve been lurking on this blog for quite some time now, often when I have some downtime to spare. And as someone who has never been involved before now, and has seen both sides, there are a couple of things I want to say.

     

    One, regarding Blaze. I was around when she first started this campaign. I saw her behavior unfold. Heck, I went back and read Elmo’s original review on her story. I judged both sides based on what I myself have been witnessing.

     

    And Blaze is absolutely in the wrong.

     

    Good lord, all of this over constructive criticism? If she is really so sensitive that she reads any concrit as “FLAMING!!111” then she really shouldn’t be posting her stories on the internet, for her own sake. It’s sad that we’ve come to a point where legitimate criticism is automatically interpreted as being harsh, hateful, etc. It’s really not; I read the review myself. Yes, some of the points are opinion-based, but that’s the point of a review: to give one’s thoughts on the story, along with objective facts (such as grammar–it’s disturbing to me how many people are so quick to disregard grammar as something completely optional). It’s really unnerving to see the lengths she’s gone to in order to propagate her hate campaign. That’s all it is. A hate campaign against a group because one person dared to tell her that her story wasn’t perfect. All of her behavior is unacceptable, but I’m especially disturbed by the fact that she’s harassing new authors with this nonsense and getting innocent people involved.

     

    She claims all of you are the trolls and bullies, yet she’s the biggest bully of all.

     

    Now, second… I really admire what you guys do here! Even before this whole Blaze thing started, I loved that there were people who were dedicated to helping young/new authors with improving their works. That’s something really hard to find nowadays. Your reviews may not be sugar-coated, but they’re honest and they give legitimate advice for improvement, which is something FFnet desperately needs.

     

    As for the posting PMs issue–I personally don’t mind it and I don’t think it’s anything for people to be upset about. If anything, I appreciate the transparency you’re displaying; it allows me to see for myself exactly how people react to your “flames.” It seems like the only people who are upset about you posting their PMs are the people who said some nasty things. But you also post the reasonable responses, which honestly gives me hope for the authors of FFnet XD Especially these responses here! It’s nice to see that not all authors are incapable of receiving criticism.

     

    In conclusion: you guys rock, don’t ever let Blaze or anyone like her stop you, and your efforts do not go unappreciated. Thank you all for helping make FFnet a better place. :)

     

    Oh, and Act–stay strong. You can beat this. <3 Kick cancer’s ass.

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