Wednesday, December 24, 2008

False Facades Reposting

In light of the holidays and the recent deluge of inquiries about False Facades (I'm guessing with winter break starting, people suddenly have more time to kill), I've decided to repost the story on Fictionpress. :) Along the lines of holiday spirit and to make things more festive, I'll be posting up the chapters over the next twelve days, in acknowledgment to "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (one of my favorite Christmas carols when I was a child). Twenty nine chapters over twelve days - you do the math. Since it won't be evenly divided, on some days, you'll see two chapters and on some, three.

In regards to my revisions, I haven't completed them yet, but ... oh wells. :) I'm feeling too cheerful this winter break. But once again, I must stress that I highly prefer no one copy+paste my writings. Please don't repost my story anywhere else, even if you credit me. I don't see the point when you could just as easily offer a referring link. I don't wish to see stories floating around on, soompi, quizilla, or even xanga. If you didn't even bother to ask for permission beforehand, that's a double kick in my gut when I find out.

But I trust you guys. I have to believe that there are more good readers out there than bad. As I've written months ago, before I took down False Facades, in a PM to reassure a fellow FP frequenter who expressed her own fears about posting up her work after she noticed my plagiarism issues:

I know how you feel. I would love it if it weren't so easy for people to just click, copy and paste what so many authors here have spent hours, days, months writing. Sure, there's that nice little copyright sign at the bottom of the page, but it's small comfort in a world where so many people are anonymous and can take anything without any regards to the author.

Right now, I comfort myself with the knowledge that I'm showing my work to the world and that hopefully, even with plagiarism, the stories would have already been documented on the site as some sort of a proof that I've had the story here long before.

Fictionpress to me is a hobby right now and a method of motivation for me to finish up a long work, through gaining feedback and constructive criticism. I've long believed that my writings posted here are still in first draft modes and I've been astonished, dismayed, that any person would still plagiarize these pieces, even with their rough sections.

But I like this site because of the community, ease of usage, and feedback. Through the readers, I get to know what works and what doesn't and hopefully, this will help polish my writing skills for the better. In the end, the reason why I've chosen to maintain my works here isn't because I'm brave, it's because of the incredibly nice readers who haven't let me down.

It's scary publishing works online sometimes, but hopefully, there are more good people out there than bad.

So! I lost faith a while back, but now, with the Christmas cheer around us, I want to believe in Fictionpress again. Really. Truly. Deeply do! :)

But even though I had the story up before, I'm kinda nervous. By removing the last 29 chapters, I fear that I've given readers who haven't read the story before super high expectations of the story. I hope this doesn't inevitably lead to disappointment.

Readers should remember that this story is a super rough draft that I dared to put up years back when I was around thirteen, young and innocent. Now, I'm older and more ... fragile haha.

Like I've said before, this story has multiple cringeworthy points that jump out at me now that I look back at it, but at the same time, it's the story I'm perhaps the fondest of. In spite of my embarrassment at certain things I came up with, certain sections never fail to let me smile. It is the story that most clearly documents the changes in my writing style. Readers can literally follow the earlier, comedic, dialogue driven chapters to later ones that get developed more and more. Hopefully, you'll see what I mean. For this freezing winter break, I hope False Facades, fluffy and sweet with a cheerful, over the top sort of humor, can offer some sort of entertainment for you all. For the cynics out there who's hovering in the background ready to bash my writing, I admit ... I'm scared of you. But I also accept criticism full-heartedly since of course, I recognize my weak points. I can only hope though that if you really find that you don't like the story, please just stop reading and move along to enjoy other stories out there; don't let this consume your holidays - if you feel it's not worth it, then simply don't spend any more time on it.

For the readers more willing to deal with my crazy, whimsical writings, um, let the games begin? Haha, I do hope False Facades will be to your liking.

Cheers, everyone. The first day of Christmas starts tomorrow. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


  1. OMG yay!!! :D Fictionpress should disable selection and right click in those stories pages. -.-

  2. You have no idea how happy you've just made me! And I just recommended False Facades to a friend of mine before knowing that you are going to repost it too! Thank you and merry christmas!

  3. Hi Maeven,

    I'm new to fp and I have an idea for a story that I am quite eager to write about, but I am afraid of actually taking the initiative and starting my story. Any words of advice?

  4. Awww, you're awesome. (:

    I so appreciate this, and I'm sure a zillion other people do too.

    I hope nothing happens this time.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I agree with your suggestion, PEIRU. Sighs, too bad, too bad.

    Merry Christmas, Elaine, Jessica, everyone! I'm glad you're excited about False Facades returning!

    To Anonymous: If it's an idea you're really excited to see it take form on paper, then just go for it. There was a quote I read somewhere about writing: "You can fix anything but a blank page." - Nora Roberts. If you don't know where to begin, start in the middle with a scene that you do know how to write. Or just jot random notes on where you'd like to take your idea to - characters, dialogue, dilemmas. The blank page is yours.

    The next scary step is your decision to reveal it to the world. If you wish to post something online on Fictionpress for feedback, try it out. It won't hurt. Really. I know there can be biting remarks from certain readers that may cut you personally, but if you believe in your idea and your writing, the community is generally willing to respond with encouragement and some pointers. At worst, there will be those readers who can't word their remarks tactfully and end up flaming you with insults, but try not to let these remarks get you down. Read them, take notes if they actually point out any parts you could see would work better revised, and keep an open mind. Don't automatically get self-defensive (I know, it can be quite hard :) and get bogged down by fury - there are all kinds of people out there and their tastes may just run differently from yours. Of course, please proofread or even try to find a Beta reader (Fictionpress has a whole section dedicated to finding Beta readers) to help you with editing before posting up a story - nothing kills a good tale more than poor mechanics.

    Best of luck, Anonymous! Even if you find posting online too scary, just write your story for yourself in the privacy of your home. Read, read, read other novels and just practice developing your style. You can do it! :)

    If I dared to upload what I did back then (oy vey, looking back at it, I'm surprised readers were so nice to me then and I received less flames than I now expect), then you can definitely do it too. Oh gosh, now I just sound like an army recruiter or something haha. Happy Holidays!

  6. Thanks for the encouragement and advice. :) Hopefully, I can now start writing. :)

  7. Thank you a million billion times!!! i'm pretty new on fp and i didn't get to read false facades when you originally put it up, and i'm so glad i get to read it!