John Rogers felt he had to explain himself
about why he sometimes mentions his (impressive) successes on his blog -- because an (anonymous, of course) reader told him to get over himself. And mentioned Catwoman. Like it was his fault.
One point, of course, is don't allow anonymous comments. I don't, and the level of discourse is better for it. If someone's unwilling to show his face, we shouldn't have to listen to his opinion.
Another is: fool, if you're blaming John for Catwoman
, you don't know squat about how movies get screwed up. But then, if you knew anything, you wouldn't be taking potshots at John about his blog.
Another is: hey, John, it's your blog. You're doing us a favor by giving us insight into your writing and your life as a writer. If some fool wants to make a snippy comment, don't feel you have to respond. It took him half a minute to write the snippy. It took you fifteen years to learn how to write.
At John's rates, we're probably reading a hundred thousand dollars worth of blog
. Minimum. Bare minimum. Okay, people? That's a hell of a charitable donation.
One thing I like about the whole mess though, is knowing that JR faces the Black Dog just as much as anyone else: the feeling that you're writing crap and that your Muse has run off with the neighbor. Always cheery to hear people who work on $100 million movies complaining about how sucky they think their writing is. Takes the edge off the unavoidable-but-unworthy envy.
JR makes the very interesting promise in the comments
"and one of these days, we will discuss the various jobs of the various drafts." That
post, I want to read.
DMc asks another interesting question in the comments:
Now -- have you ever found a foolproof way to tell someone that they've just made the stupidest, most unexecutable note ever while still having them like you?
Which is something I sure as hell would like to know.
Though I've always been fond of "Okay, we'll definitely look at that." Followed a week later by "We tried that, and it didn't work."
Personally I don't stress much about whether my stuff is good or not. Not because I think I'm better than everyone else, just because I try not to stress about things I can't control. I try to make the right choices, but choices made, either it is good or it is not, and if I have done the best I can, that's the best I can. And I thank the Goddess that people are willing to pay me to do it.
PS Come back to Canada, John. The Mounties found the guy.