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Zeroni 03-31-2016 10:42 PM

You are all pawns in a game!
 
Hello all,

Today is the day that the secret organization I am a member of goes public with our first communique.

We have infiltrated the ranks of your writing industry and we are using our influence with authors to subvert the message of 1000s of books and articles.

We are speaking of a large scale targeted operation. Our operatives have been working the industry and forums for years, using false identities they have built up a staunch reputation in this your 'community'.

In doing so not only have our operatives been able to seduce other authors into following a carefully laid out trap, they have also been able to recommend and build up the reputation of real members of our organization out in the open, working in plain sight.

The authors you most admire who you hold up as celebrated successes of your community, are merely using you to support books which are a front for political sabotage on a grand scale, very real secrets being marketed as fiction.

Your idolation makes you blind and we are happy for you to stay that way, so long as the favours keep rolling in from the real person behind the character that is. I think fans would be very concerned if the evil character they felt so passionately about turned out to have a very real face in the world they live.

We hold no bones about what it is we do, we are as mercilous as the game we prey on, our aims aren't to achieve popularity, we neither believe in freedom or power nor desire it, such things are simply unnecessary risk, we are just another cog in the machine skimming off a profit, our anonymity is our weapon and we plan on keeping it that way.

You will only know us by the process of disruption we engage in. We refuse to leave a signature as we are not here to inform on ourselves, consider this a public service announcement, your leaders will submit to our will, and it is your own deference to authority that condemns you as pawns in our operations.

Why are we telling you all this? Because we are confident in our absolute control of your industry and your forums, we have seen your true nature and know everything about how you behave, you enjoy your exclusive club so much that I doubt very much even if you knew who was pulling the strings that you would have the courage to change.

Finally there have been some unfortunate instances of people in power not coming through on favors because they didn’t believe in our substance, well they found out the hard way we are very real. As much as we enjoy taunting you with your mistakes, this is a business and we expect by releasing this communique today we have set the record straight.

brianpatrick 03-31-2016 10:49 PM

You are all pawns in a game!
 
Is this for real?

JP_Inkswell 04-01-2016 03:52 AM

I think it's one of those old Matt Helm movies. ( They've been on free TV lately. I just watch them for the cool old cars. )

Mohican 04-01-2016 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by brianpatrick (Post 719769)
Is this for real?


It is April Fools Day, Brian....

I don't know if that has any influence on this piece but I hope so......

max crash 04-01-2016 01:25 PM

shades of the twilight zone if you ask me.

it could be April fools - but I still think the oreo with tooth paste as the cream filling is funnier.

Bagit 04-01-2016 03:12 PM

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We are speaking of a large scale targeted operation. Our operatives have been working the industry and forums for years, using false identities they have built up a staunch reputation in this your 'community'.
Oh, really. We'll thanks for the heads-up. :)

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The authors you most admire who you hold up as celebrated successes of your community, are merely using you to support books which are a front for political sabotage on a grand scale, very real secrets being marketed as fiction.

Whoa! Now there's an accusation that would have to be proven. You got anything on a recording device or video?

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You will only know us by the process of disruption we engage in.
We'll be watching... :detective:

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We refuse to leave a signature as we are not here to inform on ourselves, consider this a public service announcement, your leaders will submit to our will, and it is your own deference to authority that condemns you as pawns in our operations.
This sentence needs less commas and more periods. A rework would be advised also here: "your leaders will("shall" works better) submit to our will". And, if you're referring to leaders as staff, I'd like to think that staff are members sworn to uphold and/or interpret the rules per incident. Lastly, (on one lone clue I'm convinced of an April fools prank) I think you're going to have real trouble getting any characters around here to submit to fictitious will! Unless it's in the adult forum of course. :p

Good try though.

Zeroni 04-01-2016 11:54 PM

So it’s officially 2nd of April here so I can confirm it was an April fool’s joke of course. Big thanks to brianpatrick for playing along; his previous comment also read that I could do with fewer commas and more periods. This is the first fiction piece I’ve written since school so I guess the short phrases are my lack of confidence at pretending, hopefully on the up and up.

By the number of visitors to my blog through my writersbeat profile I must have spooked a fair few people aha.

Since this is the writer’s café I’d be curious to use this as a jumping off point to talk about something a little more contentious.

So you could consider my stunt as a depiction of the way conspiracy theorists really see the world and how they may believe power is concentrated in racketeers and corrupt politicians controlled by shadowy elite, unassailable.

Then you can notice in yourself how susceptible you are to these arguments for a suspension of belief in reality.

On the other hand if you believe the real power lies in people organising, then you see corrupt politicians as a consequence of people voting away their rights under a climate of fear.

Then you may agree with me that authority is not the problem it’s how much choice (or lack there of in the case of coersion) was involved in the giving of power.

As with national politics, communities benefit from structure and guidelines, I’ve noticed the biggest complaint people have on this forum is other members not giving answers which are honest critiques of the spirit of the question posted in the thread.

People start to resent personalities and take sides, serious writers vs unserious ones, which does no good because it's a false dichotomy. It's a value judgment based on our personal politics for example; the old cliches surface and people line up behind the freinds they percieve as being the ultimate authorities of the industry, who got there by the sweat of their brow or they follow the spirit of the struggling artist who stays true to their craft and isn't influenced by pressues of the market.

Just some thoughts for your perusal, there’s the thread over at members feedback about chatbot not so serious posts, I wanted to find examples where people shut each other down with appeals to authority, which I think can be equally poor behaviour, So I’ll include those here below.

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I'm sure you won't feel any great loss (I know I won't) but it does give you bad reputation that could come back to haunt you. Remember, there are all sorts from the writing industry on this forum some just starting, other well established.

For me (and many industry professionals I've spoken with about this topic)

If you think the opinion of most published authors and most industry professionals is bullshit, then continue on your path and stop asking for or reading professional advice… Spend five pages describing leaves blowing on the sidewalk. It doesn't matter to me whether you get published or not.

You are mistaken. I will venture to say most of us here care about such things. Serious writers generally do.

You may not care about spelling or grammar (or insulting your audience or prospective comrades in the writing trenches) but an overwhelming number of readers do. I can't think of any professionally published work, fiction or nonfiction, where the decay of language is permitted. The occasional typo slips by all of the editing rounds, but generally it's expected that the authors make a good faith attempt at clarity.

Picking fights with the well-established members of this site won't help your case either, I'm afraid.

Sneering at the industry and people who respect the boundaries of the laws governing it do you no favors as a newbie to the forum.

Word of mouth, particularlly good words, are what you want with this type of project.

Beesauce 01-05-2018 08:58 PM

My goodness.

What a turn of events this April fools fool fooled

Well writ, and I'll leave the comment in the vomit at the door


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