What I am going to do is the following

An empty podium stands in the front of the room where everyone is waiting for notification about what is going to happen to our beloved fandom. A door in the back opens and in walks a simple woman surrounded by two very famous members of said fandom: Eric Northman and Godric.  The impressive vampires stand to each side of the podium to provide their support. The woman takes her place behind the podium and is nervously shuffling and straightening of her note cards.

*cough cough, deep breath*

“Testing….Testing… Can everyone hear me? Anyone still here? Heck, I’m continuing anyway. Okay, I am not an eloquent writer like some of the amazing women in this fandom. I don’t even have the ability to proof read my own posts often not finding the mistakes until days after it was posted so I will depend on someone else for that. *You know who you are I will be contacting you later* But here is what you in the fandom will need to know: My name is Robin, on Facebook I go by Robin Amanda, and in the fanfiction world some know me as 4padfoot *gosh I love that Sirius character* and others know me as the wordpresswhisperer.”

The lady pauses to take a breath before continuing. “Everyone know who I am now? Good.  Now, here are ways of getting in contact with me as I am the admin to the You Want Blood Awards site.  The first way is via my email address. *Please don’t sign me up for any spam emails and no that is not how you get even with an ex. I didn’t do that, (snickering), I am a techie and sometimes we are an evil group.* I am stepping out on a limb here and trusting you all: wordpresswhisperer@gmail.com.  Here is the award site email that we set up last year: youwantbloodawards@gmail.com.  You can also message me on Facebook as Robin Amanda.  From this day forward you will contact me regarding any issues with the Awards or the Awards site. It will be that simple.  Also, I am redesigning the site with its reveal scheduled for the 29th of this month. *How many days is that away? “Seven,” Eric obligingly answers… YIKES!  Ok, time to speed this up*

The kind lady pauses momentarily to shuffle through the notes in her hands as Godric and Eric take a comforting step closer as she begins addressing the audience:

“Now, I have been thru a lot this week both online and offline, and I know that everyone hates drama. Believe me no one hates it more that I do.

drama

“I am not going to point fingers or take any sides except the side of the fandom. My decision involved a venting session with my mother *yes, I am best friends with my mother who can still help me see reason sometimes and not just hurt feelings* at Texas Roadhouse yesterday. Then a specific comment hit me hard in the face that stated it simply with: WWED? What would Eric do?

WWED

That…started me thinking. The reply to that made me smile for the first time in a couple days: He’d laugh at our back and forth – then probably drain us all. ”

*I personally don’t wanna be drained but wait – it’s Eric…can I be his progeny in the end?  If so sign me up! Oh, I am so torn now*

“Back on task where was I?  Oh, yeah… Then I saw a Supernatural video *maybe more than once I had to show it to my friends*

 

 

 

and I was laughing and smiling again because this is supposed to be our escape… This is supposed to be our fun time away from evil work bosses, screaming kids, spouses *ha I don’t have that to worry about*, bills – a fun time to read and imagine what Eric would do if, and the authors in this fandom have so many wonderful if stories out there.

“We need to support our fandom because I don’t want the sparkly vampires to win please never let that happen. *”Godric, we may have to do something about that,” Eric says as he covers his laugh with a cough. I still heard that!* Yes, we are like siblings and we fight sometimes but we always come back stronger. Today I am stronger and I am stepping up and standing in front of everyone who is reading this *glup, quit glaring at your monitors, phones and ipads I can feel the eyeballs on me* saying that this is what I am going to do. To that end, I asked myself how I can fix things so that most (not all because I know I can’t please everyone and I am not even going to try to kill myself to get that accomplished) of the people will be happy, and I asked myself about what I enjoy doing. I love SVM/TB fiction.  To anyone who has gotten one of my reviews they know how I am – I don’t just leave a “Hey, love your story” comment.  I sometimes leave 1700 words on a single chapter and have characters of my own! I also love to design websites. That is what I do for my “real” job and it is what I do in my spare time when I am not reading fanfiction and real fiction.

“So, here is my plan. I am going to take over all parts of this site.  From the first step to the last, I am going to re-design the site. There will be three sections all under the You Want Blood Awards website: The You Want Blood Awards, The New Blood Awards, and Contests and Links.

“The You Want Blood Awards (which will run from April to May) — will be for writers who have been writing in the SVM/TB fandom for longer than two years. This will allow the veteran authors to be in their own grouping without new authors trying to compete against them.

“The New Blood Awards (which will run from June – July) – will be for writers who are new to the fandom (under two years).  Hopefully this will draw new writers to our fandom to get New Blood in here. I will be posting a lot of stuff in the future in on this section of the site *scribbles notes to myself* so be prepared.

“Contests and Links (on-going) – this will be for other people to contact me *look above for the address as I will not have time to go find them because I have 6 websites that I am heavily involved in maintaining in my spare time, I work a full time job, and then I do read this stuff called fanficiton you should join me it is amazing some is even better than the originals* I will post Contest descriptions and Links to all nominees for you to be able to find new amazing authors or find old favorites that you thought were gone forever.

“Now, I am not quite sure how the New Blood Awards will work yet.  I have notes that I will hash it out with people I trust, and if I get in over my head I will ask for help. This, however, is mainly to inform everyone that I don’t want the SVM/TB fandom, which one commenter said “was on life support” *snicker*, to have the plug pulled.

“As I am a numbers person, here’s the skinny:

“What I have seen is that this site has had 42,146 views.  From the beginning of May we average 580 views a day. Our best ever day was 2,317 views. This tells me that we have readers, that we have people who want to be recognized when they tell us, “Hey I love that story” or “Oh, I love that author”.

“So to everyone who is still listening to me ramble *I do that a lot, ask my friends* do sit up and take notice. I thought long and hard on whether or not to finish this award season. Did I want to leave the writers hanging? Did I want to let it die a painful death on life support? Did I want the SVM/TB fandom to be remembered for pettiness? The answers to these were no…no…and Hell NO!!!!! So, here is what is going to happen, your defibrillator shock to the heart, so to speak.  CLEAR!!

“I will open the polls back up from Saturday 5/23/2015 at noon EST *sorry that is where I live so everything will be set by the Eastern Time Zone* to Sunday 5/24/2015 at noon. That will allow 24 hours for people to get their votes in on this year’s awards because I am not going to allow the “life-support death” to happen. You will be allowed to vote once in that 24 hour period. I have tweaked the polls already. Now I am not Gyllene who is able to make over 600 banners at a time (which she did last year singlehandedly) so I will figure out how I will get banners to this year’s winners promptly. Again,  the dates to remember are: May 23rd – May 24th,and May 29th!!  So the only thing I ask in conclusion please share this with as many as you can so that the notice is given to as many as possible.”

As the nice lady turns to leave the room, that beloved voice we all want to hear cuts across the room.

“Wait, I have something to say.”

In the resulting silence, the tall blond Viking steps up to the podium.

“Now that this has all been settled, I am making a request to each and every one of you. Whether you are a writer, a reader, or a stalker,” he pauses to look into the crowd, “Yes, Charissa, I know you are one of my stalkers,” he says to the lady as he looks straight at her to the delighted chuckles of the crowd.

Straightening up, he continues, I want every one of you to go forward now and have a chat with your muses or look up your favorite writer and leave them a review that says Eric sent me to say that I love your stories, and I do. Find a new author to the fandom them and leave the same review. You have until the weekend is over. Bring this fandom back before we, the characters, fade into the nothingness of a lost fandom. Because, and I will say this only once: if the sparkly assed vampires win, I WILL NOT BE HAPPY. That is all you need to know.  Good night!”

The crowd disperses quickly.

76 thoughts on “What I am going to do is the following

  1. Reblogged this on magsmacdonald and commented:

    Folks – the voting has changed (and there’s details on what’s happening in the following). For now, the polls will be back up from Saturday 5/23/2015 at noon EST to Sunday 5/24/2015 at noon. That will allow 24 hours for people to get their votes in on this year’s awards because I am not going to allow the “life-support death” to happen. You will be allowed to vote once in that 24 hour period.
    Please support the fandom! ~mags

  2. well, as a bone fide stalker, i am happy to hear that you are not quitting. i’d hate to have to find another hobby and be forced out of my apartment. (the horror!)

    and yeah…down with the disco ball vamps! 😉

    kidding aside….i’m glad you’re staying. 🙂

  3. Dearest of the Dear Ones,
    Listen to your old Auntie Carroll who listened to the parody you were kind enough to post. “Angels are gonna play” and we love you for what you do. Your expertise and giving of yourself. Thanks for playing and allowing all of us to follow along with you. I am amazed at all that you do…and continue to do. And “haters are gonna hate.” I think that sums it up nicely. Be good to yourself, embrace those you can and fuck the rest.
    Rock on!
    CES

  4. You have a wicked sense of humour – in future I WON’T start drinking my coffee before I hit play on the videos!

    Thank you for doing this, now I need to work out what EST equates to in England so I make sure I return to vote.

      • I bookmarked it! It’s one of those things that makes you forget everything else and laugh so it will get played again – most likely on a really bad fibro day when I can’t string together a legible sentence or have to read a paragraph 5 times before it sinks in. Who doesn’t dance in their room when no-one is watching lol (well I dance in my head anyway)!

  5. I am so happy the fandom will not go silently into the night, thank you for your dedication and hard work, reading these stories have become such a big part of my life that a deep hole would be left without them, again, thank you.

  6. Reblogged this on California Kat and commented:
    Hi all, I honestly didn’t want to get involved in the debate that has been happening b/c I could see good points on both sides and because I believe feelings were hurt unintentionally and I didn’t want to add to any misunderstandings. I’m one of those people who likes Award Shows and such. Every year I wait till the Academy Award nominations are up and then my friends and I view the ones we can each weekend till the show! We go to LA where there’s a special screening of the short films that are nominated. We have a little party (appetizers and wine). In other words, we have fun and see things we wouldn’t have otherwise. I think that this is the spirit that these awards and the Fangreaders Awards before them were begun in. I know that I read stories I’d not known before because of last year’s awards.

    I appreciate that Robin is making this effort to listen to those with issues and act on it. I think she is brave to have overcome the hurt feelings she initially had in order to promote this compromise.

    I have found that this fandom is full of giving, intelligent writers and readers. My fingers are crossed all this will all “pass.” I hope that hurt feelings on both sides will soon heal.

  7. Reblogged this on Addicted to Godric…& Eric…& Andre and commented:
    It is with some trepidation that I reblog this and y’all know why, but I have a lot of respect for Robin/4padfoot, and I want that known, fwiw. While I do still feel the effects of that earlier pall, it’s also a new day. Birds are going to chirp (whether I like them or not), the sun’s still gonna rise (sorry pretty vamps), and all that crap, so, well, here. When Polls open again, please vote for your favorite writers, betas, and banner makers if you want – we/they do appreciate the love, especially after all that…ado’ing! ❤

  8. Reblogged this on MsBuffy and commented:
    A most gracious and inspiring way to complete what was started and perhaps end all the childishness. 🙂 Thank you for what you’re doing today, what you’ve been doing all along, and for your future endeavors. I applaud your tenacity.

    Still, LMAO!!! 4Padfoot! You, Eric, and Godric are fucking hilarious! I’m going to have images in my mind all day (or perhaps night) of all of us standing in line, confessing our wrong doings to Eric, and then tilting our heads to the side while we eagerly await the bite… :€

    OK, now who’s going to THAT line monitor because you can’t get back in line again! Once a night only!

    I’ll volunteer first. What vampire wants an old lady’s blood?

  9. Robin, you make my heart happy and not just on behalf of this adored fandom. ❤

    Also: I blame Mercury being in Retrograde for that other stuff. Just cause I can.

  10. 4padfoot — brilliant.

    Way to come up trumps, turn a negative into a positive, and generally make lemonade when life hands you lemons.

    No, not that sort of lemon. But then again… 😉

  11. 🙂 great plan…BTW, loved the video. Jared and Jensen cannot dance to save their lives 😀 …And seriously enough with the sparkly vamps already. Seems to me they hound all awards 😦 Even if someone doesn’t like Eric and Godric (baffles me how!!) the vampire diaries and original vampires are still much much better than Sparkles. So yes we need to save our fandom. And we would. Because it is just too big to bring down 🙂

  12. Beautiful! I did not catch all of the ugliness, but I did read the responding posts. It made me sad to learn what happened. I love this Fandom. I don’t write for it (maybe one day) but it has definitely become my escape when work is crazy, my kids are driving me crazy (don’t worry, it’s a short ride 😉 ) or I’m so pissed off with the show or how the books ended. I get to read my dream stories through your words. To all authors: please don’t stop. Yes, I am one of the stalkers, and I don’t always comment, especially when I am catching up on chapters, but I love finding new stories. So a great big hug to all of you and your muses 😉
    Hopefully this will pass, and the Fandom will come together again.
    That’s all from me, thank you again to everyone involved in every process for everything you do, because I know you do it for free and for the love of writing and the Fandom.

  13. Reblogged this on Melusine10's Fan Fiction and commented:
    Listen up! Due to a reorganization in how the You Want Blood Awards will be held, please check out their website tomorrow, Saturday, 5/23 at noon and vote for your favorite authors. You will have 24 hours and a single vote, so please let your voice be heard!

  14. Reblogged this on mp5KOVA FanFiction and commented:
    Thank you Robin, I’m happy to receive the defibrillator shock to the heart :)) I just wish I didn’t write my little rant in such anger and under a minute, because after reading it again and seeing all of my typos I can’t seem to find the ‘edit’ button to crawl under and hide my illiterate *ass for all of eternity LOL
    ps. my sincere apology to all subjected in sifting through that epic garbage of mine

  15. Exactly Should not daunted by these stalkers . I post a comment about it is always by automatic translation , I try to do the best of my thinking but sometimes gives her bad ( especially if I see my comment no posted ^^ ) so I do not post often , as I’m posting this is to encourage , give ideas but often this is not to say much but that does not prevent me from appreciating .

  16. Reblogged this on and commented:
    The You Want Blood Awards lives on. I am unequipped to explain but I want to reblog & support the hard work of these people, the organizers, the hard work of the nominees and you the readers who vote. There have been changes. Read for more. You’ll have to vote again ( I hope I understood that right), and only once, but I am sure your favorite authors will appreciate it and the fandom lives on too. Have a great weekend.

  17. What a fantastic idea! I applaud you for your tenacity, and the undoubted amount of hard work you have put into this, and will continue to put into this.

    I completely agree, it would be a heck of a loss if the plug did get pulled. I know that the events of the past couple of days has left a few people reeling and wondering why they continue to write, and that’s sad. I hope that this whole situation will make us stronger and that the wonderful authors we have will continue to write us fantastic stories to read.

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  19. Thank you for taking the high road (loved the WWED bit). You always do have humor in even the darkest stories..

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  21. So happy someone else loved the supernatural video. It was so,so great. And I am happy you are willing to try to square this mess away.

  22. Reblogged this on VictoryInTrouble and commented:
    Don’t forget about this(I know, how could you, right, with the gazzilion reblogs!) But I like Robin’s ideas and I admire her tenacity. And also, Eric has sent a few people to my blog to spread some love and who doesn’t like Eric love? Thanks for this, Robin. 🙂

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  24. THANK YOU — I am so glad that this has been worked out and things are going forward. I promise to be better about nominations next time. AND there is a note on my laptop to make sure I vote tomorrow.

  25. Robin – you make my heart smile. Thank you for your courage and for stepping up. As someone who has toed the edge of this fandom for quite some time, only doing beta work but yearning to write a fic for it if my own (I’m thinking Godric… because you know, he’s amazing!) I have to say that the childish way some handled their ‘concerns’ was very off putting and made me question if this was the type of fanfiction fandom I wanted to be a part of. No matter how legitimate their feelings may have been, the manner in which they expressed them was ignorant at best, and just plan petty at worst, leaving a taste of sour grapes in my mouth after reading it in addition to doubts if I wanted to share my stories with such people. But alas, even amongst such division and drama, it is heartening to see grace, dignity and unity emerge. I look forward to the future awards as well as writing in this fandom one day.

    And I just have to say…

    Eric sent me to say that I love you, and I do ❤

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