So, I have an ex-friend that is a part of the writer's forum I'm on. I really thought we could end our friendship and go on peaceably. I mean, we're both adults right? We can co-exist. Oh contraire, mon frere. Apparently we can't. LOL.
There's this silly party thread where characters from everyone's wip's can gather to socialize -- you can borrow other people's MC's to write your scenes... I mean, it's in all good fun. I forgot the term for this kind of thing -- but basically each of us will add on to the scenes before it. It looked like _a lot_ of fun. Even though I'm not actively doing the exercises, I figured what the hell. I used to. So, I decided Maddy and Gabe would crash. (g) Hey, someone was gonna invite me, anyway. (g)
So, I read through the entire thread, looking for ways to incorporate my characters into the current story. Aha... a poker game is going on... Great, we all know Maddy can't turn down a game. There's something for her to do. But what about Gabe? So, there's a character from my ex-friend's friend's wip. LOL (mouthful), who is trying to light up a joint the whole night, and just finished throwing SH*T at another character. Dude, Gabe would so not stand for that. So, aha...something for him to deal with. I write in that he confiscated her bag and dunked her in a water trough. NO biggie -- I mean, she got him back by scratching his arms up. Someone actually thanked me for dunking the girl. LOL. Funny, right? It wasn't done with any ill-will. Frankly, I have nothing against this particular writer.
Fast forward a bit and my ex-friend adds a scene, not only exiting her characters, but all of the characters from her friend's two wips -- including the young girl. On top of this, they made mention of Gabe dunking the girl.. and made this girl, who threw SH*T at someone, out to be an angel who had somehow been attacked. Sorry, being dunked in water is not abuse. In most people's worlds, that's fun. Effectively -- they took their balls and went home.
Can we say stupid and immature? Of course, my first inclination was to write a scene where my characters watch them all stomp off in a huff. (g) Of course, _I_ would never do that. This really just bugs me. First, I didn't join to ruin anyone's fun -- if my presence does that for them, it makes me both angry and sad. I didn't ask/want them to leave. Second, if they think they're making some big statement, they're wrong. All this says about them is that they're immature a$$holes. There, I said it.
Okay...got that off my chest.