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Re: Am I still MSTable? [message #186093 is a reply to message #186091] Mon, 11 June 2012 22:28 Go to previous message
Stephen aka Old Man A is currently offline  Stephen aka Old Man A
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On Fri, 8 Jun 2012 15:27:14 +0000 (UTC), (Joseph Nebus)

> In <> Stephen aka Old Man ASC <> writes:
>> One of those works, inspired someone to send a PM stating:
>> "You can't be Ratliff, this is too good to MST."
>> Now, as flattering as that PM and the reviews I've gotten for "Honor a
>> Hufflepuff" have been, I'm of the opinion that if I won a Hugo, I'd still
>> be MSTable.
> Aw, well, yeah, *you* would be, but that's from the fame and
> glory that comes with being the person who created MiSTings. I mean,
> I think anyone who did MiSTings back in the 90s glory days did it
> because they wanted to work with stories like _A Gul's Revenge_ (sorry,
> but it did inspire that riff about 'one ship, one phaser, and he's
> attacking Earth? That's like trying to drive in a Yugo') and _The
> Away Mission_.

Every time I think I totally messed up with a scene, and can't write, I
compair it to those two. It helps

> For later things ...

Ah, yes, later things.

>> That being said, I consider the regulars of this newsgroup to be the
>> authorities on such matters, so I must ask, am I?
>> profile:
>> Honor a Hufflepuff
>> (last completed work not a repost from ages ago)
> Yeah, see, if you were to come out as a new author today, I
> doubt you'd get the weird kind of MiSTing-celebrity status and that
> very minor Internet Fame it's given you. There's this combination
> of things that has to work right and I don't think you have the easy
> hooks anymore that make for explosive fan reactions.

That's good to hear.

> Ah ... if you're asking whether anyone does want to MiST your
> newer works, by the way, I am game,

I have to admit missing seeing some those MiSTing of my work. Especially
the ones that manage to spot the little things. MiSTers tend to pay more
attention to things, IMHO. In fact, it's resulted in me putting in more
detail. For instance, I could have put any combination of numbers and
letters if I wanted to to reference a court case, but because MiSTers
taught me that detail and references are good, I referenced 60 WR 393 ...
now the WR is story related, but 60 US 393 ... I dred a world where no one
gets that reference.

I have learnt more about writing from MiSTings than any other individual
source of feedback. So, yes, I do want to know if anyone is still a game
to do so.

> although since I'm moving, changing
> jobs, and getting married this month I'd have to put it on the to-do
> queue.


> Also I admit I really want to get at this staggering piece of
> children's literature from the 1910s about Fatty Coon, a raccoon who's
> quite fat, not to mention loathsome, although the author doesn't seem
> to have noticed that.

1910s ... before the idea that an author really must have a good editor to
get into print really caught hold. It sounds like perfect material.

> I do run occasional MiSTing nights over in this odd little
> social hangout and more name of SpinDizzy and you're pretty much the
> Famous Stephen Ratliff in the times MiSTings get mentioned over there,
> too.

It's bad when someone is newly hired at work and says, "You can't be that

who admits it.
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