Author has written 53 stories for Voltron, G-Gundam, X-Men: Evolution, Speed Racer, Inuyasha, Cyborg 009, Gundam Wing/AC, Teen Titans, Anime X-overs, Kingdom Hearts, Danny Phantom, Martin Mystery, Trixie Belden, G. I. Joe, and Ninja Turtles.
JUNE 9, 2016
I just had an interesting review for my old X-Men: Evolution story, Shadows of Confusion. To be honest, I'm surprised that old thing is still getting read. The reviewer wasn't signed in - it just said "guest." Which is fine. I don't always sign in to review, either. But I'd really like to respond to that review, and when there's no login name to tag, I can't. The gist of the review was that Kitty Pryde, just because she's a girl, isn't a wuss. She is a fighter. Yes, she certainly is. She's one of my fave super heroes. And she's a tough woman. You'd have to be to date Pete Wisdom - oy vey. But let me address this issue.
Shadows of Confusion is one of my earliest stories on this website. And yes - in that story, Kitty is a damsel in distress. She's learning how to become an X-Man, and navigate a tricky situation at high school, where mutants are not welcome. I see the reviewer's point, and that person is right. But I've come a long ways since then, and learned a lot. Women are tough. We are some of the toughest creatures God built to roam this earth. But He also created man to be the protector, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with a guy wanting to protect his girl. Nothing at all. That doesn't mean his girl isn't tough or intelligent or whatever else. It just means that protection gene is ingrained in men, because God Himself gave it to them. And in that particular story, Kitty is still learning her trade. Kurt just wants to make sure she's safe while doing it.
Anyway, I'm glad the reviewer, though not signed in, left their opinion. Because it points out to me how far I've come in writing. My best stories on this site are the last couple, because they're the ones I've written after learning so much. And I learned because of reviews like the one that got left. It shows me how ridiculous those early stories are, the ones that ramble with no real point, the ones where yes, the women are sometimes damsels in distress. But guess what? Sometimes, we women are damsels. We can't help it sometimes. And that's where our men come in.
I'm a woman, married, two kids, one pony, one hyperactive dog. I own a '99 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4 named Bernadette (after one of the very best Hollywood sitcom characters of all time). I have my first fantasy novel at a publisher for consideration. The only reason that novel is there is because I learned to write here. I learned to take the criticism (and there has been a lot). I learned to just shrug off the reviews that are mean-spirited (there are plenty of those, too). This review, though, isn't mean. It's truthful. And I'm grateful, because I see how far I've come in my writing.
So thank you, you who didn't sign in so I could directly address you. Your review is helpful and I would just ask that you read those couple of stories at the top of my list, those ones that have been written in the last couple years. No, they aren't done. I don't know if they ever will be, now that I'm working on my own creations. But maybe one day you'll pick up my fantasy series, or my hero series that I'll be developing later, and you'll see how strong and tough my female leads are, but also how they know that it's okay to be rescued by their own heroes, every once in a while :-)