It's a little sad that I have to actually defend myself in such a way, but certain people and certain comments have propelled me to do such a thing.
I am in post-secondary. This site and my stories, as much as I love them and enjoy them, are not my first priority.
I shouldn't even be posting at this time because I'm already back in school. However, since my holidays consisted of only ten days, I decided to be generous to readers and continue posting until the end of January just to give a break from the hiatus.
For those of you who say I am selfish because I don't pay attention to other writers, I suggest you hold your comments and judgements to yourselves prior to saying things and talking about circumstances which you do not fully comprehend.
This semester alone, I have 5 classes. I have at least 120hours promised to working at the hospital, 40hours promised to mental health patients in a community organization for the next ten weeks. I also work in the medical department for an insurance company and teach two different levels of Japanese at a high school in the evenings. And this is without including time for studying, homework and assignments.
And just to stress how little time I have, I'm going to explain something that those of you who have pushed me this far do not deserve to know.
I am a patient myself. I'm on a cocktail of medications, I see several specialists every month and when I'm exacerbated, it is to a degree where I cannot even leave my bed; I'm practically paralyzed.
So, I apologize if I seem selfish simply because I cannot afford time to other people. At the same time, how dare you judge me unfairly. I could have given up on this site, I could have stopped writing, but I persevere to do so because I love it and because my readers - those who appreciate it - motivate me.
I am living my life to the fullest capacity I can and no one - NO ONE - has the right to pass judgement until they understand everything I go through.
I'll live my life, you live yours and do not ever presume to dictate to me about my faults when you cannot acknowledge and own up to your own.
1] I am not other writers and they are not me.
2] Obviously you do not understand how busy I am if you have to continue to comment as you are.
3] I have read other writer's work and I have recommended them. They're advertised on my site. Have I done so lately? No. Why? Reread this post.
4] I apologize if other writers are hurt because I don't read their stuff, but it's not singling out anyone. It's everyone because I'm too busy. And I have never said I didn't like a writer's fic, so I don't know why that's even being brought up. If it's a matter of fandom - everyone has fandoms they follow and those they do not. That's up to the reader's discretion.
5] What you said is bashing; whether or not you choose to acknowledge it.