Deeker's Message of the Week
October 5, 2003
Since "Dude, Where's My Story?" has already been played out, I didn't come up
with a more creative title for this heading. I know I have complained about
the story submissions I receive and reject in previous MOTWs, and hopefully
most of you are aware of the reasons I don't post all of the stories I receive.
Still, it seems necessary to remind people periodically that I do have criteria
for accepting a story submission, especially when I receive several stories in
one week that fail to meet the criteria. Most obvious, of course, is that I only
accept stories about boys wearing diapers. That wasn't the issue I had with any
of the stories I didn't post, but I expect more out of stories than just seeing
that boys and only boys are diapered. Here are the various reasons I rejected
several submissions this time around:
Since I am nice enough to not call specific authors and stories out on their
weaknesses, I prefer to address the problems on a more widescale basis by pointing
them out here. Perhaps the people who submitted their stories and do not see them
on my site will read this and take into account the areas that were addresses
and then re-submit their contributions.
- There was no mention of diapers anywhere in the story.
- The title made no sense, and nothing in the story's context explained the unusual title (this was the same story that failed to mention diapers).
- Two of the stories were too short and appeared to be hastily written. It was apparent that little thought went into developing the plot and explaining in more detail why the events happened as they did.
- Several of the stories, including one that I did accept after much editing, were poorly written and full of mistakes.
- One story in particular didn't maintain consistency in its use of past tense (the
way most stories should be written).
I really don't like having to criticize people for their writing and I would
much rather not do it, especially on a private, individual basis, since I hate
being criticized myself and I will explode into a raging fury at anyone who attempts
to do it to me in person, so I would feel like a hypocrite to tell people these
things in email. I feel as long as someone has a true or fictional story that
is about a boy (and is treated like a boy, the contrary I find highly loathesome
at best), he deserves the opportunity to showcase his talents and/or his
personal experiences with wearing and using diapers. Still, I must impose
standards for quality and consistency (and I admit I am more lax about these
things than other sites might be), so I hope those of you whose stories were
not posted will understand.
Top Ten Story Downloads for Week of 09/28/03 to 10/04/03
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Stay happy and thickly diapered!
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