One more day until Read Pictures of You Day! Holy shit, I'm both really nervous and really excited! Check the itinerary on the News page (click the picture of Rocking-Out Andy in the top left corner) to see when everything is happening!
Two things about the live chats. First, they'll be taking place on Livestream at http://www.livestream.com and I'll be providing the specific url to my feed on Friday. I chose Livestream mostly because Ustream either doesn't let you watch if you're not a member, or it doesn't let me figure out how you can. Either way, Livestream it is. Ustream can suck it.
Second, while I have no idea what turnout is going to be like, there is a slight possibility that we may get a big crowd. On the chance that we do, I'm asking anyone with a question they'd like to ask to email it to me in advance. This isn't to say I won't take questions during the chat, but if there are a lot of questions whipping by, chances are good I won't catch them all. The best way to make sure your question gets answered is to email them to be beforehand at gibson_twistATyahooDOTcom, or click the mail link above this comment.
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Patrick is being a dick for two reasons. The main reason is that Melanie is an adult and it is her responsibility to take care of herself. If a guy is beating her that's one thing, her life could be in danger and you have to interfere if someone's life is at stake. If she chooses to get involved with a guy who has a history of being promiscuous and cheating on his girlfriends that's another. She can make her own choices and if she makes mistakes and gets hurt emotionally that is just the way life is. You never get anything worth having in life without taking a risk. A risk such as dating Andy. Patrick is not Melanie's parent, he's her sibling. Even if he was her parent she's an adult and he has no business trying to control her life OR Andy's. The second reason is that he's being a complete hypocrite. It's not okay for Melanie to be with a guy who may or may not just be using her temporarily for sex but it's just fine for him to date a control freak who is definitely just using him for money and will most likely move on as soon as he catches the eye of someone wealthier and/or more compliant. Patrick is being a judgmental asshole and I have lost all respect for him.
No matter how much respect you have for a loved on making their own adult decisions at the risk of suffering the adult consequences, Mel's still his baby sister, there's an undeniable protective quality under the surface, and that's an innate bond that you can't just logic away. Emotions, whether expressed or not, are still there.
Patrick's not being hypocritical in the slightest; how many times did he voice his disgust for Melanie's relationship with Devon? The only difference was the fact that he was more or less only acquainted with one side of that relationship, only hearing Mel's side of things. In an attempt for the respect and love of his sister, he would try and give her the benefit of the doubt.
But in this instance, he's close to both people in the relationship, knows both of their histories with relationships, and doesn't like the outcome, and he's making the call.
He and Andy are old friends, so Andy dating Mel is really worse than Devon dating Mel. Devon's an asshole, and him treating Mel abusively is to be expected. Andy sleeping with Mel, Andy with a long string of one-night stands and Mel with a history of making herself vulnerable and rationalizing her situation, is more like a betrayal. Like Andy's taking advantage of the situation.
I sympathize more with Patrick here. Sleeping with Melanie was a pretty fucking stupid move on Andy's part.
I think Patrick should be taking this news a little better. Mel knows all about Andy's past - she's known him presumably as long as Patrick has, and she can make the decision for herself whether to put herself in a 'dangerous' situation. I'm sure there was some seduction on Andy's part, but nobody forced her.
And anyway, Patrick is with a loser that made him cut off his awesome hair and change it to disgusting charmander red with Cali-beach-faggot blonde tips. No emotional damage could amount to that. XD
Andy: '...are you...are you breaking up with me? D:'
But really, that sucks. I mean, Patrick knows Andy has done some things, but that's no excuse. I think he's lashing out because he's worried, and he knows how Patrick has behaved in the past. Plus, he's probably pissed because Peter and Andy have been on him about his boyfriend 'controlling' and 'taking advantage' of him. So it's a two way street that just boiled down to one thing.
long time reader, first time poster...Love the work Mr. Twist! I think the Andy-Mel hook up was inevitable...cause Andy has always had strong feelings for Mel...he's known her for a looong time but never put the moves on her...why? it's something REAL for him, not just a one night stand like so many of the others..Andy is deeper than anyone expects..just my 2 cents
And once again Mr. Twist shows his mastery of human studies. To all those that say "Patrick's a dick" I will say this: do you have a little sister? I do, and I think Patrick is being the reasonable one here. Andy's track record (the only thing you can really use to judge a human being) clearly puts him on the "do not date" list for anyone who truly cares about a woman. If Andy was my friend, and he started dating my sister, I would seriously consider bodily harm as an option.
I have work tomorrow, so I read 'Pictures Of You' in its entirety today. I've read chapters in broken order previously, but this really is how it was meant to be read.
Truly awesome and cohesive story, man. You're very observational when it comes to personalities - these people never once break character, and their relationships with each other are completely believable.
I just spent the last six+ hours clicking through and I'm only looking forward to seeing more.
I had a sad about this page...and then read the alt text and busted out laughing. If there were heads in the room, they would have turned.
Anyway, yeah, I think Patrick has good points, but he's presenting them in the wrong mindset. Can't wait for PoY day! Unfortunately, I'll be in school and on a bus for most of that day...are you going to save the livestream videos by any chance?