this thread here
was brought to my attention, where it was pointed out that a few lines of some of my fic have a more-than-passing similarity to some of Maya's well-known Drop Dead Gorgeous fic.
this is absolutely my bad. 100%.
I have read that fic, and the second line in question in particular did strike me as familiar when I 'thought' of it (to be honest, I thought it was from a TV show, I don't know if that makes it better, probably not). at no point was I consciously thinking "I liked that line, so I think I'm just going to steal it!! surely no one will notice?!" I've been known to put references in my fics, but I mean it as a fun little nod to the show or movie in question, assume most people will know exactly what I'm doing, and leave it at that; that's not what this was either. I know it's a feeble, unverifiable excuse, but when a line sticks with me, I forgot where it came from. it never occured to me that these lines were from fic.
I have a lot of thoughts about this that I want to mention, and kind of a discussion that I want to start, but I'm not sure how to say these things without causing wank, and, apparently, enough people have read my fic to start an anon thread about it (whhhaaaatthefuck, by the way) so perhaps I won't. what I WILL do, of course, is alter these lines, immediately. and the one thing I will say is that I am a big dork who keeps thinking "oh my god, INCEPTION, I didn't know it wasn't my line!!" and getting really gleeful for five seconds before I think "oh my god, it looks like I just ripped my excuse straight from the movie, why don't I just say Leonard DiCaprio told me to do it so he could get his kids back?" and sure, that probably doesn't look great either. but if you really think I maliciously plagarized from someone else's story then I probably am NOT going to convince you otherwise in this post. that's a shame, but it's your call. I just want to explain what happened, let y'all know that I'm aware of it, and promise that I'm going to be more careful, but this WAS my fault.
shit, you guys, I've read public fandom apologies before. I never knew they were this HARD, yo. I feel like I'm going to piss more people off with this than I did with the actual lines, goddamn. in all seriousness: no offense meant, especially not to Maya, who I think is awesome. I will be more careful about this in the future. if this upset anyone for any reason whatsoever, I really do apologize.