When I shared the first “Camp Cute, Creepy (and quite conveniently) Remote” story, a reader suggested that pointing out that Drusilla, the main character, had no arms or legs, “and worse, making her disability into a joke was insensitive” of me.
A few days ago, I announced on Facebook that I had revised Drusilla’s stories and planned to republish them on the days preceding Holly’s Vampire’s Day Soirée. The same reader told me she was “very happy to find out [I] had listened to [her] and rewrote the Camp stories.”
I was confused at first. Then, I remembered the conversation… and felt even more puzzled—I revised the web serial to standardize the format and to fill in some plot holes, not to change the content. Drusilla’s story is all about her being delighted with what and who she is and feeling annoyed (even livid) towards anyone who wishes to change her.
The writing never makes fun of Drusilla’s body. As of right now, the word “disabled” hasn’t been used in “Camp Cute, Creepy (and quite conveniently) Remote”. Our Drusilla is different, not broken. I don’t think she wants people to walk around pretending that they don’t notice that she’s armless and legless. In fact, I’m certain the real insensitivity lies in not seeing her and appreciating her exactly as she is—cute, creepy and completely in love with herself.
Anyhoo, the rewritten Drusilla stories will start going live on Wednesday, at midnight Eastern Standard Time, so you will have the chance to judge for yourself. I will post one tale every day, from February 8th to February 14th, except the 13th.
Your thoughts, my Wicked Luvs?
Drusilla Amarantha Tepes, the Only
(stitched to life by Emma Yardis, mistress of Groovy Gothic)