10.14.2011

Where do we go from here?

[I'd like to preface this post by saying that I wrote it early yesterday afternoon when I was f-f-fired up. I've cooled down considerably since then (I went over to my parent's house and ate a rotisserie chicken. It's not important), but I still feel like there's an important point to be made here and I want to make it. I've been pussyfooting (vomit, I'm so sorry) around the fact that something's been going on recently, and I irritate the crap out of myself when I get all 2003 emo LiveJournal and hint that something's wrong but don't actually say what it is. So, this is what it is.]

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This might be a little heavy for a Friday, but I want to break the fourth wall and address a few blog comments.


I swear to God this isn't me be sassy, but I'm absolutely looking for a part-time job and am always looking for freelance design work. I just wrapped up two big jobs, so my schedule is now wide open, design wise. If you have any leads, send 'em my way.

And the bigger issue:

Man. I've gotten this comment over and over again since our book came out, and those comments, along with reviews like this one that only bill Chris as the author, are troubling, at best. This book was a 50/50 effort. All of our books have been. All of our books are also written in the third-person about 101 hypothetical scenarios, some of which are centered around men and some of which are centered around women. It seems absurd to me that anyone would assume that just because I'm a woman, I only wrote the scenarios about women, but that's actually what's happening. And not to get all GeNdeR LOLZ! on you, but, frankly, this shit is going to hurt my career. Our writing style, and my writing style in general, is aggressive, dark, and vulgar, which in turn is interpreted as being "masculine". I always thought that my ability to write from both a male and female perspective was a credit to my writing and would make me marketable to television's male-dominated writing staffs, but how are they supposed to acknowledge my skill as a writer if they think I only wrote the 15% of the book that's about periods and hair dye and GIRL STUFFS? This obviously begs the question: why was our book written mostly from the male perspective? Well, I don't know. It wasn't a conscious choice. Maybe it's because I like lampooning frat boys and frat boy culture. Maybe it's because women are taught to be "nice girls" and aren't typically Misanthropes. Maybe it's because I have an aggressive personality and Chris is a man. I don't know. (But it's a damn good question for an intro to gender studies class at Mount Holyoke, I can tell you that much.)

What I do know is that this has been a major blow to me personally and to my partnership with Chris. Every time I have to explain to someone that, no, we both wrote the book and believe it or not, Chris wrote the scenarios about being pregnant and I'm responsible for most of the "Tits! Bros! Booze!" jokes because I'm just that kind of modern 90's gal-on-the-go, it kills me. Just the fact that I have to clarify this right now on my own blog makes me physically nauseous. It's just so much work to not get credit for. And I'm talking about the books and the four years of blogging I did to lead up to the point of even being asked to write a book. 

Intellectually, I know that none of this is Chris' fault, but I still resent him for it and as a result, our relationship has become extremely strained. (I cAn HaZ PeRioD???!~) This situation is also hurting the blog because for the past month or so, every time I sit down at my laptop to write a blog post, I get so mad. Because it's like, what's the fucking point? We write blog posts so we can write books that will end up launching Chris' career?? Fuck that noise. I'd rather just watch old episodes of Maude on youtube and cat nap. Life's too short.

So, this leads us back to the question I posed as the title of this post: where do we go from here? Do I suck it up and risk someone big reading one of our books and only taking Chris to the next level because they think he wrote the majority of it? Do I go around the country slapping a sticker on the cover of every copy that says, "Meghan Rowland: tits like a lady, LOLs like a man!"? Do I save myself the time and give up? I don't know what the right answer is. I've been talking this over with my friends and family and Chris for a few weeks now, and none of us know what to do about this.

So, here's what I am going to do: I'm going to keep blogging. I'm going to write my crass little fart jokes in this stupid little blog everyday, Monday through Friday, like I set out to do four years ago. Because next to playing slightly sharp versions of Hall and Oates songs on the bass, it's the only thing I know how to do, and I am goddamn good at it. I don't know if I'll ever make it as a comedy writer, or if Chris will, or if we will as a team, but I do know that I'd rather keep trying and fail than look back twenty years from now and wonder what would have happened if I hadn't quit. So, I will see you Monday morning because I've got a whole notebook full of post ideas, no job, and $9 in my bank account, and if you have a problem with any of that, you can just suck my dick. Brah.

...And, you know, T.G.I. Hagman.


As of 8:00am on October 14, 2011, Larry Hagman is...alive!

Have a great weekend, everyone. <3

85 comments:

Anonymous said...

Less whining, more sex change.

Hudson said...

I always unfairly discount Chris' contributions based on my long-held fear of people with double-barreled surnames.

Anonymous said...

SHE'S BAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKK!

KT said...

Yay!! Definitely continue with the blog because it is a good way to point to your posts and say SEE I AM AWESOME if people don't believe you. I always enjoy your posts more than Chris' anyway.

Mike K said...

First of all, really sorry about all the drama and stress this book has caused you. It's supposed to be an amazing accomplishment and it's turning out to be a source of frustration for you, and that's not fair. You're a damn good writer and probably the funniest person I've ever read, and I think most of your readers would agree. Secondly, glad to see you committing to the blog again, I hope it will be a good source of inspiration and allow you to work everything out that you need to. I hope it all works out, you certainly deserve it.

bluemoon said...

My quote is one of the ones reposted here (yay?), and I just wanted to clarify. I totally know you wrote this book, too, and I'm glad because I find you hilarious and like others have stated, I always laugh more with your posts than with Chris's (no offense to Chris!). I am in no way taking away from your comedic prowess, Meg! I think I just expected more of an alternating thing, with clear Meg and Chris parts. I think that's because it was more a book of comedic essays than a piece of fiction, and while taking on a male voice in fiction would make sense to me, taking solely a male voice in this book when there are two people of opposite sexes writing it...confused me. That may just be a lacking on my part, LOL.

Anonymous said...

Dude, it has BOTH of your names on the cover. Not Chris… with Meg, but Meg AND Chris. Anyone who can't figure it out should check the archives and see that you started this whole shebang way back when and have had millions of different 2nd birds on the blog.

Sorry it's causing you so much stress but I honestly don't think it'll affect your career: YOUR NAME IS ON THE COVER. The book leads to the blog leads to the info and realisation that you're a hell of a writer.

indianafuji said...

Please keep writing! Your voice is YOUR VOICE, even if our society's embedded patriarchy causes some of us to mislabel it as male. You are already brave to be non-anonymous on the internet, so we have a woman's face to put with the words. As you write and write, the volume of your words will drown out the embedded crap we deal with until the point when we look at you and say, "that is what a comedy writer looks like...and she happens to have lady parts which make her infinitely more able see and make fun of the shitty parts of our male-dominated culture."

I am a little bit older than you, married with a kid, working, blah blah...all the demographics that make me a perfect reader of the "mommy blogs" (i.e. the only genre of blog that seems to be acceptable for females to dominate). Some are good (dooce and the bloggess are the only ones I read right now). Your writing reminds me of the good mommy bloggers - irreverent, crass, surprising. And you all three have something that male bloggers do not - you do what they do but "backwards and in heels" (as I've heard said of Ginger Rogers).

Enough of this rambling thesis...Thank you, Meg, for doing what you do.

Anonymous said...

team meg! there are plenty of us out there who think you are the cat's pjs, so keep on keepin on. for realsies.

Anonymous said...

have you read bossy pants? there are some interesting bits in there about fems in comedy. and fart jokes. DO IT.

Elizabeth Newlin said...

If it makes you feel better, I often read Chris's posts and get 3/4 of the way through them before he mentions having a penis or something else that makes it clear he's a guy before I realize it's not written by you. I think I assume all of the posts are Meg posts until proven wrong. Stay strong, write hard, keep your chin up and other trite things. Being a successful writer has to be so difficult it nearly kills you because everyone wants to be one.

Anonymous said...

Meggles! I feel that anyone who reads this blog knows that most of the solid gold writing is purely yours. We support you! Love, The 2Birds1Blog Army

Ashley said...

What makes this an even harder kick in the pants is that Chris isn't even funny. Maybe it's time for the bird to fly solo, Meg.

Lisa said...

bravA meg. brava.

now let Mike K take you out for dinner.

d.g. said...

You are an amazingly good writer, and a fabulously funny person, Meg. Do NOT give up.

Not NOT Stoned said...

I know nothing sucks more than working your ass off and feeling under-appreciated, but two thoughts:

1. I think its pretty clear to anyone who reads your blog that you're the captain of HMS JaigerPugFartJokes. And anyone "big" who reads your book will most definitely check out your blog before making any "big" decisions.

2. Unless you're haven't told the whole story, nothing bad has happened yet! I get the whole but-something-bad-COULD-happen writer anxiety, because I'm a writer and spend a stupid amount of time thinking about what my career will look like 5 years from now while doing lamaze breathing exercises, but no one's plucked Chris from your clutches and flung him into the SNL stratosphere. (SNL sucks, BTW. You're funnier.) So my totally unsolicited advice is to take a shot, remind yourself that your under 30 and 3 books in (which is a freakin' feat), go hug Chris and RELAX! Christ.

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to say for a long time that I only read this blog for Meg's writing. I don't think Chris is funny at all. Sorry, i know that's harsh and that's why I've hesitated to say it. Chris is a good writer, but Meg, you've got something special. I only read when I see red writing posted. Honestly I think it'd be better for your career if you went solo. Sorry, I said it.

Anonymous said...

Same anonymous as above, continuation: It's gonna get harsher, so prepare yourself. I think Chris is actually your career's ball and chain. I obsessively read your blog writing, it brings me to hysterical tears on the regular, but I've been hesitating to buy your book. Why? Because Chris wrote half of it and I'm not interested in that half. I have a sneaking suspicion a lot of your readers feel the same way but haven't voiced this. But don't worry, I'm still buyign the book becuase I want to support YOU!

Anonymous said...

I personally think 2birds1blog = Meg. Not only because I think you are funnier than Chris (his humor is probably just above me; I'm going to be 100% honest), but you have been the consistent (OK, lack of postings aside) presence since the start of the blog.

I'm not going to go as far as saying Chris is a ball and chain, but this blog is definitely (I feel) more of your platform. Embrace it. Use it. If people give credit to Chris for the books at the end of the day, and you moreso the blog (which sucks), at least make sure you can look at the blog, be proud of it, and know your energies are invested in that.

Anonymous said...

Not that I don't like Chris' writing, but when I open the blog and I see a post by him I can't help but be disappointed. I LOVE your writing; you are a relatable, hilarious and refreshing voice and don't you forget it!

jellybean said...

long time listener, first time caller. (that's radio speak for i've been reading your blog forever, but never felt compelled to comment till now... geez i'm old)

seriously, meg, you're awesome. i randomly stumbled on to your blog last year, cried my eyes out laughing, have since forwarded it to all my friends, and now we have regular conversations on a saturday night that go "did you say metro pole leaners? this reminds me of that time when meg mcblogger...".

like for realz. just think of the influence you're having on our otherwise boring lives. it amaaaazes me that you find the humor in ANY situation -- whether it's happy, sad, awkward, downright depressing, or lame and mundane. not only that, but you also have the balls to air it all out for the world to see.

all that being said, i hope you do what makes you happy. if it's this blog, awesome. if it's something else, then hells yeah go kick ass writing for jon stewart (if i hear of an opening over there, i'll let you know asap). the rest of us will take some time to adjust, but we will survive.

luv ya, it's great to have you back! xoxo

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Bea said...

I would 110% buy 20 "Tits like a lady, LOLs like a man!" stickers were they available at your store.
Just a not-so-subtle suggestion.

Also, please keep on keepin on with the blog AND books (should you get another deal). Male voice or not, you're doing what I and hundreds (if not TWO hundreds) of ladies aspire to do but do not have the, hem, sac to pull off. You're not only funny, but an inspiration to many lady comedy writers- seriously, you're right up there with Tina le Fey in my book.
Not that my book is in stores, or anything.

Anonymous said...

I suggest a very public Twitter war!

allison said...

You will make it, Meg!

S said...

I too have hesitated to buy the book(s) because of Chris's attachment. Sorry Chris, you seem like a fun human and I love that you rep Philly, my hometown, but Meg is the reason I check this blog every day. Meg, your wit, your sass, your ability to make fun of yourself, your take on hilarious/awful/outrageous situations and subject matter is what has kept me reading for years.

I know you've basically always had a writing partner on the blog, but maybe it is time to take your solo show on the road. Obviously that shit is complicated and messy, but many of us, I would venture to say most of us, want to hear YOUR voice and right now it's getting muddled because of Chris's involvement.

I love you Meg. I would happily read ANYTHING you wrote and I promise to order Misanthrope's right now as a show of support. Please PLEASE keep writing and give some serious thought to taking full solo ownership of the blog. You have a lot of supporters out there who think it's the right thing to do.

Juskimo said...

I would like to echo the "keep it up" and "seriously think about going solo". I don't know if it is the posting schedule or the title or what, but I think you would be much better going it alone. I don't always skip Chris' posts, but I Never skip Meg posts. And If you can't keep the M-F posting schedule (which has been a sorry joke seemingly most of this year anyway), then go to MWF or something.

I guess the thing I don't really understand is why do you need a writing partner? If you can't stand up ad do this on your own, then the doubters are right.

Yiz said...

Meggles-

I only read your blog posts. This is not because I miss you and am gay for you forever, though those reasons are equally strong. It's because you are fucking funny. It's really that simple. I don't read ANY other blog, and (sorry chris) I don't read Chris's posts. I read yours, because THEY ARE SO GENIUS/REAL/HI-LARIOUS. I like to think I spend 40% of my day responding to life with some Megism or another, or searching for a super story that will get you to respond to any of my thousands of emails.

I spent an hour talking to some dude at a party with a graphic tee about his army watch, and it just made me miss you.

Keep Blogging, Keep Desinging, Come to California

Loves forever,
Yiz

Anonymous said...

Chris has a bio on Amazon. You should definitely put up bio on Amazon and link it to this blog. At least people who aren't blog readers will be able to see the blog and form an opinion of your writing vs Chris's writing on their own.

LP said...

Ugh, are all these Anonymous people really the same person trying to cause a 2b1b schism? I am not on board. I love Meg & Chris, and I don't like it when mommy and daddy are fighting!

That said, I feel like anyone who would want to hire either of you would check out the blog just to get the whole body of work, so try not to sweat the small stuff just yet, Meggles.

Rox said...

Meg, it's like you are a dude. Not visually, but the fact that you can talk about the shit men talk about without making the stupid girlie noises is what makes this blog work.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, will we next see a blog post from Chris feeling sorry for himself that these comments call him the "ball and chain" of this blog and book?
Meg, you should accept how your book and blog are received. If you do not like it, change for your next piece. If you don't care, then carry on! Whining is not a good look.

Cassie said...

I seriously cannot believe that some people honestly think that male POV = male author. Have they never heard of JK Rowling, Anne Rice, Ursula K. Le Guin, or any number of other female writers who write successfully from the male perspective? That's ridiculous. I say fuck those readers, because any agent/producer/whatever who comes a-callin' will look at your body of work, and see your ability to write from multiple perspectives as an asset.

Anonymous said...

Keep writing! This blog got me through some very dark parts of 2009/2010, seriously. I love the book and will buy anything you guys ever write. And I second whoever said to read Bossypants- there is a chapter about Tina Fey & Amy Poehler at SNL that is DIRECTLY FOR YOU.
Love and Jaeger...

Megan with no h said...

How about you and Chris write one of your hilarious Q&A sections dealing with this very issue and include it as a forward in future printings of your books?

You're welcome.

Anonymous said...

You took on 2 big design jobs that paid less than $9 between them? Ouch.

2b1b: The sardonic voice of 20-somethings everywhere, Monday through Friday. said...

I haven't been paid for either yet. But you seem fun.

Anonymous said...

that stupid geekadelphia review was riddled with typos. obviously whoever wrote it didn't give your book a decent read, and, more obviously, they're dumb. punctuation inside the quotation marks! apostrophes! apostrophes! apostrophes! I FEEL LIKE I'M TAKING CRAZY PILLS

Kate said...

Hey Meg,

I actually wrote a ginormous research project on the gendering of writing for undergrad (YEAH, RHETORIC MAJORS!... sorry). Anywho, it probably has less to do with your content and more with your structure is what I found. You use short sentences and that's been "read masculine" for a long time.

Whatever the source, I think your style of writing is killer, and is that much more effective BECAUSE it feels masculine but comes from a female. I wouldn't worry about the "omgizzle, this iz boy speak!" crap so much, and just keep doing what you're doing. These are the dark days as writers, but this shit will pay off!

Anonymous said...

I think you guys make a great team. Sorry you're having to deal with so much BS. Super sucky that is causing issues with you and Chris. I wish you both the best and I'm SO HAPPY to hear we'll be getting lots o blogging in the future.

xoxo

LK said...

Taking a Jager shot in your honor tonight.

All the best.

Buffy said...

I think it really depends on where you want to end up career-wise. If your end-goal is to write for Jon Stewart or a TV show, then maybe it's time to break away from Chris and establish the "Meggles" brand. The blog and books have been a great launching pad, but anyone wanting to hire you or do business with you will see you as inextricably linked to Chris and not able to stand on your own. If, however, you don't want to work for "the man" and want to continue writing books and producing original content--and you feel your partnership with Chris is one that strengthens your work rather than taking away from it--then keep working together.

I get the feeling that you're not really sure where you want to end up, or you don't want to admit any ambitious goals to yourself or your blog readers because you don't want to feel like a failure if you don't reach them. But since you're obviously struggling with this, it might be time for some self-reflection. At the end of the day, what do you REALLY want?

That's some Dr. Phil shit right there.

Anonymous said...

Chris isn't funny. He's riding your coattails. Sorry I'm not sorry for being honest.

2b1b: The sardonic voice of 20-somethings everywhere, Monday through Friday. said...

You use short sentences and that's been "read masculine" for a long time.

That is fascinating. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

That's really too bad. I am glad you decided to keep blogging - I hate to say it, but I'm disappointed every time my Google reader shows a new post and it's blue, not red. I hope you both make it, but more than that I really hope YOU make it! You're a great writer and deserve it!!!

Laura said...

Viva Quebec! Viva Meg Rowland! Viva Quebec! Viva Meg Rowland!

Laura said...

Also, the anonymous people who are always flush with cash, never have bills (let alone unexpected expenses) and have a beyond perfect handle on their professional and personal lives need to start reading another blog. This one is for "disenchanted twenty-somethings" (or beyond). I'm sure there's a lifestyle blog by a stay at home mom who draws butterflies on everything that will fit your needs just fine.

Anonymous said...

None of your other birds have been near as funny as you are. Not even close. Man up and do this thing solo!

Anonymous said...

you are 100% the bomb. i consistently chuckle audibly at the red font on 2b1b.

Anonymous said...

Larry Hagman is alive, but unfortunately it doesn't look like he is doing well...

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20537257,00.html

Anonymous said...

HAGMAN HAS CANCER?! My life just fell down around me!

2b1b: The sardonic voice of 20-somethings everywhere, Monday through Friday. said...

GOD, WHY ARE YOU TESTING ME?!!?!?!?!?!??!

Anonymous said...

Did you watch the making of South Park documentary? It sounds like you'd fit in really well over there and I mean that as the highest of compliments. Send them your shit. Or some writing stuff - either/or - it will get you noticed.

Laur said...

I've posted it before and I'll post it again. I am genuinely disappointed when I see Chris posts. I wish they were Meg posts EVERYTIME. I'm sure you didn't say what you did in the hopes that people would pick sides, but I picked mine along time ago. If you guys parted ways and the blog became The Meg Rowland Solo Hour, I would tune in and enjoy more than i already do.

2b1b: The sardonic voice of 20-somethings everywhere, Monday through Friday. said...

Did you watch the making of South Park documentary? It sounds like you'd fit in really well over there and I mean that as the highest of compliments. Send them your shit. Or some writing stuff - either/or - it will get you noticed.

When I was talking to my brother-in-law about this a few nights ago, he was immediately like, you need to watch the South Park documentary as soon has humanly possible. They're such geniuses, I obvs took that as a compliment. They also really have their partnership down, which is admirable. I don't have the balls to send them any material (especially since Bill Hader is on their writing staff--who knew??), but I do appreciate the comparison.

caroline said...

I think you're great meg. [kitten in a tree] hang in there

Anonymous said...

When your audio book comes out (after much critical acclaim and bestseller status), make sure the reader is outrageously female sounding.

Alison said...

I feel sorry for Chris, but based upon all of these similar comments, people are here for Meg and basically put up with Chris's presence. If this were to become 1bird1blog I wouldn't be the slightest bit upset, and I know I'm not alone with that thought.

Meg, I wouldn't worry about people thinking Chris wrote most of the book. Your true fans who know your style of writing know better, and I doubt your career will suffer as a result of a few misconceptions. As someone said before, your name is on the book, and we all know you were a big part of writing it.

I've been a huge fan of yours ever since I googled "I'm awkward" (yes, I really did do that) and stumbled upon your post "An Annotated Anthology of Awkward." I never laughed so hard at a blog post in my life, and I still laugh whenever I read. That goes for almost all of your posts. You're hilarious and a great writer, you can only go up from here.

Just keep doing your thing on your blog and it will all be okay. And hey, if you go solo, you'll probably get solo book deals too. Then there won't be any doubt whatsoever.

I'll be getting shitface drunk in your honor tonight. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

"Chris is a good writer, but Meg, you've got something special."

That sums up how I feel as well. I feel bad there's so much Chris bashing in these comments, he is funny... but Meg is hilarious x ∞

Anonymous said...

Ok, I absolutely agree it was wrong for the author of that review to not give Meg proper credit. I do. However, I think it's a safe assumption that billing Chris as the author has nothing to do with gender stereotypes and instead has everything to do with a Philadelphia-centric blog wanting to make make a big deal about a Philadelphia resident.

Anonymous said...

Right, so Chris is awesome and hilarious and everything, but Meg, you are the heart and soul of this blog. And you're why we all keep comin' back for more.

Sorr about the bag, Chris.

Meagl said...

I feel a lot of commenters are ganging up on Chris! I don't think that's fair. His posts are excellent! I have to remember to breathe when I read posts about his mom!

It's not as though Chris thought "Let's write the book with a male voice so I can launch my career and everyone will forget about Meg Muahhahaha"
- At least I"m assuming this didn't happen.

You've only recently revealed your actual full name, so it's not as though you've been trying to get your name out there in connection with your blog for years and years.

I hope your friendship can get past this!

Anonymous said...

You're a truly gifted comedy writer. There are not many people who can take the disenchantment of a generation and express it with penis jokes. The fact that your brain is not dependent on gender stereotypes is a sign of intelligence. I'm a girl with an inner monologue that sounds a lot like yours, and I can't tell you how good it feels to see that red font on the page.

not to get all "english major"and lit.rat.ture on you (GOD) but Fitzgerald said "That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." That is what you are capable of doing; that is why you have a following. You have a voice that takes the roughness of reality and turns it into something side-splittingly funny.

Chris is more like a very witty, slightly forced dinner guest. The real writing has always been yours.

Anonymous said...

Other people have said it, but the answer is pretty obvious. You're the better writer. Put your big girl panties on and write a book - by yourself.

Monica said...

Meg, you are awesome. And everything you're dealing with is obviously a result of our fucked-up society that can't seem to let go of sexist stereotypes and recognize women's accomplishments. So sorry you're having to experience this, but please keep up the hard work. I feel like if you came out with a book by yourself it would sell just as well, so maybe consider that? We (fans) would love it!

Anna said...

Team Meg!
"Do I go around the country slapping a sticker on the cover of every copy that says, "Meghan Rowland: tits like a lady, LOLs like a man!""

...yes.

Caroline said...

I used your "Tits like a Lady, LOLz like a man" expression last night - and man it killed! Way to go meg with another stellar piece of comedy!

Julia said...

People on the internet are dicks. You and Chris are funny, both separately and together, and anyone who has read 2B1B for more than like 20 minutes knows what your writing style is and knows that you and Chris, TOGETHER, wrote that book.

And again, people on the internet are dicks.

Anonymous said...

No offense to Chris, but I started reading this blog because of you - and I continued reading it and will continue to read it because of you. Regardless of whoever the 2nd bird is, your voice is the one that keeps us all coming back. And truth be told, I could do without the 2nd bird. Just sayin.

And if you'll look back at all the 2B1B posts, yours are the ones that consistently has encouraging comments and praise. Chris ain't got shit.

Anonymous said...

keeep writing! I love this blog and the book! So funny!

Anonymous said...

I actually never read Chris' posts because I don't care for his writing. So...do with that what you will. Meg 4lyfe!!

Anonymous said...

Love this blog, love both of you but especially Meg! How about re-opening the Merch store with the books and some "Sorr about the bag" bags? I know I'd pay a premium for them, might help pay the bills a bit.

Courtney said...

I feel like anything I have to say is basically just mirroring everything that 70+ comments before me said, but, as a reader (and a writer myself), I feel like I need to show my support. I totally understand where you're coming from about feeling kind of like the underdog when you bring just as much to the table (if not more) as your partner. I always felt like Robin to my best friend's Batman in high school and it was obnoxious and it DID strain our friendship. Everything you wrote about it valid. Hearing that people think Chris mostly wrote the book would devastate me, too.

Not to disrespect Chris, I believe he's a good writer in his own right, this blog is yours. I started reading like two different blue/green font people ago and even then, I always felt like this blog was your big show and they were just co-stars. While all of your writing partners have been great, I have always considered your writing and your sense of humor to be elevated. You seriously do have something special, Meg. And people know that and recognize that. You have nothing to fear!

You are your own rainbow.

Sorry, I wanted to end on something inspiring.

Brittan said...

Meg, I'm in so much agreement with most of these comments and don't feel like there's much I can add.

I do want to say that I think it's good you're figuring this out now. Gender issues are alive and thriving in many industries, but there's nothing like sexism and gender bias in the entertainment industry. I know it's a little different because you're dealing with publishing, but I worked in the film industry for several years before going back to grad school and dealt with this on a daily basis. My male boss had me working 80 hour weeks for pennies and ended up stealing all of my work, calling it his own and taking a phat promotion that came with a Malibu condo. What did I get? My contract ended and I was out of work again. I was also sexually harassed and even sexually assaulted once by producers, directors, actors and other men in positions of rank over me.

You are never going to have to deal with that kind of stuff because you're older and smarter than I was at the time, and there is definitely a movement of strong, vocal female writers in TV and film (which I assume is where you want to end up) that are getting more jobs and respect (and credit) than ever before. All I'm saying is, figure out what you want and get ready to fight for it but it will probably get harder before it gets better.

I think you're on your way and it's worth fighting for.

Alex said...

On a side note, if you made a shirt that said "Meghan Rowland: tits like a lady, LOLs like a man!", I would wear it every single laundry day.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Meggles just need to write her own book? ;-)

Anonymous said...

chris may not be as funny as you but his posts are witty and he is more disciplined than you have been on the blog

Anonymous said...

I'd rather read true talent infrequently than mediocrity regularly.

Anonymous said...

I'm reading Brainwashing now. Your presence is very, well, present. Chris' voice doesn't overshadow yours at all, and there is a solid balance of gender pronouns. Well done!

Anonymous said...

I totally support you and emphathize with the complexity of the situation, but I am dissapointed with one thing - when you made the 20 years from now comment, it should have been followed up by a self-depcricating line or realizing how cliche it sounds. But, good for you, because I can't even envision all the regret I will have 20 years from now, tears behind the laughter.

Kathryn said...

As a Meg AND Chris fan, I think that it is really unfair for people to interpret Meg's post as an invitation to console her by saying that she's a better writer than Chris.

There shouldn't be any "Team Meg" or "Team Chris." That's the point of a partnership... you're partners, not competitors.

It seems like Meg and her "army" may have lost sight of this, and for the sake of the blog (and Meg and Chris' friendship) I hope that everyone will just MOVE ON.

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