Not too long ago, one of my heroes, Zoe Weil, posted about how she experienced an overload of hate mail when her blog was linked to from a popular publication. Ms. Weil, I am appalled by what people said to you, after all you’ve done. I’d also like to say that I can empathize. In 2009, I experienced an Internet “stalker,” an anonymous person who did nothing but post vile things on everything I wrote. Thankfully he or she disappeared, though I don’t know why; however, this past week has been tough once again when, just because I wrote a single blog post, I’ve been getting hateful messages daily.
For a sensitive person like me, this can be extremely hard to deal with–and I hate that the most, that it really affects me at all, since I don’t even know these people (or person; after all, they’re all anonymous) and I should have thicker skin than this. My plan is to simply ignore further posts; I’m simply trying to make a living doing what I love, and I shouldn’t allow others to ruin that for me. The truth is, I am hurt.
And here I promised myself I’d go to bed at a reasonable hour tonight. Damn, I should have saved Glee for until after I checked my hate mail!
But you know what? People love my fiction. I get thousands of hits each month and positive reviews on stories that I wrote five years ago that I don’t even promote; they are pretty much buried in a sea of fanfiction. I’m just wondering if this is yet another sign pushing me into that direction once again. The question, of course, is will I follow it this time? All I know is that while my husband is laid off I’m supporting this family, and I don’t have the time to invest in the projects I was doing before. I have to suck it up, hold back my feelings, and move on. But I could really kick myself for not jumping on those opportunities when I had the chance.
The Joy of Anonymous Comments
The Hungry Blogger
Hooray for Chopped All Stars!
Animal Book Club
Farm Animals By Katie Daynes
Craft Book Club
Look at What You Can Make with Boxes
Children’s Book Club
Titanicat by Marty Crisp
I recently finished both The Underland Chronicles and the Leven Thumps series. The former was my favorite of the two, but both were remarkable fantasy/sci-fi novels that I would recommend to any lovers of those genres.
Sci Fi Book Club
Gregor and the Marks of Secret
Military Book Club
Gregor and the Code of Claw
Adventure Book Club
Leven Thumps and the Wrath of Ezra
Fantasy Book Club
Leven Thumps and the Ruins of Alder
February is Bake for Family Fun Month
This may be the most disturbing story you read today. However, it’s a very important read; not just because our tax dollars helped fund child rape, but because we need to condemn it wherever it happens and refuse to be silent when so many are tortured. Please help spread this article around, sign the petition in it, and contact your members of Congress about it as soon as possible.
Child Rape in Afghanistan
Fruitcake is For the Birds
Sweet and Spicy Potatoes
Let Them Eat Spaghetti
Tea Party Report
Newspeak and Thoughtcrime at Wal-Mart
I’m not sure why November has so many creative challenges attached to it; what I am sure of, however, is that there’s almost no excuse to not get creative this month!
Also, be sure to check out (and join if interested!) my new Facebook challenge for the month, Random Acts of Kindness, below.
November is Art Every Day Month
Adopt a Turkey This Thanksgiving
Random Acts of Kindness on Facebook
Living To Do
NaNoJouMo: National Nonstop Journaling Month
Mmm, Pumpkin Tarts!
I know it’s completely against everything I stand for… but I so want to try one of these bad babies.
The Hungry Blogger
I So Want a Coke Freestyle Machine
Does Twilight Carry a Mormon Message?
Educational Book Club
Alphabet Under Construction
Folk Music Talk
Renewing Classic Childhood Songs and Rhymes