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Group Lists – Author Absenteeism

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
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What is the god-damned point of having a group list when the owner, usually the author, is never around?

I don’t know about anybody else, but I don’t just join groups, so that I can become bestest pals with the sometimes irrelevant people who are on them (harsh you’re thinking, but I too may be considered irrelevant by others), so imagine how annoyed, and irritated I get, when I join a group, with the hopes that I get to ‘meet’ said, esteemed author, and maybe get the lowdown on what they are like, whether they’re emotional cripples, or well balanced individuals , only to find that if they post once a week, you’re lucky. By this time, I have gone to the trouble of introducing myself to the group, hoping for maybe a kind word or two, from the author, whose books I have become obsessed by.

A little time goes by, nothing, then a little more time goes by, nothing still, you wait and wait, but still nada, then finally one day, when you are not expecting it, suddenly there’s the long awaited post sitting in your in-box, your heart races with excitement, at last, word from your esteemed author. You open it up to find this:
‘Dangerous Desires, by Ivor Biggun releases today , get your copy from Shoddy Books now!!’

Hello!! It’s great news that they are releasing a book today, after all, it’s their books, that brought you to their loop in the first place, but give me a break, this is not what you visualised when you thought about getting to know them better, *sigh*, impersonal generic announcements, that could have been better served being on a newsletter only group!
The thing is, we are just so danged loyal. When the author finally decides to grace us with their presence, do we say “where the heck, have you been, we’ve been waiting for ya?” Do we hell, we salivate, whilst chanting ‘we are not worthy’ and go into that sycophantic mode, I so detest. Hey, I’ve done it myself, so I know!

I’m not completely heartless (no dessent amongst the ranks please) I appreciate that these authors are incredibly busy people, what with conventions, book signings, family life, and one thing or another, but as loyal readers, and in a lot of cases, the people who made it possible for said author to be so busy in the first place, don’t we deserve a little more attention? Don’t we deserve to be treated better than a cast off lover, who you no longer bother try to keep happy, because they’ve outlived their usefulness? Is this just me, or does anybody else feel this way. Authors, feel free to comment.

My Book of The Week

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
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So far this week, I’ve read 3 books (I know, I know, what can I say, I’ve been busy building my empire!!) And as I sit here, I’m struggling to recall what they were, how bad is that? *tapping fingers, giving this serious thought* Oh yeah, I remember now…. two of the books that I purchased this week were anthologies. Dontcha just hate the fact that you have to have to pay so much money for a book, when really, you were only ever buying it because there was a particular author that you like, who has a story in the anth? Sigh, this could be just me, but I resent the hell out of it! It would probably help if the other stories weren’t too bad, but three good stories per anthology is generally the exception rather than the rule. Sigh. Having said that, I have discovered some real gems that way, Jaid Black being one of them.
It looks like this week, I have no outstanding books to tell you about, but no fear, hopefully by next week, I would have resumed my usual frantic reading pace!

I have heard this mantra most of my life, and I’m wondering if I necessarily agree with it? How boring would life be if people never fell out, never made up, were always unscrutably polite to each other, and the whole world was all raindrops and roses? HELLO? THIS IS NOT LIVING!!! Falling out, being bitchy, and generally misbehaving, is part of life, and I realise that there will be bleeding heart liberals out there who may (or may not) read this post and think, ‘what the f*k, but hey this is just the way I think, life would be BORING if everybody was nice to everybody else, all of the time, yech!!!

On most of the lists that I’m on, everybody is sooooo polite, I mean come on, I cannot be the only one who sees certain posts and think, how lame is that? I know you do too, you’re just too polite to say so, and most of the time I have to admit, I too suffer from this social disease called good manners, yech!!

However, having said that, what I absolutely will NOT do is to extoll the virtues of a book that I thought was absolutely rubbish, just because I’m familiar with the author. This is where, the above rule comes into play, I say nothing! Why lie, and give platitudes that you know you don’t mean? I hear ya thinking well if you voice your opinion in a diplomatic way, you can get away with it, but really, who the hell believes that? Having been in contact with a lot of authors, I know that this bunch, are some of the most insecure people in the world, so no matter how nicely you word a negative, it’s still a negative, and will sometimes have said author crying and going through huge bouts of self doubt for the next year or so!

But by keeping quiet, am I really doing that author a favour? Would he/she not be better off, if I explained what it was about the book that I didn’t like? After all, without readers and their input, where would they be? In Unpublished Hell, that’s where! Authors feel free to comment!

This is a pertinent question, mostly because I have! LOL!
A few days ago, I declared war on a certain group member from a group that I was quite active on. I can see you all shaking your heads, but let me give you a brief history of our relationship:
I joined this Group around September last year, why? Because I liked the authors books, why else?

Well I’m quite a feisty person, and if I join a group, I usually just get the thread, and join right in, no holding back or shying away for me, I’m afraid. I happened to do much the same thing on this group, for the purpose of this blog we’ll call it Group A.

There was one person on this group (we’ll call her Ms Anal, for the purpose of this blog) who immediately took a dislike to my forthrightness within this group. Now I didn’t actually know that she felt this way, until it was made obvious in another group months later (I have a thick hide) We used to swap mild insults constantly (mine was totally in jest, hers apparently wasn’t) but isn’t this sometimes part of loop life?

I happened to insult one of the fictional characters that she had claimed from the Author of group A, and tried to steal (usurper that I am) one of the other fictional characters from another group member (isn’t this normal behaviour?) Well Miss Anal then took to ‘sticking her tongue out at me’ and ‘ignoring KarenS’ on post. Remember folks, I’m thinking this is still horse play, so I just carried on trying to ‘steal’ her hero, which she took as a personal affront.

Months later things came to a head, and I found out that all our banter had not really been banter at all, Miss Anal had been talking about me behind my back to other group members. I was stunned. Can you believe that she had fallen out with me because of fictional characters. Yep, to her, these characters were real, hello? What? Can we say, ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’?

I once asked her if she realised that she was getting upset over people who didn’t really exist, and she did the usual ‘ignoring KarenS’ thing that she does. She then decided that whenever she could, she would write posts containing thinly veiled insults, generally aimed at me (school playground anybody?) Now I hear ya thinking, why dontcha just rise above it, and be the adult, well I’m sorry, I’ve never been one to ‘rise above’ anything in my life, and I certainly wasn’t going to start now, so I did what any good ten year old would do, when faced with somebody who was nothing more than a bully, and had been getting away with it for years, I ripped her to shreds on post, then went no mail from that particular list, and I am currently living happily ever after!

I’ve found out since then, that I wasn’t the first person that she had taken a dislike to for no other reason, than she felt the other group members were getting too pally with me (hey it happens, I can be nice folks) and basically, her whole attitude towards me was borne out of jealousy! Huh? Go figure!

The moral of the story is you need to have a life outside of the list, or else, you too will start thinking that fictional characters are real people. What a crazy bitch! (In England that’s a very mild insult, and I could have called her much worse, but I’m trying to be ladylike !!)

Queen Camilla, to Be Or Not To Be?

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
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As most of you know, Prince Charles Married Camilla on Saturday, what I want to know is, did anybody else find themselves being moved by the ceremony (the five minutes of it, I was able to watch in between inadvertently killing a frog with the lawnmower)? Now I’ve always thought Charlie boy was a bit of a toad, and Camilla, his horse errant, but I actually stopped and thought about it, without the whole emotional Princess Diana, woman done wrong thing, etc. etc. etc.

Can we really help who we fall in love with? Charles should have married Camilla the first time round, this would have definitely saved a lot of people. a lot of grief, had he done so, but surely what’s done is done? Do we not have to move on now? Here in Britain most people are up in arms about the whole nasty affair, but the facts are, this relationship was meant to be, these two people love each other, and they have proven it time and time again. I can’t believe they started their affair 5 years before I was even a tadpole!

I realise that his position as queen, erm sorry, prince, means that he has to be whiter than white, but come on, nobody’s that perfect, and lets face it, there’s a reason why D.I.V.O.R.C.E is on the up and up, and it’s not all due to the fact that women can now vote! So I say this: It’s time to forgive and forget, and leave these two people alone to get on with their personal lives, afterall, they may just discover that married life isn’t as exciting as an illicit affair.

It’s Bitching!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
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Wow, I did as the Roman’s did, and got my very own bitching blog, woo hoo, am I gonna have some fun now! All the things I ever wanted to say, but couldn’t because apparently I’m in Polite Society Hell!
I’m an avid reader, and will basically glom anything that’s put in front of me, but beware, my true love is Romantica! Yep Folks, I like my books steaming and sizzling, and all those nice things, so if you’re under 18, I suggest you find yourself a youth club or somewhere else to hang out, cuz I don’t want any trouble from your parents!
My favourite Romantica authors are Sarah Mccarty, Lora Leigh, Eve Vaughn, Ashleigh Raine, and Chey Mccray! There are many others, but I’m sure that I will mention them as time goes by! But for now, I’m gonna play with hubby, cuz it’s way past my bedtime!