Well.....but first, the disclaimer:
Warning: This post may contain objectionable grammar and a unpleasant tone. I apologize in advance for the objectionable grammar, but not for the unpleasant tone.
Well....my book has been out for a little over two months, and for the most part, the reviews have been positive.
However, in the past three weeks, a couple of people have stated their dislike for my novel and have decided to tell the world publicly about it. And by telling the world about it their dislike for it, some collateral damage was inflicted as well.
One person, who knows me from way back in the day, bought my book and didn't like it. They disliked it so much that for the past three weeks, they've been posting in the chat room where I hang my hat, disparaging the book and me, through insults, innuendos and obscenities. And to show what a B.M.O.C. they are, they're using a proxy server and have been using my characters names for their name.
Their main problem right now is a conflict of interest: they stated publicly that I crave the attention and if they went away, I would be disappointed (click here and examine post #3226). But for the past three weeks, they been prattling on and on about me with no apparent end in sight.
The second person, what they did was a lot more hurtful, because I considered this person to be good friend of mine. Even though we dropped down to e-mailing about once a month, I still thought of her as a decent person.
But, she came online about week ago, also disparaging both me and my book, just like the first person. However, she soon crossed that line of legality, when in a sad attempt to prove that I had a sick mind, she posted an excerpt from the book without my permission.
Now I really didn't know that it was her until the 26th, when she demanded that I tell everyone about a deal I made with her. That's when it dawned on me who I was dealing with. Let me tell you gang, when someone who you used be good friends with, decides to turn on you because they didn't like what you wrote, it really and truly does hurt.
As for the collateral damage? That happened when, in the process of trying to figure out her identity, I called her "Chris". A poster, who shall remain nameless, took offense because she thought I was talking about her (her real name is Chris). She left two very nasty and disgusting posts, covering the same tired ground that the lies she believed to be true, already covered.
I'm gonna keep fighting the good fight, but it really bums me out that a former friend turned on me so bitterly. The other two posters, one who's a gutless coward and the other a gullible twit, I don't give rat's ass about. My former friend, her I'm giving really serious thought about taking to court about her posting that excerpt. It doesn't bother me that she didn't like the book, but it does bother me that she tried to make it so personal.
Writing. It can be a bitch sometimes. We all dream of being controversial at some point in our life, but this is taking it to the extreme.
Update: I created this post on Jan 26th. Since then, the post that showed the excerpt that I had linked to has been removed (along with two other posts elsewhere) by the moderators due to a complaint I made about copyright infringement.