“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou
Just the other day at the grocery store, I overheard a young male cashier asking a young woman what she planned to do with a plunger. Can you imagine? Speechless and crimson, she left without making a purchase. Another good reason (though I’ve yet to try it) to have the groceries delivered—from a mile away!
I suppose it’s simply another unpleasant example of today’s acceptance of blatant rudeness as evidenced in a broad spectrum of media outlets, including (gasp!) book reviews. Yep, this is another of my adventures in apprehension for the InsecureWriter’s Support Group!
As if putting your work out in public is not already a monumental test of confidence, must we now be subjected to what amounts to classless insult? Apparently so, as in these examples:
“The book is divided into eight long chapters, and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to read it.”
“A 600-page monument to insignificance.”
“This is easily the worst book I’ve ever read, and I’ve read ( notable author).”
Leapin’ Lizards! Shouldn’t it be a crime to be that rude?
Admittedly, these are some of the worst of the worst and (so far) not the norm. But whatever happened to simply declining comment if you can’t at least be constructive? Oh, sure, we know what not to do; we mustn’t maim, strangle or otherwise mutilate the offending reviewer. But more importantly, how do we recover from a venomous review?
Me, I find my M&M stash inexplicably depleted. And I quit reading reviews.
But who doesn’t, in their heart of hearts, really want to know how their book is publicly accepted? Certainly few can engage the world. However, offensive reviews can only stack the odds against engaging even a few. Do you agree some tempered class is in order?
“A boo is a lot louder than a cheer” ~ Lance Armstrong
Cheerful cyber hugs to my friends Shady Dell Knight and Stephanie Farris for stopping by while I was away bearing witness to the fruition of one of my baby girl’s greatest dreams. It truly was enchanting!