So, I use two websites I use Shortbreadstories. It is a wonderfully friendly place the members are always supportive, kind and generous. I love it there.
I also use another site. On that site the members can be brutal, they can be rude and offensive and they can be pretty obnoxious to be honest. But, many of them are not, they are kind and supportive just as my friends on Shortbread are.
So, in the last week I have had – oh what shall I call it – an issue – yes, I have had an issue with a member on the other site. She has for whatever reason declared war on me, she doesn’t like me and therefore of course she doesn’t like my work. We writers are like that!!! (sometimes)
Anyway I had recently re-uploaded an old piece from here, Ghost Written and I was hoping for some feedback. Well, what actually happened was that this other lady decided to mark the piece down so that effectively it would be viewed as worthless and no-one would read it. She is of course entitled to her opinion. It is possible that she did indeed, as she claims, read the book and hated it. The actual on site rating that she gave me is quantified as “Awful – only good for pulping” – Harsh I know but, well anyway.
Of course we had a bit of a to and fro and handbags and so on and then I thought oh this is just silly and left it but, it did me a sort of favour in that it made me go back and look at the work with a more critical eye – maybe I should indeed thank her.
I spent a couple of hours today re-reading it and well to be honest I just don’t know. I like it, I know that it needs an edit and a bit of tidying up here and there, it was never offered as “finished” but I just wondered. If any of you could be bothered. What do you reckon. Is this worth any effort. I had thought that I might self publish it as a novella but if it is indeed “only fit for pulping” well perhaps that’s exactly what I should do.
Ooops – hold on there is a glitch with the pdf. – Give me a moment – thanks – Ashen – Course of Mirrors
Okay I think that should be okay.