11.29.2005

Equal time for Sandra Scoppettone's response

I can't believe the reactions to my blog. My blog is about nothing but writing and what it's like to be published, get a contract, not get one, feeling bad on a writing day, feeling good, etc. It's not about anything personal like my cat or what I wear.

As Ed Gorman said to me this morning:"What's the point of publishing a cowering blog?" Why should I shutup...the whole point of the blog is to take the reader with me as I go through the life of being a published writer. Guess I won't be published anymore, huh?


And nobody reads because I also said:"I’m not saying an editor of that age has to be horrible, in fact I know that someone so young could be the best editor I’ve ever had."
I don't think a single person read my post correctly. This is because in this form as in email there are no nuances.

And if you'd read further, Rick, you'd know the hem had to be shorter because the book takes place in 1943.
I guess I'm shocked at the reaction I got because if you read my post you'll see it's really all about projecting and that I make fun of myself.Why do I think there are a lot of wannabes leaving comments?

Seems like a lot of fuss over very little.



There's an old saying: if one person tells you you're sick, don't worry. If five people say it: lie down.

One of the things I've learned from this blog is that people read things I did not intend. Does that make me right, and them wrong? Of course it does. That's also not the point.

If you are blogging, and writing about your work world, people are going to read it and draw conclusions. Conclusions you may not like, you may not agree with, that you in fact think are stupid. Telling them so is like a food fight (cue: Animal House!)--you may win, but you're still wearing green jello.

I'm not going to give a line by line response to this.
I stand by my original post.
All opinioins to the contrary, misguided though they be, are welcome in the comments section.
Unless of course you don't think Animal House is funny. Then you are consigned to a life of Ingmar Bergman movies.

20 comments:

Mel Francis said...

I'm wearing mashed potatoes thankyouverymuch.


If you are blogging, and writing about your work world, people are going to read it and draw conclusions. Conclusions you may not like, you may not agree with, that you in fact think are stupid.

This is EXACTLY why I think writers in particular need to tread lightly. If they are branding themselves with snark ala Jennifer Weiner--then fine. If they are blogging as a character ala Vanessa Virtue, then fab. But if they are being themselves, then they need to remember how to be professional. Occasional bitching is tolerated. Constant bitching/whining/moaning and groaning--eh, not so much.

I'm retiring with my glass of chianti now! Enjoy your gin and have a great night!

Anonymous said...

There's an old saying: if one doctor tells you you're sick, don't worry. If five doctors say it: get a second opinion.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

All I can say is...I love this blog. It's better than my daily newspaper.

You go! Miss Snark!!

Maya said...

Remember Anne Rice's famous rant on Amazon.com on September 6, 2004, attacking the people who were criticizing her book, "Blood Canticle."

NEVER EVER EVER post something without thinking about the potential consequences.

the chocolatier said...

There's an old saying: if one doctor tells you you're sick, don't worry. If five doctors say it: get a second opinion.

I don't understand that saying at all. If five doctors have said it, haven't you already had five opinions?

Mac said...

Hmm. I'm apparently just thick-skinned to a fault, because I honestly don't think I'd take any offense, if I were the new editor.

I must've spent too many years in advertising.

Bernita said...

You know ( yanno is TM), reactions to blog entries are quite similar to a person picking a book off the racks, reading the first page or so, the blurb at the back, and then tossing it.
"Wannabes" though, was unnecessary, arrogant, and tilts the balance decisively.

Chris said...

If you've seen five doctors, you've gotten a second opinion four times already.

kitty said...

My step-daughter, who's only 8 years my junior, saw Animal House and couldn't wait to tell me. She was a college student at the time and thought I'd love it because it was more from my era than from hers.

However, what I saw was flaunting rules and regulations. I kept wondering who was going to pay for all that destruction of personal property.

It depends upon your POV. She was a typical poor college student, whose biggest problem was passing her finals, while I was a typical poor young mother who worried how I would pay the mortgage.

I can now laugh my butt off watching Animal House, but back then I couldn't.

Stephen D. Rogers said...

After going back and forth on the issue, I decided to be one of the few writers in the world who didn't also blog. I figure a webpage can be dangerous enough when it comes to maintaining a brand.

Stacy said...

I studied literature for - Lord, too many years, and I have been left with an inability to take words at face value. When you start stringing words together, the simplest choice of one adverb over another is telling your listener something about you, something you might not even know about yourself.

Ms. Scoppettone has said more than she realised. She thinks of herself as witty, fun, talented but misunderstood. She comes across as boorish, ungrateful and just plain childish.

harridan said...

For me, it wasn't Sandra's original post that bothered. Sure, everyone vents now and then, and I did read her post with that in mind.

It was the lashing out at commenters that turned a good thing bad. As Miss Snark said, it was like yelling "food fight."

Hmmm, no, it wasn't that harmless. Sandra went on the attack with poison pen in hand.

And once she lashed out, she pulled in another commenter who kept the brouhaha going, and it got even uglier.

Having said that, I think a better tactic to the original commenter would have been to say, "Hey, I can see my post was misconstrued."

Do I think that's a whimpy response. Not on your life. This is a business, and blogging has become a huge part of that business. Else why would people do it?

Just my two cents on the matter.

Sandra Ruttan said...

There's a saying you might have heard of: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

Ranting about a disappointment is fine, but not necessarily on a blog. I mean, there's a time and place for everything and believe me, this is not where I'm going to start talking about whether or not I'd shag some fictional character (yes, I have seen that discussed on the internet) or how much I'd like to kill my... Well, never mind. That could get me in trouble if said person ends up suddenly dead.

But assuming that nobody who's rising in the ranks will ever possibly match the person you were working with is rude. And frustrating for those new peope coming in with zeal. For all you know, one's a big fan and has been really hoping to work with you. And if said person, in their zeal, invests a few hours one evening reading your blog, their heart will likely land on the floor of the apartment below them. And if they were me, the discouragement would be quickly followed with anger.

Something to think about. Or lash out over.

melinama said...

New to your blog. I'm not a writer (that is, don't intend sending any manuscripts anywhere in this lifetime) but enjoy seeing what misery I'm missing. And I like your "old saying" so much I just added it to my sidebar.

I love that you have enough energy to do your job and then share all this with us too. Thanks!

Karen Scott said...

Yes, but at least she got lots of hits from people who'd never heard of her. Like me for instance.

the chocolatier said...

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

But add a shitload of sugar first.

Sandra, you're certainly entitled to your own opinions, but you might want to be conscientious of the age old adage that: it's not what you say, it's how you say it.

Anonymous said...

...it's not what you say, it's how you say it.

So true, and yet people don't always like the message no matter how sugar coated it is delivered.

Self-expression is our innate right to freely speak our thoughts without fear of retribution, in any form or manner. How people choose to express themselves is sometimes frowned upon because their words don't always follow social norms.

Writers should stretch the fabric of perceived language, social order, and our misguided beliefs of utopian speech; to raise the bar an inch higher and not stymie someone who’s opinion that differs from our own.

Indigo Black said...

I didn't think her blog post was that bad. I bitch in my livejournal blog but I hide them from view. With Blogger you don't really have that option. I read other people's blogs because it's nice to know I'm not the only one bad things happen to.

However, what got me and probably the majority of other people who read that blog was the lashing out at readers. Bad form.

Also posting anonymously is not cowardice. There are many reasons why a person would choose to do so, one of which Sandra so elegantly demonstrated for us.

lady t said...

Spend one day offline and you totally miss out on the fireworks...wow,Feudapalooza '05 is alive and kicking:)

Anonymous said...

if anyone cares, ms scoppettone's been reassigned to an editor much older than 29, and very distinguished. if she complains any more, then i don't know what more we can bloody do.