Posted by Dana S. on September 11, 2000 at 14:46:18:
In Reply to: Re: A Message to Vita regarding Eden's Winter posted by Vita on September 11, 2000 at 13:49:03:
: : Hi, Vita! I have been reading with interest the threads about this book, the author, her writing style, the category of the book, itself, and so forth. I am sorry you found us less than supportive of a fellow Mohicanlander, Vita, but I don't think this was anyone's intent. This is a pretty supportive group, after all. What I think happened...and this is just MY opinion, for what it's worth...is that many of us felt uncomfortable with the extremely LONG threads about the book, and the feeling that we WERE being pushed. I know you don't see it that way, as you are a very enthusiastic, outgoing personality, and that's great. We need lots of folks like that. But every time I tried to get on the board lately, there were just so many posts going on and on about the book, and some that even sounded like "scolding", that it put me off a bit. I'm guessing that others may have felt the same way...anyone want to comment on that?
: : At any rate, I don't think the reluctance has to do at all with Marie's talent, as much as it does the perception that the Board had taken on a completely different feel lately. It's been hard to talk about the movie or generate anything fun in Mohicanland, for whatever reason (those things go in cycles). This is not meant to hurt anyone's feelings, as we DO want to encourage each other to support our ventures, and I DO realize that Rose Publishing is connected to Mohicanland in the most obvious of ways. And I always try to be VERY supportive of MohicanPress when it comes to purchasing what we can through this site, and shopping the new Cafe & the Trading Post. But the difference seems to ME to be the difference between *suggesting* and *encouraging* ...and being knocked on the noggin with it.
: : Perhaps, in your very sincere enthusiasm to support this book, which you obviously love (so far) and the author, whom you believe in, you got just a MITE carried away? And that could have had the opposite effect from what you hoped for?
: : Please consider this? And, if I'm the only one who felt that way, then I apologize to all, but I just wanted to say that's kinda where I was coming from. It just made me so uncomfortable, I wanted to avoid the whole issue. Hope I haven't hurt anyone's feelings or stepped on any toes, as that was not my intent. Just trying to communicate a bit on what may have happened, here.
: : MMMMarcia
: Hi, MMMM
: Thanks for your post, I appreciate it.
: Getting back to E. W. It started out with fun and enthusiasm. and a bit of a disbelief on MY part (not the author, who was and is anonymous and did not really want to start any thread about this on the board). For me, it was disblief because in my happy-go-lucky approach to the board, I really expected fun and comforting threads. We do whip each other in fun ways, scold each other, claim to be at Bumppo's, etc, don't we? So what is the difference now? I mean you may be angered by my enthusiasm, but getting angry at me and the novel itself, are two different things, right?
: You dislike the WORK because The Publisher is too enthusiastic about The Work???? That is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater!
: I too have books for sale, but I have almost never rang the TC's bell for them, have I? Yes, Elaine and Bea have mentioned them, especially the one titled The Horseman, but only because they liked the book. Also, I did offer Ride The Eagle (which is published) and later on, The Scorpion Child (not yet published) for free, as a bonus for donations to Ariel. But that was about all I did, mostly, re. my own books. I figured The Horseman is too exotic a novel, too different, and Ride The Eagle, although a contemporary hundred percent about present-day American life, newspapers and unions, and a strong female heroine versus an equally strong male heroine, might also be ... well, who knows.
: However, I do take a special pride in Eden's Winter. For sure, it is NOT my novel. It belongs to a talented author who has kept her light under a bushel all her life, and I take pleasure in seeing that light shines as brightly as possible. And since the author IS an LOTMer, I did expect fun, support, etc.
: Mea culpa.
Ya know, Vita (BTW, I love you to pieces), I never expect anything when I post. If someone responds, it's just cool, that's all. Some days I have lots of free time to spend on the board and some days I don't. Some days I have a brain that contains vocabulary to respond to posts and sometimes I don't. I try not to take anything personally ( I just HATE it when my posts end up at the bottom of the list, though. Isn't that silly?). I figure most folks are about like me and are trying not to let anyone know they are addicted to this place. I don't expect anything, I just appreciate ( in a BIG way) what I get. I HAVE learned a few lessons about not posting when I should, however. My new rule is to ALWAYS post Happy Birthday wishes! Once I was in a rush and just ASSUMED others would post Birthday wishes to a LOTMer. WRONG! Never again will I miss a Happy Birthday post. Nope, nope, nope.
Well, there was a point in here somewheres. Good luck trying to find it. I apologize right along with MMMMarcia if I have let you and our LOTMer down. Didn't mean any harm. Just had a busy weekend, that's all.
Living laughingly in the loving Light,
(C'mon, give us that big Vita smile.)
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