Posted by Christina on September 12, 2000 at 11:15:55:
In Reply to: Re: Yowzer! Hold the Presses!!!! posted by MMMMarcia on September 11, 2000 at 20:06:53:
: Hi, Elaine,
: Since I seemed to have opened today's can of worms, I WOULD like to comment on one or two more things, before I bow out of this entire discussion.
: 1) I DO understand Vita & her boundless enthusiasm quite well, which is why I phrased my post the way I did. I'm quite certain that Vita's posts regarding Eden's Winter & Marie de Merle were made with her usual exuberance and happy wish to share with others here. I'm sorry many of those posts were met with silence. It happens to ALL of us. There are several of us who have been trying with absolutely not ONE IOTA of success to get some fun scenarios going like we used to enjoy in Mohicanland. No respones from ANYONE, so I'm assuming that for now, at least, that's a dead horse. For whatever reason, as Rich pointed out, sometimes discussions, threads, jokes, whatever, get going great guns, and other times they don't. Period. I don't think it is normally anything personal. Maybe the people who would have jumped into the game or discussion didn't get around to reading the post. Maybe they read it & DID want to play or discuss or debate, but had a throbbing headache, an urgent appointment, or a cat throwing up last night's Little Friskies in the middle of the sofa. Maybe no one felt inclined at all. Who knows. MY point regarding the Eden's Winter thread was that perhaps the "enthusiasm" level just reached proportions where no one wanted to get involved. And maybe those EW posts that sounded "scolding" were counter-productive. It was just a theory, which I proposed because Vita seemed so upset over the silence of it all. I honestly believe there might have been a better response if it had been done a little bit more "softly," for want of a better word. But I could certainly be wrong. It may actually have been that cat throwing up on the sofa!
: 2) I understand exactly what a Pen Name is, but it's REALLY hard to rally around one! Perhaps if Marie de Merle were a bit more forthcoming about who she is, more support would have been offered, as well. I have great admiration for anyone who undertakes to write a book, and who manages to get one published. That is a huge accomplishment. But again, I, personally, was overwhelmed by all the posts and more posts saying we had to go read it, or "else." AGAIN, I know what Vita was trying to do, and the approach may work well for many people, but hard sell always makes me run the other way. Just my stubborn nature, I guess.
: All I really wanted to do was offer a bit of an explanation as ONE POSSIBLE reason why it fell a bit flat. If I had a nickel for every time one of MY posts fell flat or had an unanticipated outcome, I could be living in Paradise right now, chasing those island boys.
: Vita, just chalk it up to a couple of posts that didn't work, and move on. I know you will still have plenty of people who will discover Eden's Winter & be crazy about it, and then the talk will begin. I just wish I had that much hope for Sassy ever flying again. Or poor Miss Marcia, who's still lost in the woods, hoping for rescue. Or Dweebie, whose younger cousin, Doofus Day-Lewis was scheduled to make his appearance this month. It makes me sad to think those characters are not likely to surface again any time soon, but that seems to be the way of it.
Wow, go offline for a few days and all Hades breaks loose.
I was considering not getting into this at all because I still am one of the relative "newbies" to Mohicanland, but here's mine.
Vita, I'm sorry if you felt that your initial posts about the book were ignored. As a writer, I know how hard it is to have something you feel passionately about, especially in the creative realm, and then not have it appreciated. As a writer of fiction and poetry, and also from a lot of experience in the theater, I also know how hard it is to put one's creativity on the line for all to see. I do know, also, from many MANY writing classes that if you give intelligent people a piece of fiction or whatever to read, you are inevitably going to get critical opinions. Trust me. You can call it discussion, debate or argument, but inevitably you will get some responses that can be interpreted as critical. Maybe that was the problem...I think folks might not have known exactly what was expected or wanted of them. And the critiques I saw...I didn't think they were that harsh. Mainly points made by people who just aren't into the historical fiction genre or this particular style.
That aside, I don't think you were being ignored. The very nature of Message boards is that sometimes there's a flurry of discussion, and at others it's like a wasteland. I've posted numerous things here...including some feisty stories courtesy of "Red" -- and nobody's responded. Doesn't bug me. Occasionally I get a fun e-mail from somebody telling me they enjoy Red and her stories and her rantings. So that makes me feel better.
Maybe this was a universally busy time for everybody. i've been fighting off a stomach-virus and a respiratory infection, dealing with buttloads of work, traveling in and out of town every other day or so, and trying to fit in friends and my godson as well. So this just hasn't been a real fertile time for me to be sitting down at my computer and reading extensively. Heck, I haven't even read half of my mail from last week...
Lastly, I seriously hope this board continues. It's one of the only true islands of fun, humor and sanity I've found on the Internet, and believe me, I've looked HARD. And to whoever the writer of the book is, congratulations. You should be proud of bringing your creativity to fruition.
Anyway, that's it for me. By the way, the Red-Haired Lass is throwing a tantrum in the kitchen at even the wee-est hint that the board might go away. I'd better duck...nothing worse than getting hit by a flying haggis.
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