It's Sunday, and I've been clobbered by several bits of crappy news. On top of that, I've been accused and convicted of a "crime" on another author's blog. The crime? Being a bitch and becoming too big for my britches. The reason? I apparently responded to this person's self-introduction at the Romantic Times conference last year with a mean glare, silence and a hasty retreat.
And so, you see, this individual has concluded I am due a public flaying based upon a brief 30-second (???) or so exchange.
A few points:
1. For those who've never been to RT, it's the most exhausting, loud, chaotic conference I've ever attended.
2. Attendees spend the better part of RT racing from one meeting/event to another...or standing in horrifically long lines waiting to get into an event.
3. I would NEVER be rude to someone intentionally. As my husband will attest, I go out of my way to be nice to everyone, strangers included. It's the country girl in me, and I can't tell you how often my so-called over-friendliness has caused conflict between us...or nearly led to disaster (like the time I wanted to accept an offer to share a taxi with a couple of strangers in Las Vegas).
4. It's very easy to not hear/recognize or respond to someone you know at RT. This happened to me last year, with a favorite reviewer. She didn't recognize or hear me, and I could have taken it personally when she snubbed me. Later, I learned she didn't know it was me.
Maybe I don't need to respond to this person's accusations. She's entitled to her opinions--of me and anyone else she's decided to criticize. She's also clearly facing some personal crises in her life, and feeling she needs some attention. I don't want to add to the hell she's already steeped in (thus, the reason why I'm not going to post a link to her blog). Nor do I want to encourage her to dump on more authors for attention.
But I did feel compelled to offer a response, since she has called me out in a very public way. I can't say what happened that day. It's been ten months, and I honestly don't remember. But again, I would NEVER be intentionally rude to anyone. It's not in my nature to act that way, even when some people would say it's called for.
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