All the dramz on the internetz are making me tired, people. I'm in a fortunate place where I can say that. I'm not having my safety threatened by crazypants authors who want to freak me out so badly that I can't even sleep in my own house at night.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, you are one of the few remaining that don't. I will only provide one link, and that is to reviewer Lucy's post on STALKING.
Long story short. Some authors, traditional and indie alike, don't like it when people give them bad reviews or snark about them. Some of these authors have taken it upon themselves to make a hate site for all the authors they don't like. Sure, this is a free country, and if haters want to hate, we can't stop you. But when you post personal info that makes it easier for an angry mob to go after these reviewers, we have a problem. When reviewers are afraid to sleep in their own houses at night, we have a problem. When someone starts to fear for their life OVER A FREAKING BOOK REVIEW, we have a problem.
I wish... I wish I could go back to the old days of goodreads. Back in 2008, when I first joined it, I had such a fun time posting what I was reading and connecting with other readers. Sure, there would be the occasional troll or snarkfest, but overall, it was a community based on a love for reading.
When I see authors who can't get a clue, who over and over again INSIST that they have a right to tell other people how to feel about their books, I feel sick inside. Trust me, I sympathize when people call your book "gay-bashing" or "hate filled" especially when that wasn't your intent. But that's life. And you need to trust GOOD word of mouth to spread on behalf of your book. You need to trust that the readers out there who GET your work will find you and tell others how great it is. You need to trust that everything WILL be okay if someone hates your book. It does suck when someone spends 5 pages telling everyone how much everything about your book—characters, world, plot, etc—aren't worth the paper they're printed on. When someone says that it's hours of their life they will never get back. I've been there. But who gives a crap, anyway? Your book will still sell. Mine does. People will still email you to tell you how much they enjoyed your books. People do for me. The world will keep turning, I promise. Instead of focusing on the negative, how 'bout you keep writing instead. Do your best work, always. Keep your chin up. And stop lashing out at the people whose opinions ARE ONLY OPINIONS.
On to other things. No word from the proofreader. :( She has the deadline of July 27th, which she has assured me she can meet. I've finished Luka and Nikka's chapter outlines for Terris, but I'm majorly struggling with Zyander. I feel like I really need to pin him down, too, because his story is going to intersect Nikka's in the beginning and Luka's in the end. My goal is to finish both the Terris outline and the Angel outline by August 1st, so I can go to NanoWrimo Camp. Hopefully I'll finish. :) In August, my goal will be the 50,000 words for the end of the month. We'll see how that pans out, but that would help me get a chunk of Terris done in a major way.
I'm really excited to start up on the next book in a major way. Terris is going to have so many interesting elements in it that continue from Aeris. I don't want to spoil the story, though, so I will keep quiet about them for now.
Off to switch the laundry. Happy Reading!