When you attract the trolls
As a published author–if you count a blog as being published–my work gets reviewed from time to time. My Christmas post, which I considered decent–got blasted by a reader as lacking respect because I suggested Mary might look like the town whore if Joseph dumped her for getting pregnant out of wedlock.
I’d like to tell you it didn’t bother me, but if I care enough to mention it, maybe it did. (The fact that our pastor gave a sermon that covered a lot of the same ground would be mere coincidence. [Though I wrote mine before I heard his Christmas Day message. Seriously, I did.])
One of the things I wonder about is the lack of hate e-mail or snarky comments. Am I being too safe in what I write? And the fact that December’s numbers were down from November’s, which were down from October’s, had me asking people if my quality had fallen off the cliff–even though the same pattern happens every year.
And a Facebook friend named Mysti Parker–someone I’ve actually talked to online a little, instead of just existing in the same corner of cyberspace–posted that she’d just gotten her first troll review on Amazon. (“Little more than a nickle-nasty. Don’t waste your time or money, unless you are as morally uncharted as the characters.”) She didn’t seem too upset about it. Yet, I have to wonder.
As you read this, I should be in my first month with a writing partner. I hope she tells me something absolutely, completely doesn’t work for her. It’s that kind of feedback that makes a writer better. It hurts, the way surgery hurts, with the same intent. Improvement.
The tiny piece of snark above doesn’t help. It’s not intended to. It’s the equivalent of someone walking up to you and punching you in the solar plexus, simple because you have one.
I haven’t been punched in the solar plexus yet. Part of me wants to be, just to cross that bridge of writerly experience. How about you? Have you been trolled, punched in the figurative solar plexus, or smacked around, just because someone could?
How did you react? Did you see it as a necessary step? Or did it set you to wondering?