An interesting thing happened on the way to my appointment. I got slammed! Completely waylaid, left staggering.
I was sincerely stunned. Here’s the thing: I’ve posted in various groups about my own personal blog as well as the Storytime Blog. I have posted in this group since November of 2011, and I’ve been posting the blogs since February of 2012. Today however, there was issue taken with sharing the Storytime blog. It was ‘ offensive’ to some and our group was reported as spam and pornography. NICE!
Interestingly enough, this post was my episode for Oral Dilemma, and the characters don’t even so much as kiss! Y’all have to admit, for some of my episodes that is really tame. What followed was a series of personal messages informing me I was promoting child pornography and had no integrity,
First of all let me say this: * clears throat, steps up to microphone, giving stern expression*
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and a mentor and teacher for other survivors, I will in no way ever support, encourage, promote or in any way condone anything that in any way is child pornography. I have given into Crisis Aid International for the purpose of removing children from the sex trade industry.
I in no way would ever, EVER be involved in a group that would write in such a way that glorifies sexual predators or sexual abuse.
I am the managing editor for Storytime Trysts, and although I do not read every single episode, I have read the outlines and submissions for each author that is hosted on Storytime. We’ve always maintained the strictest guidelines as to age of characters involved in the stories. Even though we are fiction writers, this subject is taken very seriously.
I understand that the writing on the blog isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. We’ve never forced anyone to view material that is unsuitable for under aged children. If you click on the link, the first page you land on is a disclaimer that informs the reader that it is adult material. you have to accept in order to go beyond that page.
What saddens me the most is the attacks that ensued, and the continued slanderous comments that were made long after I left the group. Personal messages that I am a heathen, immoral woman, that I am a purveyor of pornographic smut, a smut peddler, and a threat to decent society made my jaw drop. ME? They were accusing me of these things.
I do understand that many object to the erotica, but to call me all those things? Really?
I’m an overprotective mother of two beautiful teen girls. I am not peddling anything. I thought, that the idea of the Storytime blog was a good idea, that idea being to get author’s work out there and stir up some interest in their writing and to showcase their work in the hopes that someone or several someones will enjoy their writing and want to follow that author. Storytime offers more than erotica. It features poetry, flash fiction, romance, YA romance, paranormal romance, and more.
I don’t know the individuals that attacked me and the posting of the blog. I don’t want to know them now at all. I have many friends that came to my aid on their own accounts to say that i was within the guidelines to post, that I didn’t violate any rules. Thank you to every one of my friends that did this – it means a lot to me.
It saddens me that this group has gone down hill, that the majority of ” new blood” on there are shallow, superfluous people dabbling at writing that feel the need to criticize those that are actually writing. I skimmed many posts before this happened and shook my head at the lack of writing, reading, and research they were doing and willing to do – because you know it’s much easier to make a post in a group and have everyone else answer your question than to Google it.
The admins of the group are wonderful people, people who I respect. I had to leave though, before my Irish temper kicked in and I blasted everyone with a fiery tongue that I could never take back.
I was willing to just walk away until we were reported for child pornography. THAT is a serious charge. When I find out who made these accusations I will be contacting necessary persons to find out exactly what legal recourse I have.
This isn’t Junior high people, and we aren’t the geeks with braces for you to kick around and bully. Some of us are adults that are serious about the craft, whatever genre that we write in. Be careful what fight you pick, you just might lose.
I hope everyone else’s day was tons better than mine.
Write on my friends, even if the critics hate your genre, write your heart out baby!