Gak, pitooey . . . my skin is changing!
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So . . . I recently received this lovely review for Sierra:
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Gak, phew, gurg, pitooey! The WORST book I've ever read!,
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This review is from: Sierra (Kindle Edition)
Oh my freaking goodness, what on earth made me read this drivel? Is this one of those Harlequin Romance things? I have finally found a match to the horrid video we bought about an Irish Christmas. Can't say which was worse. I kept reading this to the end to see how much worse it would be. What's more astounding to me than me reading this, is that there is a market for this crap. Back to the well-written book section with me, after I wash my brain out with some Hemingway.
My son was home from college and read the above review with me. A strange thing happened. With every word, my skin grew thicker and thicker. And we both laughed. Laughed! I never laugh at bad reviews. I usually burst into tears and feel sad for days on end, sure that I'm a complete failure.
Instead, my son and I continued on with our huge project of painting the living room, dining room, and hallways in my home. It was quite the job. You wanna know what we said when we became frustrated or tired?
Bet you can guess!
Gak, pitooey . . . I dripped paint!
Gak, pitooey . . . all this dust is disgusting! (the house seems so clean, until you start moving furniture around and see what is lurking in the deep, dark corners!)
Gak, pitooey . . . I'm exhausted, let's quit for the night!
You get the idea. Gak, pitooey became our catch phrase for anything upsetting or disgusting. Sometimes all you can do is laugh off the bad reviews. It's either laugh or cry. I'd rather laugh.
I believe in freedom of speech. I believe everyone has the right to say how they feel about a book. But, please, please be kind.
I feel the above review is just plain MEAN. I believe there is a nice way to say you didn't like a book. And it doesn't involve the words, gak, pitooey.
When you write a review, there is an actual person on the other end of cyber space who reads it--a person who (meaning me) spent a year of her life writing that book and pouring her heart and soul into that book.
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I don't expect everyone to like my books, but a little kindness goes a long way.
What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts!