The writing journey isn’t about perfection on the first try. It’s about telling the story and having people learn from it. When I wrote Sugar Valley, I was just turning 17 years old. The flood gate opened rapidly and out poured a great story with words in-between. It was my duty as a writer to publish it! Don’t ask me why or how I knew. It was an urge from above, that the below constantly put resistant on it. The 5 stars reviews from strangers I love; it makes me know I did the right thing. The one star reviews from #*#*##*#, from people, especially those that received the book for free when I was running the promo, are those that are used to books with regular sentences and can’t seem to grasp poetic and oxymoron symbolism’s. That makes me sad. L But… I asked my professors and others, “Should I change it and take out the extra verbs, to please the 1 star people?” Well –scary – one of them said, “Stephen, I will chop off your hands if you touch it!” (Let me take this opportunity to say that this is the first post, the first moment I said my name!) Breakthrough!!!!
No. No. No. I won’t do it. I won’t change it. My style of writing is my own. I, or it, paints a picture that I guide with my fingers and just wait till I press the period button. My guidance system even tells me, “What about the five star people?” Exactly.
What’s funny about these one star people is they all have something in common. “It was a good story.” So, really, they admitted they liked it, but couldn’t follow the style of writing. What?
I have read many BAD books in the past. But I would never give them a bad review. Who the hell are these people and what part of hell did they come from? LMAO!!!
They hide behind a screen-name and think it’s okay to talk evil in every direction. I mean –wow- some of the reviews get down and dirty and after I read them, and think to myself, “I feel so sorry from them, because Karma’s gonna bite them in the butt and I never even knew their names.” LMAO!! But seriously. I hate not having a mean bone in my body. Oh, one of them said something like, “I think Stephen’s been in the Valley too long.” Are you kidding me? No wonder the review page has a “report abuse” button! (I just said my name again!!!!!) :)
Bottom line is brains are funny. Some brains are used to a style of writing and when the eyes see something different, instead of letting it in, they rule it out as ‘indifferent’ as ‘not know how to write’, when all along, it just wasn’t their cup of tea. For Christ sake, leave the tea alone, instead of telling others not to drink it. Darn it, drink the tea!!! Try it! And if you don’t like it, try another flavor, but don’t ruin it for another whose taste buds crave that flavor of tea. Why the f#@# am I talking about tea now? Now I want some coffee.
I or no other writer, has to admit that they aced English, that they studied other forms of writing vigorously and know exactly what they are doing and how that single word they already interviewed will change the sentence structure when placed delicately in it!
To the one stars, “I’m here and I’m not ever leaving. And please, I forgive you and I hope that karma won’t judge you; sincerely. Maybe it would help if you changed your negativity in the review, or upped it a star. But… I’m not in control of your punishment; you are.
To the five stars, “I love you all. I know your screen names and wrote them down on a piece of paper and say a prayer over it every night. Corny but true. And yes I included the four stars too. I’m not being bias, but rather I appreciate the fact that you took the time to write a positive review because you liked it, because you understand that poetic style of writing and fight for it by five simple stars… and the four stars. And since you sent something positive out into the galaxy, karma will only deliver positive back to you.” Also, I did hire a professional, expensive editor last month and she revised Sugar Valley, but didn’t change my writing style.
Your gift. Well, take care. I’m almost done revising The Wrath of Jeremy. My birthday’s this Saturday so I’ll just relax. Have a good one….