Thursday, January 28, 2021

Authors are human beings

Today has been a hell of a day. After so long not blogging, that's what I'm going to lead with? Yes, I think so.

If any of this is off, like spelling errors or strange spaces between words, I'm typing this on my phone. I still don't have internet at my house. We're still rebuilding from the hurricane more than 2 years ago. 

My stress is through the roof. The majority of the house is finished, but the yards are still a wreck and a lot of work is still ahead of us.

My work and my mental health has suffered. I was already under a tremendous amount of stress BEFORE the hurricane. 

Today we got the news that my husband will need a second back surgery. He's upset. I'm upset. It has not been a good day. 

You know what could make that worse? Bad reviews that are petty and hateful for no reason other than to hurt a total stranger. Think about that. A total STRANGER. 

I understand not liking something, I really do. But before you leave a hateful remark on Amazon or somewhere else, realize that an actual human being will eventually see it. 

Think of all the painful things you've experienced in the past. We've been through many of these also, because we are PEOPLE TOO. We're not privileged. We're not on some kind of luxury trip all the time. The majority of us don't live glamorous lives. Writing is my job. It's how I pay bills. Plus, I've got all the same shit to deal with that you do. Please consider that before being hateful to an author because you didn't like their book.