I'm a coward so I did it anonymously. But I figure, what the heck--I should be braver, and yo, this blog doesn't get a lot of traffic.
I posted this in the very long and heart-felt (hey romance writers and romance readers--what do you expect?) thread at Smart Bitches.
anon because I'm still intimidated **says:
never been attacked by Jane so I’m not taking the whole thing
personally, but “attack” is definitely the word for some of the backs
and forths I’ve witnessed between her and authors and publishers.
Generally speaking, I think I’ve agreed with her more often than not.
Yet I’ve also seen a kind of self-righteousness and holier-than-most
attitude that almost made me feel sorry for the people she’d
target…almost but, like I said, she was usually right. [I'd amend that to "she was often right"]
that a purely black and white view of issues will end for her now that she’s
guilty of doing the sort of thing that would have sent her into one of
her usual articulate, well-reasoned attacks.
If this were
fiction...There’s a trope of a proud woman humbled that I usually think is
despicable. (It practically ruined the movie Philadelphia Story for me)
But maybe the notion of relaxing the stiff, unbending rules of
punishment would be something to strive toward. More accepting apologies
without additional scolding. More good humor about mistakes, even when
you call them out–because calling them out is good.
kidding myself. She’s a human under attack–a lawyer to boot– and they’re
not known for opening their hearts and minds in these situations.
* Like most posts about DA, it adds nothing. Insight isn't what this part of the process is about. In fact insight is rarely my goal because that means having answers.
**Not so much that I'd be shunned by a community but that I'd cross someone like Ann Somerville and Azteclady, two passionate arguers whose passions burn hotter than Fabio's hair on an 80s cover. Fierce frightens me almost as much as spiders in the shower do.