According to Wikipedia. “Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual.” Recently, a good friend of mine received a pretty nasty review. It was lengthy and pointed. The reviewer was particular and definite. The effects? My friend may quit writing. My question therefore is this: can bad reviews be considered a form of bullying? I know the reviewer in question didn’t threaten or use force, but doesn’t verbal abuse amount to intimidation and domination of another? The reviewer was not attacking the writer
I am a deep thinker sometimes. I contemplate far into the future and try to make plans. I never thought I’d be a little OCD about it, but the older I get the worst I become. I sort of face a new year with trepidation. What will happen in 2014? When it comes to writing, I know I will be busy. I have enough work already on my plate to keep me going until 2015! And while I’m talking about it, I am not a lazy person. I do not really procrastinate as regularly as I sound like I do.
So, here I sit. Writing and rewriting this darn query. Lol–after all the angsty thoughts of the last few days, I really got serious and worked on it for TWO hours this morning. And I think I may have one that is pretty good. I will look at it again tonight and see if I am still happy with it. One of these days, I will be able to announce that I am sending it somewhere…if I ever get the courage. For some reason, I can promote every one in the world but myself. My work, I am so close