Short But To The Point: I Can't Help How I Feel About This.
edited: Friday, April 13, 2007
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2007
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My musings about my poetry verses my stories. Plese bear with me.
I hope you understand how I feel about this. Please bear with me.
Now, I appreciate the reviews I have gotten on my poems (for example, my last poem, "Hot, Hot, Hot!" got 75 reviews), but the truth of the matter is this: I am not a poet. I am a storyteller. I write stories. Stories is what I enjoy doing; poems for me are a lot of work. I have problems writing poetry (although you feel otherwise); but I can't help the way I feel.
The poet of the family is my twin sister, Karla (Dorman, the StormSpinner). She's the one who writes poetry, not me. She writes from the haart, from her innermost soul, yet she is lucky if she gets 20 reviews. The most she's ever gotten on a poem is 40. WHY?? She's much better at the poetry game than I will ever be; WHY isn't she gettng the recognition (or the reviews) that she rightuflly deserves??
I don't understand it. I'll never understand it. It goes against everyghing I know. It's nuts!!
Anyway, to get back to what I was talking about: I write a lot about adoption or disability. I know this. You know this. Maybe you don't review me because you are getting burned out on my works. I am sorry, but adoption and disability issues are two of my passions; I firmly believe in adoption; I think adoption is wonderful, and I admire people who do this. I write about disability issues because I am disabled, I know of the stigmata attached to being disabled, how it feels, what it's like. It's what I am familiar with.
Too many people don't know what it's like to be disabled; too many times people are embarrassed or uninformed. This is something I would like to see change; it's time we get past the stone-age metnlity of "hiding the disabled away" and learn to embrace them, accept them, give them the dignity/respect they so rightfully deserve. They may be disabled, but they are PEOPLE, too, first and foremost!!
Give people with disabilities a chance. Don't turn away or act uncomfortable; we didn't ask to be this way!! And above all else, don't be afraid; we may be the bset friends you'll ever find! And we may surprise you; we are hard workers, and we have a very good work ethic! We are tired of having to always prove ourselves!! This drives me crazy!!
I also write about disability issues because too many times childrne's books do NOT feature characters with disabilities; if they do, the kid is the butt of jokes or are shoved in the background while the star athlete or good-looking kid gets all the glory. That really irks me to no end. Kids with disabilities are people too, and they are more like you than you may realize.
The same applies to adults who have disablities. I eman, look at me. I may be disabled (I have arthritis, other health issues, walk on crutches), but I am ME first and foremost; if you get a chance to know me, you'll find me to be quiet, shy, reserved (most of the time; once I get to know you, I can talk your ear off! LOL), not to mention, very opioionated, which has gotten me into trouble. (I am NOT afraid to make my feelings known!) I love to laugh, I love to read, I love to try to look at the postives of life, even when it's kickin' me in the rumpus. No, it isn't easy, but I carry on. I have to. I need to. I WANT to. I have no choice; people have enough problems, why listen to me whine about mine?? :)
I do enogh whining as it is. Ask my twin sister! LOL
I hope you will take the time to read some of my stories. Don't be afraid to review them; I would love to get more reviews on my stories. Maybe if I write about something different, I will, but for now, I like how I write, I like what I write about, and most importantly, I hope my stories touch, teach, and inform. This is what my goal is, nad I hope that my stories make you think. If I can do that, then I am succeeding at what I am dong, and nothing makes me happier!
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest.
~Love, your Texas friend, Karen Lynn, the Texas Tornado. :(
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|Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
|About Only Review Below I Agree With E L Taylor,i.e. You Want Sympathy!?
I Write For Me,Your Children Our Children, I Write For (God)...
I Couldn't Care Less Who Reviews What I Write...A D Is Bunch Me,Myself & I's...40 Reviews,75 Reviews!??If I Say Write Something Nice About You-Yike-You Can Say Write Something Nice About Me!?
Oh, You Don't Like my Critical Review You Can Always Delete It...
|Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
|I am glad you spoke out here, you said what needed to be said, I cant believe I am just now getting to this, but you know I love you and your writing, keep writing and be blessed
|Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath
|Clap, clap know how you both feel.
I enjoy taking the time to read you and can quite understand your feelings. I spent many years working with disabled children throughout high school and college years. However, I know about the little meany things people try to attach~with my heart I can truly say I never have approached any individuals with preconceived notions of their abilities regardless of their needs. Everyone deserves full respect, and the same amount of expectations that is possible concerning what is considered a disability! I have several other friends, and elders that rely on equipment to serve as their legs/body functions...etc you know what I mean. Several of my dear childhood friends either are chair bound or has special things to help them inside of their bodies to function like a so called normal. What is with people, I surely cannot understand why such discriminations and I never will either. I was born and raised to accept another just as they are, and will never change, EVER!!! Seems people always try to find some reason or another to be negative or should one say judge a book by its cover.
Maybe someday they will learn to stop whoever they may be that needs to.
One of my greatest heartfelt times when I did work with the special needs children, was when a precious little child looked up to me and said "I love you" my heart burst and even to this day my heart swells and my eyes feel welty. The people would say hey how did you get them to do this or that or behave like this or that...but it was through and out of love for all!
I see no difference and they probably knew that...Oh boy what excitement it was when they would see me...and that is not to gloat (hope I spelled it correctly) ahh the hugs I used to get. Not to mention I have adopted, successfully owned and operated my own family care, and the various and in my eyes and family eyes we see no difference!
On another note, speaking of reviews to have 40 reviews on one poem is nothing I have ever seen before for myself on this site...(however I receive quite a large number of readers and I do appreciate that, unfortunately I cannot personally tell them thank you because I do not know who they are) As far as the numerics of reviews I put it out of my mind and don't even worry about it! My work is worthy and from the Father however it would be nice to have all those reviews (I am sure) but I write from my heart and regardless of the amount of reviews I would still write.
I try to make it a point to let others know I appreciate them taking their precious time to review and leave their heartfelt words. As an artist and a true one at that...I cannot let any ways of another change me...I am what God made me to be, and what He has me to write about. As you know I do write and love romantic works but most of the time long stopped sharing that here at this arena...however I understand the feelings because you pull and put your heart and soul into your work and people (I don't know whether to say) ones do not have the decency to (review) for the one who created/shared. Tee-hee I probably have the least of all who have been here as long as I have, but...oh well~it is all good because for years I was unable to get into my pages and just last summer finally got into my site after all of those years, believe it or not!
However, I would like to say on your review board I appreciate you, your works, and appreciate the fact that you do take the time to review me.
Take care friend and you are my friend I know that and vice versa!
From the Heart of an Artist...
|Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
|Dear Karen , You and your dear sister have been given special gifts. Each is unique in her own way. Enjoy and write.....M (75 reviews , I am jealous too.)|
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
|One should pay attention to hits, not reviews.
Not everyone has the time to give a review but enjoys reading.
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|You poured your heart out here Karen....I hear what you are saying...and the feeling behind it all!!
Hope you get the answers you seeking!!
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Karen you are a good writer and you shouldn't worry about the numbers or who does or does not reveiw you. I know I could not possibly read all of your writes but I do read when I can and always try to give an honest open review.
Writing, especially here on the den should not be about keeping score but writing for ourselves first to say what we would like to say and then for those who tend to favor our particular genre or stle of writing. I have never on any of my poems reached 75 reviews but I don't consider myself a failure because I only get 15 -20 reviews. After all it is quality that wins out over quality always. So keep on writing and enjoy the reviews you receive from the people who do like your work.
|Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader)
|I didn't know you had a sister here so I checked into her site. You write a lot in your stories. And some days it's a lot for me to read. Yet, you do try to write about the everyday struggles of those depicted. Don't lose heart for what your passion is. Write for yourself and the person who needs it will find your work. Lady J|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
This is a deep pouring out of your (storytelling) heart in poetic lines. :) Seriously, thank you for the "plug" but I don't need you battling for me...75 reviews, eh? Wow...okay, okay, I am jealous...LOL Keep writing, because you like to. Because I love to read what you've written; just keep writing. Well done.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.