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Why Am I Doing This??: Another Rant...Or: Please Stop Hitting My Poetry!!
by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado   
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Last edited: Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2007

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My stories still getting not enough hits, my poetry continues to get raves. WHY??

Why am I doing this? I try to produce a story worth reading, and I do get reviews on it, but people continually hit my poems. I am not complaining, but I am feeling frustrated.

I've gotten as much as 77 or 78 reviews on one poem while the most I've gotten on a story is 13-15 reviews. My twin sister, who is the family poet, is lucky to get 20-30 on one of her poems while her stories consistently get anywhere from 20-30. The last story she wrote (using MY character, Ronee' Le-Anne Reaux, mind you!) got 33 reviews!

WHY is this happening?? What am I doing wrong????

It doesn't make sense. None whatsoever!!!!

I am not a poet. I don't consider myself a poet, and I don't even LIKE writing poetry. I think writing a poem is too much work, and stories are more my thing. I can do stories better than I can do a poem.

Please stop hittting my poems!!!!

I appreciate the reviews, but I'd much rather have people hit my stories. If I am writing too much about disability or reality, I am sorry, but life is not all beautiful. People have problems. People get sick or become disabled, and in today's literary world, there are not nearly enough children's books that feature a child with a disability as a main character.

If books do feature a child/teen with a disability, the child/teen is often deemed as the butt of jokes or a minor character. This is something I would like to see change: I'd love to see a child with a disability be regarded as the "star" or the "hero" instead of the goat or "comic relief".

If things don't change soon, I may give up my writing altogether. I may end up leaving Authorsden, and this is the only site I've felt welcomed at. Now I am beginning to wonder if I should even be here. It's becoming too much of a hassle, and hassles are one thing I can't handle right now.

Maybe I am just too stubborn/blind, stupid, etc. to realize that I shouldn't be relying on how many reviews I get, but every time I see a new review on my poetry, I end up in tears!

Or maybe I am just plain stupid. PERIOD.

~Sincerely, Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado. >Tears!<

I'm also feeling sad because I didn't get to go with Karla to the tv studios. The tv producers who did the taping all day yesterday inadvertantly forgot to tell the tv studio about me, so I wasn't able to get "security clearance"; by the time they realized the mistake, it was too late. Therefore I had to stay home. You can imagine how crushed I felt. I am so upset I don't know what to do; I know it was a mistake, but still, it hurts. It really hurts!!

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Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 8/16/2009
Well Karen..don't post your poems..just your stories..OK? Problem!

Vesna :)
Reviewed by Axilea MU 6/16/2009
I had never read this and I hope that you are feeling good about writing now. It is not so bad to give up one thing to focus on another,
it can also be seen as an opportunity to spend more time and energy improving in an activity that we have chosen. Here on this site, I read poetry (almost exclusively), because that's the only thing I publish online. But I know that I read some of your stories in the past. I hope that you keep writing.

Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 2/24/2009
Your poems are good. It offers a person another gimpse of your talents. If you don't want us to read them, you can always delete them........M
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 11/6/2007
Oh Sweets, I feel bad coz I dont read all your stories, in fact I dont even read anyones stories, and hardly any poemd these days, but I am in high hopes that this will change real soon, like in the next week or so. My glasses are not far away I am told, and I will be making up for lost time.
You see it's hard to read on a white background, when you have dyslexia, and I really struggle with words jumping lines and letters disappearing.
I type most from memory, and have to correct so much of my work all the darn time.
I've got a stirling idea...Just for me, write the stories and poems, you are good at both OK, with a pink background....Pink soothes my brain and shuts up the photosensitive epileptic attacks i have, aka Anxiety attacks.
Im medicated for this, but hope that with long term use of rosy glasses hehe, that will back off.
My Two sons also have this condition and I think my eldest daughter...

So please don't get all upset, when I have gotten to read you, its all good Kaz, it's all good ( thats an aussie expression for all is good and kewl LOL.
Loves yah
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 10/10/2007
Dont give up! I think people hit poetry because it is shorter than stories who knows, keep writing your stories. We will keep reading them. :)
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/5/2007
If you don't like people reading your poetry, delete all your poems from AD. Then, if people want to read you, they will only have your stories to read!
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 10/4/2007

Reviewed by chris stienstra 10/4/2007
Another response to your rant......(LOL)
Go ahaead and rant. Go ahead! You have the right. You don't have to sit back and take this!(CHUCKLE). Nice rant Karen. But, don't you give up! I just wrote a collaberative story with Amber Moonstone, and, it was the first one I've ever done. I did not get many reviews, but, who the Sam Hill gives a darn. Write for those of us who enjoy you and do not think of giving up the Den.....
So there. Na, Na, Na, Na, Na
With my very best as always
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 10/4/2007
Sister, look behind you, I have 79 trackers at present and 15 reviews for poems and up to 7 for stories, but I am happy that I am reaching someone and I worth of their comments.
Don't beat yourself, do like I do, I track 83 and review everyone of them when they post their work. Somedays there are only 8 or 10, next day could be 37.
I am sure that they are glad we thought of them so much as to read and comment their work. We have the time, maybe they don't.
Be patient.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 10/3/2007
My prayers are with you Karen
God Bless
Reviewed by Joy Leftow 10/3/2007
Ah ha! I see! what does sis do at the studio, lucky her.
People don't even read my stuff at all at authorsden which really made me frustrated. Spend $ for what? I just gave up, and then you came along and read something.
TEll you what. I won't read any of your poetry and promise to read any story you tell me too.
how's that for a bargain?
love and blessings
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/3/2007

I love you, first of all.

DON'T be sad. Please. (Know that doesn't help, but...) I wanted you there, John, Toban, Geoff wanted you there, even DAVID wanted you there. It was just an awful mistake on someone's part: lack of communication? Forgotten in the excitement of yesterday? Who knows?

The thing is, you were missed. Terribly. ESPECIALLY by me. We do things together, you and I: we're twins!!!

Even though I had a good/great time, I was thinking of you the whole time. I felt horrible for you. I made sure to tell the guys and David about you.

Your article expresses your disappointment in explitit detail; excellent outlet of how you were feeling.

Hey: remember this. Even though you don't consider yourself a poet, you must be doing SOMETHING right: I've NEVER gotten 78, 79 reviews on a poem EVER. THAT'S something to be proud of. Even though I get frustrated with my lack of reviews on my poems, I'm very proud of you. Even though I get jealous: that's natural. We're sisters, we're twins, I can't help it: you're doing something I can't do to get that many reviews. 'K? So what if you don't get the reviews on your stories: the message is getting out there, is being read: shooooot, look at how many of your stories make the "popular stories" category versus the number of my poems!!!!!

KEEP WRITING. If you feel like doing a poem, do it. Don't let my stupid jealousy stop you. BUT don't you dare (underlined) stop writing. 'K? The Den needs you, I need you. God gave you a Gift, use it, don't throw it away.

(((((((HUGS)))))))) and much love, Karla.

David and the guys gave me (((HUGS))) for you, so ((((((((((HUGS)))))))))) from them!! :) And more from me (((HUGS)))
Reviewed by Sarah Tagert 10/3/2007
Hey, I think it is b.c poetry is shorter and therefore easier to read in a short time. Many people don't have the time needed to read a story. You do fabulous poetry too.
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