Posted by: forgettingsally | June 1, 2011

Abusers Hurt and Destroy: Why Society Needs to be Involved

If someone steps up and declares that abuse is a problem that is only inherent in Western societies, that it is a sign of decadence and mayhem brought on by years of European civilization that taught nothing at all, I would drop everything and walk! And I mean it. I have been in a society that has spelt that to me a million times and I could not say much then. I was a child and I actually believed it to be true. You can call it indoctrination but it happens in many societies and failure to conform can lead you to being stigmatized by society.
 
However, my perceptions of societal and cultural issues and the socialization processes which dictate a society changed when I became an adult, when I developed my own set of values to question and receive, and when I began to see the world for what it really is.
 
So, here’s the thing.
 
Saying that abuse is not happening in Asia is like me telling you that you will find a unicorn in the forest if you look hard enough. You cannot convince me that abuse is only prevalent in Western society. It happens everywhere, at all levels, and it is a problem for many to deal with. I have seen enough of it and feel we need to develop responses to counter and contain its perpetuation into our society. The least we need is nurturing a society that presents an unhealthy ground for our children and theirs’.
 
And to say abuse is a “normal” expected behavior of any society would mean I am condoning that it is an acceptable result of human integration into a larger form. Then I would ask you why is someone NDP and another is not? We are all born differently but it is the family unit and the social beliefs and expectations which we come into contact with, which eventually shape us to where we are.
 
So, here’s the basic point:
 
Abuse does exist irregardless of what society we come from and it eventually degenerates if no treatment is rendered. We should never ignore the pernicious forms it can take because it destroys the abuser and everyone who he/she comes into contact with on a regular basis. The manner in which abuse degenerates is determined best by a yard stick and through statistical analyses based on many factors considered eg. Cultural and social perspectives, tolerance level and sociological/educational pressures. But to zero in on the ultimate fix would be hard to do because these studies will be all human generated and biasness will prevail. Hence, results will always be skewed. Nothing is always fact driven.
 
The point is we allow abuse to live in our society and if we shut an eye to its existence, we are in effect allowing its generation into the fibers of our society. Over time, closing an eye to abuse means we are allowing bad behavioral tendencies to foster. Say for instance, we know there is an Uncle Sam next door who seems to beat his son even though the boy has expressed his misdoing. It happens all the time and you think that it is okay to allow that to happen day and night but here’s the issue. Allowing that sort of activity only affects the child’s eventual mental and social aptitude. You are not doing that child a favor. He eventually digresses to believe that it is okay to hit someone and that when he has a son who does not “do the right thing”, he should hit till he elicits the expected behavioral response. So, his problem surfaces in school, in the school bus he takes and as an adult, he eventually seeks to achieve his goals through violence and aggression. That’s what I mean by allowing its perpetuation to eventually seed through society. It acts almost like a multiplier effect.
 
On a collective perspective, society suffers because when people like Uncle Sam’s son get into society as adults, they destroy the progression of that society that values healthy mental perceptions and attitude. Eventually, people like these grow in numbers and place a damper on what constitutes normalcy and what doesn’t. Imagine what that can eventually do the way people perceive things? If someone cries for help because they are in trouble and you know they do because your eyes and ears tell you so, what do you do? Do you walk and forget it happened or do you do the right thing and offer help? Makes you wonder but if the value structure and demands of a society changes with too many abusive people around, the expectations also changes towards a negation of the better goals and objectives which should have otherwise been the norm.
 
That would be scary, wouldn’t it?
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Posted by: forgettingsally | May 25, 2011

Just Published: When Sally is 9…

The first of my book in the “Forgetting Sally” series, “When Sally was 9…” is out and can be viewed on Smashwords.com and Amazon.com.

Readers can also sample my story on these sites:
Smashwords
Amazon.com

I feel memoirs should be written lively, imbibed with the works of the novelist hand. It should be written like a story if possible leaving the reader with the kind of plots and story telling that makes them want to read more. When I wrote the first part of the series, I wrote it using a model that is part novel and part memoir.

Readers will find themselves working into the shoes of a little girl, Sally, who looks at the world through big glasses and who seems to have the characteristics that would be typical of any nine year old. She has grandparents who love her, friends at school she speaks to and books which occupy her time but that’s all on the surface. Once the reader tunes in, the reader very well enters another world of Sally where the thoughts of a nine year old sometimes works a little too hard, when life seems to make demands that are more than a little mind can handle. In all, the reader is provided details of family and school life as Sally saw it, the manner in which school functioned in 1970s Singapore and the kind of father who dictates a guideline on the path of life which Sally is forced to obey and follow. Of course, she questions as any child would but there are always consequences in making that challenge.

In all, readers walk through each telling chapter that describes and tells the life of Sally as she explores love with her maternal grandparents, the terrifying troubles that spew with her maniacal father and the many other unfortunate and sad pieces of the puzzle that she still pieces with hope to eventually rise and shine above it all. The second part is still in the works and would be out as soon as I can make that happen.

Posted by: forgettingsally | May 22, 2011

Just Published: When Sally was 9…

The first of my book in the “Forgetting Sally” series, “When Sally was 9…” is out and can be viewed on Smashwords.com and Amazon.com. Readers can also sample my story on these sites:

Smashwords

Amazon.com

I feel memoirs should be written lively, imbibed with the works of the novelist hand. It should be written like a story if possible leaving the reader with the kind of plots and story telling that makes them want to read more. When I wrote the first part of the series, I wrote it using a model that is part novel and part memoir.

Readers will find themselves working into the shoes of a little girl, Sally, who looks at the world through big glasses and who seems to have the characteristics that would be typical of any nine year old. She has grandparents who love her, friends at school she speaks to and books which occupy her time but that’s all on the surface. Once the reader tunes in, the reader very well enters another world of Sally where the thoughts of a nine year old sometimes works a little too hard, when life seems to make demands that are more than a little mind can handle. In all, the reader is provided details of family and school life as Sally saw it, the manner in which school functioned in 1970s Singapore and the kind of father who dictates a guideline on the path of life which Sally is forced to obey and follow. Of course, she questions as any child would but there are always consequences in making that challenge.

In all, readers walk through each telling chapter that describes and tells the life of Sally as she explores love with her maternal grandparents, the terrifying troubles that spew with her maniacal father and the many other unfortunate and sad pieces of the puzzle that she still pieces with hope to eventually rise and shine above it all. The second part is still in the works and would be out as soon as I can make that happen.

The word “abuse” is distasteful, the reason why many steer away from this topic. The word “abuse” conjures up negative human response to a level that makes its pronunciation within ear shot simply a word that is thought of as “most foul”. Immediately, our thoughts play up the most negative and they wouldn’t be pretty images we want to remember.

We think of “rape”, domination of the sexes in the most abusive way, emotional harm and mental torture etc. etc. Every thought generated will be clouded with negativity, sadness, anger and hate. And that’s normal. The word after all plays on the unhappy forms of human misconduct which society frowns upon. Created from just five English letters each otherwise subsisting on its own in a much fairer light, this malignant word called “abuse” has resulted in an unfortunate separation of its use in the regular tone of everyday language use as simply the word that should not be used. In fact, abuse is a topic that some may feel best discussed behind closed doors when people will not look at you “funny”, and misjudge you as being really “mentally disturbed” to even talk about as part of a normal conversational piece.

Indeed, abuse is not a nice word to use. To suggest someone has “abused” another or to even talk about “abuse” renders a varied number of responses from the larger crowd. Some may look at it apologetically, expressing concern over the victim who never made through the rosy path that the reader has. Some may express disgust, flavored from a background that simply denies the unfortunate evolution of misdeeds of the human kind. “Wake up and get on with your life”, they might say. And there are yet some who simply deny the pain of another as an area they have no relationship with. Theirs’ was governed by a much smoother course of events and stories of abuse are just not events they would even bother to know about. It makes them feel “uncomfortable” to remove themselves from their otherwise harmonic life and so they rather deny the existence of abuse and what it does for the unfortunate few who have not been so lucky. I have seen plenty of people who fit in these categories some time or the other including agents who think writing about abuse is a sheer waste of time.

But the topic of abuse is not to be swept under the carpet and the abused victim including the perpetrator should not be allowed to be left “untreated”. Abuse could lead to severe mental and emotional disorder that could eventually affect the victim through time and all others who function around that “victim”. It is a sign of abnormality that suggests the perpetrator usually a parent, sibling or close member that the family approves, has not conducted himself/herself well in a social environment where rules and expected forms of behavior is necessitated for the eventual sustenance and progress of a society. And the abuser may not generally be one person. It could even be a loosely bound group defined by ideas and misconceptions such as a cult group where domination by one master persists over the larger “weaker” population.

Think about a grain of rice. If you do not provide the nourishment and nurture that is necessary for that grain to grow, what you are left with are the rejects you do not need. These rejects are tossed away for eventual disposal because they are unpalatable for consumption and the ones that are salvaged are then sectioned into grades that eventually find their way on the dinner table. The same applies. It is frightening to even wonder what happens to an abused child who never talks about his/her problems and who eventually takes his/her place in a society as an adult where decision making and the ability to control one’s own destiny takes a much complicated route. Without acquiring the right mental attitude over time, an abused child could present a significant amount of problems to society leading to forms of behavior that the larger public will frown upon.

As such, abuse is not a game or form of play and we must always gear ourselves to understanding this area so that a life can be saved. My blog is intended to understand this area better and my book, “When Sally was 9…” is based on my own life. I have never taken anything for granted and I always ask myself the questions as to why this happened. I had a very intelligent father who taught me plenty but he also took a lot from me and I need to know why. It is so necessary to understand abuse so that we can pitch our efforts towards weeding the perpetrators and ensuring a child is given as much normalcy as possible. Everyone deserves a fair chance so it is important to help steer those who don’t, to veer into the right path.

Posted by: forgettingsally | February 20, 2011

Just a Thought on Senator Brown

When Senator Brown stepped up and admitted about something so personal in his life, I was quite surprised. Indeed, this came as a shocker in part because it takes a public person quite a bit of courage to finally tell something he has been bottling up for years. It is not a pleasant experience revealing one’s deep, dark secrets – yeah, those well-woven secrets that no one needs to know and I am not quite sure why he did it. I guess I have to read the book to know why but my feeling is that when he took that giant step, he was more interested in making information about child abuse known. After all, we need to empower the public with information so children can be protected. Children are after all our precious assets and their welfare dictates the betterment and progression of this society.

I know how it feels to tell something so dark. I have gone through the same hideous state of affairs and it is hardly pleasant and has always remained a scourge in my life.

Abusers are vicious predators always on the prowl for a victim they can control. Most often, these are malicious deviants who prey on helpless and neglected children. They watch and wait for the most opportune moment to make their attacks felt and almost disembowel you completely with their taunts and fear mongering. In fact, the perpetrator is most often the person who is trusted like your uncle or aunt or even your teacher.

And abusers do not care. Their basis for existence comes from quelling the inner strength of another. When they take control over a weak child, they win. Their basis in life is continuity in their own selfish pursuits marked by continued degradation of their own personal worth and the one they abuse.

Abusers also prey on a situation and they fully arm themselves with all information that enables them to embark on their sinful acts. Almost like an agent of some kind only this agent works on destructive change fostered by parents who never seem to make time available for their children.

There is naturally a lot more one can say on this rather sensitive topic and the debate continues in a myriad of ways. Not everyone may agree on how to resolve the problem but we have to start somewhere that gives the results it needs. It therefore makes sense to examine the society and socially engineer the steps necessary to mediate and control its effect.

An abused child can get hurt in the most terrifying way, both mentally and physically if abuse continues undetected over prolonged period of time. Spurred by parental neglect, such events can be devastating for all members of the family. I coped in many ways by arming myself with books which helped me live through my terrifying ordeals. I garnered strength from my reads and somehow, my spirit kept me going in the right direction. Yet, I have to admit that there were awful moments when these events incapacitated me and that would be something I would tell in my book, not here.

In all, I am happy Senator Brown spoke up. It is the brave one who speaks and tells the story for all to read and learn. For as Edward Teller once said…”fear is the only persuasion and even fear can be overcome through rational action.”

And so we learn.

 

Written by Romilla

© 2011 All Rights Reserved

Posted by: forgettingsally | October 12, 2010

Oh Yes! It’s Really About the Discerning Reader

Each time I go to a book store scouting for that next exciting book, the first thing that hits me would be the cover of the book. Is it something that I would deem worthy of my browsing eyes? Does it deliver the visual content for which it speaks? As I hasten to pivot my sight to that book, the next question that triggers off from the recesses of my thought processes would center on the textural appeal of the image used to characterize that book. Does the image create the visual impact that necessitates my next move in picking the book?

These are some of the questions that I ask myself when I look at the book stands because amidst all the books in the specified category, it has to be that one book which I will spend my buck on, the one book that will have me holed up in a delightful and imaginative world sipping my favorite ice lemon tea on my comfortable sofa. And yes, it will have to be that one book that will take my mind off the demands of the civilized world for which I sometimes seek to perish from! Yes, I can be the demanding reader indeed!

So, what exactly compels a reader like me to buy that book? Would it be the cover that enthralls the human sight? Would it be the name of the best selling author that sits like a shining sign of your ability to make out good reads? Or would it be the content that sits between the covers? Maybe, the written summary on the back of the book is what piques my attention? No? Then perhaps, it must be the author’s name? Best selling authors are really good they say?

Really?

Or perhaps, it could very well be that you may be just like me, the sort of reader who looks at character buildup in a book? So, you are the mysterious reader the publishers wants to please – the discerning, dogged and demanding reader who wants a lot more than simply gleaning off the covers of the best selling book on the stand. Not to be dissuaded by the resounding appeals and great reviews huh? Yeah, that’s me alright! I’d go a mile for that book!

Well, if you are that one discreet reader who is intent on picking that one book which really tells a story, then perhaps what you are really looking for are the unique delivery of the characters that communicate and draw your interest? So, just what would you do when only the cover of the book, the summary and the author’s credentials are what perks your interest? Do you make that purchase on an impulse or do you delve in deeper into the first few pages that really tell you the start of what could be that truly great book or simply knock yourself on the head for wasting your precious time? Remember, you have got that meeting round the corner two blocks away that would have you clinching that time sensitive contract, so time is definitely limited.

All things considered, just what is it then that compels you to make your purchase?

For me, there is plenty. It is not about the book cover, nor the best selling author that compels my purchase. I would also look at the summary that sits at the back of the book. If this tells me that it is just one of those regular two dimensional stories that you read about everyday, the atypical story that is given meat on its flesh to please the everyday mundane read, then forget it! Not my cup of tea! But if it is the read that tells me about the strong and compelling characters that live within its folds, then yeah, you sure perked my attention alright! So, my next step would be to invigorate myself into reading those few pages. Maybe, the book has a story to tell, a spirit that it nurtures which gauges and keeps my attention wrapped in its write. We’ll see.

As I flip over the pages of a book, I read the text that defines the manner the author sets the pace for the story. It tells me about the initial buildup of the scenes and possibly introduces the cast of the story. It could begin early with the main character that is bred within the story or it could very well be the secondary characters that develop the storyline that births the entry of the main character. Whatever it takes, the storyline has to be compelling or I will shove the book back to its dusty shelf and stamp my way out!

Remember that readers come from all kinds of background. They could be discerning and difficult like me or they could be easy readers who just want a book to pass the time on the train or during some spare time. Most often, the genres that define a book, truly characterizes the type of reader that could walk into your store. So, it is important to know the kind of reader you are targeting. For those who like mystery and thriller reads like me, we can be difficult indeed. When you have mastered the elements of the good read having harnessed the content buildup of notable authors like Frederick Forsyth and the like, what happens is that your level of reading maturity also develops to an extent of being a discerning reader who mobilizes through the intellect rather than mere here say. Not easy huh? Yes, but that’s the reading world from where I come from – if you give a book that promises aplenty, you had better stick to it or I am walking!

 

Written by Romilla D.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved

Posted by: forgettingsally | October 4, 2010

Authonomy.com: The Allegory of Change

Authonomy.com is a harbinger of change that transcends possibly many of the tools of the current online publishing world by providing writers a medium for discussing, interacting and seeking feedback from peers in the most professional and civil manner. That then would make Authonomy.com a revolutionary of hope for many of us writers seeking an honest channel that facilitates effective communication, and a chance to be noticed by publishers.

Here’s my response on the proposed changes (October 1st) they have planned for the software:

Giving Credence to the Books That Lag Behind on the Shelf:

That’s a wonderful step indeed. Most writers sometimes refrain from showing up the “other book” possibly because the attention on the newer book would be ignored. After all, the typical expected behavior of the software was to relegate the second book to a shelf that sits beneath the old book where no one can see. However, there is also another issue in promoting two or three books on the same shelf. Most often, a writer’s personal preference would be to promote one book at a time even though he/she chooses to highlight a portfolio of books on the same account. By concentrating on pushing one book to the editor’s desk, the writer works on the basis that the other book may be noticed as well assuming the writer turns out to be a prolific writer who has much to share. In short, while some writers may like the equal treatment rendered to all their books, there are others who may look at it as an impediment towards pushing that one book to the Editor’s Desk. The alternative would be of course to hide those books instead.

Get Lost Spammers:

This is where it possibly gets sticky. The idea of Harper Collins running a site that provides autonomy is obvious with the rather original name they have assigned their incredible site. I think spammers are simply nauseating people who lack the finesse and refinement of being polite but then, society always has its bits and pieces of people who simply have trouble fitting into the crowd. The idea of restricting people to their own preferred crowd possibly defeats the purpose of the system which is to allow people the free exchange of information and opinion. After all, this is a writer’s network not a social network. I would suggest restricting the free rein of spammers by instituting a system that takes of the numbers on their rank. After all, ranking is such an importance concept here in moving towards the top and would be a great way of impeding spammers who never seem to learn. For instance, bug me and I penalize you by sending off a signal to HC that tells me how “bugged” I am because of your constant emails. This signal could be initiated easily perhaps by the writer activating a link on the spammer which sets off a questionnaire that allows the respondent to reply to a set of questions which is then internalized into a grading system that either rewards or chastises the spammer. Phew! Just an idea….

Nice to Know Who Your Backers Are:

I am not quite sure as yet as to how I really view this proposed new feature although it will be nice to know the writers who back my book, Forgetting Sally”. Now that I am busy penning my other book and have little time to spare, I can safely see that there are 16 authors who really love my book enough to keep it permanently placed on their bookshelf. And those are true writers who actually feel convinced the book meets their standards and have touched their hearts. The only thing I can suggest is that HC monitors if a book is on a writer’s shelf because someone really liked it enough to keep it permanently placed there or that this bookshelf/account was concocted simply to increase the bookshelf count on a particular book. If a shelf was devised simply to boost up the ranking of one book through dishonest means, I would suggest that the account be pulled down if inactive over a specific time period and the points be deducted accordingly.

For those who remain unconvinced that Authonomy.com has yet to prove itself, the only thing I can say is that you can either adopt a wait and see attitude until you think the coast is clear, choose to dabble with the other not so promising networks in the internet realm or simply work by providing informed ideas to HC on how Authonomy.com can make the constructive changes for writers who yearn to be published. In all, change has the most profound effect in adding benefit and fluidity to a system and that I see is what Authonomy.com is all about.

Written by Romilla D.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved

Posted by: forgettingsally | September 27, 2010

Forgetting Sally is on Facebook

Happy to announce Forgetting Sally is now on Facebook!

Posted by: forgettingsally | September 25, 2010

Memoir Writing: Facts and Fallacies

I am writing a memoir. That’s obvious with Forgetting Sally and I have plans to get this published. However, as I scout the internet and read the many writings that prevail on this genre, many written by literary agents, I see that my path to publication is blotched with hurdles that may cross my way. Hurdles maybe but not barricades of course!

Indeed, that makes me wonder if my decision to write a memoir is something that should be reserved for the family closet and if there is any good reason for me to spend that incredible amount of time penning a work that may yield little results with the literary agents. Literary agents are oftentimes hard bent on what they perceive is a saleable memoir for them and that naturally stems from their own life experiences handling such delicate matters as memoirs. However, that’s not to say there are no literary agents who address the subtle makings of a successful memoir. There are the dedicated ones but these are possibly few. You just have to look for them.

So, what do you do when a rejection comes your way because you are not famous? Well, my answer to that would be simple. Failure is not a solution. If you receive rejections, keep looking. Look for a literary agent who understands the business of writing memoirs and who realizes the value of life that emanates from sharing that memoir to the audience. Also remember that the business of a literary agent is to find that read which sells and most turn down the memoir for the primary reason that you are not famous and will not work with the significant amount of time they think they would have to take just marketing your writing. That’s obvious right? Yeah, a real bummer. And it should not be a shocker for goodness sake! Literary agents are there to earn their keep as well, just as we all are to make a buck with that exciting memoir writing we so want published. So, when a literary agent comes hopping your way with a rejection notice, do not despair. It is part and parcel of finding the right literary agent who syncs well with your expectations.

Writing a memoir is a rewarding process and it begins first as a personal journey on the part of the writer. It is when at some point in your life, usually at a later age, you have decided that you want to put on paper certain bits about your life where you can perhaps extrapolate and learn from mistakes or even celebrate a certain milestone in your life that deserves mention. And that’s just fine because writing a memoir is possibly a means of coming to terms with what you have experienced in your early life, be it bad or good. It is an experience that involves a lot of soul searching and presents many questions you may seek and many answers rendered to the way you feel inside and how you make the move to deal with the consequences of the emotions that it renders.

But when you pen those words into a book with the hope of publication, it translates into a brave step that you have decided to take in sharing your personal bits with the larger public. However, here’s where the real journey begins since the memoir must be a “readable” and “saleable” read for several important parties in the process:

  1. There is the main lead here – the literary agent who agrees to represent that book. This must be an individual who feels comfortable with the read and who understands the considerations involved in marketing that specific book to the publisher. There are literary agents who truly understand the area designated as memoir and can provide helpful tips towards successful publication but most surprisingly shun away from this area simply because they see no future wasting their time on something they consider as useless literature. However, if you have a good work that draws the impressions and the interest, just find that agent who makes it work.
  2. The editor who uses the company’s resources in indulging the green light that welcomes that publication.
  3. The readers who decide that the money spent on that memoir is worth the dime and time they take to place it on their own personal shelf. A good book self-replicates itself in many ways by encouraging loyal followers or fans as they could call it and eventually adds credence to the writer/author thereby setting the stage for more book contracts for the new and successful writer of course.

So, what indeed would be the ingredients for ensuring that successful contract with a literary agent who welcomes the memoir genre?

Tune in to my next piece which gives my take on what I think that would constitute….

Written by Romilla D.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved

Posted by: forgettingsally | September 8, 2010

My Thoughts Just This Last One Month on Authonomy.com

Yes, I have just graduated one month being on Authonomy.com and truly, I dare say it has been an exhilarating process! Exhilarating perhaps because of the demands of being a writer enmeshed in between so many others like me who have almost the same desires as I. We all want a publisher or agent who will choose our book as the potential one to hit the best seller list. And that truly is my goal. I want to be published. I want Forgetting Sally to be noticed. Ok, I dream and I think that’s fine. I have a story to tell but so do a lot of us writers out here actually. Everyone has a purpose and an agenda and a book to show or sell, whichever you call it and we are all game to please the publishing crowd! We will do the fixes and the tweaks, that’s how flexible we can be and we can be friends to hold the hand out to the other Authonomite when the need arises just like when someone goes on vacation, or another gets into the hospital and needs to really take the much needed rest time.

Yes, there’s harmony too in Authonomy.com if you look around. People are nice when they get to know you better but I can’t speak for all. The bad ones do harbor and lodge themselves along the way too almost wanting to bite when you get them in the most unlikely way. And yes, I have been bitten too but so have others along the way. I have found that out in the most troublesome way that the honor system simply does not work with these people. But these are few and most Authonomites are really go getters who can be nice. They come from all walks of life and most work as courageously as possible inched with good humour to tide them by.

But the ranking system hounds me and I know I haven’t the time to mug my way through, and the thought of just dwindling like an unknown digit right at the back of the pile seems to hurt a great deal. And that is a fact because I want to get my book out and I want the world to read it but then, someone has to look at it and the possibilities exists in the most attractive way perhaps being on the top 100 list. Or does it? I don’t know. Surely, being on the top 100 means you will get a chance to be noticed? Didn’t I tell you I am only one month old or a little on Authonomy.com? I have yet to be noticed. That’s true. Troubling perhaps but I am a fighter. Have always been and will make the way although I’d like to do it as honorably as possible.

Honorably, you may ask? Indeed. You see, there is a strange system that works here on Authonomy.com but I shall save it for another day to say.

So, to put it bluntly, given some of my ranting included above…exhilarating might not then best define the manner I feel sometimes. Perhaps, the experience is better stated as “flabbergasted” and flabbergasting it was! The minute I was thrust into the site with a book open for all to view, the backings began, one after another; everyone lined to get my book pushed up a ranking system I am still trying to gather some ideas about. I know Authonomy.com turned 2 on September 3, 2010 and I am glad. The older it gets, the smarter everyone gets. We learn well as a baby would when it takes its first steps to be noticed. Authonomy.com matures and so do the writers at the game but hold on, did I not say I am just a little over one month? I am sure I have not missed the game too much. Some of the writers seem to have taken a break and given me the leg up to learn the new rules a little better. But to edge them should not be the game or should it? Just what are the rules of the game I ask?

If you asked me if Authonomy.com is worth it, yes sure. I would say everything available is worth the try. I would do anything to be published and be noticed by Harper Collins but let’s think realistically. There are rules for everything and while Authonomy.com sounds like a great idea, there are still rules which need to be moulded before the system gels itself to perfection. So what would be my thoughts on that? Tune in – I will have to power the ride and tell you soon!

Written by Romilla D.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved

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