by klparry

To start with, let me say that I am still pecking away at my quest to secure representation for my Novel. Out of 13 queries sent out, in the last 5 months, I’ve only received 4  responses. That being said, I’d like to thank Daniel Lazar of Writers House and Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary Management for being so quick to respond, (less than a week). I’d rather get the “no” than get nothing.

In my over analyzing of the current situation, I can’t say that I haven’t been tempted to go back and re-position some of my opening chapters to follow the popular formula of a dramatic opening scene. Yet, though our society seems to want that instant gratification, to be wowed at the starting gate, I think there is something to be said for courting the reader and coaxing them into wanting to delve further. Foreplay, for lack of a better word. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see if I’m right.

Wanting to touch on something completely different, I’d like to address a topic that relates to a very unpleasant experience I had the other day.

Now, I don’t know what everyone’s definition of mean is, but here is mine: When someone says or does something hurtful or unkind with the intent of devaluing another person’s ideas or beliefs, to intentionally cause emotional or physically injury by words or acts.

Listen, I’m no stranger to mean people and in fact, I’ve drawn on those experiences to create the villain in my novel. And it’s not to say that we all haven’t, at one point in time, done something mean. But there are people out there who, for what ever reasons, have incorporated meanness into their daily lives. I call these people “the teasers“.

Don’t justify that person’s behavior by telling me that it is his/her’s sence of humor. Teasing is mean! It’s just another form of bullying, a back-handed way of hurting another person by injuring their self-esteem. And shame on you who sit back and giggle while you’re mean friend is unleashing their brand of humor on an unsuspecting victim. You’re crime is just as hanus because you allow this to happen. What does that say about you? It is said that you are judged by the friends that you keep and perhaps rightly so. You are the “closet meanie” who gets their pleasure from watching the havoc others reek without having to get your own hands dirty.

So, here are some words for  all the mean people, the teasers and closet meanies.

“You reap what you sow.”

“What comes around, goes around.”

“You get what you give.”

Remember these proverbs for when the day comes that you are the victim of the mean people. It will come. And when it does, will there be anyone there to extend the hand of compassion to you?

~ K.L. Parry~ Author of The Pirate’s Daughter And A King’s Ransom