Thursday, February 21, 2013

It Takes So Very Little...

As I leave the other site, I have apparently attracted a new troll who is leaving hurtful and hateful comments about my weight on posts that include pictures.

It's amazing how quickly an ego can deflate with the tiniest pinprick of negativity, isn't it?

I am choosing to deal with this poor excuse for a human in a constructive way and am not letting his or her (I am guessing her) asshattery deter me.

In contrast to the way a rude remark can bring self-esteem crashing down, it often takes quite a bit more positive reinforcement to build up one's sense of self.  Yet, yesterday just a tiny compliment, a reader going out of his way to point out one very specific thing that resonated with him about my writing really went a long way for me.

He told me he was particularly captivated by the following sentence in Mountains Wanted:

"The words fluttered out like snowflakes, so softly that they melted in his eyelashes."

I remember writing that line. It happens during a critical scene between the two main characters. I wanted just the right touch in the delivery of the "words" referenced prior to this sentence. I was pleased with the simile and it made me so happy to hear that such a simple line stuck out in the mind of one of my readers.

Thank you for sharing that with me yesterday. You have no idea how badly I needed to hear it. And a lesson to all of us - just the tiniest compliment can deliver the shiniest golden burst of sunshine to someone in need.


  1. As much as I am trying to stay away from that cesspool, I just went to see the comment. I am glad it was deleted. As I said on a previous comment, misery loves company. Miserable trolls need to be ignored/banned depriving them of the attention they seek.

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    1. Agreed, Kofla. This particular miserable individual has now created four profiles to harass me with. I wish I had that kind of time to devote to writing, let alone to being a hateful asshole. LOL