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Old February 6 2011, 03:36 PM   #252
Re: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts Of Empire review thread

David R. George III wrote: View Post
flemm wrote: View Post

People disagree about stuff.
Really? I hadn't thought of that.

Everybody, I realize now that I probably shouldn't have posted anything at all about deciding to stop posting here; it would no doubt have been better simply to do it. My reasons have absolutely nothing to do with people liking or disliking, loving or hating, my work. (In fact, the overall reaction to my latest novel has been overwhelmingly positive.) Yes, it is wearying when some readers claim some character wouldn't take a certain action, when we actually saw that character take such an action in the show itself. And it can be tiring to deal with readers (offering both positive and negative commentaries) who have short memories and/or poor reading comprehension. The thing is, I learned a long time ago not to take criticism personally (though words such as absurd and ridiculous can be momentarily insulting). I'm confident of my abilities, I consistently challenge myself, and I always seek to improve at my craft.

What this is about is what seems to me to be the increasing negativity and combativeness in the Trek Literature threads. I come here to enjoy myself, to interact not just with readers, but with fellow readers and fans. Lately, though, I'm not enjoying myself here. It's not just within this thread, and not just about reaction to my work. In fact, it's largely not related to this thread or to my work; I just happened to hit my breaking point here. I suppose that I could place certain posters on Ignore, but being a writer, I don't feel like I should visit a place where I can interact with readers and then choose to avoid some. (I must admit to having one person on Ignore for years now, so I don't have to read their posts, but that was after a long and repeated pattern of personal, though probably ignorant, indignities--against not just me, but numerous other posters as well.)
Dont be so precious.

Maybe the reason there is an increase in the "negativity and combativeness" is a reaction to the generally average quality of Trek lit over the last couple of years? especially in the DS9 books. Plots and trheads are built up, only to loose steam because the series as a whole has fallen into a slump. The sudden time jump forward a few years, very little indication that those missing years are ever going to be fully shown (I dont consider a few flash backs in "current" stories to suffice) and the main plot points of the older books, the dominion and the Ascendants being dropped in favour of bringing DS9 "upto date" with the rest of the 24th century books.

None of that is a sign of a well managed line, and people who enjoy Trek Lit have ever right to find that they dont enjoy such a situation and to express such an opinion.
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