I know mental illness when I see it. I have had people tell me about the Queen of England's flying midgets, the Japanese Jerry Springer and gotten complaints about one of my clients farting in Chinese. One of my clients was arrested for waving a flag on a crosswalk in a busy intersection while naked. I know crazy.
I sit in my little OS corner and do my thing. I ignore or make fun of most of the negative stuff I see but it gets to me sometimes. I have taken breaks from this place before. I joined in August of 2008 which makes me a near tribal elder around here. The nuttiness is something I must comment on for my own mental health.
First, the right wingers that are here. The first question is why are they here? I have looked at their posts and they are always the same. They are exactly like the yipping little dog on the corner who barks at me everytime I walk past his yard to the store. These nuts yip, yip, yip the same thing every post. Okay, wingnuts we get it. You hate liberals. Obama is an idiot and the worst president ever. We understood the first hundred times. Why do they continue the posts? They get some support from one another in spreading their hate but certainly don't change anyone's mind about anything. It is the purest form of insanity. Few of them have a single post about a tender moment, a challenge they have overcome, an inspirational piece, a little poem or a fictional short story. Not even a well-thought out essay on why they are right. Nope. Just yip, yip, yip, yip. A one tune concert. Crazy it is.
Next up, are the nuts who think it just dandy to put "Fuck" and other cuss words in a headline and people's names. This is junior high immaturity. It is an embarrassment to all of us. I am no prude. I cuss all the time and use "Fuck" in a variety of ways but in a headline? Come on, now! And naming people in a negative way in a headline. Are you fucking shitting me? Go get some Geodyn immediately.
The dolts who just have to go over to someone's post and say something horrid. No real purpose but to be a mean bitch or bastard. It is the classic: "If you can't get applause tomatoes will do," syndrome. Can you say stupid Fucker?
Those who often jump into some argument with both feet and then say this classic: "This is why I rarely come here any more. It is so negative here." Excuse me? You come over to an argument and pour gasoline all over the place yourself and then complain that things are negative? I cannot be kind here. You are bugfuck nuts!
The mob virtual barroom brawl crowd. Someone puts up a post and others disagree. Pretty soon the disagreement, which may have started off as reasonable, turns into a personal thing with people cracking one another over the head with verbal assaults and saying outrageous things from behind the safety and anonimity of the computer screen. Hey, go over to the Daily Kos if that is your cup of tea and have at it. Better yet go write a poem or do something productive. Ad hominen attacks should be banned here. State your opinion and then shut up. Is that so hard?
The unforgiver type. You write something and someone disagrees in a proper, sensible way but that is to you a cardinal sin. You toast them forever even though you have much in common. You think that is rational?
One guy who I truly liked complained about people not giving him enough attention. Jesus Christ, he posted three times a day every day. How much attention does he think we have? There are hundreds of post per day and your third one only got seven comments and you wonder why?
The fiction- poetry thing over and over again. There is already a fiction button and a way to label things fiction. The problem is not with the big, bad editors. It is the fact that most of us are like karaoke singers. We are standing up singing our version of Elvis's In the Ghetto with our eyes closed and our bodies rocking with emotion. But we are mostly amateurs and although we hit a few good notes it ain't all that wonderful. It is wonderful that you created a story and some characters but this is a part of America. Americans don't read much. Reading fiction is not something everyone enjoys especially on line. I am the worst offender here. This is where my mental illness shows itself.
I actually posted a 6,000 word Christmas story and expected people to take twenty minutes or so to read it. What an arrogant bit of grandioseness on my part. Actually, many did which after my own Geodyn hit took over, I thought was quite remarkable. If you are a fiction person then go to it. Write it and put it out there but lower the expectations. Anything over a ten rating is a sterling fiction writing accomplishment. People are most interested in human interest, and short blinks that are easily read. I am trying to reform myself. Serials are especially tough for others to follow even if they like it. Things move too fast around here. Your chapter three gets lost in the shuffle because stupid stuff like this post takes up part of the feed.
The thing I like about fiction here is that once I do a story it is in my posts history and I like the way they look here. It is a way of doing a portofolio. Because of this place I have now created twelve books in eightteen months which I would have never done without this place. But Steinbeck himself could put up a story and it would only get a 15 rating here. It is not appropriate for the marketplace. All the shouting about fiction being ignored is extremely ironic. A few weeks ago, the big hit of the day was a post about how fiction was being ignored while people were posting fiction. It was supposed to be fiction Friday. Think about that for a moment. An OS meta post on fiction being ignored got almost 1300 hits and my friend Daniel's excellent fiction story got five comments. Does that seem a little odd? Crazy perhaps?
Keep your drink, just gimme the money
It's just you and your hand tonight
My son makes fun of me for listening to the singer, Pink. He calls me a thirteen year old girl. I am 58 but I love Pink. Tease me if you want but anyone who has a song entitled : It's Just You and Y-Ru Hand Tonight is going to have me as a fan forever. In one of her songs she sings:Everyday I fight a war against the mirror
I can't take the person staring back at me
I'm a hazard to myself
Don't let me get me
I'm my own worst enemy
It's bad when you annoy yourself, so irritating
Don't wanna be my friend no more
I wanna be somebody else
The video shows her fighting with her own reflection in the mirror. Which leads me to my final point. OS meta-posts. We are talking to ourselves about ourselves, people. It is crazy. We are a hazard to ourselves. I deserve a thumping myself for writing this.
Thank you for allowing me to release my tension. You can attempt to send me a bill for the free therapy but I will just throw it with the rest of bills so good luck, you wonderful collection of mentally ill nutcases. I am going fishing for a bit. See you around.