June 02, 2012
A Short Rant, or "Duh"
These days, I'm attempting to keep my rants to a minimum. You've got enough of your own trials and tribulations. You probably don't need to hear any (or many) of mine. But oh, my god. Do you want to know what gets my llama? (I was looking for something a bit larger than a goat, but smaller than a rhino.) Truly? Reviews that bitch-slap an author for something completely out of her (or his) control. Cuffing Kate, which is a novella I'm totally fucking proud of, received a 2-star because... wait for it... it's a short story.
Can I get a "What the fuck?"
The cover of Cuffing Kate says on it: Spice Briefs. Doesn't say Spice Longs. Spice Marathons. Spice Up-All-Nighters. Spice Eternities. No. Spice Briefs.
Here is the review:
Short story May 30, 2012
I purchased this after reading it recommended in an article. It is a very short story. Just be aware when you are buying it that it takes about 5 minutes to read! I need to be a little more careful when making Kindle purchases!
First off, it's not *that* short. The story is a solid 10K. Second, that's like giving a phone book a bad review for containing a lot of numbers. Or the ocean a poor mark for containing water. I think I'm fuming because this happens a lot. Readers buy anthologies of 60 short stories and make comments like, "Yeah, there wasn't a lot of character development in each piece." Or, "Well, the stories were only five pages long, so the plots were thin." Um. Yes. That's all I can say. Yes. You're right. You're not going to get a lot of character development or heavy plotting in five-page stories. That's why authors write novels, too. So you can choose.
Deep fucking sigh.