|Posted on September 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM|
Everyone that knows me can tell you that I am the same online as I am
in real life. I am an unapologetic flirt, a big mouth, I have a warped
sense of humor, and I often laugh reflexively when I see people fall
They will also tell you that I am generally a very nice person. I sob like a
schoolgirl when I watch The Green Mile. I believe in helping others as
much as I can, trying to always do the right thing, and never doing
anything that I would be ashamed of if people found out. Embarrassed
maybe, but ashamed...no.
This brings me to the point of this blog. Yes, there is in fact a point.
(Other than tooting my own horn, as it appears in the first couple of
I have been chastised by some for being "inappropriate" or "not curbing
my opinions". "I mean after all, you are a published author, and there
should be a level of decorum in your online dealings." Or so I have been
Well, pardon the expression, but.....fuck that noise.
I say let your freak flag fly. Be yourself.
I am the same whether you meet me in a Facebook group, or whether
you meet me on the street. I may not start tossing out F-bombs at our
first meeting, but I am who I am.
If you have read any of my work, you will get a good idea of who I am. If
you take the time to talk to me, you will have an even better idea.
If (fingers crossed) I ever get to be rich and famous, I want to retain my
real personality. I do not want a plastic representation of what my
publicist thinks that people want to see.
If Stephen King were to compromise his personality, we would not have
his wonderful quotes that flood the internet. You know, the ones that
compare Twilight to Harry Potter, or the one that says James Patterson
is a no-talent hack.
If Mark Twain had been afraid to offend people, we would not have his
amazing nuggets of humor and wisdom that are still quoted today.
I am not saying that I personally will be quoted for the masses one day,
(again, fingers crossed) but I like the idea that I can be, based on my
actual thoughts and opinions and not on a glossy, galvanized, PC
version of myself.
If people are inclined to not read my books because they don't like the
fact that I think certain memes are funny, or that I support equal rights,
or that I donate to the ASPCA, then so be it. Or probably more
accurately, fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.
Therefore, I will continue to flirt, (at my discretion) use the F word (at my
discretion), laugh at people stumbling over their own feet (and then help
them up...remember I am a nice person). I will continue to let my online
friends and colleagues know that I am firmly against animal abuse and
discrimination of any kind, and I might just make a few people laugh, or
think, or feel better about their crappy day.
So, if you find me to be "inappropriate", or "lacking decorum", I am
terribly sorry...but I can go to sleep at night knowing that I was 100%
true to myself. Today, every day past, and every day forward.
If you want to get to know me, my contact information is splattered all
over this website, and if you see something written in this blog that is
quotable, just give me credit when you repost it. Maybe one day, I will
appear in a book of quotes alongside Mark Twain or Stephen King,
(Stop laughing) or maybe I will appear in a book of quotes from me
alone. (Seriously, stop laughing. It's not like I fell down or anything.)
One thing that I will always be sure of...no one will ever be confused
about who I am, warts and all.