I once had a single claim to fame, which was being thrown out of Ronnie Scots (famous Jazz club in London) for fighting. I was drunk and we (me and my other drunken friends) were all mucking about while the band was screeching on their oboes and the audience listened without moving a single muscle to the beat (no beat) . A silly sober person who didn't see the joke, started throwing a few vibes our way and that was how we all got caught up in a rough and tumble. Hence the eviction.

I was about 28 at the time. Not young, but not seasoned either. But now that I am…seasoned, you would think I’d know better. But no. Today, I have another claim to fame, which is getting thrown out of Liptopia, an online writing group.

Now, I’m not one to bear a grudge, as the guy who destroyed my perfect Ebay feedback will testify to,
but I must just tell my 400 strong readers, about the little incident, which occurred only yesterday.

They say (those invisible people who dictate what’s right and wrong in the world), that to achieve the status of a published writer, one should have a strong internet presence. That was the reason I joined most of the on-line writing groups and I have no regrets at all, except for one. Litopia.

Litopia boasts a friendly atmosphere. A home from home where one can allegedly relax and talk, without fear of conflict from other members. Sounds great, huh? I thought so, until I found out the hard way, that if you want to stay on Litopia, you cannot form a conflicting opinion with any regular member who wants to throw you to the floor and kick the hell out of you. 

It seems the regulars (or brat pack as I call them), form a long line of mods, super mods, and super super mods. I think there may even be a King mod in there somewhere. That’s okay, until your particular case is being judged by a mod at the bottom of the food chain who calls himself Crowe and has an avatar displaying a devil’s face with horns. Friendly, huh?

On Litopia I have learned nothing with regards to writing, but I have learned much with regards to life. Give a writer a little bit of power and suddenly he thinks he can rule the world. I believe it has something to do with making up for his inadequacies of being yet another unpublished writer, chosen by his writing peers to moderate an internet writing site.

Okay my beef is with a devil called Crowe and I’ve used my little blog here to rant and let off a bit of steam, but just allow me a moment to examine the game of life played at Litopia.

So you know me, a bit flippant, I like to lark around and I am terribly sarcastic, but underneath the writingmum façade is a woman in her prime, who has taught herself how to write within just five years, whilst raising twins and forgoing a disability. Now, you know me, I never mention the D word, but there it is, and I have been accredited for keeping stomp about it throughout my exploratory internet career. The thing is now though, everyone can see I have a D issue just by looking at my webpage, so it’s really no secret any more.

So I got to wondering, whilst I was being slated and verbally tortured on Litopia this past week. Was it the fact that I have improved my craft tenfold over the past couple of years that has got their backs up? Or is it that I am a middle-aged mum sitting in a little rented bungalow in Bristol? Or is the fact I am a D? …Devilish, Dangerous, Dastardly and Doggone good at writing.  Hmm. I wonder.

As a little side note, I’d like to say thank you for some private messages that have filtered through from the elite at Litopia and I am more than pleased to report that there is life there after all. People who are like me. They have a sense of humour,  they make spelling mistakes and they enjoy a bit of banter while talking about their love for the written word. Halleluiah!!

To those (my new friends) I say: stand up and be noticed, make some changes there, so that your worthy opinions are not flattened by overzealous moderators. Don't allow your Litopian peers to silence your words, to moderate your passionate outlook or to change the way you write your accounts, just because they don't like the tone of you or the look of you, or that you could be more versatile writers than they. You are all individuals and you are writers, which makes you passionate and opinionated. Let them know that you should be accepted as such.
That is life.
Brian
2/23/2012

D is for Dancing, Dating and being totally Delightful so stuff the turkeys and keep writing. I guess any group that has the nerve to call themselves a corruption of Literary Utopia must be so much better than the rest of us that they are doomed to fry in their own oil, for ever.

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Wendy
2/23/2012

Thank you, Darling Brian.
Don't worry, I'm still Dancing
xxxxxx

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Gef ;)
2/23/2012

The best revenge is to see the decimation of your enemies, the lamentation of their women - no sorry, wrong channel -
The best revenge is to live well, publish loads and leave em in the dust! xx

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Wendy
2/23/2012

Thank you, Gef. I liked the first channel too. xxx

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2/23/2012

Don't let the jealous bastards get you down. You are so much better than them - of that I am certain. Instead of wasting time making an internet presence, which you already have, finish off your book and make it a best seller. Don't waste time having knock-downs with posers who wouldn't know a good book from a salami sandwich.

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4/1/2012

Hey mum. well, in this situation, I will admit it is sometimes hard to ignore the jerks, but know this: YOU are BETTER than them. They don't know you well enough to even begin to judge you (or your writing for that matter) so don't let them get you down. If they are insulting you, then they are not worth listening to. Keep your head held hig (now... if only I knew how to do the same... lol).

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