Letter To Miss Mazie Followers: What Happened To Miss Mazie

Good evening readers.

I hope all are doing fabulous on this Monday evening.

Here, I’m full of a great dinner, the making of which I’ll write about sometime soon.

In the meantime, I thought I should explain to those of you who have been so faithfully following Miss Mazie why there hasn’t been a chapter 7 yet. I’m not really sure how to explain it but well, I kind of lost my nerve. Maybe I should just tell what happened from the beginning and maybe, who knows? It might help.

You see, after I’d written the first half of the story, I was feeling very excited about it. In fact, I was a bit proud because GrannyMoon, a fellow blogger I admire very much had even put part of it into her Weekly Feast. That had really boosted my self-confidence, but just as one friend had boosted me another knocked me flat.

I’m sure they didn’t mean to. I mean, I get that but the comments they made when I sent that first half to them to read were so brutal in the way they were presented it really knocked all the joy I was feeling from the simple act of telling a story out of me.

I sent the story to an editor I know. I didn’t want it edited, wasn’t looking for that type of feedback at all but it seems as though this person cannot read anything just for the joy of reading the story and when they wrote back they said, “I hope you’ve got a good editor because I found many grammar and spelling mistakes.”

Nothing about the content of the story. No comment at all as to whether they thought it was any good, nothing but the abrupt critique and when I wrote back that I was just writing for the pure pleasure of writing the story all I got in reply was that I shouldn’t have made it public without having it edited first.

Since that time, I cannot pick up the thread. The plot has gone and every time I sit down to write anything at all I can think of nothing but their words.

I will try and pick it up again soon but between that experience and other things going on right now who knows when that will be.

I’m sorry. I guess I’m letting everyone down, but I simply don’t know what to do.

As I write my tears fall because to me it feels like a piece of me died. All the passion and excitement I felt for the folks in James Landing has simply gone.

I don’t know how to describe the grief I feel. I know I shouldn’t let the critique of one person derail me so, but it truly hurt me a lot.

Anyhow, I just wanted to explain.



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11 Responses to Letter To Miss Mazie Followers: What Happened To Miss Mazie

  1. pcampbell16 says:

    You have now entered that elite circle of writers, where people snipe, apparently for no reason. I have often felt that the greatest compliment I can give a fellow writer is, “I wish I’d written that.” I offer this and other words of encouragement and praise willingly. Then, all too often, there are those, who with malice, wish that had written it, but who take the other end of the road, and must discourage, and criticize in a hurtful way. Enter the circle, “I wish I’d written that!”


    • Patty says:

      Hi Phyllis. Thank you for reading, and for commenting. I know that I should take the criticism both good and bad, thank people for reading, and follow a friends advice when they told me, be yourself, and let everyone worry about being themselves. Somehow, though between the critique of that story, and the fact that of late every email I send this person they edit and critique even an idle chitchat, it’s just all too much. Anyway, I’m sure I will find a place for this hurt, and MoveOn.

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  2. joanmyles says:

    Oh no…what a shame! Patty I hope you will find a way to shrug off that discouraging remark…some of us are waiting to know how things unfold! If you don’t want to “publish” your tale because you don’t have time for full editting right now, how about sending it to those of us who want to read it, a kind of “subscription” if you like, just an email group…but please, please don’t give up on her! She is such a facinating lady, and I need to know what happened to Bubbah, and that thing in the woods…! Blessings and love to you

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    • Patty says:

      Hello my friend. Never fear. I will find the strength. I will heal this wound. I must. I must go forward. I must get back on that writing horse, and keep going. I must realize, that this person is an unhappy insecure person. It is not my fault that they did not seem to understand it was a writing exercise. It is not my fault that they seem to have lost their passion. It is not my fault that they seem to be unable to read anything without a critical eye. It is not my fault that they have lost our joy. I must not allow them to make me lose mine. There are some people in the world even when they do not realize they are doing it that must hurt everyone around them because they are hurting. I thank you for reading, for commenting, for encouraging, and understanding. I know that you do. Probably more than you even know.

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      • joanmyles says:

        Yes, everything you say in affirmation is true…and you must protect your joy. It is very difficult to let go of people who threaten to take this away…sometimes sthey are loved ones as I have dealt with lately …but the truth is we only have so much energy, only so much influence. How much better to use these for the people who bring positive vibrations into the world! *smiling heart*


      • Patty says:

        Hi Joan.

        You’re a wise and wonderful friend.



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  3. heahtmonster says:

    I think the story is fabulous! Peter

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    • Patty says:

      Thank you very much. That means a lot coming from you.
      Note to readers. Sometimes Peter is not able to reply to comments. So if you do not see a reply from him, do not think him rude.


    • Patty says:

      Honestly, due to writing all this out, and purging it from my system, as well as something I heard in an author interview yesterday I think I’m starting to develop the next part of the story.

      I’ve a rather evil plot running round in my head where I draw on this experience, create a character who represents this person giving me such grief, and then either kill her off or teach her a powerfully humiliating lesson.

      We shall see.


  4. Darlene says:

    As authors, we need to develop a thick skin. All critique, in the end, is useful and some of the harshest comments have helped me to become a better writer. Keep writing because it is by writing that we develop the skill.


    • Patty says:

      I agree.

      Thanks to this person and their hateful ways, which they have many more of than I could ever write about here, I’ve decided to create a great plot to go into the second portion of my tale. So, in a way they helped more than they meant.

      Somehow purging all that and talking it out here on Facebook and in email with friends has helped.

      Sometimes you just have to reach out to your friends, even if others think you’re a sniveling whining wimp. Which someone did call me.

      Ah well, my public. LOL. Good bad or ugly I love them all, and the ones I don’t well, I’ll just create characters out of them then kill them off.


      Thanks for reading and commenting.



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