Posted by Natasha Kern on April 19, 2002 at 14:35:54:
In Reply to: Idaho Statesman posted by LLB on April 17, 2002 at 14:03:51:
In my previous post I did not address the issue of Robin's backlist titles and her purported "disowning" of them. Like any normal person Robin has grown and changed over twenty years and so has her writing. It would not only be remarkable, but hardly laudable, if one were to have the same level of emotional maturity, mastery of craft, mental knowledge, and spiritual insight at 20 as at 40 or 50. Robin has not repudiated her early books or she would not even include them on her site and we would not be reselling them to her current publishers to reissue. What she has said is: I am not the same woman who wrote those books so many years ago. Well, duh!
Robin has not had an easy life but one of great challenges, trials and tests. It is to be expected that all she has experienced and learned would make its way into her books and change them. Isn't this rather the point of having a life on planet earth? It isn't a rose garden but an opportunity to learn and grow and hopefully to change with maturity and the development of wisdom-- as well as a closer connection to God's purpose for your life. (A Buddhist or Hindu might say preparation for the next incarnation).
In that context, I am sure she will survive the various hurtful and untrue things being said about her here. For my part, I would rather learn the extent to which others can act out of some better aspect of themselves rather than confirming how easily people are influenced to participate in witch hunts and shunning of one of their own. Maybe we still need some maturing as a species with a stronger understanding of the uselessness of good-bad duality (or any duality including the male-female one).
In looking at some of the rules of this site, I noticed that it says something about "flaming" not being appropriate. So what happened here? What is going on? I gather that this is supposed to create site traffic at someone's expense! After reading all the more recent posts i am more disheartened than ever. I have always felt RWA was a sisterhood of support for other writers even those who were not clones of ourselves-- I somehow maintained this illusion despite having two clients serve as president of the organization. My husband made the comment, "Well what a relief to know that women can be just as petty, superficial and cruel as men." Um, I guess so. I'm not feeling very relieved about this myself.
: I read several of
: I both spoke w/and emailed the Idaho Statesman earlier today. First I spoke w/the actual reporter, and then his editor, who is the editor of the Life section in which the article appeared. Here is her response.
: "I was not aware of any concerns with the story until contacted by you and I'm looking into it."
: Vickie Ashwill
: Life Editor
: The Idaho Statesman