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April Interview Schedule:
4/3 Connie Berry
4/10 Malice Domestic Anthology 14 Authors
4/17 David Burnsworth
3/24 Grace Topping

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 4/6 Edith Maxwell, 4/13 Ellen Butler

WWK Satuday Bloggers: 4/20 Margaret S. Hamilton, 4/27 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files

Congratulations to Shari Randall for her nomination for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Curses, Boiled Again was published by St. Martin's last year. Read the interviewabout the book here. Yay, Shari!

The Malice Domestic conference participants have nominated Annette Dashofy for an Agatha Award for her Zoe Chambers mystery Cry Wolf, published in 2018 by Henery Press. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Annette about Cry Wolf here. Will four nominations be the charm?

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: http://a.co/d/jdSBKdM

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder, which will be released April 30, is available for pre-order.

KM Rockwood's new short story, "Map to Oblivion," has been included the anthology Shhhh...Murder! edited by Andrew MacRae and published by Darkhouse Books. It was released on Sept. 12.

Warren Bull also has a story in Shhh...Murder! Look for "Elsinore Noir," Warren's short story, in this anthology.

Shari Randall's third Lobster Shack Mystery, Drawn and Buttered, was published February 26, 2019. Available for sale.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Rolling With the Trolling by Warren Bull

Rolling With the Trolling by Warren Bull





Image from Pixabay

I’ve written before about my Facebook page, “I Love Abe Lincoln,” https://www.facebook.com/rwb10/ which I use to build a platform for my upcoming book Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories. At that time I had received my first, “I hate Lincoln” post. Oddly enough I found that reassuring. 
See, throughout my life, I have found that success attracts criticism. At the very peak of my athletic career, I became an average high school cross-country runner. Scores in cross-country meets were based on the finishing order of the top five runners on each team with the lowest score winning. A sweep was 5+4+3+2+1 = 15. After years of practice, I sometimes added to the opposing team’s total by beating a runner among their top five finishers. For that feat, a friend who said he could have been on the team informed me that I was “a natural” runner. Who knew? Here I thought years of sweating and plodding along had something to do with it.
So when the hate post appeared, I decided I had become prominent enough to gain a troll’s attention. With cultivation, learning through mistakes and keeping on keeping on (more plodding) the number of followers has grown. The number and variety of haters have grown too. Although Lincoln continues to attract the great majority of the flak, I have become a secondary target. I find it amusing that some accusations are the direct opposite of other accusations, which make it impossible for me to fulfill both. I’ve learned that the phrase, “You sound like an educated person” is not a compliment. Requests for personal information are usually veiled ways of asking, 
“Won’t you please give me a reason that I can use to totally discount what you write on the basis that you are A or you are not B.”
In addition to the trolls, the page is starting to attract posts from people who want to use my platform to benefit themselves. I call them barnacles. “Earn money from home,” vies with “Find out more about the TRUTH on my site.” I had a number of posts from a man who espoused a very different understanding of Lincoln. I didn’t mind until he started answering many posts with nearly identical information. I politely asked him to stop and his formerly friendly response style changed to a rant. Like the other barnacles, I blocked him from the page. My favorite barnacle so far is the “World Renown Psychic” who warned me about the chaos surrounding me and informed me he could help reconnect with various loved ones including my daughter. I don’t have a daughter.
I am interested in what will rise to the surface next. I will let you know.



8 comments:

Margaret Turkevich said...

I admire you for persevering with your project.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks

Shari Randall said...

It's good to see you're not letting the barnacles get you down!

Maddy said...

Barnacles! -- I must remember that.
I'm also inundated with offers to "upgrade" my site for a "small" fee, annoying but preferable to trolls.

Grace Topping said...

So if I get annoying posts I should consider myself as attracting attention and possibly on my way to success. I like that theory. Thanks for bringing that up. I’ll feel batter about trolls and negative feedback.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, great blog. I haven't gotten any barnacles yet from my Web Site. Maybe it's because not many people go to it. That's worse than getting all those you get. As for anyone not likeing Lincoln, that has to be really stupid or racist people.

Patricia Dusenbury said...

I'm impressed with your marketing strategy and enjoyed the blog. Trolls are part of life - always have been. The Internet gives them wider reach, but it also provides you the ability to block them, which is difficult if they live nearby or are related to you.

KM Rockwood said...

Ah, are you completely sure you don't have a daughter? Think of the possibilities!

Seriously, it sounds like you respond with grace, humor and tolerance until you reach the point where only firm boundaries will do.