Sorry! I told you, you'd have to be morbidly curious to look, and fairly masochistic to continue reading. *sinister grin* I have no tolerance for angst-ridden teenagers, though, and when disasters of this kind happen, I have to physically refrain myself from giving the teen a slap to the head. (Sitting back and laughing is, on the whole, more productive.) But really, if you don't want criticism, you shouldn't ask for it.

Of course, there was a similar case where the author was not a teenager at all, but a twenty-something-years-old woman... but I'm sure you don't want to fry more of your braincells and neurons.

WF, I don't know how much of a masochist I am but I do think that my voyeur gene was working on overtime. It's the same thing that causes many of us to gaze upon a car wreck. That rubber-neck reflex where we feel a morbid necessity to gawk at the mess. I have no idea why this fascinates me - it just does. However, thanks for posting the links. I can't say I'm a better person because of it, but it was a great look into 'what not to do." <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" />

so should i build my house to please only myself or should i have the audience in mind?

ROFL - oh, Jangut - good question. (still laughing) I think you should consult a feng shui artisan, though. Probably would work best since I wouldn't want a group of people criticizing the way I construct a house. Imagine if you installed a window in the wrong place. Oy! What a mess.

@ Glance, Elliot and Kiya gave you the best description of the word 'angst'. And I suspect it is a term derived from Freudian psychology.

@@Jurak: Tell Alrik we said hello and we miss him. His thread is alive and flourishing. Oh, and also tell him we're behaving ourselves. (Except for Lews... <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shhh.gif" alt="" />) <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ROFL.gif" alt="" />

Doris Lessing. She wrote a book under a pseudonym: The diary of Jane Somers. It was rejected - then a publisher finally published this book. When I read it, the author Jane Somers was unknown to me - I thought: Hey, that's the Doris Lessing style! Years after that, she admited and said, she wanted to prove the fact that publishers don't read the plot but go for names. It was a brilliant slap.

Kiya - I was not aware she wrote under another name and it serves those publishers right! LOL That was a nice slap in the face for them. Many authors write under pen names -- even a few of my friends whose work is well-known in their circle sometimes venture into another genre. Their publishers actually have asked them to write under another name so their readers don't get flummoxed when during the crossover. Shows how much faith publishers have in their audience. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ouch.gif" alt="" />

Faralas <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mage.gif" alt="" />