I have not been very present on OS for long time. I posted one haiga a day for a year and decided to take a break after finishing that commitment to my audience here and to myself. I take writing seriously, art very seriously, and community so seriously that I am very careful about who I associate with publicly and privately.
On a day when I decided to write a serious essay about women and science, which went to the cover, got an EP, went on the mothership homepage as the OS highlight, and made me proud to be a writer, a woman, and a participant at OS again...well, on that day, janie smithie decided to jump the shark.
She has been authentically seeking attention and doing so by causing drama and crying wolf alternately for many years. I was a beta member and remember when she showed up and have seen all of the incarnations. I tried to be a friend to this individual years ago and engaged in private messages with her much moreso than on the list. I found her writing persona irritating and boorish. I did not want to know that writer. Offlist, the person seemed fine and worth knowing. So I was friendly off and stayed away on-list.
So there are my bona fidas with regard to this person, currently going by daisyjane.
I snipped part of her most recent post and have some comments regarding it. They closed comments so as to not deal with the shitstorm they drummed up for themselves. I think that is beyond poor behavior and moving into assholery. If you can't stand the heat, don't set the house on fire.
So, here is what I have to say about it.
I was overjoyed to have my writing accepted and read and enjoyed by many upon my return with a serious essay. And then I saw her bullshit posts in the right hand column of most read. I ignored them until it carried over into facebook and I saw that many of our mutual friends were upset and talking about it. I went to the source and read both the piggish attention whoring post and the piggish attention whoring retraction. I was not hurt, I was disgusted. I nearly pulled my own blog just to distance myself from this childish fool. I write under my own name and am an established artist and professional. I am now and forever have been exactly who I am since the late 1990's when I got involved with the internet. I am the same person on G+, facebook, here, and on my website.
I like my blog, I like the haiga, I like the genuine comments. I like writing, I intend to do more of it and to post it here and several other places. So this is not a flounce, I am here for the duration.
Her posts were like ice water over my head, though. It screamed of everything that I hate about OS. The disingenuous reactions of hurt and dismay coming from both sides of the posts, the comments and the posts themselves, left me with an urge to vomit on three levels.
One is the writing. It was poorly done. Capitalization is a worthwhile tool that creates more clear communication. Non-caps as a general rule where they are traditionally needed is a sure-fire effort to jerk you around from the get go. That is why she does it, just to call attention to it with no good reason. Woohoo, so avant garde of her! Bullshit, always has been, always will be. Irritating. And the rest of the post, disregarding formatting, speaks for itself in terms of writing. I will not critique that further, as the writing of those posts is not what this is about.
Art, even performance art, is a serious endeavor but should be presented as such to be appreciated. The social aspect of OS had obviously blurred that line in this case and may be the primary cause for the anger expressed towards this writer. It is deserved. Art should not serve the purpose of simply jerking chains. That is not at a level of art. That makes the writer no more than Rush Limbaugh. I hope the writer understands that that is NOT a good thing. So as art, it was bullshit.
And regarding community, it is at an even lower level of bullshit. She, assuming for the moment that the writer is female and not doing another art piece on what females are as writers on public sites, claims that in a fit of pique at not getting the attention and support that she required of us as a community, that she decided to jerk our chains to teach us some kind of lesson. I suppose. It is unclear. She then says that it was a mistake and implies that forgiving her is a requirement of people in community with one another. Wolf is cried once again and we, the villagers, are demanded to attend and apply salve to her hurts and protect her from harm. I have been observing this for YEARS from this writer. Community does not work like that. Trust is an essential characteristic of community and she has withdrawn from that voluntarily. She should have thought about this before the originating post. Now there are real consequences among real people who are part of this real community. I never withdrew my account because I grew to love many of the beta people and the others that followed. I understand nommes de plume and the reasons for it. The friends I have made here are known to me by their real names, or at least I like to think they are.
daisyjane, current moniker, has officially jumped the shark. Further interaction with her is a waste of energy. I will not interact with her again. My only desire to interact with her would be to keep a link to her two bullshit posts and follow her to wherever she comments on anything and just comment behind her with those links to put it out there for anyone interacting with her current persona that she is bullshit, personified, the worst OS has to offer. But that would be being a troll, and I am not one. This post is not a trollish seeking her out, it is a commentary on what transpired here in my neighborhood.
I have no idea who the writer is actually. The chaos they add to the world offends me. It makes me ashamed to be associated with the site. But I know that you have to take the good with the bad. I am declaring here directly, that the writer is bad, has no intentions to add to the site outside their own desire for unwarranted attention, and cannot be trusted with our community.
And since she closed comments, I am making mine here. While I am certain she will cry and shout that I am attacking her, why should we care any more? People are not required to forgive, it is a gift that, if offered, should be received with gratitude and treated with respect. I will not forgive her. Period.
Comments are wide open.