I’ll keep this post brief. I don’t use the account much anyway, but an author did ask to connect with me on Google+ and we chatted about her science fiction series. I complimented her covers and her cover artist. In fact, I was extremely complimentary. The covers are excellent.
I asked the author if she’d designed them or if the designs were made entirely by the cover artist.
She replied that she’d made some initial suggestions, and then jested that the bare skin and high heels weren’t her idea. I replied, also in jest, well, he’s a guy (the artist).
Big fucking deal.
The next thing I know, I get this message from a man I’ve never heard of, who is not on any of my approved lists, accusing me of sexism because of that tongue in cheek statement. My statement wasn’t directed at him. It was made within the context of a lighthearted conversation between two authors.
Here’s a portion of his comment: “There is a trend of male artists to portray women in most genres of literature and gaming in a hyper-sexualized way, particularly in fantasy and science fiction, but I don’t appreciate your generalization. I understand where it comes from and I sympathize with your frustration at the situation but making statements like that about one of the sexes is not a helpful step towards a world without sexism.”
Joke, dude! Joke! And, a private joke. Mind your own bidness! (Thanks, Penny)
And I’d like to know how the hell he hacked into my Google+ account. So the account is now closed.
Oh, and I nearly passed out yesterday when I tried to view my Amazon sales and the page said – Your Bookshelf is empty. OMFG. I freaked. The problem was simple, as was the solution. I hadn’t signed into my Amazon account. I was signed into my KDP Select account, but not my Amazon account. Just about did me in before I realized what the issue might be. Signed into my regular Amazon account and voila… all better.
My husband says I should never post about sleepless nights because those posts are boring. I replied, when you’ve had as little sleep as I’ve had lately it’s hard to think about anything else.