That Wasn’t Nice

I made this little book.

I realize it is not literary greatness.

But it does have a message.

Actually, it has quite a few messages on quite a few different levels.

I don’t expect everyone to love it.   I am so grateful that people I know, who like me, like it because they like me.   And very likely may like it for it’s own worth.  I do believe that as well.

And I like to think I have a sense of humor.

A pretty good sense of humor.

Now that you know those things about me, here’s what has happened.  It’s not dramatic or traumatic.  But I decided after thinking about this all day, I’m going to say I don’t like it.  I think it’s okay to say, I just don’t.

I have been asking friends and family to post a review if they’ve seen the book and liked it.   I have received some very nice reviews and ratings.

Thank you very much nice people.

I assume those who don’t leave a review may not want to deal with having to sign in to yet another site (I totally get it), don’t want to compete with Chloe’s review (thank you!), or just don’t do those things.   Again, all understandable.  I’m a no pressure kind of friend.  You don’t wanna?  Don’t.   But if I’m not sure if you want to or not, I will ask.  🙂   I also understand, and appreciate, if people aren’t leaving reviews because they don’t have something nice to say.   That’s a very considerate thing to do too.

I wake up this morning to find this review:

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I thought …. okay…. maybe someone is trying to be funny.  Though I don’t quite get it….I could possibly process that.

But then I realized they only gave me THREE STARS.

Harumph is what I thought.

Then I reread it about three times during the day.

Call me slow, but something finally dawned on me.  Someone took the time to go to this site, sign in with a not very original or witty name and  spent time they will never get back, writing that review.   And it is posted on a place I tell my friends and family to go look at the great reviews.

And what do they see right at the top?


Well Mr. Bigshlong.  I appreciate the time you gave me.  I’m not angry, or sad, or disappointed in your review.  Simply, I just don’t like it.  I don’t want anyone reading your review and henceforth associating my book with your explosions.

In fairness to you, it must be a pretty miserable existence to have such activity tormenting you on a regular basis.  I’m sorry you have to go through that.  Though I don’t like your review, I hope you feel better and can get out of your house very soon.   A nice walk in fresh air may help your constitution.

Please, go with my well wishes.

And if my book helped you get through this trying time in your life I think it deserves more than three stars.   Don’t you?

71 thoughts on “That Wasn’t Nice

  1. Oh no. I received your book today and love it. Well done. I’m not familiar with writing reviews but I’ll do my best.
    As for Mr fartalot what an eejit. Pity someone doesn’t light a match behind him! 😄


    • Ha! 🙂 Great comment Tric! Made me laugh. And a few others have been laughing at it as well. 😀

      Thank you for ordering the book. Any honest review is appreciated! And he now has a new and improved name.


  2. Good on you for acknowledging your feelings and voicing them. This sort of thing drives me crazy. What a waste of precious time by that individual. I thought you handled this really well! I have followed your blog for a lengthy time and have read the many inspirational and funny things you have posted, and your work does inspire and touch lives, I know because you’ve touched mine.


    • Thank you. I debated on writing this. I didn’t want to pull attention to it. But then, I thought, I have nothing to feel bad about. I don’t know if this person even actually got the book so I don’t know if they actually like it or not. I can’t take the review seriously. And it just wasn’t a nice thing for someone to do. So why not just say so. 🙂 So I’m glad I said something. And I appreciate YOU taking your time to read, and comment, and being very nice. ❤

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    • Thank you Paulette. I appreciate you! I was pretty pleased with myself for not getting worried about it and see it for what it is. A waste of time. That persons, and mine. I suppose these things happen. I guess I just don’t have the mindset that would allow me to understand why these happens. Thank you, for being so nice. 🙂


  3. I don’t believe in bad publicity. I look at all publicity as a good thing. They must have a very sad, lonely life if they can take the time to write such a disrespectful review. Keep your head up.


    • 🙂 Thank you very much kbeezyisviral . I wasn’t going to write about this and pull more attention to it. But after much debate within myself…I thought it was okay to say to this person, that was not nice. And as a result, I have proven my long held belief once again. There are more nice people with goodness, than not nice people. Thank you for being so nice. 🙂


      • I’m happy that you did publish this post so we could connect. This world is cold, but is full of true beauty if you exude happiness and understand where to look. There are a number of good people in the world who are true to themselves. I’m glad my kindness could make you feel better. I hope I continue to inspire you and keep you motivated.


  4. I too thought he/she under-rated it given the “gripping” review they gave it! I think that possibly they were hit with an explosive “occurence” at the time they were hitting the stars and didn’t have time to press the other two stars. It is of my opinion that review warranted five stars!


  5. It takes all kinds, some of them people without manners. I agree this was not a nice review. Ignore it. Ignore he sent it. You KNOW you have sincere reviews out there for you.Sorry you had to have this experience so early in the game. ❤ ❤ ❤


  6. How frustrating! The idiots are out there, but that just sucks on many levels. You put a lot of good effort into that book and all your writings. If this idiot had some valid critique, that would be different, but this one is just being a jerk for the sake of it. Is there anyway to object to it and have it taken down?


  7. Stupid ass punk. There, that was what was on my mind about that review. If a person is going to say something and can’t even put their own name behind the insult, they are simply a coward of a bully. I will get to my review, as I love your book. 🙂


  8. Juvenile. Or at least I hope it was typed (I won’t dignify it with “written”) by a 14-year-old boy, and not some maturity-challenged adult with way too much free time. I love your thoughts on his constitution, by the way. I bet in a few short weeks you’ll just laugh about it rather than let it bug you. As for Mr. Smallman, just lay off the beans, buddy!


  9. It is at such times that you find out how many friends you have, Colleen, and that is a (certainly unintended) blessing that the person with the unkind comment gave to you. The person is looking for attention and got some, but so did your book, and I don’t believe any intelligent reader would let such an obvious troll-review keep them from reading your book. It might even pique their curiosity. Receiving your first troll review is a painful but inevitable rite of passage for an author in today’s world, somewhat akin to getting that first scratch or ding in a new car. It is my hope that this incident quickly be forgotten and the memory that remains be all the wonderful comments and support from your ever-growing number of friends, followers, and fans. Welcome to the club of troll-review survivors. Our motto: That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger!

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    • Thank you Russ. You’re right, I did receive my first ding. And I’m really pretty blessed. I’ve never really had that trouble here on the blog. I’ve been here for almost 7 years and never had to deal with negative people. I guess I felt insulated from it. But, having such positive experiences all these years with such wonderful people (present company included) I feel pretty good. I hope the person who left it….just had a blip in reasoning.

      Thank you Russ. ❤


  10. There’s acceptable public information and then… there’s that. Perhaps this person has been consumed with this issue for so long, that they can no longer think straight. All of their forethought has gone out with the rest of their air.


  11. I think I’m late to discover that you’ve written a book! My goodness, Colleen. I’m already a fan, so as soon as I figure out where to go…count me in. 🙂


  12. Sounds like an Internet troll. Still, agreed, if it is legit and he got solace from your book it would be five stars easy. Maybe the gas just makes him mean? Lord knows the smells he endures, but likely he is simple a troll. Albeit a gaseous one.


  13. Well said. Some people love going out of their way to be unpleasant. He’s quite entitled not to like the book, even hate it, but unless it is offensive, why take the trouble to pan it? Get a life already!


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