Meg,

I appreciate you calling this behavior out. Until I responded to Sarah the other day, I had not mentioned Danna’s name on this platform since the moment I blocked her; I felt that in choosing not to allow her contact here, I forfeited my right to discuss her. It seemed unfair to bring her name into a conversation she wasn’t invited to.

I have since been made aware of several mentions she’s made of me, and I can’t figure out what she hopes to gain by painting me as some sort of aggressor. If anything, the opposite was true, as I was not only avoiding a public confrontation, but also refraining from holding any backstage (non confrontational ) conversations about her at all.

I’m writing this to you to inform you that on the evening she wrote the scathing critique, I approached her much as you are here, only via email. And not as a stranger, but as a friend. And later, when she got upset about the responses she was getting, I tried so hard to explain to her the irony of her being so upset about someone doing to her the same thing she did to someone else ( except that the person she did it to had not attacked her personally). I tried to explain that just because it was a stranger didn’t mean it wasn’t a person .

Meg, she seemed to honestly not understand. That is why I think addressing her is pointless. I believe she has bigger problems, and with them come an inability to empathize or to show true compassion for anyone. I think she pays lip service to other writers but I don’t think she’s sincere.

I appreciate your effort, but don’t be surprised if it is met with a mind- numbing amount of feigned misunderstanding and a lot of “poor me” rhetoric.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.