Monday, August 11, 2008

Post Mortem I

Several frustrations about my work with the ULA:

The ease with which the opposition implanted its talking points into ULAers. Which led, ultimately, to my being blamed for every ULA failure, while our successes apparently dropped from the sky.

Draw an analogy to a Delorean-style car company taking on the then-giants in the 1970's. Imagine the company attacked, with focus of criticism on the head guy. (DeLorean of course was set-up personally.) ANYTIME you compete with a monopoly you're going to create enemies. The front guy is always going to be attacked, and-- as with DeLorean-- destroyed. Toward myself, too many ULAers took the "blame the victim" stance. The fault for opposition to us was mine. Why? For competing TOO WELL; for being too vociferous, and therefore "alienating" competitors and their flunkies who'd never give us the time of day anyway.

Because some ULAers wanted to buy the myth of the level playing field, it was easy for them to be panicked and stampeded by any anti-Wenclas statement made by low-level literati. The thinking: it's him who's the problem, not us, so let's throw him to the wolves and everything will be okay. Which is what happened. ULA solidarity, so necessary, was broken time after time.

I see no difference between anonymous hate mail sent in letters to someone (which I've received) and anonymous comments posted on a blog. The motivation is the same-- to harass and embarrass the person without attribution, responsibility, or repercussions. The goal isn't to debate-- but on the contrary to close off discomforting debate.

It's amazing how consistently my opponents across the board held to the same script. To the end they didn't vary from it. This includes the entire parade of false characters from "Bryan Guski" to "Jimmy Grace" to "Quilty 10" to "Harland/May" to those behind the many anti-ULA blogs that popped up regularly.

The inability of so many concerned parties to answer ANY questions about these matters-- to instead stonewall or run away-- raised more questions.

There were four main internal disputes in the ULA: in 2001, 2005, early 2007, and late 2007. The final one succeeded in detaching me. What was gained?

I was in the dark about each of them; was caught by surprise-- blindsided-- and have yet to receive about them a credible explanation. Given that, is it any wonder I've had it with all writers?

A major impetus behind the ULA campaign was a search for truth; for honesty and transparency; which proved to be elusive even within the ULA organization.

(p.s. My serial novel is ongoing at About a dozen sharp chapters to come.)


Anonymous said...

You are a boring, fixated, one-dimensional freak.

The Artist Formerly Known As Roody McDoody said...

No one cares, King.
No one cares.

Not Wred Fright.

Not anyone in New York. (How come you no move there instead of Detroit?)

Not Noah Cicero's stripper girlfriend and her stripper girlfriends.

(How come you no have her hook you up with one of your stripper pals so you could live in Youngstown? It might not be NY but it ain't Detroit. And you'd be shacked up with a babe instead of coming home from work to a lonely room with nothing but some tattered old Rex Beach books for furniture and an empty Faygo 2-liter for a pillow.)

Not even Roody cares. He was so depressed that you stole his name without permission for your "mystery" that he quietly died and was replaced by RuD MackDuD.

RuD is HardKore. Which means RuD don't want to post here. Too quiet. The wind blows through the leaves.

RuD would rather post at Literary Mystery but there no Name/URL there.

So RuD go bye now. RuD not coming back.

Time to leave King to his tinfoil dreams.

King said...

Amazing to me is that, even though I'm shutting down my lit activities, I continue to receive anonymous hate mail such as the above. Well, someone is fixated!
(One of the things I'm most proud of about the literary rebellion I initiated is that I was up front about the campaign-- always posting and writing under my own identity. No ducking; no hiding. Straight up and head on all the way. My opponents were seldom able to do likewise.)

King said...

Re the latter of the two:
Well, I guess YOU care.
(It doesn't sound like the real Roody.)
(Monitoring posts doesn't seem to work. The comments only become more vicious, because the individuals don't think they'll be posted.)

Wred Fright said...

For the record, I care. I'm just behind on reading, like usual.