Glass Houses and Shit!

Kyle and Samantha Busch, image courtesy of FoxSports, Nascar. Related artlcle: http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/dale-earnhardt-jr-kyle-busch-carl-edwards-samantha-busch-richmond-international-raceway-042516

Yes, I said Shit. I’ll say it again. SHIT!

Wondering why? Okay, a little background…

During the Nascar race yesterday in Richmond, on the last lap, Kyle Busch was about to win. He was THIS close. He was bumped and moved out of the way by his teammate, Carl Edwards, who went on to win. I sat here and I watched it and the first word out of my mouth was SHIT!

During that part of the race, the television cameras panned to Kyle Busch’s wife, Samantha, and her reaction was SHIT! You couldn’t hear her say it, but you could see her say it. Since then, she’s received such hate on social media…

Now, I’m not a practicing Christian. Hell, I’m not even sure I am a believer anymore, but she is and her faith has been questioned because she said Shit on television. Mind you, she didn’t know she was on camera. And she shouldn’t have to mind what she says at any time. It’s not anyone’s place to judge her, certainly not assholes who have nothing better to do than jump on her for showing some real and raw emotion, something the drivers aren’t allowed to do when a microphone is shoved in their faces as soon they exit the car, win or lose.

Other things have been said about her, too. It’s stupid. It’s ridiculous. And it’s pathetic.

Social media for some reason has given nameless, faceless people an outlet for their judgment, for their less than magical opinions, for their hate, their bigotry, their racism, their boredom. Get. A. Fucking. Life.

Samantha has apologized and some of the drivers have told her not to apologize, that she has nothing to apologize for. And they’re right. So she said Shit on television. It’s not the end of the world and it’s not the end of her faith. She’s a role model, yes. I get that. But does it mean she has to be void of emotion? That she has to carry herself above everyone else? Nope. Not a bit.

Be real. I love when people are REAL! I love when those in the public eye go off on the media or even go off on their fans or their haters… You know why? Because they’re finally showing something real, most times not staged or faked, but real. I don’t know y’all… It’s fucked.

The race was good. It was great actually. Even the ending. Yes, I wanted Kyle to win. I stomped and said Shit out loud when he lost. I felt it… Every Kyle fan felt it… Samantha felt it, too, and to an even bigger degree of disappointment. She was the one on camera. She was the one who was caught saying it. She’s the one getting shit for saying it, for saying Shit.

Those who sit in judgment, who profess faith yet cast stones, who use social media to tear down others because it makes you feel big and bad and important, who yell hypocrite… Fuck. You. Your glass house is going to shatter…

This post has nothing to do with anything other than it’s my blog and I can…

~lissa

Author Friday – Samhain Publishing Closing Its Doors

MalachisWord72web1This news was announced this afternoon and it has come as a shock and a heartbreaker for many, if not all of Samhain Publishing’s authors, editors, cover artists, and readers. It’s a devastating feeling. Though I haven’t published with them in a couple of years, as fate would have it, I had a couple of titles planned for submission for them this year. One of those is Abe’s Law, Book 3 in my Bar Next Door series. With Samhain closing, I will not be able to submit the book to them and will have to either find another publisher for it or publish it myself. I will keep you informed as to what will happen with the series once the rights have come back to me. I will let you know what I will do with all my Samhain titles when I receive the rights. I don’t know when this will be and at this point, they do not either.

I have enjoyed being a Samhain author. I have worked with some incredible people and they helped me become the author I am. I couldn’t have done without them and I will always remember the feeling of having received that first acceptance letter from them for Pink Buttercream Frosting.

The publishing market has changed and will continue changing and though Samhain changed as best it could with the ArcticShift200market, it wasn’t enough. It was stated in their email that they did not wish to go down the road of not paying authors in order to keep the company going because it wouldn’t be fair to anyone. There are already publishers who have taken the delay royalties to simply not paying royalties and I commend Samhain for not following that example. They have always tried to keep up to date with things and it’s just proved too difficult in the changing climate. There’s no telling what the future will hold for any of us before publishing levels out and we all regain our balance.

Thank you Crissy, Marty, Tera, Bethany, Holly, Amy, Jacob, Amanda, and those I know I’m forgetting without meaning to… Thank you for an awesome ride. I wish us all the very best of everything in the future.

~lissa