Written in response to Lon Shapiro’s response to the dissension among the writers here on Medium…

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Yes, you did, and that is why I’ve responded to you and to Betta Tryptophan here, who appealed to me in a non-confrontational manner. I felt alto’s response to me was exceptionally contentious, and it did nothing other than make me feel as if I did not want to engage with him. Actually, I was very surprised that he even found my story since it was not published in a Medium publication, he does not follow me, and it was old news (I wrote it two weeks ago). I don’t believe he has ever commented on any of my stories in the past, nor has he recommended any of them. And yet he knows who I am because we follow and are followed by many of the same writers. He also knows of me because I wrote to him several months ago requesting to be added as a writer for his publication, Crossing Genres, when he was soliciting dog stories. He never added me, and he didn’t respond. In fact, just a few weeks ago, he didn’t acknowledge another email I wrote to him about a virtual dinner party that never took place; although, I replied to his questions about this dinner. I forwarded my question to him again with the question “Did you receive this?” He failed to reply.

I had not heard from Alto since that exchange back in June nor at any time before, but he’s been lurking around because he was certainly capable of finding this piece and scolding me. I find it puzzling since I have seen him extremely attentive to many other newer writers here, bringing them into his fold; however, for whatever reason, he is uninterested in me as a writer and as a person. But lo and behold both my story and his scolding are featured now in his publication, Crossing Genres. I guess it didn’t get quite the attention he felt it deserved when it was in an unpublished corner, where it belongs.

Anyway, Lon, thanks for the prompt so that I could get this off my chest because clearly it’s been bothering me for some time now. And thank you for attempting to gather us all together, but I’m afraid after listening to the way most people respond to any sort of criticism, it’s a hopeless cause. I’m sorry to say, as you put it, we’re going to have to agree to disagree. And by the way, unfortunately, Mike Essig will be leaving Medium as soon as his bags are packed.

Writer and copyeditor. “What doesn’t kill us gives us something new to write about” ~ J. Wright

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