Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Getting Myself in Trouble

I'm trying to write a letter to Fred Head. This is my first draft:

Dear Mr. Head,

Because I am a published romance author, your parody regarding Susan Combs' book came to my attention. I would like to point out some things to you:

Click to read the extraxts from the Book

The word "extracts" is misspelled, and the correct term is "excerpts." This line should be fixed lest you are seen as less literate than your published author opponent.

Susan Combs is a two faced, hypocrite who was obviously more concerned with her literary career and seeing her name in print than the morals of the young People of Texas

Two-faced hypocrite is redundant, but it is also overkill, since that describes many politicians. More importantly, the novel she wrote was written about and for adults, and marketed to adults. Young people have nothing to do with it.

A Perfect Match, which has her name at the top of every other page - - - a clear testament to Susan Combs’ insatiable ego and desire to see her name in print.

This is what made me certain this page is a parody. EVERY fiction book published has the author's name on the top of every other page. Also, succeeding in one's chosen career is an honorable thing. Shall we call you an insatiable egoist because your name is plastered all over the state?

Excerpts of Susan Combs’ book A Perfect Match are posted on this website and can be accessed by anyone who wants to know the awful truth about Susan Combs.

Aren't you afraid your supporters will be appalled that you are peddling pornography on your web site, which, as far as I can tell, has no controls that would prevent children from reading those excerpts?

I was going to send a more professional, less sarcastic take, but then I read some more of his web site. He's obviously a fan of fantasy novels, because Every other Word on his Web Site is capitalized inappropriately. The whole site is poorly written, badly edited, and stark compared to Susan Combs' professional, well-written, detailed site.

I have to acknowledge that it's POSSIBLE he'd be a better comptroller than Combs, and since I don't live in Texas I didn't do more than read their web sites, which really seem to extoll the same values and goals. But if I lived there, I definitely wouldn't vote for him.


Anonymous said...

I think everyone is missing the bigger picture, Susan
wrote a book with sex and then Susan
took a public position during debate on a sex education (ABSENCE ONLY)
bill while she served as a State Representative. The point, Susan
is a hypocrite.

Fred Head is clearly stating the facts.

Please debate how you can write a book of this nature and then took a public position of sex education (ABSENCE ONLY) bill. Can't have it both ways.

Michelle Pillow said...

Wow, Anon really made the rounds last night, lol. Out of curiosity, I looked it up. :)

I already stated my response to her/his debate request on my blog. BTW, someone tracked where the comments were coming from, lol.

Michelle M Pillow, -- so I'm not Anon :)

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I don't know what an absence only bill is, anonymous. Do you mean that people can only have phone sex? Like, one of them has to be absent?

Susan Combs wrote a book FOR ADULTS that contained lovemaking between two consenting adults who are trying to develop a relationship. That has nothing to do with sex education of minors.

And even if that was not the case, and Ms. Combs decided nineteen years later that she thought no adults should ever have sex, can you tell me, Anonymous, that you have never changed your mind about anything in 19 years?

Thanks for the links, Michelle!

MJFredrick said...

Natalie, you have to go read the song someone wrote about this over at Jaunty Quills. It's in the comments section. It's a hoot.

The Girl You Used to Know said...

Hey Natalie,

I finally jumped in on this "issue"...but of course, we're all saying the same things.

Fred's arguments make no sense. "Anon's" arguments make no sense.

If nothing else comes out of this, at least they corrected "Extraxts" and changed it to "excerpts" on the website. *rolling eyes*

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Mary, thanks, that was hilarious!

And Mel, you're absolutely right, we're all saying the same things, which is really kind of remarkable in this industry.

I'd like to say I'm thrilled that Mr. Head fixed his misspelling because of us, but we've made him look less ignorant now. :)

Though, his front page does still say he had a "tern" on the Legislative "Budged" Board.