No Link Thursday article today, sorry. I actually need to air something out here. It is not my policy to dish about what is happening behind the scenes or in my private and professional life here, but this time I feel this is warranted.
It started with this comment Ms. Terran McGahae left yesterday on my post Heroines Across The ages in Writing:
Ms. Monodee, your continued use of TJ Killian's lessons, in part or in whole, is the 'theft' of intellectual property owned by T.J. Killian Enterprises.
It is in your best interest to cease and desist.
Terran J. McGahae
T.J. Killian Enterprises.
What actually happens is that I used to blog with Ms. Killian and other authors (namely Angela Guillaume, Sandra K. Marshall, Diana Castilleja) under the banner of the Royal Blush Authors, which was our group name. The blog was about writing advice, and had themed months. Every Monday, Ms. Blush, a Gossip Girl-like narrator (that I invented, wrote, and posted-as every Monday), announced the month's theme and the week's posts. T.J. Killian then posted weekly on Tuesdays, and I posted (under the handle of Z Aasiyah/Nolwynn as these were the pen names I used back then) on Thursdays. Ms. Guillaume, Ms. Marshall, & Ms. Castilleja posted once a month on Wednesdays. Fridays, every other fortnight, was reserved for an ongoing Free Read I personally wrote with the other authors' feedback about a chick-lit story character called Prudence Tempest.
You can find this blog here http://royalblushauthors.blogspot.com/ The blog had been deleted unbeknownst to everyone by Ms. Killian a few months ago but since I had admin priviledges as I wrote most of the material on it, I was able, as per Blogger's policy, to go through my Dashboard and undelete the blog. This is why you'll see it up today.
So yes, please - take a look at that blog. Each person's post is actually posted by the person who wrote it. You'll find which ones are Ms. Killian's, which ones are mine, which ones are for the other ladies who blogged with us. In case there is still doubt, look at our voices and see if they're in any way similar!
The issue - yes, I admit it - a lot of the Writing Wednesday posts here are actually posts I had written for the Royal Blush Authors blog. On that count, feel free to throw the tomatoes. When the blog was initially deleted, I still had copies of these articles on my hard drive, and figured I'd use them on here on days where I couldn't find more than 10 minutes to blog.
So yes, I did repost my old stuff. I apologize for this, and this only. I had actually asked a few friends about what to blog about writing-advice-wise before I started this blog, and most of them told me they'd have loved the old Royal Blush Authors type of advice I proposed, and when I told them I had the copies, they urged me to go ahead and share with the readership here (you can ask Rae Lori, Angela Guillaume, Sandra Marshall, and Rebecca Royce about this one).
I'm a reasonably calm and easygoing person. But when I am attacked, and wrongfuly at that too, I'm sorry but I cannot stay silent. I've let this happen in the past, when someone from Ms. Killian's entourage had called me all sorts of names on my Facebook profile (old name, Z Aasiyah Nolwynn), but this time, I really cannot stand by and watch someone try to destroy me.
In case you're wondering, Ms. Killian, who is in real life Ms. Lee Morris and the former owner of Eirelander Publishing (between March 2009 - August 2010), saw me resign from her company in my then-capacity of Senior Editor (Mainline) around the end of March 2010 because of a heavy workload that I could not juggle in collaboration with my own family life and my writing. Since that last communication, aka my resignantion email, I have not heard from Ms. Killian/Ms. Morris until her sister, Ms. McGahae, posted this comment on my blog yesterday.
I give big thanks to Angela Guillaume (the same gal I used to blog with at RBA), and Rae Lori, for their support in reiterating that these posts in question were my own since they had read them on the RBA blog.
Please go see for yourself - http://royalblushauthors.blogspot.com/
Sorry again for the mess - but I really cannot stand in the sidelines and watch this sort of thing happen.
From Mauritius with love,
Zee (Real name Zaynah Monodee - former pen names Aasiyah Qamar & Nolwynn Ardennes)