where the writers are

 It may just be a case of loin-girding, but as my blog tour nears I've become more interested in how writers handle  negative reviews. Shall I take Billie Holiday's advice and Don't Explain, when I think a reader not only dislikes my book , but doesn't get it? I probably wouldn't have the nerve to respond like Robert Burns:"Thou eunuch of language: thou butcher, imbruing thy hands in the bowels of orthography: thou arch-heretic in pronunciation: thou pitch-pipe of affected emphasis: thou carpenter, mortising the awkward joints of jarring sentences: thou squeaking dissonance of cadence: thou pimp of gender: thou scape-gallows from the land of syntax: thou scavenger of mood and tense: thou murderous accoucheur of infant leanings: thou ignis fatuus, misleading the steps of benighted ignorance: thou pickle-herring in the puppet-show of nonsense."

What did Molly Peacock say about taking criticism---don't grow a thick skin; it's your thin skin that makes you a writer!