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On John Grisham, Victimized Pedophiles, and the Children's Book Industry

gwendabond:

anneursu:

As you may have heard, John Grisham gave an interview with The Telegraph in which he lambasted the US judicial system for excessive incarceration—including that of “Sixty-year-old white men in prison” whose only crimes were consuming child pornography.

“…But they got online one night and…

Anne Ursu raising the questions we all should be asking.

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Anonymous asked: So it seems stalker might get off lightly. How would you feel about that, silly little idiot.

naturallysteph:

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melissaanelli:

How I feel has nothing to do with it. I immediately sent this message to the NZ police and directly to the FBI and directly to the victims’ assistance counsel who has been keeping me up to date on everything, informing them that you, my stalker, have now broken the terms of your arrest.

The terms, as a refresher, were:

  • No using the Internet
  • No using post
  • No contacting Melissa Anelli or any of her family and friends
  • No contacting anyone in North America. 

No one but my stalker would have had any information about the severity or lack thereof of her sentence. And after 6.5 years I can spot a sentence she has written from a mile away without reading glasses. I am publishing this so that it is well known that she has broken the terms of her bail. Because the last time I wasn’t silent about one of her messages, it led to her arrest. I don’t want this break of her bail conditions - while awaiting sentencing no less! - to go unnoted. 

The Melissa of a year ago would not have published this. But I am so done. I have done everything everyone has asked. I have written the letters to the judges going over the whole thing in excruciating and personally painful detail. I have saved evidence with the organization of a librarian. I have answered every question and waited through every deferment and delay, and I am done just doing what is usually done in these instances. This is endless, and it is harmful, and it must stop, and “getting off lightly” would be a complete travesty. As is the fact that no one is monitoring her well enough to see how she is breaking the terms of her bail, and that no one is convinced she should be incarcerated in some fashion.

You know what I’m not done with, and can’t just decide to be done with? Being a victim. That is up to the people who work for the legal system of New Zealand. My being a victim. Up to them. How I deal with being a victim? Up to me. Whether I am continually victimized? Them.

And maybe making this public will make me less sympathetic to some judge down there and that will lessen her sentence for some completely non-sensical reason, I don’t know. But I am so beyond done with it being everyone else's call. 

This is life with a serious stalker. Everyone who is worried about harassment on the Internet needs to see and know and understand this. This goes beyond getting hordes of hateful or threatening YouTube comments: this is about when someone gets in. We are talking about 6.5 years of constant threats and abuse that go offline and into the physical realm, stalking and harassment that touch everyone I know, that has not yet been deterred by TWO ARRESTS and the threat of jail. If you aren’t sure what this post is about, read this for a reminder.

Excuse me. I must now go and undo all of the small victories from the past few months, starting with the allowing of asks.

It was nice there, for a while, feeling normal.

I share this, because this story has been such a horror. 6.5 years. Hundreds—is it thousands? it must be well into the thousands now—of graphic rape and death threats coming from one clearly identified (self-identified, even) person. An FBI investigation. Two arrests. And still, even during sentencing, the stalker tries to taunt Melissa.

This is the reality of online stalking.

Here’s my wish: that this case is a precedent for justice and action taken. If the New Zealand courts fail now, then they really fail. Please share this—because it’s real. I’ve seen this, what’s it’s done to Melissa. I’ve gotten notes from the stalker myself. Press, victim services, whatever you can reach, please reach. Please reblog. This one has to end. They all have to end.

BOOST THIS SIGNAL.

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valmallinson asked: Not a question. Just a giggle. Read your interview in the Willamette Writer's newsletter. Just wanted you to know that no, you are not the only one: "And then there’s the day when you hold your book for the first time. You look at the typesetting. Those are your words! You look at the cover. That’s your name! You pet it and hug it and smell it and maybe cry over it a little (or perhaps that’s only me)."

Thank you! Glad to know I’m not alone in pretty much looking like this:

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Hook’s Revenge Blog Tour Final Stop: Interview at Supernatural Snark

Last stop! Everybody off!

This little blog tour has reached its final destination, but what a special one it is! Drop in on Supernatural Snark for a special interview about Hook’s Revenge with me, John Hendrix—the amazing talent behind the book’s cover and interior illustrations, and Rotem Moscovich—my intrepid editor.

And if you haven’t entered the giveaways from earlier in the week, be sure to…

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nataliecparker:

One month to lift off, folks. So, let’s have some fun of the BEWARE THE WILD variety. 

And since it’s not a party until someone says nice things about my debut novel, allow me to kick things off right with a trifecta:

“A lovely modern fairy tale as tangled and dark as the swamp it lurks in. Parker’s debut is American myth at its very best!” —Kiersten White, NYT bestselling author

“Parker has a nice touch with the Southern flavor of Sterling’s Louisiana town, steeped in superstition and silence…This engaging debut should enjoy a wide audience.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A creepy, atmospheric book that will draw readers in…Beware the Wild breathes new life into the teen supernatural genre.” —School Library Journal

Now, it’s a party. And I’ve made all sorts of goodies for you, including the GIFs above. I’m giving away bookmarks for marking books, book plates (of which there are two designs and you must pick only one, Highlander style), magnets for magging nets, and I <3 YA Books bumper stickers. All are absolutely free with your pre-order of BEWARE THE WILD.

This post is going to be long enough as is, so let’s get right to it. I’m celebrating in two ways:

1. FREE STUFF:

  1. Pre-order BEWARE THE WILD in hardback or ebook format from your favorite chain, independent, or online retailer, such as: IndieBound | Amazon Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

  2. Submit proof of purchase (email, scan, photo, etc. of your receipt) at nataliecparker@gmail.com, along with a valid mailing address.

  3. On October 21st, 2014, you will be mailed a signed bookmark, your choice of a cherry blossom or gator head bookplate, a fancy schmancy magnet, and an I <3 YA Books bumper sticker. (NOTE: These bumperstickers will accompany me on the  Roadside YA Tour in late October. The only ways to acquire these is to pre-order now or attend a tour event later). 

  4. Submissions for the giveaway close October 20th, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.

Now, because BEWARE THE WILD and BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE come out on the very same day and because one day long ago Maggie said to me, “Parker, stop whinging and write something good,” it’s cosmically significant that I find myself in possession of one of the oh-so-rare ARCs of BLLB. To keep myself good with the cosmos, I’m passing this good fortune on to one of you.

In addition, I’m giving away a small bundle of some of my favorite collections of words. They are: THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER by Octavia Butler, SAVING FRANCESCA by Melina Marchetta, THE BOOK OF THREE by Lloyd Alexander, and THE DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper.

One winner will get all 5 books.

2. BOOK PRIZE:

  1. Reblog this post and you will be automatically entered to win the stack of my favorite books along with the ARC of Maggie Stiefvater’s BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE. Only one reblog per person will be counted!

  2. Tweet some version of “Pre-order BEWARE THE WILD! Enter to win an ARC of BLUE LILIY, LILY BLUE! *include a link to this post here* #bewarethewild” for a bonus second entry. NOTE: Please use the hashtag so I can find it!

  3. For all the usual reasons, this contest is only open to those with a valid North American mailing address. (I wish it wasn’t so!)

  4. Submissions for the contest close September 30th, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.

  5. Just to be absolutely, 100%, no bones about it clear: no pre-order is necessary to enter this contest.

Good luck! Thank you! And So Say We All!

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hitsvilleuk:

Way To Make Christopher Walken Look Even Creepier of the day: Seems like America is finally cottoning on to the British tradition of the Christmas pantomime, as NBC is televising Peter Pan Live! this yuletide season. The most important part of this news is that film legend and person-it’s-easiest-to-do-an-impression-of Christopher Walken will be playing Captain Hook and Girls' Allison Williams will be playing the titular hero, sticking with the panto tradition of cross-dressing. It seems like, in this first official image of the show, Walken has opted for the Japanese kabuki look, ahead of a traditional pirate visage, whilst Williams seems to be some sort of hipster from 50 years in the future. Regardless, this has the potentially to be terribly brilliant or brilliantly terrible, and just what we all need at Christmastime.

hitsvilleuk:

Way To Make Christopher Walken Look Even Creepier of the day: Seems like America is finally cottoning on to the British tradition of the Christmas pantomime, as NBC is televising Peter Pan Live! this yuletide season. The most important part of this news is that film legend and person-it’s-easiest-to-do-an-impression-of Christopher Walken will be playing Captain Hook and Girls' Allison Williams will be playing the titular hero, sticking with the panto tradition of cross-dressing. It seems like, in this first official image of the show, Walken has opted for the Japanese kabuki look, ahead of a traditional pirate visage, whilst Williams seems to be some sort of hipster from 50 years in the future. Regardless, this has the potentially to be terribly brilliant or brilliantly terrible, and just what we all need at Christmastime.

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