So long, Examiner.com

First off, according to the Constitution of the United States, I have freedom of speech, which my blog entitles me to.  This translates that I have the right to say whatever I want on it.  Second of all, I have been told by numerous people, authors included, that the way you run the Examiner is outrageous and your payment system is illegal, not to mention highly suspect.  Payment?  $30 per month is your idea of PAYMENT?  Even beggars earn more.  Stating the truth on my blog is nothing in comparison to what you and your staff have done.  Still, I was never disrespectful with the Examiner staff and always handled my complaints in a professional manner despite hostility I met on your end for requesting issues to be fixed. If it is in my power to take this up on a legal level, I definitely will.  Third of all, contrary to your accusation, I’ve noticed that I’ve brought 1500 views a month to a site that receives only 30 views in comparison.  So my Examiner reports state.  I’ve brought famous authors, writers, and a vast literary audience to the Examiner, for which I’ve received no support, appreciation, or correct compensation from the Examiner.  I had no idea you and the Examiner staff were censoring me for the financial scraps you’ve been throwing at me for hours and hours of hard work.  It is I and hundreds of other Examiners who are disgusted with the outright robbery and extortion the Examiner is getting away with.

Behold my official reply to Examiner.com.  Okay, you’re confused with where this is coming from?  Let’s backtrack to yesterday.

It seems my post, Is this goodbye?, reached the ears of the Examiner.  (On a side note, since when have they been reading my blog or care about my opinion?  They keep on underpaying their writers without a second thought and they have some really pathetic writers on the site…does the word “discrimination” ring a bell, anyone?) 

And…you guessed correctly!  They couldn’t handle the truth being slapped right in front of their faces.  So this was their response: good-bye.  Oh no, they didn’t deny my denouncements or prove I was wrong.  They had the nerve to claim that they had paid me fairly (?) and that I was the one being a nuisance.  They also had the nerve to say that my content was of little value to the site and that I had brought nothing to the site.  All those viewers, authors, friends, colleagues…I had 1500 view per month for both of my titles, for crying out loud!  The Fresno branch of the Examiner, for example, was only getting on average 30 views per day.  Hah.  I worked fricking hard for them and they dare to tell me now that I did nothing?  I’ll be seeing them again, they can bet on that.  One day… 

Oh, and by the way, oh mighty Examiner?  Stop telling all those poor prospective writers that you pay the Examiners!  Because you pay next-to-nothing, basically.  It’s a lousy pretense, this lie about payment.

Ahem.  The gist of the matter is that I’m no longer writing for Examiner.com.  Period.  And to be honest, I had already decided to quit before they threw all this in my face, so…what do I care?  They can go to hell.  Where they rightly belong.  They just threw the gauntlet at me when I’d already left the room.  They just made complete fools of themselves.  My content, my reviews, they all still belong to me.  I care less about those pageviews they cheated me of.  And that meager beggar’s pay they claim is legitimate.  Guess what, Examiner.com?  Since I was an independent contractor and not your employee, you legally cannot fire me!  I already resigned before you emailed me.  And I’m proud of that blog entry you hate.  It’s the truth, launched right at a bunch of liars and thieves.  So there.  The Examiner will get what’s coming to it.  Sooner or later.

Natalie Gorna

Evil is rising

Here we go.  At 12 a.m., on June 27th, my mom and I were deeply asleep in our car.  Until an unidentified bozo woke us up.  This moron didn’t ever bother to introduce himself, but he started bossing us around nonetheless by issuing threats and general harassment.  He appeared to be dressed like a sheriff’s deputy, but who knows for sure?  It was late at night and he popped out of nowhere, like a snake from its hole.  Regardless, my mom was not going to show him her ID because he demanded it or because he said to do it “because he said so.”  What a tyrannical maniac!  He demanded that we open our doors (?), and when we refused, he threatened that he was going to do something that wasn’t nice.  Besides, we had already stated our business in that area and he was already mad before he came to us, fuming like some rabid hyena.  He kept saying things like, “Don’t you know who I am?!” and “You just watch.  What happens next won’t be nice.”  What an a-hole.  He had no right, NO RIGHT, to be threatening and intimidating us, no matter who he was.  We were not committing any crimes.  He was therefore violating our privacy.  Ugh.  And he had no right to ask either of us for ID.  What a liar he was, to boot.  Do you know that when my mom had given him a lecture about injustice and how cops and the whole bloody world had already violated out rights and committed crimes against us, he changed his tune?  Suddenly, from saying that “he didn’t know if we had permission to be where we were” (another bunch of crap), he claimed that because I looked like a 9 year-old girl when I was asleep (?), he had to check on my age.  WHAT???  When I was 10 years old and my mom was teaching at college, the students in her class asked me if I was a college student.  So much for the bozo’s excuse.  This bozo of a “sheriff’s deputy” discriminated against us outright, not to mention threatening, harassing, and intimidating us at midnight.  It looks like the Fresno Sheriff’s Department will have a place of derision on my blog right next to the Fresno and Clovis Police Departments.  That’s just swell.  I would just prefer that things like this would not happen at all, as they are highly unpleasant.

Natalie Gorna

Randomness

I’ve re-reading my last blog entry and thinking about what I should write here.  Nothing has changed since I published those words of anger against the Examiner…their “Review Team” is still rejecting my work for their own discriminatory reasons.  Discrimination…it happens to me and my mom everyday.  Seriously.  And there is no worse feeling in the world than complete helplessness.

Anyway, aside from my personal life…I’m moving upwards on my book list.  i’ve already read 20 books so far in 2011.  Long novels, short books, you name it.  I finally got the chance to watch season 3 of the British TV series Merlin online, and I am currently debating whether to re-post my Examiner review of the series here on my blog.  It will be edited, of course.  We’ll see.  Otherwise…I try to drown the sound of my own pain with favorite music on Grooveshark.  Life is not good so far.

Natalie Gorna