I can't believe what an asshole this person is that is pulling this off. They're probably working on their next webpage ideas, waiting to scam another audience
I guess my point is, people do this on the internet (I suspect lots of people do it, but that could just be me projecting) and they're not always looking to fuck people around or even, necessarily, to fool people. I posted the disclaimer on my link to Layne because I felt like she was trying to fool me, and I don't like to be fooled in public. But I'm not actually pissed off that Plain Layne may be fiction. Nor do I assume any malice on the author's part. What I assume is that he or she started writing a fictional or semi-fictional character. The character was a big hit, and the author got invested in the attention and approval Layne gets. And that's really the only part of all this that seems slightly weird to me. Though whether it says more about the author of Plain Layne, or about us, depends on where you're standing.
I was very surprised when my phone rang at work, and Odin Soli was on the line! (I shouldn't have been; last week, when he emailed and said he wanted to talk both to me and to Kevin Skomsvold of nadablog, I did give him both my home and work telephone numbers).
He asked me to pass on this clarification:
Odin Soli did NOT have permission from any of the people whose photographs he used in the Plain Layne blog. Therefore, if you use these photographs, you do so at your own risk.
(Oh boy, are you in trouble, Odin. If I were the woman whose photos you "borrowed" for Layne Johnson, you'd be hamburger by now.)
And then he asked if I could transfer the plainlayne and sedalina domain names back to him, and this time, I put my foot down. ENOUGH ALREADY.
ENOUGH. Even we people-pleaser types have our limits. Odin discarded the domain names the first time, and then, after I had bought them and offered them back to him, he refused them. I set them up originally to point to the re-created Plain Layne Archive, and after the archive was taken down at Odin's request, I redirected plainlayne/sedalina traffic to his Emitter site, and then he asked me to point them away from him.
And now he wants them back after all this rigamarole?!? Nuh-uh. No way. I bought them, I'm keeping them and once it's ready, I'm pointing them to a stable redirect page and they're staying put!
Oh, and the next time I offer to "help", could someone please just take me aside and bitch-slap some sense into me? Thank you.
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