I’ve been watching the LizLambert scandal brewing over at various Adam Lambert boards and on Twitter. I’m shocked and not shocked at the same time that someone would willingly pretend to have terminal cancer to catch the attention of the headliner.
Apparently Liz’s goal was to get Adam and his band members to Twitter her. She accomplished this before being busted as a faker. Reprehensible on all levels. For once I am in agreement with the Sparkle Cows. (Is Satan ice skating yet?) Pretending to have a terminal illness to gain the attention of others is a truly horrible thing to do. She obviously has only a limited idea of what being a cancer patient is like. From this cancer survivor married to another cancer survivor this pretending of hers to get a Tweet from Adam is disgusting, but not surprising.
In all fandoms of American Idol there are those in every season that fake serious illnesses to garner attention of the fans and the headliner. It usually ends with the faker outed and pretending that what they did wasn’t so bad, fomenting different ridiculous excuses why this was okay.
Psychiatrists have a term from this sick fakery. It’s called Munchausens By Internet.
You remember Baron Munchausen don’t you? He told tall tales of derring do. Among his claims is that he pulled himself up from sinking in a swamp by his own hair, that he traveled to the Moon and that he rode cannonballs in battle. He was a witty man known for recounting highly embroidered adventures that could in no way be true. Fantastical tales and the reason that Munchausen’s Syndrome is named after him.
Dr Feldman believes that Munchausen’s is driven by “longing for nurturing, sympathy, care and concern that they feel unable to get in appropriate ways,” Perhaps but it doesn’t explain or account for the damage done by the perpetrator, who is rarely remorseful.
Feldman also created a list of common Munchausen’s By Internet tip-offs. I am reposting them here so that those in all fandoms can be informed.
* Medical literature from websites or textbooks is often duplicated or discussed in great detail.
* The length and severity of purported physical ailments conflicts with user behavior. Feldman uses the example of someone posting in considerable detail about being in septic shock, when such a possibility is extremely unlikely.
* Symptoms of ailments may be exaggerated as they correspond to a user’s misunderstanding of the nature of an illness.
* Grave situations and increasingly critical prognoses are interspersed with “miraculous” recoveries.
* A user’s posts eventually reveal contradictory information or claims that are implausible: for example, other users of a forum may find that a user has been divulging contradictory information about occurrence or length of hospital visits.
* When attention and sympathy decreases to focus on other members of the group, a user may announce that other dire events have transpired, including the illness or death of a close family member.
* When faced with insufficient expressions of attention or sympathy, a forum member claims this as a cause that symptoms worsen or do not improve.
* A user resists contact beyond the Internet, by telephone or personal visit, often claiming bizarre reasons for not being able to accept such contact.
* Further emergencies are described with inappropriate happiness, designed to garner immediate reactions.
* Other forum members post on behalf of a user, exhibiting identical writing styles, spelling errors, and language idiosyncrasies, suggesting that the user has created fictitious identities to move the conversation in their direction.
Dr Feldman neglected to mention the worst case of Munchausens By Internet I’ve ever seen. No, it’s not Kaycee Nicole. It’s the online activities of one Lori Anne Dennick, or as she insists on being called L. Anne Carrington. Right now L. Anne is pushing a horribly written and partially plagiarized ‘novel’ around on various vanity publishing sites. She’s claiming that she’s on the verge of publishing this book. It was available on Barnes and Noble website as an ‘E Book’ recently before being removed. It’s up on Amazon. This book has been up in pieces for free on Authonomy and other book sites for over a year now.
She’s complaining about the time it’s taken to get this out and edited even if it’s only been a few short months since she started claiming to have a publisher. She has no clear idea obviously about how the real publishing process normal works, just like all the other times she’s claimed various things that were easily provable otherwise. I’m not going to go over the laundry list of her lies – they are available over at lannecarringtonbook.com
Anyone serious about their work usually starts by obtaining a literary agent. Which in itself can take quite a while. You contact the agent and if they are interested they will ask for a few short examples of your work. At that point they sometimes ask for a few beginning chapters or sometimes the entire manuscript. Just this process can take months to accomplish.
If you’re one of the lucky few they’ll agree to represent you and start working on selling your book to a publisher. More delays of many months.
Once a publishing house buys your work then you are assigned an editor and the rounds of revisions start. You edit, they edit, usually multiple times. It is unheard of for a book not to be relentlessly edited. The galley proofs are issued to you and the editor and you both had to go over it one last time before it goes to press. The entire process can take more than a year.
Of course, all of this is assuming that you have a literary agent. If you don’t have one then tack on another 6 months or a year as your unsolicited manuscript sits in a slush pile waiting for some flunky to read and send you a rejection letter. You MUST get a literary agent to be taken seriously in the publishing world unless you’re a celebrity.
Which means all of Lori Anne Dennick’s raving about her book is only slightly more real than LizLambert’s cancer.
Keep your eyes open for these irritating Munchausen By Internet perpetrators. Not even the Glamberts deserve them.
ETA: L. Anne Carrington is claiming mere hours after having been exposed as a fraud yet again that she now has a literary agent. This is the most bassackwards publishing of a book I’ve ever heard of. More like the desperate elaborations of a bad liar.