Linton, you called into question certain facts about my story. Some were right, but some were not. Me telling you that you are incorrect is not having a fit, it is just discussion. I simply thought you were wrong on some stuff, so I speak my mind, much like you did.
Now, how is the guard having an M-14 SO out there? I really meant Mini-14 and thought they were the same thing, still not sure if they are or not. They do have non-lethal skip rounds and lethal rounds. I just don't understand how that is just so unfathomable.
Also, how could I cultivate you as a resource for Pelican Bay when you never told me that you've been there. If you had said, "Look, I have been to Pelican Bay, it is nothing like you say. If you want I can offer you some first-person insight into it," then I likely would have done so.
I'm sorry, I just didn't like you're approach is all. Did I get defensive? Yes, I did. One of my character flaws. Your comments about the instant morphing of scared inmate to monster rings true. Before doing the blog novel I had done some reading on the format, one thing that kept popping up as a recommendation was that things should happen quickly, develop quickly in the blog novel. That blog novel readers like tension and action.
So, yeah, I think that change should happen more slowly. Oz was a joke, I hated that series. They made it seem like every single inmate was homosexual and in 3 relationships inside the prison. I know that stuff does happen but not how they portrayed it.
Don't be so quick to write me off as someone who won't listen, because it isn't true. You seem like an intelligent person, and I actually did listen to everything you said. I just didn't agree with all of it, that's all. All in all, you did provide some good advice, and intend to put more effort into the authenticity of it. Likely I will rewrite the beginning.
Does that mean that every time someone tells me that I should change something that I would jump to do it? Absolutely not. Except in this case, whether you may think so or not, I agree with the bulk of your conclusion.