Can't please everyone indeed. I teach high school for my day job, and some of my students' parents stumbled upon my site, completely misread everything, and called the Board of Education because they thought I was trying to push Satanism on their kids.
I can't even describe how upset I am. For one thing, I'm worried about my job and I had the most awful conversation with my principal today, who was really quite supportive and said that since it really didn't have anything to do with my teaching, she didn't think it was that big of a deal. But she told me I should be careful not to tell kids about the webstie. And the whole thing felt absurdly like I was being scolded. For another thing, I just feel so stupid and embarrassed. I had a bio up on the site which loudly proclaimed the fact that I wasn't a Christian, and I wish I had realized, even just from a marketing perspective, that that was a stupid move. Finally, I think it just hurts because there's an implication that I am somehow out to manipulate or harm my students, and I really just don't like that. I truly care about my students, and I want them to be successful. I certainly don't want to ever try to coerce them into believing what I believe. One of the reasons I'm not a Christian is because I dislike proselytizing.
Anyway, I'm sorry to just dump this here. I've been afraid to mention it anywhere on the internet for fear of further discovery by these parents, but I hope this forum is a relatively safe place to do so. It probably isn't, and I'm being stupid for saying anything about it.
But pleasing people and offending people are things that writers have to deal with. Offending people is kind of a good thing if you're making art. It's good to shake people up. I mean, emotional responses to ideas are what connect us to them in the first place.
Anyway, back on track. I've never changed a story to please anyone, but I did rewrite my bio and put up a note that the story in no way endorsed the occult.