What started out to be 17/17/17 is now 15-15-15 (+1). No I have not lost my mind (shhhh...maybe sort of!). But NOT in this case as I'm referring to an art journal round robin consistently of 17 artists, 17 months, 17 journals that kicked off a couple of months ago and totally went off the rails the other day. I joined with excitement and enthusiasm and so did my fellow artists. What was to follow was totally unexpected.
Here's our story...
It was a rocky start to say the least but due to the resiliency of the artists invovled, the entire round robin never imploded. Instead, the round robin took a right turn...or more appropriatetly, a turn in the RIGHT direction and now it is 15 artists, 15 months, 15 journals (+ 1 artist) who rejoined once the dust had settled.
I have found there are people in this world who instead of looking inward and seeking help when needed, will look outward for constant support to the point of draining the life out of others. Once they have sucked the life out of their victims they will move on leaving scars and questions in their path.
This my friends, was the way of the founder of 17/17/17...
Once the participants and rules of the road were establised, my fellow artists and I would receive a burrage of emails about said founders mental illness, suicide attempt, terminally ill husband...blah, blah, blah. Really? I thought it odd from the start that someone would share such intimate details with a distribution list of absolute strangers...so I never responded. Either way, some of my sweet and empathetic counterparts did. Offering support and words of encouragement and sympathy. Her sad tales always included apolgies for her absence in communicating, meeting timelines, etc.
She was constantly forgiven until one of the artists accidently found her quite active on other sites.
Instantly the truth was out. What a fraud! She was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Constantly seeking (at least in my mind) "poor me" attention. It got tiring. I believe in supporting my fellow man...but being abused or falling victim to co-dependency to a woman I only know (BARELY) online is an entirely different matter.
I'm thrilled to report that the remaining (mentally stable) women are talented, empathetic, funny...I could go on and on! We are now drama free to be 15-15-15 and it feels FABULOUS! Check out our blog! We have a Facebook page too.