Beating the woke

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Six months ago, I was targeted by an online stalker who pretended to be a lesbian/trans person. This individual led an online campaign against me and convinced my publisher of over three decades, to cancel their contracts with me and to no longer publish my works.  This was done based on unfounded accusations, gross exaggerations, and outright lies. I had written a conservative political thriller, Blue Dawn, and that infuriated my stalker.  My publisher caved in because of my conservative politics, siding with a person that I had a protection order against for threatening me.

The cancel culture crowd, small but vocal, had come for me as they have so many conservatives. The woke mob wanted me silenced. Rather than not just purchase my books, they wanted to ensure that no one could buy my books and that I would not write them going forward. It was censorship based on political ideology. My publisher had liberal creators, authors and artists, who continue to post things online that are offensive to conservatives and Christians, but does nothing against them.

I went public with this censorship simply so that my many fans would know why books and stories I was working on would never be seen.  The vast majority of them were outraged as I was, though a handful of malcontents sided with my stalker and reveled in my dismissal.

Like most people that are targeted, it was tempting to stop practicing my craft. That would have been the easy way out, the path taken by some who catch the wrath of the weak-minded woke. I had retired early from corporate life to be a writer and would not let faceless people on Twitter take that from me.  I refused to apologize or compromise my ideals. My other publishers held firm in their support of me. What mattered to them was that I created good content.  All I wanted to do was to write great stories about extraordinary characters.

A surprising thing happened. Fellow authors reached to me, offering their support. Then came the publishers.  Five different ones approached me.  They all expressed the same general sentiments. They either didn’t care what my politics where, or they agreed with my views.  Either way, they all respected my talent and my loyal fans. They wanted me to write fantastic books for them.

I entered into discussions with them and have contracted with one of them for a significant arrangement.  My first book in a new series I wrote, Splashdown, was a #1 bestseller on Amazon in its genre. Another book in my Blue Dawn series, Confederacy of Fear, has been on the hot new releases bestseller list in political thrillers.  I have a total of nine books that will release in the coming year, reaching a much wider audience. More importantly, I am working with publishers that did not buckle to the woke whiners. In some respects, getting cancelled was a boost to my career; though while I was going through it, it was hell.

In December, my online stalker admitted that his entire persona was false.  He never was a lesbian or tans person, or any of the other things he claimed online.  A few of the cancel culture crowd apologized to me in private, having felt misled and betrayed by this liar…but some still believe they have won a battle against me.  They may have, but winning a single skirmish does not win a war. While they were overjoyed at blocking me at a small sci fi franchise, I have won the overall conflict. You can’t cancel those that refuse to give in.

My reason for telling this story is simple, it is a positive tale and I like composing stories with good endings. So much of what we read about the woke is the chaos they cause.  This is a story of beating them.

When the cancel culture crowd comes, it is critical to not compromise.  Don’t give into the temptation to try and apologize with them. Stand by what you believe in. Do good work and ally yourself with organizations and people that share your ideas.

So often conservatives talk of the need to creature a parallel economy.  In reality, there are plenty of companies out there that think and believe the way you do. We don’t have to create something new. Find them, work with them, support their products.

While the woksters are loud, they are small in number and influence. Being loud and defiant does not make them right. You can become un-cancellable if you do good work and stay true to yourself. Fighting with them is a waste of time. Attempting to refute their lies only opens you to more abuse. What hurts them more than anything is to be successful despite them.  As I have seen first-hand the last few weeks, nothing infuriates detractors more than you doing well and having fun doing it.

Know this – The woke only have power if you allow them to.


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Blaine L. Pardoe
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