I tried to find that email and ask her what she meant by "unsavory."
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has several definitions of "unsavory."
--Especially, morally offensive
You know, I can't really argue with this reader. There are aspects of this whole episode and beyond that are insipid, tasteless, disagreeable, distatesful and morally offensive.
There are aspects of my life that are insipid, tasteless, disagreeable, distasteful, morally offensive. I do not live the Rob and Laurie Petrie Camelot suburban life.
On the morally offensive side, crimes were committed in my story. Tasteless, disagreeable?
I am airing some pretty dirty laundry, but most of that is psychological, emotional. There is no blood, nudity or graphic violence. Also, I am not presenting information for shock value.
It could be that, as a blogger, I am something of a public figure in and around the Walnut Creek community, as editor of Walnut Creek Patch. Maybe if I were not in this position, my story would not be unsavory. I would just be some pathetic blogger trying to get attention.
Oh well. I'm going through the past and writing about it because it is 1) interesting to me 2) healing for me. In one form or another, I've been in survival mode and not done all the mourning and reflecting that I needed to do to get my bearings in life.
I have heard from people who say that my writing about all this is useful to them, too. Maybe they live with a family member who has a mental illness. Maybe, they, too have been through some major upheaval in their personal lives.
It's true that writers are basically self-serving--like most of the rest of a humanity (but that's another argument, and one my husband and I have once in a while). I do have a public service motive. I do want to write stories, articles and blogs that might be of use to other people.
But if a reader finds what I'm writing to be "unsavory," well, I supposed I'm not doing her much good. So, she'd do better to stop reading.