I learned my lesson and will never do another collaboration unless it's for written RPG.
The sad part is that a lot of people think I won't share my work because of ego- one person said "Get over yourself and share because no one will want to steal your work." So, I'm left to rehash the chaos again and again which only ends up in people telling me "Get over it and move on."
So I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.
MzSnowleopard--I regret that you had such an ugly experience, I hope it did nothing to dim your joy of writing...Peace...Jul
Thanks Fire- while I regret having trusted those people and shared my work with them, I am still striding forward with the project. Despite the chaos, struggle, and threats i am determined to see my story published. They may have won in the court of that social group but in the court of law- they won't win.