Okay this post is more like a rant then anything so you have been warned…..
There is this troll on YouTube that told one of the writers that I follow that they were too old to be part of the Authortube community and that her chosen genre was so easy a monkey could do it.
Personally, I am outraged at this. I am not much older then the author in question and while I don’t have a YouTube channel, I have a severe issue with people that tell others how to live their lives based on their rules. If you are not paying my bills, you have no right to tell me what to do or how to act or think, and even then there are limits and if you try to control me too much I will likely tell you to not let the door hit you in the arse on the way out of it.
Have I had people try to play the control game? Heck yes. In its most recent version I had people telling me what I could or not post on my social media, and when I did post things I had to watch what it was I posted because they had a habit of reading something and starting a fight with me because they swore I was posting all about them and no one else.
Others have gone so far to tell me that my writing is a hobby and it should remain so and that because their lives had a particular focus, then mine should too. Um no. Stephen King and the other bestseller authors don’t just magically make their books appear. It takes actual work and time to do it, just like working an 9 to 5 job. And anyone that truly knows me, knows that I have always wanted to write and I always found time to do it. Hello, it took Tolkien something like 15 years to write the greatest fantasy series of all time, and George RR Martian doesn’t rush his creativity. I know other writers that have a 2-5 year gap between books. Some have writing as their 9-5 and some have other 9-5 jobs or are raising kids.
My point here is that NO ONE has the right to devalue another person because they do not fit into their cozy little idea of what the ideal they are comparing them too. Those of us that are older have a lot of wisdom and experience. We have lived through things that many have not.
Some of the people on YouTube don’t know what it is like to have lived through things like gas shortages, food rationing, going off to a war, assassinations, and the like. I am a survivor, I remember 9-11 like it was yesterday, the Challenger and Columbia disasters, I have seen nuclear meltdowns and one near meltdown not far from me. I remember the loss of the Andrea Gale and the Edmund Fitzgerald thanks to freaked up weather…. don’t devalue people that have lived through things that you may not even know happened or you were not alive for.
In other news: I have 1 1/2 characters to finish and then I can work on setting up my plot for my Nanowrimo project…. yay! Red Sox are up in the World Series 2-1. World Championships for Gymnastics are about to start. From what I have seen…. Romania is not there with a team. And Simone Biles is a trooper. She’s dealing with kidney stone issues. Hope she gets better, though, their timing seriously sucks.