Get off the lawn……

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Catching Up And Why I Poofed

 

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Sorry for the disappearing act. A lot has happened and I did not want to post till things chilled out.

We moved in mid September and were without internet for much of that time. The house we moved into is 106 years old and double the size of the other house. I spent much of the offline time refitting my scrivener and doing work on both of my stories that I have been working on. Both are getting refits from the ground up and that is slow work.

I have been tossing and turning on which book to do for NanoWriMo, but as of this writing its going to be my Urban Fantasy that is in the spotlight. So far I have written up stuff for two of like six characters and worked out some plot notes. Not sure if it will all be done in time for Nanowrimo. If it fails then there is always next year and the rest of the year to finish the work that I am doing now. Worse comes to worse I will try an idea I came up with a few Nanowrimo’s back: 30 Days of NanoTarot. Basically, you pull a tarot card once a day and use that for inspiration for your 2000 words and try to weave a story together will them all. I’ll post them on the blog if people want.

With the work I am doing, my Urban Fantasy has began to change drastically. I still have the base lines of ghosts and magick and a coven, and the age range is still New Adult. The gymnastics parts are not currently part of the story, and with what is going on in the sport right now, I am not sure I want to have it in the story. The current setting is my hometown with some changes. It took a very old friend and his ghost hunting team to show me the wealth of ghost tales this town has to draw from and the town would be a nice base for the town for the story.

Halloween is a week away so here is a writing tag that I saw on Kim Chance’s YouTube channel. I tag you all to do this!

Hocus Pocus Writing Tag:

  1. Sarah, Mary, and Winifred Sanderson — If you had magical, witchy powers what part of writing or what part of the process would you magically skip over?  I am not a fan of drafting. It is very hard to get what is in my head onto a page and actually totally written. Yes, I am one of those writers that tends to stop if I get bored with a story or if it feels like I am pulling teeth trying to write.
  2. Max and Dani — What relationships tend to be at the heart of your books? Friends? Family? Romance? Its a mix of all three. My current Urban Fantasy WiP is currently focused around a family that are witches. Two of the characters are siblings, twins, actually and they both has love interests and there is one antagonist. The parents are there, but as the book is a New Adult, they are not front and center. The characters all range from 19-25.
  3. Amuck, Amuck, Amuck — How do you approach the chaos that is drafting? Are you a Plotter, a Pantser, or a Mix of both? I am a mix. I have Pantsed a novel only one time in my life and that was when I was about 12. I have researched and planned ever since. I am a very visual person so that helps me with working. 
  4. I Put a Spell On You — How do you deal with book ideas that want your focus from your main WiP? I have a file in all my Scrivener projects that I call Writing Scraps and each one is dated by year within that document. Each text file is are dated on the date added and all ideas are added there. I go back to them when Inspiration hits down the road.
  5. Thackeray Binx — Think back to when you first started writing to where you are now. How has your process changed? I used to hand write everything. Now everything is kept in a Scrivener file and its backed up on an external hard drive or on a DVD. I have moved more then once where book items did not follow me for some reason and each time, things have changed in the stories to compensate for that just in cause someone got a hold of it and  tried to use what I left behind. 
  6. My Lucky Rat — Do you have a writing ritual? If not, what are some of your favorite writing books?  I have to have tea or coffee near by and food or candy if possible. I also keep a deck of tarot cards near by. Sometimes when I can I have a candle lit, but with cats, its rare for me to o that.
  7. Boooooooook — Favorite writing craft book? Too many to list really. Stephen King’s On Writing  is at the top of the list.
  8. Another Glorious Morning — Do you enjoy writing in the morning? Or the evening? I love writing at night when everyone else is in bed and the house is silent.
  9. The Black Flame Candle — What is one of the biggest mistakes you have made so far in your writing journey? Or what is the biggest lesson that you have learned? I’d say that the biggest lesson would be is that it is okay to write crap and that if you need to take a self-care day, do it. 
  10. Billy Butcherson — What is a trope that most people hate, but you would love to see come back from the dead? I love anything that is witch or ghost related. And I don’t mind relationships or a Love Triangle, if they are well done. 
  11. Come Little Children — Songs that give you a hypnotic focus when writing? Depends on the book, but I do have a playlist for each of my WiP. Instrumentals help me focus on just going with the flow and writing.

 

Go BoSox!!!!