In my fiction writing, the question “What if?” is a great way to get stories going. What if an abused woman discovers she can leave her body? What if a young boy makes friends with the monsters in the basement? It serves a creative purpose, and it’s a fun question. But in my real life, […]
Taking a break from the blog. Meanwhile, over on Beautiful Detour…
Thought I’d post a few photos of what’s been going on in Lilly’s world lately.
Bangs! She looks so much older. They’re already starting to grow out.
8th birthday party at the French King Bowling Center. The boys were busy playing games, but the girls were all about the food!
First snowman of the season.
Cupcakes we made from one of the baking sets she got for her birthday. The vanilla frosting called for butter, but since we had none in the house, we used margarine. Big mistake. Yuck. We frosted the others with Nutella. Yum!
I love Kristen Lamb. LOVED this blog post.
Today we are going to talk about something a bit different, but maybe this might inspire your fiction, because if the world changes guarantee you a writer was behind it 😉 .
As I was perusing Facebook Friday evening, I came across an article that gave me an odd reaction. It made me want to stand and cheer, yet at the same time, rail at the heavens for the unfairness of it all. Tim Gunn from Project Runway leveled his crosshairs on the fashion industry. OMG I so love him for doing it, too.
A Plus-Sized Problem
According to Washington State University, there are over 100 million plus-sized women. The average woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18 and yet plus sizes are almost never represented in fashion and if they are, the clothes are…ridiculous.
Most are passive-aggressive jabs at overweight women.
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This is exactly how I’ve been feeling lately, and Jamie Lee Wallace from the blog Live to Write-Write to Live has put it much more eloquently than I ever could.
On Existential Dilemmas and the Creative Act:
I’ve been struggling with something lately. Though I intentionally minimize my news consumption (and try to restrict myself to the least sensationalist sources), I can’t help but notice that the world has gone a little mad. It’s scary out there. It’s as if the cruel and ridiculous worlds of satirical novelists like Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams have come to life; and suddenly the jokes aren’t so funny anymore. Global warming, economic collapse, war, terrorism, political corruption, religious intolerance, discrimination of all kinds – these are the living nightmares that keep so many of us up at night. These are Big Problems – global issues that affect all of humanity and very fate of this fragile planet.
My struggle is knowing what to do in the face of all this insanity.
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I normally try to stay away from politics in this blog, since it’s not really the focus. But how can one not be appalled at the state of the current election? Robert Bruce pretty much summed it up here, in Trump’s own disgusting words.
One astute blog commenter once said that this blog was “the death of art and meaning.” I kind of took that as a compliment. Do you understand the type of power I have to construct a book blog that can single-handedly destroy art?
That brings me to today’s post. As I write this today, one man is attempting to accomplish a feat that only this blog has been accused of. Yet, this man, if he is elected as president, will literally kill all forms of art and meaning. This man…he’s like a powerful Dyson vacuum that sucks up every morsel of art and every particle of meaning tangled in what was once a beautiful Persian-style rug–mainly, because this man probably hates Persians.
So, hey! Did you know Donald Trump is running for president of the United States?
Did you know Donald Trump has written a book?
Did you know, in fact, that Donald…
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One of my favorite bloggers is Kristen Lamb. She’s not only dedicated to helping writers, in their fiction and building a brand on social media, but she’s just a decent human being who makes a lot of sense. I loved this latest blog of hers and wanted to reblog and share with you.
Image via Flikr Creative Commons, courtesy of Memekode.
We’ll pick up on the whole, “Artists not working for free” thing later. Is free a good thing? Yes and no. Benjamin Franklin has a saying I’m going to adopt for how I feel about FREE.
Free is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.
But while I’m working on those posts, let’s return to the discussion we began—the notion of unfriending. My first post was about why we are wise to keep as many friends as possible (even for folks not out to specifically “build a brand”) so I recommend checking it out.
And on to the next leg of our adventure. Here’s the deal…
People are Not THINGS
Guess what? You are not a gadget. You have value and have meaning simply by being you. So keep being spectacular 😉 .
Whether we want to admit it or not, unfriending…
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