A ten-foot poll . . . watch out for toes

I’m concerned about how seriously people are taking my opinions or musings that I post here or on others’ journal threads. What I say isn’t meant to be taken as gospel, and not all the advice I give may be good for you (although it’s meant well and I always intend for it to be good for you). I don’t want to mislead aspiring authors (or anyone else): when I state that I believe that X is more likely to be a good strategy for getting published or writing a readable story or whatnot, that’s all it is–what I believe, or at least it’s to the best of my knowledge at this time. I might figure out something different later on and change my mind as new info comes in, and so should you. Don’t go by what just one person says. Often, you have to discover your own truths. But you knew that.

Anyhow, I’m wondering. I know that my experience of a story or a novel or even your blogpost will be a synthesis of what you said and what I read into it, because of what I brought to the work. This also applies to things people may say here. But I generally give people the benefit of the doubt and don’t assume that they’re trying to be nasty whenever they make comparisons–they’re just the comparisons that seemed illuminating at the time. For example: If I write that I think it’s harder to bake well than to cook well because baking is really chemistry and takes more precision and cooking on the stove will usually turn out pretty well even if you fudge on the amounts a little, does that insult good cooks? It shouldn’t. It’s just someone’s opinion. We can agree to disagree.

Let’s say that I claim to be a baker (though I don’t). Does that put my sample (fake) opinion above in a more sinister light? I mean, would you then say, “Aha, you think baking is tougher because you’re a baker and you always think that what YOU do is harder than what others do, and you’re once again proven an arrogant twit/twat?” Surely not, but I am seriously wondering how many people see it this way, and don’t call me Shirley. At least not in public.

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From a mythology book earlier, speaking of the Norse myths: “The power of good is shown not by triumphantly conquering evil, but by continuing to resist evil while facing certain defeat.” *thought-provoking truth*

“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”
–John Adams

“Verba volant, scripta manent” (“Words fly away, writings remain”)

“It’s so nice when people humiliate themselves. Saves me some work.;-)”–sosoclever

Don’t take life so seriously.–Kilroy


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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