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My Thoughts on Laci Green

Oh, how fast they turn on their own. And Laci is seeing what we, the bad eggs, have been saying for a while; free speach isn’t free speach if you silence those you disagree with. 

It’s an interesting change, and I hope it’s for the right reasons. In all honesty, I use to like Laci. She was smart, entertaining, and talked about things that caught my interest. Then she got more political, and started calling people names, like bigot and misogynistic, if they disagreed with her, and I started going to other channels. 

I don’t mind people disagreeing with me. I don’t have any problem with people having different points of view. In fact I expect and encourage it. 

I do mind when someone says their opinion is the right opinion and if you say anything other than their opinion not only will they tell you how wrong you are, they’re going to call you names, and try to get you blocked from every platform they can get you blocked from because you’re wrong and they hate your very existence. 

Worst of all, they usually have no hard facts to prove the other person is wrong, it’s all about feelings. 

And it appears that Laci is taking that same view…you can’t call people names, and silence them if you disagree with them. You should talk to them, have conversations, try to have actual debates.

I support her in this, though I wish she would apologize for her blanket labels of people in the past who disagreed with her. Still, any time someone is willing to come to the table and have a discussion rather than lash out at them I am 100% for that.

Here is a simple fact; those who ARE homophobic, or transphobic, usually haven’t been around anyone in their life who is trans or homosexual. They are less likely to change their point of view because there is no one in their life to show them that things can be different. If they are around people who are trans and homosexual they are more likely change their viewpoint.

How do you get homophobic and transphobic people around people who are trans and homosexual? Calling them bigots and screaming at them? Or talking to them like normal human beings? Showing them that the things they see on the internet, like feminists screaming at people and others holding people hostage in libraries because they are white- all of that isn’t normal! It’s not normal, and most people, even those who identify as feminist or SJW, aren’t like that. But how can the people on the other side see that they aren’t like that if all they do is block everyone and refuse to have meaningful conversations? 

When I said at the beginning “how quickly they turn on each other” I meant it. Laci is opening a path for conversation, hoping bridges can be built and some of the hate that has festered between the two parties can start to shift into more productive emotions, and her side has decried her. Called her out, shouted her down, and cast her out. Once ardent Laci supporters have since withdrawn their support, and I bet it won’t be long until they block her, and try censoring her as well. 

It’s sad to see. I’m neither on the right or the left in these arguments, I think both sides have good points, and both sides have some bad ideas, or language in their midst that can be toxic at times. But none of us can prosper if the arguments and censorship continue.

The diversity of ideas is so important, as is the freedom to speak, and say things even when others disagree with you. 

If we had censored every dissenting idea from the beginning would we still believe that the earth was the center of the universe? Science and tech, human understanding, and growth all come about because people are willing to talk, and others to listen. Galileo’s ideas would not have prospered if others hadn’t been willing to take a look, listen, and examine them. But the same holds true for bad ideas. Flat earthers do not prosper because we have examined their ideas, taken scientific studies, and disproven them. There is no anger over flat earthers, just science. It isn’t worth arguing with them, or calling them names, because the science is enough. 

I’ve been watching a lot of anti-SJW channels lately, and the one thing I hear over and over again is “why won’t they debate us? What are they afraid of?” Maybe Laci stopped being afraid. Maybe she actually believes in what she’s preaching and she wants to have real conversations and hold her ideas up to the light of another persons idea and see if it stands.

I’m okay with that. Are you?

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2017 in On Writing

 

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Make Something

Not very long ago, Neil Gaiman gave a beautiful speech which boiled down to one thing: Make Good Art.

Well, Adam Savage just gave another wonderful, and really short speech at Maker Fair on the ten commandments of making, and they are great commandments. Not only for making physical items, as they do a Maker Fair, but for making anything that takes imagination and creativity. Art, books, paintings, music… anything.

I’ll give you the list, along with my thoughts on each, but you should also go listen to his speech and what he has to say.

Here is the short version of the commandments according to Adam, with my commentary.

1. Make something

Anything. But I will add something to what Adam said, and that is ‘don’t stick to one kind of making.’ If you’re a writer then dabble in photography. If you are a painter try your hand at sculpting. Mix it up, learn something new, because when you go back to your usual making then you will have a fresh perspective to work with.

2. Make something useful

I love his description of making a pull knob and using it every day, watching the patina and wear from your own hands making it something more. He’s right. Making something you can use will encourage you to make more.

But what do you make when you’re a writer, or a painter that you can use all the time? This goes back to the first point and dabbling in new things. Print your poem and add it to a frame, decorate and put it on the wall. Or get a short story illustrated and hand it out. Or take your book covers and make them into posters that you see all the time. I love seeing, and touching and giving away my paperbacks. It’s wonderful.

3. Start right now

Get out your pen, and paper, and start NOW! Make a plan of attack. This is so important. So many people get bogged down in learning how to do the thing, and never get to doing the thing. Most people learn much more from DOING then they do from reading about or being told. Go. Do it!

4. Find a project

Ever notice that when you’re completing one project you often get ideas for another? While writing “Mermaid’s Curse” I came up with six or seven new ideas. Some were good, some not as good, but they all went into my story file for later.

My first novel was bad. It was so bad I am now glad it died in a computer crash. But while writing it I got a lot of new ideas. Some of which I’ve since published.

Finding that first project, even if it’s a TERRIBLE project, is important, because it will lead you to other projects.

5. Ask for help, advice, and feedback

No man is an island. We were all novices at one point or another. And looking up tutorials online only goes so far. Don’t be afraid to ask for some help. Someone might say no, but someone else is going to say yes.

6. Share

Join a writers group, get beta readers, or find a critique group. Give things away, and make efforts to just share.

But also share what you know. Share you’re expertise. Help someone get that cover right. Offer your opinion (when they want it.) Share yourself, as well as your projects.

7.Recognize that discouragement and failure is part of the project

This May I had one book sale. My computer broke for a month, and now the mother board blew out. I’ve had so much discouragement, and had every excuse to just not write for a while. But I’m writing anyway, because failure is an option. Writing sucky things, or awful dialog is absolutely allowed. That’s what editing is for. But keep moving forward regardless.

8. Measure carefully

For writing there isn’t a lot of measuring. There is a word count, and keeping track of my word count has encouraged me to keep writing. And the word count also makes the difference between short story, novella, and novel.

But there is another way of looking at this “rule”. Measuring is about having the right fit. Does your work fit? Do you have the right tools? Do you have the right genre and feeling? Does it work?

This is all about the details, and making sure your details are all in the right order so that when you are done everything works out.

9. Make things for other people

If the only audience you have for your book or photo, or drawing is you, then does it matter? Well, yes, to you. But when you start putting your work out there, either by publishing or giving it away, and you start seeing what people really think of your work (good or bad) that gives you more opportunity for growth.

So now, go make something!

10. Use more cooling fluid

Cooling fluid doesn’t have to literally be cooling fluid. It can be a drink, or a walk through a park, or a nice long shower. Cooling fluid, in this case, is time to relax and sit back. Time to just have fun and enjoy life. Yes, enjoy making and creating, but take a moment to smell the roses too. Some time to live. And then use that cooling off period as more inspiration to write/paint/draw/and make.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in On Writing

 

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Writer FAQ: Where Do You Get Ideas?

One of the most commonly asked questions out there, “Where do you get ideas?”

The simple answer: Live…

It sounds simple, but really, that’s it. Sometimes I will think all my ideas have dried up, then my boyfriend will say his mechanic has some sort of black magic touch, and I’m off and running on a new idea.

Live. Read. Watch documentaries. Read some more. Take a class. Watch people. Play games. Read even more. Experience life. Draw on those experiences.

And the next step is learning to recognize those bits and pieces, and having some form of notebook with you always so that you can jot them down. (I use a notepad on my cell).

The only real difference between a writer with lots of ideas, and everyone else, is that the author knows when a great idea will make a good story, and he takes the time to write it down.

So many people around us, with so many fantastic ideas. They tweet them, make funny gifs, talk about them. But a writer takes the time to develop it into something more. Then the writer seeks out new information, so that he can boldly incorporate it into his writing like no other author has done before.

Now THAT is where ideas come from.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in On Writing

 

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Overflowing with Ideas

I suppose this isn’t a horrible problem.

I am OVERFLOWING with ideas.

Tons of ideas! Why, just within the last two weeks I have written four complete plot-lines, each at least 1500 words, with fully sketched characters, settings, and worlds.

But have I finished anything?

Well, I actually have two finished short stories (3k words each) that i am trying to get polished up so I can send out. But the new ideas keep flowing.

I hate losing new ideas, so I try to write just short blurbs (fifteen minutes worth of writing) but sometimes the stories get away with me. Sometimes I see some potential for something good in them, and I just go with it.

Like last week, I was reading a thread on Reddit when I had a moment of inspiration to start writing a ghost story. The entire story sprang into my head, and I had to get it all out. I have a good chunk of both stories finished, and it would probably only take a few days to get them to the editing stage if I put my nose to the grindstone. In fact one of them, “Tux”, I already created a cover for. I liked it that much. But it also has a lot of work to go through since it is going to be a longer story. “Footprints”, however, is going to be a shortish story. And “The Ring” is the first in a series about some mysterious items.

SO!

  • Prophecy By Barlight
  • The Ring
  • Footprints

All good ideas. All nearing completion. I need to get my butt in gear.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Updates

 

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