Or more aptly – To Be Reviewed or Live in Obscurity
In the history of time, no one has ever truly asked another to rate their child on a cuteness scale and wanted an honest response. As you’ve probably noticed, the world is full of ugly babies. You can bet on any given day, each and every one of those babies has had someone look at them and say, “Oh, look how adorable.” It’s not true. You know it isn’t. But you (and others) say it anyway. My wife says that all babies are cute. That may be true but “cute” and “attractive” are not the same thing. But I digress.
Many authors will tell you that their work is their baby or refer to it in similar terms. That should give you a hint to how honest they want you to be when you read it. They don’t really want to hear the bad. They really want you to like it. They are proud of it, as well they should be, and they expect you to be impressed. Really, it is hard to be honest in the face of such unprotected ego. Continue reading Review or Not To Review
I did another interview for a website (look for a post and link around the 1st of April) where they asked about how I became a writer. Oh, I’m sure there are those out there that will claim they were always writers or that they’ve been writing from the time of birth but I’m not one of them. The closet thing I can remember to very early writing was when my brother and I shared a room and I would tell stories about us to put him to sleep. We were always super heroes or on the Battlestar Galactica or something.
My first real story that I can remember was in grade school when I was asked to write a two page story for class (must have been around 5th grade or so). I think I wrote myself as a ninja and there was a deplorable overuse of the word “suddenly” but it was my first story. It was many years before I wrote another. Here are, as well as I can remember, the defining moments in my literary career. At each point, I “found my voice” so to speak. In that I mean that writing stopped being a struggle and started to flow. I figured out how to put pen to paper in a way that made sense to me (and more importantly others) and was fun. Continue reading Learning to Write