This evening my husband and I watched Last Man Standing on ABC Family. We use to be fans of this show during season one. When we heard the show was returning for a second season, we were excited. Boy, did we receive a shocker. They changed the cast; the episodes revolve around politics and women bashing; and the jokes are stale. I’m not sure what the writers are thinking, but they need to reverse their strategy before the damage gets worse. They already lost a significant amount of viewers and Facebook fans.
There is nothing wrong with discussing day-to-day current events. It’s beneficial for the young generation to get educated and involved in what is happening in our nation. However, having every episode revolve around politics and creating such a serious atmosphere turns off viewers who look forward to a COMEDY and FAMILY fun show. The first episode was around the election, so I can understand why the writers would create a political episode on a family show. But now it’s getting out of hand. Reality is not every household sits around the table and intensely discuss politics or offend women every opportunity available. In my eyes, it’s not believable.
If I want to hear about politics, I will turn on CNN, MSNNBC, or any of the news channels on cable. I want to enjoy a good, comical family show the way it use to be. I am sure the writers have strong political opinions, but pushing it on their viewers is negative, uncomfortable and unfair. I am a firm believer that writers should stick to what they believe and write about what they enjoy. They shouldn’t change their ways. However, there are exceptions; and I know if I was in their shoes I wouldn’t change what was a great family show into a political ring simply to express my personal views. There is a time and place for that. Don’t fix what is not broken.
When my book was first published, everyone congratulated me. I had one friend who was very excited for me even though he had no idea what the novel was about. He just knew this was something I was working long, hard hours for. Anyway, when I asked him if he was going to purchase my book, he replied, “What’s the book about?” I briefly explained. He chuckled and said, “Nah, that’s gay.” OK…I respect everyone’s opinions and reactions to things. However, I found his response childish and close-minded, especially since he is extremely close to the women in his family and has a daughter. I couldn’t hold my tongue; so I gave him a long response. “My story may sound “gay” to you, but I assure you it is not. My character is not dealing with simple issues, resolving them with steamy sex scenes (although that is what everyone cares to read), then running into the sunset together. My character is actually enduring abuse on various levels without knowing who to turn to or what to do. The issues she is facing are issues women in real life are facing today whether they care to admit or not. I know it is too embarrassing to come forward with it; but instead of coming forward, they rather portray something pretty to fool the world. They are not fooling the world; they are only fooling themselves. How would you feel if one of your nieces, sister, mother or even your own daughter was involved in an abusive relationship and never came forward because of shame or fear? Wouldn’t it boil your blood to know a strange man is hurting your niece, your sister, or your daughter whether it be physical or verbally in public or behind closed doors? How will that make you feel?” He said nothing and just nodded. Well, weeks later he calls me, apologizing for calling my book “gay”, and actually described it as, “thought-provoking” and “enlightening.” He passed my book down to his daughter. Before you throw out judgment on something or someone, educate yourself first; then you have the right to pass an INTELLIGENT judgment.
Ideas come from everyone and everywhere. Take a good look around you. Your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors are good story materials. Study them well; and you can produce, if not a novel, at least a short story. I use the people and experiences surrounding me and old diaries to develop a short story.
I currently five short stories ready for publication hopefully for the early part of 2013. I love using real life situations so I can put a crazy twist to it. Sometimes we would like to change the outcome to problems. We would like to change the cons to pros. Or even better, we feel like slapping the crap out of someone, but realistically speaking we can’t. Therefore, we can make it up and write about it. At least it will make us feel good for a little while. It does for me.
Just this morning on my commute to work, I witnessed a really good short story. I plan on working it this weekend. Let me tell you working in Manhattan is the best. You see it all. You hear it all. And the best part is you can write about it. These people have no idea that they gave a writer the perfect short story.
I have the toughest time starting a novel or short story. I have all my ideas written down in a notebook.I’m ready to hit the computer and type away. However, when it is time to actually type the opening sentence, I draw a complete blank. Has that happened to anyone before?
I find it strange that I stumble at the beginning of any writing project I am working on. I ask myself how can everything make sense in my head, but when it is time to start writing, it doesn’t make sense. When I hit that pump (which is often…lol), I simply walk away from it all. I clear my mind and work on something else. Hours later or even days later, I return to the writing board and before I know, I begin to write as if nothing was wrong.
I have no shame to say I laugh at myself. Perhaps it is the pressure to get my project going that blocks me at the beginning. Who knows. Nevertheless, the end result is a positive one. Once I get into the flow of things, there’s no stopping me then.
I received awesome news this afternoon from a good friend on Facebook. She notified me that a certain organization is currently seeking freelance writers. Apparently, they need writers to cover various topics from parenting to marriage to personal growth and so on. I immediately jumped on the opportunity.
Right now I finished my cover letter and a 1,000 word article on how to show your children love. This was an easy topic for me not because I am a parent; but because I received such love from my family that I know what many children out there seek. I enjoyed writing this piece, and I enjoyed it more when I sent the information via email.
It is a gamble. I am sure there are so many other candidates submitting their writing materials. I wish them luck as well. Anyway, I have nothing to lose. At least I gave it a shot. I am definitely hoping for the best. May next week bring me wonderful news. It will be a pleasure to be a freelance writer for this organization.
Wish me lots of luck, and I will keep you all posted. :0)
I find myself constantly fighting hurdles. My hurdle for today is individuals who refuse to respect my novel, A Second Chance. Are these individuals oblivious to domestic abuse? Are these individuals in denial? Are these individuals not educated on domestic abuse? Are these individuals afraid to read on a topic that is very much real? Do these individuals not care about domestic abuse because it is not happening to them?
I’m pretty sure I know the answers to these questions, but I do not want to “assume.” I rather ignore these individuals and move forward with my awareness on domestic abuse/violence.
Today, a not too nice person decided to comment on a post regarding my novel. The comment was plain foolish and hurtful. I have no idea who this person is; I never addressed this person in my life; This person took the liberty to express themselves in a disrespectful manner. I understand some topics do not pique the interest of many people. However, that does not allow someone to bully another person. We are all adults; well, not all apparently. I’ve learned my lesson. I’m keeping posts strictly to family and friends, no more public posts.
I deleted the comment and fought back and forth with the idea of whether or not I should speak with the individual and express my discomfort and disappointment. No, I refused. I just hope the person doesn’t continue harassing me or another simply because they do not appreciate what is being posted, especially a post that was not pertaining to anyone. It was a general post.
This situation is just another hurdle I face everyday whether it be for writing or accounting or personal. I always have to defend my beliefs and my work. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, but in order to fight back against these foolish folks, I see no other way then to continue proving I have what it takes to write and be an independent career-woman.
May the hurdles keep on coming because at the end I will come out on top.
Hello and welcome to my updated blog. I took a hiatus for personal reasons, but now I am happy to be back. I reconstructed my blog to reflect more of who I am. So all of my old posts are gone. Out with the old and in with the new. If you have a moment, please visit the About section so you can become acquainted with me.
I will be blogging ALOT so please feel free to join in any discussions I may have.