Saturday, December 24, 2016

I'm a big fan of Welsh. I don't speak much but I'm trying to fix that.
One of the problems is lack of welsh tv that I can access.
S4C, the public Welsh channel, is getting its funding cut.
There's a petition to try and prevent it and to suggest that maybe allowing subscriptions for people overseas would be a good idea.

https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/non-residents-of-wales-ask-for-s4c-funding-to-be-maintained.html

Friday, December 23, 2016

Books. Progress. Negligible.

So, The Wind-Up Terrier has been written for a while but I'm just not happy with it. I may have to do the unthinkable, for me, and just start from the beginning and redo it, taking things from the old version.

Snow Sands; Through the wormhole, is stalled.

I have a children's book I finished but I don't have a cover.

I have a bunch of things partially written and several short stories fully written.

The lesson here, buckle down and do it. I had been gradually doing things a little bit at a time but I think that locking myself in a closet and working for several hours until I reach a frothing frenzy may be the only way to complete things. Maybe if my work was fine after a couple drafts I could just work slowly but at this pace I'm not sure which way is up anymore when it comes to my plots.

I need to clean out my closet.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

People

So, people.
People say they do things because they make decisions about things.
This is not true.

People often get impressions about things, usually unconciously and then make decisions with those impressions weighting the scale down. It's why a company will decide that red is a much better color for a product package than blue and they might spend a whole lot of money determining this. This is why being yourself if you just naturally have the wrong body language doesn't work. Also, only be yourself if yourself isn't too aggressive or opinionated. I can't generally be a lot of the mes that are in my head, when first meeting people. I have to be the friendly, bland me that doesn't overstep. That's professional me, not actually me.

People also say to treat others as you would wish to be treated.
That may be true, but only if you have common expectations.

If you're a person who likes having long conversations about lint or, I don't know, dog breeding and wouldn't mind having them with a complete stranger that phrase doesn't completely apply to you.

Apparently you stay verrrry superficial with initial reactions to find out what way the other person wants to be treated. It has nothing to do with how you want to be treated, it's all them.

I know the phrase often means to be nice but nice doesn't mean the same thing to everyone.

I wish someone had told me that a long, long time ago. It would have saved me some trouble.

This applies to book writing because, for one thing, shiny covers are important, regardless of if they quite match the book. It's also important because writing a book in such a way that, despite any mistakes, the reader likes it because of content they identify with, might be a very good thing. I'm not sure how to do it yet but I am working on it. I know romance novels use formulas for such a purpose. Describing an every-woman main character is a thing, though what you think appeals to everyone can cause some to reject her completely.

It's food for thought, anyway. At least it is for me.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Exposure!

I'm on Patreon now under the name Kaijuurabbit. I've got a thing for large monsters, so sue me.
I'm also on tumblr under the same name.
Patreon is for stories, mostly futuristic or about some sort of conflict.
tumblr is for poetry and rants.

:)