Hello minions! Here is the promised update – an important message to us all to remember to vaccinate! Color version may come later. Click to get a proper-sized version – even though the file size is actually a lot larger (as evidenced by the image you get when you click on it), WordPress decreases the quality of the image in the post badly when I enlarge the image.
You know what the arch-nemesis of world domination is? A desk job. I won’t and can’t go into details now but to sum up, I don’t have the free time at my desk that I used to and therefore I’m unable to draft a nice big backlog of blog posts and keep up.
However, I’d still really like the “this blog regularly updates” part of the “This blog regularly updates on Monday” to be true. Probably also the “on Monday” part, since it’s easy to remember to update on Monday. So here’s what I’m thinking.
I can’t draft a blog post at work because I can’t think of things to type or type those things while simultaneously listening to another person talk. I mean, technically I can but then when the person expects me to respond, I can only tell them what I was thinking/typing. I can, however, doodle. In fact, doodling while listening to a customer telling me their life story and why I need to make some sort of exception for them is great because with my ADD, it helps me focus. Remember a while back when I said I was thinking about making villain PSAs? I did make one about vaccinations. I’ll be posting it a little later today. And I think that’s what I’ll be posting for a little bit.
Hopefully things will go back to a stasis at my job. Hopefully my new coworkers will settle into their jobs and get the company policies down. Hopefully they’ll be able to find a new manager quickly and I can hand back my very, very hopefully temporary new responsibilities back to the person who is supposed to actually have them. And therefore hopefully, it’ll just be a month’s worth of PSAs. Which should be great and hilarious and probably black and white because I suck at coloring things in Paint…and also in real life. When we get to the end of August, when I hope things have normalized at my job, I’ll give you all an update and we’ll see what we can do from there. If it looks like my life is permanently ruined forever (until 2015 anyway) I’ll still figure out something to put up every Monday that is worth taking at least a quick look, maybe something other than the PSAs which I imagine could grow old after about a month. Either way I refuse to leave my minions -er, readers out to dry, or let this blog of mine die.
Today I’d like to address the way our wicked women dress – namely, I want to talk about the ridiculousness of the Evil is Sexy trope.
There’s two things that I really despise about the way female villains tend to dress as defined by that trope. One is in another related trope: this idea that a villain is going to run around with her boobs hanging out because she’s evil. The trope suggests that this is done in part to get things past the censors – “It’s okay if they dress immorally. They’re the bad guys! (wink)” to pull from their site. I have no doubt of this – but if that was it, it might not bother me so much. No, it bothers me because that’s a tactic that would work. That immodesty is equated to evil. You may be, if you know my Christian values about dress and covering the body, raising an eyebrow at what I just said. However, the thing about dressing modestly is that I do it because I have the belief that my body is a sacred object and the way that I hold it as such and respect it is by keeping it private – a belief that I know is my own. Other women feel that the best way to celebrate their body, to respect it, is to not be ashamed of it. While morally I may disagree with this view, I certainly can’t argue that another woman wanting to celebrate her body by showing it off is evil. Self-confident, maybe, possibly narcissistic, but there’s nothing inherently evil as appreciating oneself. So I truly hate this idea of our tagging more promiscuously dressed women as villains. That’s stupid, there’s nothing evil in their dress. Different moral standards, maybe, but who am I to judge? Dressing that way doesn’t make someone evil (contrary to popular belief) and someone who is evil isn’t necessarily going to dress that way so knock it off.
The second thing I hate about the idea that a villainess is always going to put on the low-cut, mini-skirt, fish net outfit is what I’m going to call the villain box. The villain box is the exact opposite of my main philosophy of villaincraft: VILLAINS ARE PEOPLE, TOO. And people are everything. Why do we hate stereotypes, even true ones? Because they’re never 100% true. That’s just people for you. There are all types. But people still put villains in the villain box, a tiny space that says villains have goatees and skimpy black leather outfits to accompany any breasts, they have no qualms with any crime, they like to kill women and children and kick puppies. This is, as I have mentioned before, utterly ridiculous. As we’re talking about female villains and their dress, we’ll focus on that here.
It is entirely possibly for a woman who is “evil” to want to respect her body – you have me as an example. And not every villain is going to want to wear black, or possibly red. (If we get crazy, she might wear a dark blue or black with some color highlights.) Currently, there’s only a very narrow range of women villains who get to wear pink. But why? Why do they have to be that specific personality type to be evil and wear pink? Why does a woman who has character growth to become a villain rather than a hero suddenly lose all her earlier tastes and pick up black over her original pastels? My favorite colors are true purple and chartreuse. That’s bright green, guys. The brightest of bright greens. Which means I don’t usually wear anything in it, because it’s a garish color. (Not a bad accent, though). I do have a lot of purple clothing, though. And not a dark, evil purple – true purple. Other women around me who do have similar tastes in stories and humor like colors like red and blue. Not scarlet. Not midnight. Just red, or sky blue, or navy. Try picking the favorite colors of your villain by asking the nearest girl what her favorite two colors are. Laugh when one of them is salmon.
Do I wear a lot of black? Yes, but only because ThinkGeek’s shirts are usually in black, and black is slimming. But then I plan on living in the desert so sometimes I wish the shirts were white instead. Or that I had an ice-cream cone. Actually I’d rather have a quickly melting ice-cream cone instead of a white shirt, because my Team VanHelsing and my Chaotic Evil shirts just wouldn’t look as good on white. Please take note as to why I’m talking about this – it’s not the color for the color’s sake, it’s the thing on the shirt, the fandom thing I want to display, that makes me care about the color. I don’t care about wearing black because I’m so eeeeviiiiil. I care about it because then people can see what funny picture of the prime cuts of a unicorn is on my shirt.
Do I like pink? No. I only own one pink shirt and only because it only came in pink – and the pink does suit the graphic on it. But that’s just me. There is absolutely no reason why another girl who is a villain couldn’t like pink. Some of us really don’t care about looking ‘girlish’ or not – and some girls like to look ‘girlish’ and some girls hate it. All villains need not fall in that last category. Take her out of the villain box!
Also, I know it’s been addressed a hundred times over, but nothing’s changed so far as I can see so let me remind you: wearing leather is uncomfortable. It’s hot. It’s sticky. It chafes. Stop putting evil women in leather suits. No one would do that to themselves – dress all in leather all the time and just walk around like that – if they could help it (unless, I suppose, they’re cosplaying or have some sort of fetish. Or are a warrior who isn’t a meatshield.)
Now, if it truly is in the tastes of your villain to dress more, shall we say, traditionally, that’s fine. No qualms here with a woman character that likes to show off her goods. There are woman like that in the real world. That was always one of the things that made me most berserk when designing my own characters – certain parental units would frown if they didn’t meet our religion’s dress standard. I’m sorry, not every one of my characters is a member of the same church (which doesn’t even exist in my pretend world anyway – wouldn’t make sense for it to, for one thing). Neither should your characters be all one flavor, all one standard – modest or immodest. But please consider a different standard than the one traditional standard. Maybe she could wear an emerald evening gown that shows a generous portion of cleavage and goes down to her knees, no slit, with nylons and simple flats. You know, something that a woman would actually wear. Maybe she wears a cropped white shirt with booty shorts and sneakers. You know, something that a woman would actually wear. Something that isn’t the slinky black dress with only bands of cloth over the breasts and a slit up to her waist. Something that isn’t the latticed black leather, the stupid no-one-would-fight-in-those heels, the impossible-to-cosplay-without-a-nip-slip-or-major-glue bust line dresses, the corsets – sure, there are girls who would wear those things. But not all of them. Not most of them. Actually, those girls are going to truly be in the minority.
If we’re changing our sample size, if you rightly say, “Well, Rii, not every girl that exists would be fair to look at if we’re making villains because a lot of types of girls wouldn’t be a villain,” I still hold my ground on this. Because the women who are the villains aren’t going to lack morals concerning their bodies, and they won’t have the same (uncomfortable) tastes in clothing. Sometimes the villainess will be the cold mother-in-law, who is herself Christian or of some similar religion/culture. Sometimes it’ll be the nerdy chick, or the mousy clique-less girl, or a cheerleader who isn’t your stereotypical air-brained bimbo. Sometimes it’ll be the middle-manager at the office. We’re writing fantasy? Most female fantasy characters need to re-think their entire wardrobes anyway. I suggest going actually period if you’re doing a medieval-esque setting. Don’t stick the -esque on there as an excuse to flout the traditional dress (except for when you like it) in favor of fan service. The medieval peoples were a modest peoples (well, sort of – but look up illuminated manuscripts and you’ll get a good idea of what period dress looks like. Protip: it’s not actually much what we think it looks like). Dress the women, even the villain women, in the proper dresses. Oh, we’re doing sci-fi now? Maybe consider skipping the keyhole – or keeping it to just a keyhole to show off boobs.
Take some time and talk to your girl, find out what her style is, her taste. Dress her that way. Ball up and throw away the tropes and traditions. If you don’t know about women’s fashions and tastes, talk to different girls around you who dress differently. Go to the mall and walk cluelessly around the women’s section (which is pretty much how I shop for clothes in the women’s section at the mall myself). If you’re a guy*, pretend you’re dating this female villain of yours and that she’s a real person (the best thing you can do for your characters is pretend they’re a real person) so when the store associate comes up to you, you can say you’re trying to buy clothes for a special lady and they can help you figure out what she might wear. Listen to girls when they have cruel, catty conversations about what another woman is wearing. Ask other writerly friends for help. We can beat the nonsense of the female dress code.
*I guess you don’t have to be a guy. If you are a straight woman, and you still don’t know, you could always say your sister or something.
Minions, when you’re writing, don’t you sometimes encounter trouble when your characters won’t communicate with you? Maybe they know something important, plot critical even, and they won’t tell you. Maybe you want them to do a thing and they don’t want to do a thing. And maybe they want to do a thing you don’t want them to do at all!
The pseudo-schizophrenia of writers is one of the great joys of writing. However, it can be uncomfortable when one’s beloved brain children just refuse to cooperate, especially with revealing important information. Especially because if you try to explain this conundrum to a non-writer, they have no idea what you’re talking about and may even worry about your mental health. It’s better if you don’t have to get other people involved*, if you have some way to manipulate your characters into behaving.
*This is of course the opposite true if you do have writer friends. Lamenting the stubbornness of characters together is one of the great joys of writing friends.
There are lots of ways to manipulate someone, but in this situation, I prefer the good old go-to of vicious threats. For even my most begrudging, stubborn, and rude characters, this is highly effective. The only problem is that, for a good threat to be effective, it has to be custom made just for them. It becomes an elegant art of tailoring; you can’t just say, “Tell me or I’ll beat you up!”
Example one. I’ve mentioned my psychopath before – the thing about Vince is that even if I could mentally beat him up, he wouldn’t care. But he’s quite strong and an excellent fighter, so it would be a really hard threat to carry out anyway. However, he doesn’t enjoy the feel of clothing, and he loathes the color pink, and he’s rather homophobic so…
So if in the future I have any trouble from him, I can just wink and nod at my pink colored pencils and say, “Next time? Victorian.”
After drawing this picture, I was laughing with a friend about how effectively the threat works; this was a friend with whom I did idle character-growth roleplay (I recommend it, it’s a great way to get to know your characters) and in a more silly out-of-character discussion, overlord Etheromos was giving her trouble, so she tried to threaten him with similarly ridiculous wardrobes. It…didn’t really work. Overlord of all things, dressed up as a pink French maid, and all he wanted to do was complain that the colors were garish and then continue ignoring her.
On relaying the hilarity to my brother (who has been a victim of my telling endless stories and knows my characters quite well), he rolled his eyes and said, “No, no, what she should have done was spilled wine all over his robes!” Which is funny because he was right. The little version of Ether in my head started up from his book with wide, fearful eyes, backing away into the corner of my mind, shrieking, “No! No! Wine stains! Anything but that!”
So there you have it. If your character is giving you trouble, take time to craft a creative, devious threat. It’s become one of my hobbies to do so – especially for other people’s characters. What? You have Nyarlathotep as a character in your story? Easy, they made that anime where they turned him into a cute anime girl, just threaten to represent him similarly. You have a little girl who knows a secret and won’t tell anyone, not even you? Maybe you can get mud on her dress, or destroy her dolly, or lock her in a room of spiders…little girls vary a lot but there’s gotta be something that would make her cry. Find it, and you have your threat. Paladin won’t budge? Find some way to threaten his honor.
The thing about threatening your characters when they won’t cooperate is that it’s extortion and possibly torture to do so – an undoubtedly evil act. But I promise it’s faster than negotiation, especially with a character who feels no need to negotiate with you – most of mine don’t, either because they’re insane, think they’re too important to talk to me, or because they know I’m going to ruin their lives and they hate me. Extortion is my best option, but of course it’s not a problem for me. I AM evil. Maybe it’s a problem for you. Maybe you’re lawful, or good, and extortion just isn’t something you can pull on your character to get them to behave. Maybe try giving yourself a little space on the extortion, be one step removed – instead of threatening X to happen in the story, threaten to write a fanfic of your own story about X happening. Therefore there’s no threat of it being canon or – to your characters – truly actually happening to them. For many, that’s still enough.
There are several tools at your disposal for getting your characters to behave. Threatening them is just, in my opinion, the most efficient one.
Sorry about this past Monday. I knew the day would eventually come where I thought I had a blog post scheduled and I didn’t. I am sorry that today (and by today I mean this past Monday) is that day. However, I do have several stubs I’m working on, so I should have a real blog post for this week up soon, and I will make sure next Monday is covered. I apologize about that!
Meanwhile I’d like to post a piece of Darths and Droids – this page fits rather nicely about minions not being incompetent. I just wish I’d read it when I was still working on Henchmen Don’t Have To Suck. In any case, note that it’s acceptable for minions to fail at their tasks of stopping the heroes because of something the heroes did, not because of the minions’ own incompetence (hm, that sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) If you want to read the whole comic from beginning, it’s just at darthsanddroids.net.
Thanks for your understanding, readers!
“Understanding of what? Your lack of blog post? You didn’t post any excuses.”
Yeah, of my lack of blog post. I don’t need to post my excuses – you already know what they are. I mean, the the same as any other blogger’s typical excuses. The thing is I forgot, but I’ll still be posting this week, probably tomorrow, and I’ll get us back on schedule.
Once upon a time, I thought that the worst thing a writer could do was have pride be the downfall of his or her villain. This was when I was first blooming into an evil overlord myself, and I noticed that oftentimes, villains had a problem with pride that was so bad, it was the cause of their death.
This was unacceptable.
Clearly the best solution was to preach that villains should never have pride as a critical character flaw. The problem, however, was multifaceted. For one thing, villains just tend to be prideful creatures. We can’t help it – we’re just so great! I mean seriously, I deserve to rule all of you because, frankly, I’m better than all of you and can make your choices for you better than you can. Without that pride, how could any overlord ever really think he (or she) should rule everyone? Additionally, it’s really hard to have just a little bit of pride. And also, with pride being a perfectly useful trait, I’m not addressing the problem by saying no to pride, because pride is not inherently a problem. It’s the cocky, stupid kind of pride that’s the problem, and even that can’t truly be banned because if I advocate “Villains are people too!” then I can’t turn around and say, “But not those kind of people!”
Villains are all kinds of people. Some villains are quiet and humble. Some are loud and obnoxious. It takes all types.
And yet, I still cringe when I see some jerk flaunting his power and acting invincible and screaming “Noooo!” when he’s slain because it all seems so pathetic and pointless.
So how do we do it? How can we have a prideful villain – whose pride is his downfall – who is not lame? Having a prideful villain who is not destroyed by his pride is one thing, and it’s not actually that hard. But a villain falling to pride is utterly classic and cannot be discarded just because it’s hard to pull off without making the villain look like a loser. It needs to be refined.
Let me talk first of how a villain can be prideful and not die from it. Usually what actually happens is that the villain becomes sloppy and stupid because he thinks he’s good to go – but pride and sloth don’t have to go hand-in-hand. In fact, pride can also mean one takes extra care. Take a car, for example – if you own a fancy car and you’re proud of it, you’ll take good care of it, change the oil, keep the wheels full of air, make sure they’ve still got tread, wash the windows, wax the thing. Maybe you’ll be more reckless in driving it, showing off the speed – maybe you’ll be more cautious because it’s your baby and no one can drive it anywhere ever. A villain can have pride in his importance to the point of cowardice as a defensive trait. “No, I will not fight the protagonist. I am far too important to die at his hand.” One can be prideful about one thing but not another – “I’m not a fighter, I am a thinker. If we fight, I know you will win, and destroy my glorious brain.”
Pride colors and distorts one’s perspective of him or herself, but it doesn’t have to bend their perception so entirely they don’t realize their strengths and weaknesses. Just because I’m very, very proud of some of my writing (haha, actually, no, I’m pretty insecure) doesn’t mean that I think I am the greatest at everything. Just because I’m proud of my dragons doesn’t mean I expect people to be impressed of my cat drawings. I know dragons are the only animal-thing I can draw well. An expert swordsman or gunman may be very proud of their abilities, but that doesn’t mean that he can expect to be good at any weapon. A gunman who is actually good enough to be proud of his sharp shooting ought to know that a bow is very different than a gun – or that a gun can be very different from another type of firearm!
So someone can be prideful without being stupid, without lack of attention to detail. And they should be. So that leaves a simple conclusion as to how a villain can fall to pride and the hero without being lame. It’s the same as any other self-defeating villain:
The hero should be the one defeating the villain, not the villain’s pride.
It’s a slim difference, the hero using the villain’s tool as a weapon against him, verses the villain handing over a victory trophy with his pride. But it’s there – the main difference being whether or not the heroes could have defeated the villain if he wasn’t prideful. If they can’t, if they couldn’t, not even close, you’re falling into an earlier addressed problem of building in a victory for the heroes by building in that flaw in the villain. The villain cannot defeat himself. However, it can be appropriate for the villain, in being a three-dimensional person with flaws, to provide tools for the heroes. If this is done, the heroes should balance in kind. Villains should draw on the heroes’ weaknesses just as the heroes draw on the villains’. So consider – the heroes draw on the villain’s pride, but the villain draws on the heroes’ compassion. Consider a conversation that looks like this:
“Come down here and fight me yourself! If you’re really as great as you say you are, you should be able to sweep me away!”
“Very well, but remember I am a frail old man and my back is bent.”
The hero taunts the villain into getting away from his vantage point; the villain gives himself a boost at the beginning of the battle by evoking pity from the hero. Probably what happens next is that the villain strikes a terrible blow that might very well be the end for our hero and end the fight instantly (except that never works on MCs, but it does build dramatic tension).
What could be interesting is if the villain has a blatant weakness, but the chivalrous hero defeats him another way – but sometimes when this is done, it just makes the hero look like an idiot, so take care in using that technique; the line between “idiot” and “chivalrous badace” is a thin one.
So a villain can be prideful, but he doesn’t have to be sloppy or stupid. Pride and narcissism don’t have to be synonymous, and if they are, you can also mix in paranoia to cover up any sort of sloppiness from the belief that “I am so great”.
Pride can be a downfall – but just take care it’s not the only reason for the downfall. Unless maybe you’re writing an Aesop kind of fable.
Do you ever look at your work and think, “What if I think this is really good, but it’s actually really terrible?”
Do you ever wonder what will happen if you finally get a complete, polished manuscript and you submit it to a publisher and they send back a pile of ash that used to be said manuscript with a note that says “Don’t write”?
What if you never get published? What if no one ever takes you seriously as a writer?
Remember back in April when I wrote a post about dealing with doubt? Some of the advice in the latter part of the post advised that, when the what ifs come around, to talk through them. That wasn’t the main focus of the post, however, so I’ve decided to address it specifically.
A lot of writer’s angst, I think, is getting caught up in the what-ifs. Actually a lot of anxiety and nervousness and just life in general is, for many, getting caught up in the what-ifs, and my advice could be useful for those, too, but I’m going to be using writing examples here. I’ve found for myself the solution to getting past those what-ifs to be simple:
Take the what-ifs seriously.
What-ifs exist in this odd plane of our minds where we know, more often than not, that the what-if is stupid and it’s not even going to be a thing. But then, we still fear the what-if. But we know the fear is irrational. But we fear it anyway. The thing is, we’re taking the what-if seriously without taking it seriously. And then we feel stupid for worrying about it but we can’t help it because we really are worried about it, and the stupid is coming in from refusing to actually worry about it. It therefore seems logical to me to consciously take the what-if seriously, and talk through it.
“What if I never get published?”
Well, okay, self. What do you mean? You know that it’s actually impossible for us to never be published, right, because of self-publishing? Did you mean, what if no publishing house ever accepts our manuscript?
“Yes. What if every publisher ever says our stuff is crap?”
Well, barring the fact that I’m pretty certain it’s not even going to be possible for us to submit to every publisher ever and it would be silly to try, that just means that we need to sit down with our manuscript and re-consider a thing or two. Why has literally every publisher rejected our manuscript? Probably at least one or two gave us some reasons about the book itself. We can take that to our agent and writing group and whonot and decide if we need to change the MS and how. And if we ultimately are never taken on by a publishing house – there’s still other avenues, which we will then consider more seriously.
“Wait, our agent? But…but what if we never GET an agent?”
I guess not getting a publisher no longer matters because we’re certainly not going to submit work without an agent. We already know that’s just a bad, bad, bad idea for us.
“That doesn’t make me feel better.”
Right, fine. So what if we never get an agent. Well, that just means we’re saved time on submitting to publishers and just consider alternate publishing avenues sooner.
“Okay but what if NO ONE reads our book?”
People are already reading our book, Rii.
“You know what I mean! What if no one we don’t know reads our book?”
-shrug- Then no stranger reads our book. Probably because we didn’t do anything to advertise it and no one knows it exists. Which is why we want to use a publisher in the first place.
“But what if we HAVE advertised really, really hard?”
Psh, what? By desperately trying to calmly work into every conversation that we wrote a book and maybe you should read it and recommend it to people, please? Or posting on this blog about it? You know we don’t actually know a thing about advertising and stuff. Anyway if no one buys it or reads it, never ever, at least we can still have a published copy on our own bookshelf and that would be pretty sweet.
“WHAT IF…what if this blog doesn’t help get the word out that I wrote a book?”
Does it really matter? You still write on this blog, things you want people to hear, things you hope will be helpful to them. Isn’t that enough? Isn’t that one of the main reasons for this blog to write something that might make someone somewhere think?
“…yeah. But what if it doesn’t-“
It already has.
“But what if in the future it doesn’t-“
It already has. Now. We’ve already accomplished a major goal with this blog. Yes, it’s an ongoing goal…but if for whatever reason we fail to continue to accomplish it, and the goal ends, we DID accomplish it to some degree.
“What if all my hopes and dreams of becoming a writer are irrevocably crushed forever?”
Good news! You are currently pregnant, and plan on having like three or four more kids at a later date. If you never, ever, ever become a writer, you will have like five minions who have no choice but to let you read to them and make up stories at them. No choice whatsoever. The best part is that they’ll probably actually like it. So you can still be a storyteller.
“What if they don’t like my stories?”
I already said they won’t have a choice in the matter but to listen to you. At least until they’re teenagers and they figure out how to not listen to you.
“Wouldn’t that make me a bad mom to force them to listen to me?”
Well…I guess you have a point there. But we always have our husband. And he’ll always listen to us. He already loves listening to us, even if we really are telling him craptastic stories.
I know we want to be an author. Badly. More than a lot of other things, it’s like third on the list of things we want really, really badly. But if it never, ever happens, we’ll always be a beloved storyteller to, at the very least, our husband.
“That doesn’t sound so terrible.”
Talk through your fears, to the very end. What is, seriously, the worst that could happen? Do you end up at you being dead? Okay. That would be really sad and unfortunate. People would miss you and you wouldn’t really be able to do anything anymore. But unless you caused your own death (which you should never, ever do :( ), when you’re dead, you’ll probably have new things to worry about and your previous problems will seem distant and maybe less important. I’m not sure, I’ve never been dead, but I imagine that’s how it’ll be. Of course, you could always cease to exist, too, but I don’t believe that’s what’s going to happen. Say the end result is that you’re all alone and nobody likes you. Well, you either need to get yourself some new anybodies around you or else maybe you should strive to be a better person. Or better yet, both.
What if, you wonder, no body ever in the entire world will like me?
I’ll bet you that someone likes you. Right now. Right now, there is someone who likes you.
What if there isn’t?
Well, then, I’ll like you. I do tend to really like people. Well, unless they’re politicians or complete or utter morons. Possibly if they’re bigoted idiots who won’t even consider the idea that maybe their bias against something is wrong. But I do tend to be much more lenient with friends. Unless you’re a politician, in which case you’ve made a terrible life choice and I probably don’t want to be your friend.
The point is when you seriously consider a “what-if” and the consequences, rather than let it float around as a semi-known fear, the actual happening of the what-if event is less scary. And if you really do feel like everybody hates you and nobody loves you and you guess you’ll go eat worms, I’d prefer to keep my email for writing and blog related things but you have my permission to drop me a line. (It can be found under the ‘about’ page.)
And remember, aspiring writers – you can’t get any more not published than you are now, so don’t be afraid to try. And hey, what if…just what if…you DO get published, and you DO get read? Think that one through :)
(“What if I put some of my writing on my blog and my followers don’t like it?”
Hm…Tell you, What-If person, we’ll compromise. I’ll put a sample of my writing on an Easter egg page. That way, I can claim to have put up a sample of my writing on my blog but where no one will ever read it!)