Protect Yourself! Companies are not Friends

I debated long and hard about writing this post.  I do throw around my opinion a lot on my blog, but there are certain topics I hesitate to come within any reasonable distance to.  Writing tips and media analysis are, for the most part, fairly harmless and not something most people will take offense to.  Then there are other topics.  Topics like politics, like social issues, like economic issues, etc.  Those are topics I don’t like to make any mention of.  I have seen how much vitriol comes from talking about them, and it is just something I don’t like to be a part of within a public sphere.

However, the recent incidents with Patreon have made me want to speak up about something.  Now, before you click off, I’m not going to talk about what I think of Patreon’s decision with their fees (for those who already know what’s going on).  There are literally 100’s of posts already talking at length about this topic.  I also don’t care where you chips fall on which side to take; that is your business, and I am not here to convince you that Patreon is a villain/not a villain.

What I do want to convince you of is the cold, unfortunate reality that most for-profit, multi-employee businesses do not care about the creators.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Some Thoughts on “A Story of the Days to Come Chapter 1”

When it comes to older works, writers can often be self-reflective of their own profession.  While some works are upfront about the comparison they want to make, other works are more subtle in how they are presented.  This is the situation I find to exist in H.G. Wells’ story “A Story of the Days to Come Chapter 1: The Cure for Love”.  While there are numerous themes, the story seems to be, at the heart, discussing the power of stories themselves.  As always, the following is my interpretation of the tale and not reflective of definitive fact.

Continue reading

Rebel’s Tips: Self-Discipline & Procrastination

What is it that you should be doing right now?  Inking your comic?  Writing your novel?  Practicing piano?  Working your job?

I’m willing to bet that there is at least one thing you’re procrastinating in order to read this post.  While I appreciate it, you should consider if this indicative of a larger problem.  If this is your first break, then by all means enjoy yourself and relax!  However, if this is the millionth post you read while procrastinating, you may want to consider you are exhibiting some signs of poor self-discipline.

Continue reading

Some Thoughts on “The Tale of a Youth Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was”

“The Tale of a Youth Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was” is perhaps the strangest story yet from Andrew Lang’s The Blue Fairy Book collection.  Even the very title suggests that it is a very untypical tale.  What would such a story have to teach us?  How to fear?  How to have courage?  Instead, however, the story teaches us a relatively value lesson about ignorance.  As per usual, the following is my own interpretation of the piece, and you’re welcome to your own opinions about it.

Continue reading

Rebel’s Writing Tips: New Fiction Writers – Getting Started Encouragement

Being a beginner at anything can be extremely intimidating.  Even if people are used to writing numerous texts or tweets or school essays, writing stories is a different ballpark (especially if you want to do it well).  Whether it’s going to be your first time attempting to write a story, or you’re just about to take it seriously for the first time despite dabbling, it can be very easy to get discouraged.  More experienced writers often can speak in jargon and blather on and on about showing vs. telling, metaphors, allusions, foreshadowing, and a whole other bunch of stuff.  Frankly, even I tend to tackle very specific, technical aspects of writing.  However, I acknowledge that for the newest of the new, this can be confusing at best.

Thus, for today’s post I’d like to talk to you new writers who are just getting started in your writing career/hobby/whatever you want to term it.  I want to not only provide you some basic guidelines for starting your journey, but also show you how not to get discouraged.  Let’s dive in and hopefully you’ll find some useful information within.

Continue reading

Some Thoughts on “The Yellow Dwarf”

While we’re all used to typical fairy tales like “Rapunzel” or “Snow White,” there are those out there that really can throw you for a loop with their existence.  Today, I found such a tale within Andrew Lang’s The Blue Fairy Book titled “The Yellow Dwarf.”  Unlike many tales that try to teach us good morals and how love conquers all, this tale warns us of the follies involved in love and how life is, in a lot of cases, overly complicated.  Remember, the following is my own interpretation of the tale.  You may take away what you wish from it, as that’s the fun of literature.

Continue reading