I talk often about origin stories (as in, the origins of how I began to write in general, and the origin of certain stories). It can be humbling, figuring out where to start. I just found an old friend’s blog again after finally taking the time and reading the posts of a fellow author/blogger. Well… okay, I found it because I finally checked my non-school email. This author/blogger I’m talking about is a former colleague of my mother’s, when I worked with Queen City Forward in Charlotte, North Carolina for an internship. Tori Karlek is her name, and this is the post I am talking about: Why I Write. She talks about problems with actually sitting down and writing, and I do too, as does every author out there, no matter how big. And sometimes seeing a cliché message is what you need for the day, no matter how often you have seen it, because you see it at the right time. Yesterday I saw her post at the right time.
If someone makes a scene in public I watch. r/PublicFreakout on Reddit is great for videos like that. Anyone would watch, because it is mostly hilarious even though sometimes it is quite frightening. As long as it is not happening to me it is funny. At any rate, some of these videos result in the cops being called, if they are not in the area already. The moral is- do something disruptive/dangerous/indecent in public and a government official (or everyone) will probably know about it. In my stories, this will even take into account a monster attack. Of course, when they arrive the authorities will have it look like nothing abnormal/paranormal/supernatural was happening in the area so everyone can move on with their relatively simple lives.
One of my New Years Resolutions was to write a romance with no paranormal activity or violence; just a normal, sweet romance. What better time to start it than around one of the most romantic days of the year? The plot is simple. A man with Sideditus who must live with the disorder: every time he sneezes his body inexplicably jumps to the left. He is led to another person with the disorder and teaches them how to cope.
Do your kids love food? Do your kids love robots? The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has found disturbing statistics about childhood obesity. One of the reasons is the growing portion sizes of the average American meal. Johnny Nguyen has a solution to curb the appetites of elementary and middle school children. Portion control is directly correlated with presentation of the food.
Johnny has created Bentobots- robots in the shape of lunchboxes. They fight evil hamburgers from space!
Each compartment of the Bentobots carries food in the right portion for growing children. They aren’t trying to teach kids hamburgers are bad- they are teaching them too much can be bad. There are three Bentobots and a comic series your children can enjoy. Take a look at the Kickstarter for more information. It’s time to take a stand!
Does anyone ever really appreciate movies where all of the heroes die or fail? I sure can’t. At the end of Ils (Them), both hero and heroine die- and it is all her fault. The unfortunate husband was climbing up a ladder when the little kid that had been leading them out of the tunnels kicked his hands until he fell. He was then dragged to his death by a bunch of other teenagers for fun. His wife screams and screams and screams but does absolutely nothing. The kid was right there below her. Throw him down head first, he’s tiny, he’s light.
As I’ve said before, my mom is my editor and writing is not a one person job. However, we have both been increasingly busy. I need a few more pairs of eyes. They could help me not create titles like the one above.
I’ll send you an email with an attached section of the story I want you to look at. With the document will be a question or two. Honest answers will be most appreciated and you can get your name in the Acknowledgements. I’m not asking for much. The sections of stories will be short. Occasionally there will be long pieces but I’ll give you a fair warning when that happens.
Responses don’t have to be immediately but at least let me know you’ve seen the question and gotten the correct document.
If you’re willing to share my quest to becoming a great storyteller, send me an email here: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get started.
Thank you for your consideration,
I was recently a guest blogger for Queen City Forward (QCF), a social entrepreneurship hub. I work as their intern. Anyway, here goes...
Money starts organizations and events and there are many ways to get it. Finding it is hard but these eight websites make things a little easier.
1. Kickstarter is a site where you place your general idea, the supplies needed to take action with that idea, and then a goal to reach. The internet community is where this happens. They send “X” amount of money or none at all and tell others so by word of mouth, money will flow. If there is more, you get to spend extra on anything you desire. Kickstarter has helped rising filmmakers, artist who want to brighten the community, and other varying programs http://www.kickstarter.com/
2. Rockethub is generally the same idea, where “X” amount is donated to a specific goal to obtain anything. However if the goal isn’t reached the money is lost. It features current projects running aground so all that are going on can be seen. http://www.rockethub.com/
3. Razoo lets you keep money earned for whatever the project is but keeps 2.9% of the profit. They focus more on social good and charity fundraisers. http://www.razoo.com/
4. Pozible is an international fundraising site from the Land Down Under. It especially helps charities and innovative ideas to strengthen the community. Their marketing technique is strong, giving valid reasons to donate. http://www.pozible.com/
5. Crowdrise helps fund 501c3 companies or corporations to get off the ground and continue with future projects. Everyone can join the fundraising campaigns, helping the organization to market and get more people behind their cause. http://www.crowdrise.com/
6. Start Some Good is for the early groups or ideas with the intention of getting them to their feet. They created a model with a minimum point of money and a maximum point (which the funds may exceed). http://startsomegood.com/
7. Indiegogo is a funding site where the raisers take what they earn with a small fee. Or if they want it for free, there is incentive. They take a Cash Cab approach to earning money, after all is said and done, if the goal is not reached, you aren’t fined anything but you won’t leave with anything either. http://www.indiegogo.com/
8. Causes specifically help funding for nonprofits with tax deduced donations. There are tiny fees to using them. Major events (such as petitions) are what they look for. http://www.causes.com/
The ideas for the Crowdfunding sites featured in this article were written by Forbes author Devin Thorpe. http://www.forbes.com/sites/devinthorpe/2012/09/10/eight-crowdfunding-sites-for-social-entrepreneurs/
Cthulhu is so iconic he has his own spot on spell check! Amazing! Not only that, I just Google'd(?) him and found out he has a How Stuff Works page. How bad-ass do you have to be to get that? I just can't stress this enough! Check it out, it's hilarious!
You have to get Liam Neeson (another really cool dude) to disband you from existence. That's what you need to do to get a spot on How Stuff Works. If you don't, Zeus will rape you as a goose. Holy crap, unintentional rhyme! Don't believe me? Look up the mythology around Zeus, it is true.
...Not only that, but Neil Gaiman wrote a short story (like many authors including H.P. Lovecraft) about Cthulhu! If I stressed "How Cthulhu Works" was hilarious, you should check out an interview the Great Old One gave a Sir Whateley about how he became the greatest, most sadistic god you could create a cult for. At first he isn't such a bad guy. Just a little tentacle thing wanting some fun.
So what makes this sleeping giant so entertaining? It could involve the cults surrounding him- well not really, I haven't done that much research... Or just the sheer terror of his awesomeness and continent annihilating power!
Sort of, but it's the mystery around Cthulhu that's been keeping him asleep down in R'lyeh. Since 1928 when he appeared in The Call of Cthulhu people have been taking their own interpretations. This sort of culture clashing- or should I say new ideas and whatnot; has been around for every single famous icons(vampires, werewolves, fairies, Death, others).
It's fun to makes songs about him, like numerous bands have done. It's fun to draw pictures of him. Since in the story he's only vaguely described, now we know really know what he looks like. Or write our own stories centering around his mythos. One movie has been made based off of the above feature story. I'll review it this weekend with a special double-feature movie reviews.
Dog Soldiers- in honor of the extraordinarily large full moon on Saturday.
The Call of Cthulhu and Dagon- for my fan status.
Writing is an escape from reality and that is what I try to do. I am simply telling you dear readers how I cope with this world. I read, write, listen to music (occasionally), and cook. Harlan Ellison, a fiery author in his own rights, said something about people misconceiving authors as gods who sit lonely on top of mountains with their magical typewriters or computers. This was in a documentary on him a couple of years ago; so the wording could be fuzzy.
Here you can learn with me how to write. You can see why I misconceived my own life because it does get interesting every once in a while. I read the likes of The Oatmeal, Freedoms Hammer (with Michael Forsyth), Gaping Void (with Hugh McLeod), and Half a Hyperbole. They are who inspired me to do this sort of thing. Tell a story, teach, learn, have fun. And you know what folks; life is the longest story of all. So sit back and enjoy the ride. Or survive it, which is the new chapter in most lives right now.
I am an author. I am a fan of horror, thrillers, and comedy.