Normally when you use the word "sanctimonious" to describe someone, you use it because they're hypocritical in their pious devotion to whatever it is they're snoflaking out about. For instance, a professional author (and for those playing along at home, I'm referring to those writers who get paid to write) who knows perfectly well that self-publishing means they'll have to pay for publication themselves could be considered sanctimonious, because they're being a hypocrite.
Let's get serious – a "professional self-publisher" is an oxymoron, right? Maybe not. Sensitive viewers should turn away now. I'm going to get nasty here.Read more
In all my years of blogging, both here and elsewhere, this is the most difficult post I've ever had to write.
I've spent the last two weeks trying to determine how best to address the subject I must write about, and the last day agonizing over how best to phrase it.
It's unavoidable, writing this post. I was hoping to not have to, and have, admittedly, put it off until the last possible moment. I should have had this written and posted yesterday, but I could not think of how best to begin.
It's late, I'm tired, I've had a long and stressful day. I had a great topic for today's post, but unfortunately it got eaten by Monday the 13th. Sorry about that. Maybe next time I'll have something interesting to say. For now, have a recycled blog post. It's about how even professionals have issues (look, all writers have issues, no matter to what level of professionalism they may belong). This was originally posted at my Livejournal 10/04/2008. Click here if you really must see the original entry for yourself . It has been edited and updated/revised for posting today. My comments of this year are in parentheses and bolded. Please keep in mind this was written...uh...yeah.Read more
Today I continue my posts on criticism and how to deal with it.
From my last post: Join me next time in which I discuss how much weight to give people's opinions. Not all crits are created equal, and some people really DON'T get it. (I'm referring here to the person who didn't "get" a vampire story of mine. "Why does he drink blood?" really isn't a valid question there.)