Monday, March 30, 2015

The Coolest Room in the CA State Capitol

On a special assignment at work one day, a co-worker and I stumbled upon the most wondrous room in the State Capitol here in Sacramento, California. This room was dedicated to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), or as I simply refer to it, the 1915 World's Fair in San Francisco.

It was for the purpose of this fair that the Palace of Fine Arts was created, that iconic gazebo-like structure overlooking a lake with swans.

It was also for this fair that the Tower of Jewels was created (see above image), adorned with countless glittering novagems. The room in the state capitol contains some of these novagems in a display case. As you enter the room, there are benches and old lampposts, projected black and white imagery on the walls. It's all food for a romantic heart here, and this place transports you to the forgotten glory of a bygone age.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

I am NOT a Feminist

Wait a minute - how can that be right? I'm a woman, right?
Correct.

And I'm anti-feminism?
Also correct.

How can this be?

Well, I'm tired of the lack of chivalry in men, the bitchyness of my fellow women, and I'm tired of seeing things like how Kamala Harris was called "beautiful" by the president and got all pissed off about it.

Hey Obama, you can call me beautiful any time you want. I'm just saying. I won't complain or anything. In fact, I'll feel...dun dun dun...COMPLIMENTED!

I feel like I am as far removed from modern-day feminists as they themselves are from figures like Susan B. Anthony and Mary Wollstonecraft. We're from two different planets. And while I don't always agree 100% with what men do, I LOVE them, on the whole.
It just seems to me that modern-day feminists don't have much to bitch about. We've got it pretty good here in America, even if things aren't 100% perfect. We're doing the same jobs as men, working just as hard, and yet those who cry "feminism" are the ones keeping ME down, because men are scared to death of giving compliments, even. Any hint at interest, and the feminists will yell "SEXUAL HARRASSMENT!", so they're destroying the natural interplay of the sexes.
I'm tired of these harpies who make the dicks of men everywhere shrivel in sheer terror. I'm tired of that stupid song I saw on Buzzfeed saying that if you're a woman, you're a feminist. Just because I'm a woman, doesn't mean I have to join the horde. Of course I'm on my own side, but Feminism as it is today, is a beast that will not swallow me up just because of my gender.

So there.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Can't Win 'Em All...

So I applied for the Sacramento library's Local Author Book Festival, and...my application was denied.

Writers face a ton of rejection. Welcome to life.

Here's a bit of what they wrote to me though - the silver lining to it:

Your title will be added to our Local Author collection at the Central Library. It will be included in the online catalog so that library patrons can request your book and a local author sticker will be attached to the book’s cover.

And I'm not sad. My brother-in-law is graduating that day, so I have other things to attend to.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Stop 2 On The Fallenwood Blog Tour!

Stop By the Fallenwood Blog Tour, where you can catch my blog post today - "Top Ten Things About Being An Author" post! (Click the link below)

Top Ten Things

Monday, March 9, 2015

Ursula Le Guin's Speech

I've heard of Ursula Le Guin, as she is a fellow fantasy/sci-fi writer woman. She also wrote a book called Steering The Craft, which was used in the creative writing class that provided the basis for my original rewrite of the main Fallenwood book.

Well, I just saw this video that someone had posted on Facebook, and what she says is deep, and rebellious, and shows how important the concept of intellectual freedom and not being censored is to the art of writing.

It's kinda the whole point, really. It's why we do what we do.

And here are a couple quotes from the video that I really liked:

"We need writers who know the difference between production of a commodity and the creation of art."

And - "The name of our beautiful reward is not Profit. Its name is Freedom."

Or as I like to say it, when dealing with the censoring prudes of the world, I can say whatever the fuck I want. I am like the black unicorn of Fallenwood. I will not be tamed. I will not be captured. Death to the Crown.

Watch the video yourself (Click the link below). It's amazing, and Ursula Le Guin is a classic - a legend in her own right.

Ursula Le Guin's Video

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Fallenwood Blog Tour Has Begun!

The first stop is Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews: http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Pros and Cons of Juggling Two Jobs

So tomorrow, the blog tour begins, and I probably won't have time for actual blogging, because keeping up with questions on the blog tour and such is like another job altogether, albeit one I highly enjoy.

I work two jobs, currently. One is my main job, working for the state. It's my bread and butter. The other is working retail. Since acquiring job #2, I've had many people ask me why I would want to be doing what I'm doing.

Well, the short answer is money. Having only one job meant that I was barely scraping by. Having two means that I actually have the means to try and get ahead (pay off credit cards, student loans, etc.) Like many other Millenials, debt has kept me from acquiring the steam I need to get things rolling in life. And it's been nigh-impossible to move up in state service, even with my M.A. and seven years of state experience. I can only imagine what those without such experience are facing right now.

Of course, the lack of upward mobility doesn't mean things are any less stressful. If anything, the opposite is true. So I found myself barely scraping by, stressed out, depressed, and unsure what to do with myself. I had too much time on the weekends to sit around and be sad about how things played out with my emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend. What I needed was an escape - to be in a different environment for a while. But I didn't have the money to go anywhere. So I decided to go for job #2 because it was an idea. It was something that actually worked out for me, after so many other ideas and attempts of mine had failed. And it worked. I met a bunch of really nice people. I got extra money to pay for bills and debts. And I didn't have time to be depressed.

Thus, do I work a lot? Yes. Do I regret it? No.

Having job #2 also means that neither job gets to adopt that "I control your life" dictator mentality that places and people can sometimes fall into. They can never be quite sure of themselves, and that, my friends, is priceless.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Another Inconvenient Truth...

So Al Gore has his documentary about global warming, titled An Inconvenient Truth. Whether or not you believe in global warming, the film is important because it attempts to drive home the fact that this world is the only one we've got, and that we should all cherish/support/take care of it.

But I'm here today to tell you something you might not want to hear. I've got another Inconvenient Truth for ya - and this is for all the aspiring authors out there. And there are a lot of you. I know. The market is saturated with talent, and writers seem to be a dime a dozen these days.

When I was little, all I wanted was to be published. If I got published, I'd know I "made it" and I'd instantly be famous and have a million dollars. Sadly, it seems that this mindset wasn't mine alone. That being said, if you have a dream, go for it, with everything you have. Get published.

But here's where the inconvenient truth comes in - getting published is only the first mountain you'll have to climb on your journey. Rather than being the end of a journey, you're still at the beginning. The next hurdle to challenge, is getting anyone to notice that you've been published - getting reviews scheduled and promotional opportunities set up, and blogging, and making videos, and going to events, and doing public speaking, and talking about the art to anyone who will listen.

These days, getting an agent is nigh-impossible. So here's the inconvenient truth - you want to be a writer, not a salesperson. But you have to be both. No one is going to do it for you. And getting published, is just half the battle.