I am having a bumpy day. Not all good, not all bad… and class in an hour. Chemistry, which I’m a little (ok, a lot!) scared of. So I didn’t write today, but I have had some lively online conversations about writing, and publishing, and… There are times it’s great to have a whole world of friends to bounce ideas off of, and to serve as sounding board in return. It’s exciting. 

In the course of the last day or two, I have had occasion to point out this site: The Grinder, which is a handy tool for submitting your work. Yes, I often publish my own work, but I also send stories out into shark-infested waters to see what comes of it. The idea being that short stories published broadly spread my name to a wider audience. We will see, I haven’t done it recently and need to. 

I also read Mad Genius Club, wherein Sarah Hoyt talked about YA novels and the need for some hope in them, and more characters that everyday people can identify with. In the rush to be ‘inclusive’ too many children are shoved aside because they are perfectly normal, happy people. We give tools to our children to live in this world, by teaching them how to endure insults, slights, and bullying. Only we haven’t been doing that, with books on rape, extreme sexual deviancies, and horrors. Tools for dealing with that are in the province of therapists. Let’s think about writing for strength, and hope, and getting to reach our dreams… and let’s write for everyday ordinary children who will grow up to be the backbone of society. (also, see this post by Amanda Green, with linked article, if you haven’t read any YA recently) 

Lastly, and just for fun, I have to go visit an art museum soon, for a class on the Art of China, Japan, and Korea. I’ve written a short story set in fuedal Japan, so that will be a dual-purpose trip to research further tales in the era, as well. Art and stories… How can we link them together? 


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  1. For completely unsolicited advice, Khan academy takes a lot of the fear out with short youtube lectures. It’s almost like having a tutor at your beck and call. I’ve used it for math because I don’t remember my college classes mumble many years ago.

    1. Yes, Khan is good to add to the study routine. I used it rather a lot last year when I was working through college algebra. I found that fifteen years makes you lose most of your ‘real’ math.

    1. Not even censorship bureaus. Just an awareness that what is written for YA doesn’t need to be edgy, all the time. Not every kid is a victim of terrible abuse, and maybe stories that they can relate to, and that won’t emotionally traumatize them, are what those of us who write, should write. My own stories for younger audiences are about ordinary young people who have adventures… I write for story, character, and a sense of wonder. Not to be avant garde, gritty, and perverse.

    2. We might say a lot of things at MGC, but I can’t remember a single time when we’ve advocated censorship. There needs to be quality control and there needs to be a reminder to the powers that be that reading can be a means of entertainment and not one where we shove whatever the politically correct message du jour happens to be down the readers’ throats.

      1. Well, maybe you’re less about actual censorship bureaus and more about censorship through the force of popular outrage.

        I can definitely see where the Mad Genius Club’s dislike of quality control comes from.

  2. Alauda, I’m curious what it is that you think we are wanting to censor. Do you have a specific example of a book or author that you’d like to defend? And just what provoked the “dislike of quality control” from you? I’m willing to have a dialog if you are willing to not just come and post randomly agressive comments.

  3. Alauda, it is clear you either didn’t read my response or you have a vastly different definition of quality control than do I. I also find it amusing that you wish to have this discussion here rather than at MGC. Since this is Cedar’s blog, I won’t bring in specifics from any of the posts MGC bloggers have written on quality control — and the lack of it — in legacy publishing today. What each author taking part in MGC wants is quality control AND entertaining stories that people want to read. Quality control does not equal politically correct. Now, either take this to the forum you seem determined to attack — MGC — or move on.

      1. Ok, first and last warning. Either open a civil dialog, or I will make this conversation at an end. Hitting is never ok on this blog, or MGC. We value intelligent conversation, which you are not making an effort to engage in.

  4. Alauda is banned on my blog. She/he/it is an old troll that I remember from political blogs, and she hates Vox day, so now she’s trying to attack us, because… CHEEEESE! It just wants to get the words “Mad Genius Club advocates censorship” for search engines, as far as there is thought behind this. Frankly it can sit and spin. Isn’t it funny how the Stalinists advocating thought and opinion control accuse OTHERS of censorship? I suggest Alouda/Yama the Space Fish/Repulsive creature crawl back under its rock. THIS is not the way to make us shut up. Go away or we’ll mock you again.

  5. How quaint. A troll that uses a sock puppet account. or at least an account without a link to their own work and actual name. Tsk Tsk. You should just ping Joe…or maybe Mad Mike…or a host of others. they love batting around trolls like a badminton shuttlecock til he/she/it doesn’t have a clue. Mike and sundry others have been soundly beating on several on a facebook event Mike created, for the last month.The event is over and The beatings are STILL going on. I swear the trolls are getting their jollies this way because they are closet masochists.

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