Okay, so I'm weird. Being weird is fun.
So, it's been a busy, busy week for me in the writing realm. I've entered all sorts of things on Cupid's website - she has a ton of wonderful opportunities out there for aspiring writers. Unlike my friend Saybe (Congrats to her!), I did not progress to the next round of Blind Dating (where your query and first 250 words of your manuscript are judged) and I'm gonna take it as a Sign of something I've been suspecting for a little while - my current manuscript is not quite Different enough - either that or it needs to be edited and have its differences played up (MORE editing - Maruaghughbuh!) So I think it's time to lay the book to rest for a little while. Fortunately I've got two other projects I'm working on!
BUT that's not what I really wanted to talk about because I just read this wonderful post about a woman who has traveled all over the place which made me think "What have I been doing with my life?" And articles like that are some of the best writing fodder out there. (And maybe some of the best living fodder too.)
I've been making myself read things that I wouldn't normally pick up because I think that, as a writer, it is really helpful to have a different perspectives on others' lives and opinions, and I have read some really interesting things that way!
Lately I've been haunting AskReddit (Reddit is a very interesting social media site that collects all sorts of odd things all stuck together in one place. Women, be aware that sometimes there are sexist assholes on this site, but if you stick to the front page, it's usually quite entertaining.). The AskReddit thread contains random peoples' experiences and opinions (some are liars, of course - it is social media, after all, but some are very interesting).
Today, for example, there is a post about teachers' experiences with helicopter parents, and maybe some day I'll want to write a character with a helicopter parent. And maybe I would never even have thought of it if I hadn't remembered a weird story from this AskReddit thread. Oh, and this one had some very sweet stories in it that actually made me tear up a tiny bit.
So, happy Friday, everyone! I'm going to go read about helicopter parents.