What is our purpose for living on planet Earth?
There’s Got to Be a Point, Right?
Of course there’s a point. If we weren’t on planet Earth, we’d be stuck on one of those ridiculously underpopulated and barren planets like Mars, where the monsters are and there is no carry out.
Here’s the thing: Our point is to be. Be here. Be here now. And enjoy it. I know, I know, there’s a lot of misery and angst and pollution, and believe me, at 3:00am WHEN I WAKE UP EVERY GODDAMN DAY, it’s hard to keep my mind from whirring about crises both personal and universal [Did I forget to pay our car insurance? Do we have enough money to pay our car insurance? What happens if we end up like all those people whose health insurance premiums become astronomical and then end up with a debilitating illness that wipes us out financially and we have to move in with MY PARENTS? WHY DO WE NOT HAVE UNIVERSAL COVERAGE YET?].
BUT. The most important thing is to remember that the reason for being on planet Earth is to be present and enjoy it. There may be a heaven. I hope there is a hell for those people who are hateful and believe in hell for being, oh, gay or something. I particularly want them to go to that hell. Or the version of hell from South Park. Either way.
What? Oh. Just be kind and BE. Except you don’t have to be kind to the douchebags. Those fuckers are just asking for it.
And remember, it’s always important to know where your towel is at.
Fully present in THIS moment,
What are your favorite writer’s resources websites?
Searching for the Answers
Hmmm . . . see, now, this is tricky. I like writer’s resources because I like finding information on how to get my words out there. I HATE writer’s resources, because I am chock full of the envy monster that likes to eat my innards and reduce me to a roiling boil of agita when I see that other people are reaching their goals.
I may need some meds.
What you may need depends on what you’re writing. Different genres have different sites that are of varying quality, and I can’t speak to any of them because I am in a weird space and haven’t really honed in yet on a particular genre. I do know, from prior experience, that the best writers’ sites are those that are full of positive people. Sure, you need someone to be kind of a bastard when they review your work, but if you’re having a shitty day and you just want someone to be there for you, you want a site that is full of healthy competition but not dicks. Romance Divas is a great one, for example.
There are general sites like Writers Digest which has books, online materials, webinars and seminars as well as links to every bit of information you could want. NaNoWriMo, the site for the National Novel Writing Month is also awesome. The novel writing month is in November, but there is always something going on there. And Studio 30 Plus has great prompts and a wonderful community and the whole site has been recently revamped.
Please note that NONE of these sites knows who I am or how awesome I am, although they will all RUE THE DAY they decided to ignore me.
The best thing to do is follow writers and agents on Twitter – those in your genre, sure, but others, too – and see where they take you. Lost of agents and writers will have contests, including an opportunity to review your query letters or even when they are accepting submissions. Because the people who are your best resource are those doing the work.
Slowly realizing that I need to get my shit together,