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Am I the only person who gets annoyed by the use of "Man Cards" and "Man Points"? 

Men do not have a monopoly on being useful and awesome. Nor should being awesome be something out of the ordinary for men but expected for women, or vis versa. 

I approve of the idea of "Adult Points" for people doing something Like An Adult (or Like A Boss, as I've also heard).
I also approve of the idea of "Brownie Points" for going above and beyond the call of duty in being shiny and awesome.

The idea of giving and deducting Man Cards for conforming to gender stereotypes can fuck right off. 

Anyone with me?

Why

May. 22nd, 2012 02:26 pm
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Someone asked me the other day Why I wanted to be a writer. 

Not in an unkind way, they were just interested. 

And I thought about it, and didn't give a very complete answer because it was late and I was very tired. 

But, because there are times when I've forgotten, I thought I should put down a few of the reasons here, so I can remind myself why I do this.

I Write...

Because I couldn't work a 9-5 job. Actually scratch that. Because true though it is, it's not about the 9-5. I couldn't work a job which didn't feel like an adventure. That didn't feel like fun most of the time. And though writing is hard graft, it doesn't feel like it when I'm doing it. I write because I get to live in a world of dragons and adventures and magic, with every emotion that ever was writ larger than life and I get to call that a job. 

Because I'd like to think I'm good at it. I can turn my hand to a lot of things, but finding the right word in the right situation is something I've always been able to do. Again, I'm not saying I don't have to work at it, but I have a lot of natural talent in this area to build on. I don't want to let that go to waste.

Because I always have. There has never been a time when I have not been making up stories in my head. I couldn't stop if I tried, and I don't want to. I love writing, but more than that, I have to write. And if I can con the world into paying me for doing something that I can't stop doing in the first place, I'll do it.

Because I want to be loved. I want to be appreciated for something that I do. I want to make people happy, to entertain them. To make them like me, or at least the things I can make. 

But most importantly of all;

Because books have got me through some of the worst times of my life and brought further joy to some of the best. Good Art - whether it be written or performed or hanging on the wall - can keep people going. Can speak to them in ways that nothing else in the world can. I can read words written by someone long dead and see myself in them, know I am thinking and feeling the same things that they did once. Art is a reminder of our common humanity; in a vast, scary world it is a voice in the darkness saying "You are not alone." 

I want to do that. I want to be the person creating the art that gets people through. That makes them laugh, that makes them cry - maybe even that makes them think. I want to leave my mark on the world, and think that in generations to come, someone else might read something I've written and wonder at the fact that they're feeling exactly the same thing. I don't kid myself that what I have to say is unique and special and profound - actually it's the opposite. It's the very fact that it's not unique which makes it important. I want to reach people and say "You are not alone". 
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A lot of things can happen in a week.

You can grow up, fall in love, lose yourself, find yourself again, break a cycle, make a decision or slay some demons.

I think, this last week, I've done a few of those. I've also turned 25 and finished writing a novel. Which, co-incidentally, takes place over the course of one week in September, and completely changes the protagonist's life. 

When I say "finished" - I realise I'll probably have to go back and re-draft a few more bits a few more times, but this draft is the first one I can honestly say feels "complete." The plot is there, the structure is there and unlikely to undergo any substantial changes, the characters feel properly developed, and events are hooking together and linking back to make a cohesive whole. 
I'm feeling fairly positive. 

The bigger question is "what now"? 
Well, First thing is I'm entering it in the Mslexia novel competition. Have done, I should say. 
Then I'm going to start working out all the business shit, like how to write a synopsis and cover letter and all that jazz. 
Then, if I don't hear anything from Mslexia, I'm going to start sending out to agents and publishers. 

I'm also going to take five minutes to wibble in a corner, because this shit just got real

If anyone actually knows any agents or publishers, especially those interested in the field of Speculative Fiction (SF/Fantasy), then I would be most interested to hear from them... 

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