Thursday, January 25, 2007

More Blood and Gore

A battle scene, c. 1470.
Cotton MS.
(from Pamela Porter's Medieval Warfare)

J.Konrath ( see sidebar) has set up a new site where individuals can Vent, ie. bitch about the industry and let-it-all-hang-out what they really think. All factions: agents, editors, oh, and writers too.
Anonymously, of course.
Yo, Brutus...
Thought, actually, the various parties above had managed quite well on their individual sites. Privatim et seriatim.
Perhaps there's an attraction to a one-stop shopping Complaints and Dagger Department.

Miss Snark ( also see sidebar) linked to a site where one is invited to compose or repeat FOAD letters.

I remember coming across a site some time ago where writers whined, whimpered and sniveled about form rejections they received.
Noticed, too, that lately, many commercials seem to depend on sadism of a sort.
Is this the age of Schadenfreude? Snot, snit and satire? Sarcasm and spite?
Sour negativity? The viral slime of the "Me generation"?

As an antidote to this collective and conscious pool of nyah-nyah nasty, you might like to read Kate's blog where she ends each post with three beautiful things.

Beware the Dark Side.
It is Borg.


Anonymous said...

Another cool work of art I would have never seen if it weren't for you, bernita. Thanks.

I guess the main complaint I have is that there are so many rules in writing (and different "styles" -MLA, etc.) that contradict each other. In my opinion, those rules are necessary to a point, but can kill creativity and rob a writer of personal style or voice. We need more people that aren't afraid to break the rules. Read Frank McCourt; he breaks the rules and his prose is incredible. -V95

writtenwyrdd said...

Perhaps it is the viral slime of the "Me generation" or our present cultural standards, however they are arrived at. We've become incredibly cynical and yet arrogantly certain that WE (meaning the thinker) deserve fame or fortune or adulation. We've become a bunch of cynics and me-firsters.

Cynicism can easily slide into just plain meanness. I think one of the really horrible aspects of reality shows is that it is a form of meanness which feeds off of the "victims'" desire for their ten minutes of fame. We laugh at them, and they don't get that.

Bernita said...

Thank you,V95.
To use an old quote - rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.

I'd forgotten about the reality shows, Written, maybe because I don't watch them. Thank you. Another example.
Sniggering seems to have become a trend.

Scott said...

I'm glad you pointed out the ridiculousness of all these complaints about rejections. Suck it up and submit somewhere else, fix the piece to be more interesting, or write something else, something better. But quit your belly aching. The best in the business deal with rejection. It's all part of it.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Scott.
Putting rejection in context is part of the learning curve.
It certainly doesn't move one forward up the scale to be stuck in whine mode. They need depeche.

anna said...

Written, I agree.
I think the first golden rule should be: Thou shalt not be mean.

and Scott yes! just suck it up
and move forward.

as always Bernita a little bite with the humour - Enjoyed!!

Kate Thornton said...

Oh, Bernita! Thank you for mentioning my blog!

I was inspired to end my writibng posts with Three Beautiful Thingas by Clare of Tunbridge Wells who started the 3BTs. Her blog, Three Beautiful Things, is here:

There's so much more to the world than just yourself, as my Mother used to say.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Anna.
Of course, there's the irony that I'm bitching too.

I think it "virally" positive as well as charming, Kate.
Negativity - for all its displays of wit - can become a destructive habit.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

"Beware the Dark Side. It is Borg."

LOL...I LOVE Star Trek!

Hmmm...Whiners, can tell from my post, how I feel about them today!

Bernita said...

Seems the same basic thoughts hit us at the same time, Bonnie.
Must be a psychic link there somewhere.
Or maybe just the Konrath effect.

kmfrontain said...

"The viral slime of the "Me generation"?"

Still sniggering over that and the borg reference.

Bernita said...

Seems there's a wave toward Rebecca of Donneybrook Farm, Karen.

Confucius on mud-wrestling:
he who slings dirt -looses ground.

kmfrontain said...

Oh, had to search for Rebecca. Never did watch the Hillbillies much. Is that the right Rebecca?

Bernita said...

Sorry, Karen.
Ancient reference.
A book - all sweetness and light, la-la - called Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
Very popular and improving circa parents or grand-parents day.
Subsequently corrupted MAD mag style.

Sela Carsen said...

I'm so completely impressed with Kate's 3 Beautiful Things now! It's the perfect antidote to the virus.

ORION said...

The Pollyanna Mentality.
Referring to Pollyanna -- a plucky orphan who brought sweetness and light to a small town.
My rules are:
Just be nice.
Be nice.

Bernita said...

I thought so, Sela.

One of the early series novels, I think, Pat.

writtenwyrdd said...

Didn't Shirley Temple play both Pollyanna and Rebecca? Shows what sorts of characters they are.

I like Kate's 3 Beautiful Things. For years I've had a habit of trying to do at least three good things every day. The goodness depends on what frame of mind I am in. I can be not eating that cookie or thanking someone or not biting someone's head off for being ignorant.

Come to think of it, a lot of the time it is me giving myself an excuse to either feel superior or to feel like I am actually working on a particular goal, like a diet!

writtenwyrdd said...

Bernita, speaking of reality shows, if you want to see an example of bad behavior and failing to take rejection well, you need to watch a few minutes of American Idol before they get to Hollywood. Ghastly!

Now, I also watch Canadian Idol, and the Canadians are so much better behaved. It's amazing, the difference.

kmfrontain said...

Oh, I can't stand American idol. Make's me cringe. So does Beauty amd the Geek and any of those reality shows. The other day I accidentally called it Beauty of the Geek. Now I have another plot bunny.

Got it about Rebecca, Bernita. :-)

Bernita said...

They are nice, aren't they, Written? Drawn from both the physical and mental world.

You've heard the old joke: How do you get 30 Canadians out of your swimming pool?
You say "please."

writtenwyrdd said...

I hadn't heard that joke, but I'll be sure to share it with my Canadian friends. I literally live right on the border with New Brunswick, and it's amazing the difference just crossing over an imaginary line makes!

Tattieheid said...

I don't have a television, so thankfully miss all these dreadful reality shows.

I'm in two minds about Joe's new site. Everybody needs to vent off now and then but a site devoted purely to anonymous rants could be quite negative and destructive. There is also the risk that someone uses it to make attacks on an undeserving and thinly veiled recipient.

I like that old quote on rules. Perhaps one day I will find some wisdom. :)

Savannah Jordan said...

If it is Borg, will you be Jean Luc and shoot me??

spyscribbler said...

I think you're on to something, Bernita. I don't know why it is the way it is, but ... snark is in, and not the nice Miss Snark brand.

Zany Mom said...

Anyone who has seen American Idol before knows what's up beforehand. I think some of these nuts just do it to get on TV. Rarely do I feel sorry for them. Some have the guts to put themselves out there (like those of us who send queries) only to find that no, they just don't have what it takes. Some need more practice, and some should just hang it up. Some are so delusional they need to hear it straight up.

But then, I enjoy *some* reality TV.

Cynthia Bronco said...

You are always eloquent, using Latin (Yay!)and keen perspective to address the Jerry Springer Syndrome, which runs rampant as long as someone makes a profit from it.

Bernita said...

Yet, many along the border are related to those on the other side, Written.

I doubt if there's any ultimate benefit of such, Tattieheid.
Don't think I would find entertainment in those shows, but obviously many do.

Hee, Savannah. I don't cross-dress.

Bound to be a reaction sooner or later, Spy.

Put that way, they do seem like a parable for the writing process, Zany.

My latin is pretty sketchy, Cynthia, but sometimes it provides le mot juste.

Jeff said...

Everyone needs to let off a little steam once in a while, but constant negativity has to be unhealthy for a writers career.