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Here they be spoilers for the I Kissed a Girl, which is NOT a lesbian anthem by the way episode of Glee.  So if you haven’t watched the 11/29 episode of Glee or you think they handled their race and sexuality issues well don’t click this. Because I am quite upset about the episode.

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And on the third day, Edward and Bella had teh sex in fade to black gloriousness and feathers with Jacob flexing in the background who has moved from rapes Bella with awkward predatory pursuit to infatuated with a baby that makes you wonder what the statement she looked 18 really allows, especially when the baby is touching everyone inappropriately and is conscious of this fact. But all was well, for Edward did actually birth the baby after it paralyzes mama Bella by tearing open her va-jayjay with his teeth. The end!

I would totally pay the $40 to see this movie because I would probably vomit from laughing.

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Originally posted by “darkspirited1” at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA

This comes from an article by lj user “rachelmanija” entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.

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The entertainment industry can be a vicious place. Authors, actors, directors, etc. are often told not to read reviews. Good reviews make your head big. Bad reviews can destroy your confidence. Yet in all of these fields, a certain amount of criticism is required to get your foot in the door. And everyone has an opinion…

As a receiver of many rejection letters, at the beginning I hated the form letter rejection. Now I realize how kind the letter is. Because there are some agents and authors who believe that pouring salt in a wound is the best way to go. And when that happens, it sucks. It sucks when instead of a thanks, but no thanks you get some sort of rude comment about your work being “garbage.” Or better yet, when they pick it apart line by line and insult your character, your plot, and even you for writing something like that.

Then you have people who offer “critiques.” Fellow authors trying to get out the gate that you think will be a sympathetic shoulder, someone who understands. These people usually go one of two ways: the oh-yeah-it’s-great people, and the people who are rude and insulting. It’s rare and difficult to find someone who gives good feedback. If you have one of those people, hold on to them like the gem they are. When I was in college doing creative writing, one of our classes was about how to give constructive criticism. You don’t attack individual elements or people, you talk about what is working and what isn’t and WHY. But you do it in a respectful way. Like saying “this bit of dialogue is dry maybe you could do this, this, this.” You CAN tell people when things aren’t working and be respectful. It’s hard, and a rare quality to find, but it can be done.

And that’s where this is going. I’ve dealt with a lot of disrespect the last few months, some even put on public forums for everyone to read. You read posts or hear authors talk about how writing is a business and you should be professional. When you’re rude, not only does it tear other people down, but it makes you look bad. Personally, I’m feeling really discouraged. When at my lowest, it makes me want to quit. But I won’t quit. I’ll just put this project aside and move on to something else for a while. A different genre maybe. Or a different venue. Not only are your comments hurtful to someone, but you’re also hurting yourself when you’re rude and catty. You burn bridges before you even get out of the gate. What happens if an author who gave you a horrible review or a rude critique ends up sitting on a panel with you at a conference later? What if, as an agent, you need one of those people you insulted later on to write a blurb about your book, or a client’s book? You get a reputation of being a diva and how do you expect to get signing opportunities at book stores or conferences? Let’s handle ourselves with more grace and tact instead of tearing each other down. Provide worthwhile feedback. Help each other out on this journey we’re all on. Because it’s not just unprofessional.

It’s inhumane.

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I found a new show to fall in love with and go crazy for! Make it or Break it! I know, teenage drama is so lame, but I love it! As a YA writer and middle school teacher I cannot resist. I love it!

It’s about 4 girls doing gymnastics (An obsession I’ve had since a little girl) and the drama that ensues. I LOVE IT! It’s so real. It’s like Degrassi with gymnastics! YAY!

But I have a complaint about this show. I am a bit irritated with Candace Cameron-Bure, DJ Tanner of late. The contrived ridiculousness of some of the weird additions of Christian commentary is awkward. However, the thing that I really dislike is Candace in general. Candace talks a lot about her faith on her website and twitter, however there are some real problems I have with this. Ok, she wants to be a missionary to Hollywood, but calling for people to write in to the show to complain about the language and themes is a bit over the top. In my opinion, it’s completely rude to say something like that. Actors pick and choose their work. Why doesn’t she pick a different show if she dislikes it that much? You want to preach to people, fine, but it just seems so wrong. Maybe I’m too much of a you appreciate what you get and don’t complain, or at least not to the internet and call for them to carry your torch. Also, as a married woman so devoted to her faith, she has some pretty physical scenes. Why is that ok? Why is she ok with making out with someone on tv but people need to write in to tell the show to write more about HER values? It seems hypocritical to me.

Thoughts?

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Omfg you guys. So I said I was on hiatus, and I am, but this story is too epic to miss. I walked around my school, I walked around boulder, I walked a little like less than a mile around rocky mountain national park. We go eat dinner in boulder. I’m sitting there thinking my leg is hot. I reach down and am like what’s that rubbery thing I feel under my Hand. I look down and it’s very pale. Huh. This cheeseburger at this pub Didnt have mayo. What sort of crap is that on my leg I got from the chair? Why does it feel like I’m touching my skin when I touch it? Omfg you guys! My fatty fat thighs rubbed a hole in my used often favorite pants!!!! I am so pissed!!!! Stevens like maybe you tore them. If I tore them why is it all threadbare and see through? Omfg you guys! I mean the beautiful linen pants that are faux work dress pants had fuzz balls from wear on the butt and thighs but this is ridiculous! My thighs rubbed a hole through my pants!!!! Aaaaaah!!!

I’m not eating until august.

Ps. This is a saftety hazard. I could catch my underwear on fire. Luckily with my overactive disgusting sweat a d salivary glands I could put it out easy.

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I said a few posts ago that The Lion King was my religion. I strongly believe in the message of that movie as a member of the planet, a greenie, a believer in science, devoted person to karma and treat all things with respect, and Disney lover.

“But Dad, don’t we eat the antelope?””
“Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. So we are all connected in the great circle of life.”
*Cue opening theme added to different place than opening or end reprise.

This is probably more Final Fantasy movie than Lion King, but I firmly believe that one should show respect to all things. Living or non, dependent on our limited perspective. Life is born and nourished from death. The world continues and our legacy could be something as small as a kind word one says to someone who is low and possibly considering suicide (a la the 5 people you meet in heaven), or something bigger. Some contribution you made to the greater good. I believe that I will live on through the nourishment of the earth, through being a spirit in the earth’s continuing cycle, and through the lives I have touched and the difference I have tried to make by leading by example. I make mistakes. I have turned people away and discouraged them, but I hope my positive influence will last, even if only among a few.

There you have my agnostic beliefs, not something I share with many in the bible belt, in pure Disney manipulated fashion.

Can you feel the love tonight?

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