On March 2, 2010, an indie film called Gentlemen Broncos was released on DVD.
The weekend before this release, I obtained a copy and watched it. Not through illegal means – I was actually working at a video store at the time, and we were supposed to watch the movies previous to release to enable us to make recommendations. Yet the majority of the income from rental of this DVD, once it was available to rent, likely came from me. I was obsessed.
For those who don’t know what this movie is about, it follows a boy in a small town in Utah who likes to write stories. He lives with his mom, and they don’t have a lot of money, but they love each other and have each other’s best interests at heart. His mother agrees that they should spend some of their meager income to enable him to attend a writing conference, at which one of his favorite authors teaches some of the classes. He submits his recently finished novella to a writing competition that is part of the conference, and the favorite author ends up plagiarizing his work.
I turned this movie on recently upon seeing it available on HBO (I reluctantly agreed to a cable package to save costs on internet, because I live in the Bay Area, where you would think everyone would collectively agree regular internet access should go for about $20 per month, but instead, we pay too much for internet that’s shittier than the lower-cost internet I was able to receive in hick towns in the midwest). I was feeling nostalgic, and remembered that I had really liked it a lifetime ago (because holy shit, how was 2010 seven years ago, already).
Now, I might like it even more.
One thing I have been dealing with lately is the realization that life is probably never going to feel easy. I was never good-looking enough, and am now too old, to be a trophy wife, which means I’m probably always going to struggle with money. And even trophy wives have to deal with bad sex and pay therapists to help them deal with feeling like a necrophiliac. Life is hard, and other people take advantage of you, and sometimes it feels like you’re never going to get ahead. This struggle is something that this movie acknowledges – freely, and in a way that helps you laugh. And then, it also reminds you that sometimes, life’s not so bad.
The movie also includes Jemaine,
the kid from Sky High & the hilarious Jennifer Coolidge,
and a plethora of other talented actors. If you haven’t seen it, I highly, highly, highly recommend it.
Plagiarism comic: Nina Paley [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
For those who are participating in NaNoWriMo, or writing, etc., you might be feeling like this:
But you should listen to Ray Bradbury:
Be like Dory…
Remember you are not alone:
& keep in mind that
So keep writing!
You may be making your word count, you may be a little (or a lot) under your word count, but you have made a commitment to your writing this month, and that is awesome.
Yet with the flush of the first week behind you, when you are in love with your idea, your characters, your writing, your novel is likely becoming more difficult. Take comfort, writers! You are not alone – & I have put together a compilation of quotes to prove it.
You are not alone, & you can do this. Keep writing!
Typewriter image: CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=565783
Star image: By Egres73 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Since 50 Shades, the fact that erotica is a thing that people legitimately like, whether they are ashamed of it or not, has become public knowledge. As a result, erotica is a rather trendy thing to have read, to have in your library, etc.
Love erotica, but want to read something seasonally appropriate? Never read erotica, but want to give it a try? Want to get in on the latest reading trend? A short story anthology with erotic elements is a great way to fulfill all of these reasons.
My short story collection, entitled Paranormal Dating, includes the paranormal, and most of them have an element of horror to them, as well.
October is, for many of us, a month of horror. Time to plan scary costumes,
watch an abundance of scary movies,
and tell and read horror stories.
As such, my short story anthology is a great way to get into the spirit of the month. Scare yourself – snag a copy of Paranormal Dating today!
No literary purchase has a guarantee – there are people who don’t like Pride and Prejudice, who don’t like The Great Gatsby, who think Jane Eyre should just damn her soul and become Rochester’s mistress because they feel sorry for the bigamist asshole. However, I am proud of the short stories included in Paranormal Dating, and I think that if you procure a copy, you will like to read them.
Something that I like to read and write are honest characters. By this, I do not mean characters who always speak the truth…
… I mean characters who are realistic, who have faults, and speak authentically (but still interestingly). While all of the stories in my recently released anthology revolve around instances of the paranormal, the human characters within those stories are real.
So, if you are a character reader, like me, then you should try reading Paranormal Dating.