Hearts were melting all over the internet this past weekend as a teenaged boy, a #HumansOfNewYork subject, worried about his place in the world.
The world soon erupted with kind words of support, encouragement and love for this total stranger in need of a little hope. He voiced concern for his future and made no requests—at least not directly, but his need for care and understanding were clear enough to stir thousands to reach out to him. One of the most important people to do so, Hilary Clinton. Her message was moving and inspiring. She offered him much-needed hope for a wonderful future.
So many countless people have responded, myself included. I hope this young man sees the positive responses he has prompted from so many people all over the world. My sincerest wish is that he finds his way, brightly lighted, flanked by friends and protected by love.
In case there are any problems with the Facebook link, here is the comment I posted:
Hey, little buddy. It seems you needed a shoulder and a friendly
ear. From what I see here you got tens of thousands of them. I’m happy for that
because it tells you there are people in the world who care for you. There have
been a lot of people over many years who have been concerned, not only for
themselves, but for others like them, growing up and learning about all the
things we learn about as we grow up. And these people struggled and worked hard
so that young people after them would find it easier to live in a difficult
As so many others have been telling you, your future is brighter. And it’s
brighter partly because it is what you make of it. Be strong and you will win the
world’s heart; be caring and you will win friends; be loving and you will win
I don’t think we have to remind you to be brave. You’re already doing that. And
as a result you are winning the confidence of many and you are setting an example
for others like you.
I wish the best for you; you’ve shown you already deserve it.
In the week since the SCOTUS ruled that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in the United States, the social media universe has been alive with song, dance, jubilation and happiness. However, this time of joy and celebration seems to have brought out some more anger and hatred—and, it seems, not just among those opposed to the LGBT community.
It has certainly been an exciting Pride month. The events closing the month around the world had a little extra to celebrate as Friday’s Supreme Court decision added the United States to the growing list of countries in which marriage is open to opposite- and same-sex couples. It’s the latest victory in a long line of victories emanating from the Stonewall Inn raid in New York City 46 years ago. Indeed, the battle for equality has been around for considerably longer, but we mark the awakening of a sense of being and community within those who identify as LGBTQ.
I like to curl up on a rainy day with a good book or short story. It’s nice to escape to other worlds or see this one through the eyes of interesting characters who find themselves in frightening or intriguing situations. Visiting other parts of the real world can be a great pastime as well. I’ve never been to England, but I kind of know the language—and the slang, vernacular, colloquialisms and the like. Some of them can be very entertaining—in a story set in England or if used by characters from locations where the variations are known to be common. For example mate as buddy or friend is common to England, Scotland and even Australia. So used in context with these places and/or people, “He was my best mate at school” makes sense and it adds to the realism of the story.
A lot of clichés apply to the state of my blog. I certainly bit off more than I could chew when I undertook to do this, and now things are a shambles. I suppose I could make some very valid excuses—the demands of being a self-published author, the business of promoting Pride’s Children, the research for Time Trapped— any of which have likely contributed to my lack of contribution here. There are myriad reasons, most of which could have been overcome by one little thing.
I have only a few more chapters to write and Pride’s Children will be done, ready for the editor’s chops; I mean ‘chops’ in the professional sense – talent or abilities – of course.
Some good news: I have been investigating the possibility of Print on Demand (POD) as a way to include a physical book in the mix, not just eBook versions. I think this would be a great option since not everyone is into eReading yet and even those who are sometimes like to enjoy the smell, look and feel of paper. I have been researching the POD business and it seems that most of those authors who use it are quite happy with the service and quality.
There is a little extra work for me: internal layout of the book and the cover are different from ePublishing, and must be up to the specifications and standards of the POD service. There are also decisions about the physical size of the book and colour of the internal paper. On the cover, matte or glossy finish?
Once the book is finished, I may get it up to the service and order a proof copy to see what it will be like. Something to look forward to writing about.
Pride’s Children is almost done and ready to move along to an editor. As I finish the story, I am also searching for a skilled editor to help me polish the manuscript so that I can offer readers a great reading experience. Yes, I have prospective editors in mind. Affording an editor, well, that’s a tough nut to crack, but I’ve got some ideas to make it happen.
The initial offering of Pride’s Children will be in eBook format only: both Kindle and Kobo formats. If you don’t have an actual eReader, no problem; both Kindle and Kobo offer software for all platforms – Windows, Mac, iPad, Android, even Blackberry – and it’s free! I actually started eReading using the Kobo software on my Windows laptop. It was a great way to start. I later got a Kobo mini and now use a Kobo Arc 7, which is a full Android tablet with Kobo as its prime interface.
eReading is actually a great way to read. You can carry an entire library around with you in your pocket or backpack. I’m hoping to release Pride’s Children before the end of the year so you can include it in your library.
I really want to apologize for the lack of attention to the blog. It is not as easy as I had anticipated to keep up this little experiment and do the work at the same time. Not to mention doing the “business” of writing as well: licensing cover art, legal stuff, hunting for an editor, trying to find money to see me through this. It’s a pretty long row to hoe. I’m sorry I have not been more attentive to this plan, but the social experiment may move into a new direction shortly.
I’ve almost completed eight chapters, written nearly 36,000 words and I can’t believe that the writing has taken on it’s own life. Things I hadn’t even thought of while outlining are pouring out. It remains to be seen if it is all good for the story.