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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Innocence of Muslims

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Innocence of Muslims' film-maker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who used various names, sparked violent protests around the World, was arrested Thursday. He was splashed on television through news reports. Only, he was covered in clothing from head to toe, except his eyes. Nakoula lied about how involved he was in making the anti-Islamic video. My question: Why hide behind clothes, and not tell the truth about his role in making the anti-Islamic film. Why not own his work? Creativity? Some people are speculating that Nakoula planned to stir-up violent protests. Nakoula conspired with others to kill as many Americans as possible. According to news accounts and actors in the film Innocence of Muslims, they couldn't see the entire script. Or, the actors participated in a different script. If the above is true, Nakoula had reason to hide. Nakoula was arrested on suspicion of violating the terms of his probation. Still, people shouldn't allow a video, poorly made, pushed on them by a dishonorable, wannabe, film-maker dictate their actions.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Honey Boo Boo

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Honey Boo Boo is a reality television series, in the USA, that was introduced on TLC in August 2012. It's a spin-off of Toddlers And Tiaras. Honey Boo Boo is about how Honey Boo Boo, Alana Thompson-7, and her family lives, plays, in rural McIntyre, Georgia. There are varying opinions about the Honey Boo Boo television series. Some of the comments are harsh, like the following. "Really?" She, the mother or "Mama," June Shannon-32, shouldn't let the kids eat so much junk food. The show is a "horror story posing as a reality television program," AV Club. "Honey Boo Boo plays well to the camera." Many people are throwing around the E word, exploitation. Reality television will have good and bad reviews. It's the job of a reality series to start people talking, discussing, or the series ends. Negative and positive comments are showered on a family, person, when displayed to the public. Still, the Honey Boo Boo series has good ratings. In other words, people are watching the reality series.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dreaded R Word: Rejection

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Rejection or the rejection slip comes, sooner or later, to writers. It goes without much writing to explain that the R word is dreaded. Who welcomes a rejection slip? A writer's rejection shouldn't be taken personally. It's a tap on the shoulder to try harder. Ask questions. Why was the piece rejected? Go through the manuscript to check for errors. Was the publication a good fit for it? Look at everything, even length requirements. Make sure it met the publication's length requirements. A writer's rejection is handled by writing. If it's impossible to work on the rejected piece, start a new project. Try a different writing project. Your piece was an article? Write poems. There's no need to take the disappointment of rejection out on innocent people at a store, movie theater or on the street. Feel bad about rejection, rejection slips, for five seconds, and then push-it-away by writing. You don't have control over rejection, rejection slips. Still, you have control over how the disappointment is handled. A writer's rejection is written away. Use the sting from rejection, rejection slips, to write better.

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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.

She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.

Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.

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Every week, The Authors Show, radio version features interviews with up and coming authors from around the world. This week The Authors Show radio features Marcella Glenn, author of  'Grave Street House'.

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