I'll warn you ahead of time, this post is going to be a bit rambling so please forgive me. My books tend to be more to the point, but sometimes I write on here as I try to work through things in my mind.
One of the things that the writers classes and magazines warn writers about is using their blog and directing articles to other writers rather than to their readers and I can certainly see how it is easy to fall into that trap so I try to discuss my books, my motivations, and provide a little information about myself in the hopes that it makes you want to read more of my stuff and, hopefully, lets you understand why some of the things I write are what they are.
I watch (or listen as background noise) a lot of movies and television. I'm selective, because I think most of what is on television and even at the cinema is crap, but I still give a lot of different things a try.
Recently, we were flipping through Netflix and came across a series called Glee. Of course, I had heard of it but had never really been interested in watching but I have to admit as Karren went through one episode after another, it is actually pretty good. The music choices are excellent, although they sometimes turn them into Muzak versions. Occasionally they hit a home run, like when Artie, the wheelchair bound young man, did a version of Billy Idol's Dancing With Myself that was completely different but just as good as the original.
Anyway, I love the fact that the show is doing what it can to address important bullying and bigotry issues. I even teared up during one episode involving Jane Lynch and a Down's Syndrome girl. If you've seen it, you know the one and if you haven't seen it I don't want to give anything away. That story line really was great and hit home because of the characters in No' Chance. In another post on another date I'll tell you a little about why Down's Syndrome is such a compelling issue with me.
I know, I deviated off course again but there is a point here in addition to the fact that I enjoy the show Glee, which most people who know me would not believe if I hadn't told them.
Bullying is a big problem now and always has been but it seems as though today's children and teenagers aren't as able to handle it as maybe my generation was. Most people have been bullied at one time or another in their life. There were a few occasions when it happened to me and I take some pleasure in knowing how those bullies turned out in life and a great deal of pleasure in knowing that karma really can be counted on.
Of course, like many people I have done things in my life I regret, but one of those is the only time I can remember bullying someone. Looking back I can't even remember why I did it but I do remember his name, Ellis Presley and that it happened at Southmore Junior High School in Pasadena, Texas. As you can imagine, Ellis's name meant he caught hell from everyone at school and in addition he wore high water pants and just didn't fit in. My episodes with him were only once or twice, I can't remember if the episodes came together or on different days but I immediately regretted then and I still feel guilty over them.
What we do and observe as children and young adults dramatically affect how we turn out and what we do as adults and, in the case of a writer, they creep into the tales we tell. Even these episodes with Ellis play a part and appear in a small way in No' Chance and The Bottle Tree. I hope that someday I can find Ellis and apologize for what happened even though he may not remember it. If any of you think you know him please let me know.
Hopefully, recognizing issues and addressing them in a popular medium like Glee may result in society changing for the better. As we get older we realize that different is not only not bad, it is what makes life interesting.