- Producer23/10/2017The Awakening: A Woman's Journey to FreedomYou may have heard of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary , Léon Toltstoi's Ana Karenina, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House or Leopoldo Ala's La Regenta, but have you ever heard of Kate Chopin's The Awakening? This succession of well...
- Producer18/10/2017In Praise Of The Written WordReal writers, the ones who are writing because they can’t imagine doing anything else, are plentiful in this world. And thank God for that.These are the people who draw us into worlds we can’t imagine, or take us deeper into the one we can simply...
- Producer16/09/2016Blather, Drivel, and Rot. Can you call yourself a writer if nobody reads what you write?I give credit to jesse kaellis as a muse for this post. jesse (he doesn’t capitalize his name, so I won’t) is a frequent contributor to beBee and his raw, edgy stories draw you in. His comment on my post “How not to fail at writing on beBee”...
Comments18/10/2017 #171 Zacharias 🐝 VoulgarisInteresting point. It seems that many people nowadays want to be authors, more than writers, without having much to say. It's the same shallow motivation that makes someone want to be part of a band, even if he/she doesn't have much to contribute in terms of music or lyrics. Being a writer, a true writer, is all about being vulnerable enough to express yourself and courageous enough to do so, even if the prospect of reward is slim. And once you accomplish that and learn from the whole experience, then you have a shot at becoming a professional in the craft, a true author. However, the key thing that distinguishes a (good) writer from a wannabe writer is their relationship with their audience. The former knows his audience fairly well and has them in mind when writing, while the latter, well he just wants to fill pages with words for some reason. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, as it can be very therapeutic. It's called keeping a journal though, not being a writer!11/04/2017 #166 Phil FriedmanNot everyone who pens a few lines of doggerel here and there is a poet. Indeed, very few are. Some may consistently publish BD&R without ever being in danger of being a "writer". And some who write a lot and well may still not be writers, per se.
As I see it, a "writer" is a nexus of expression in search of a topic about which to write (e.g. @Jim Murray), while others whose writing is worthwhile are not writers because they are each a nexus of ideas in search of expression. The difference is admittedly subtle, but when you grasp it, the nature of being a "writer" becomes clear. Cheers!17/01/2017 #162 Gerald Hecht#148 @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess It is most certainly sexy; because if one didn't know that sexy was an adjective, the consequences would be horrific!
I shudder to think of all of the syntactically deviant sex that would inevitably spread faster than epidemiologists' ability to comprehend!17/01/2017 #161 Kevin Pashuk#154 Thanks Rowen for a thoughtful comment. You've captured the essence of what I was trying to say with your statement " There are many who like to play at being a writer,"... My point is that people should first understand 'why' they write.
As far as an audience goes... a journal or a love letter has an audience of one... but it is writing for a purpose. Comments that are constructive, or try to respectfully put forth an alternative view can also be viewed as writing with a purpose.17/01/2017 #160 Kevin Pashuk#145 I've not read anything from you Susan that I would consider blather, drivel, or rot.
Sorry to make you whimper... but it does make the point most effectively that just because somebody created something, it doesn't make it good.
You have summed up the whole post in 3 words; "I write to..." You have taken the time to understand 'why' you write.
Thanks for chiming in.17/01/2017 #159 Kevin Pashuk#144 Thanks Renée. Good questions. Are Harlequin book writers 'writers'? I'll leave that for other commenters. My key point aligns with a recent post I wrote on posers and pretenders... Pumping out words does not make one a 'writer'... Using words in written form to express an idea, a lesson, or a story does let you IMO, call yourself a writer.17/01/2017 #157 Kevin Pashuk#142 Thanks Laura. The size of the audience does not matter, after all, a letter may have an audience of one, or a journal which is purely for personal reflection. The important thing is that people do not write for the sole purpose of calling themselves a 'writer'... that is not the goal. You write for a purpose.
And you are right... you will never unsee that sweater.17/01/2017 #154 Rowan LeighThis is a difficult one for me because I think it all depends on what the person is trying to achieve. There are many who like to play at being a writer, yet they will never attempt to write a novel or even something of essay length. I've seen some people put an enormous amount of effort into writing comments, yet they'll rarely produce anything from an original idea of their own - those same comments will often add considerable value and depth to the original post. I've seen manuscripts (and books) which are so poor that I envy the writer's lack of awareness at the embarrassment I feel they should suffer....
I'm not so sure that having an audience is a good indicator - I've seen posts which I would consider to be absolute trash and they do very well. Many others jump on the latest political/social/media bandwagon and take attention away from more worthy writers (the critical thinkers)...so, like I said, it's a difficult one for me.
- Producer16/10/2017Survivors VS VictimsI’ve been sick for weeks; groveling in tributes to my body in the form of chicken soup and OJ. Lowering myself to this status began when I attended a speaking engagement on sexual assault and rape at a local college. I coughed mightily throughout...
Comments23/10/2017 #33 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBeeI worked in an engineering dept for a few years. My life was data. Can't wait to see yours. As for believing me or not, I fear doubt can be sowed by such an assertion so here: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/7b65dac3-7014-4afb-85ed-38b22be59d91 View moreI worked in an engineering dept for a few years. My life was data. Can't wait to see yours. As for believing me or not, I fear doubt can be sowed by such an assertion so here: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/7b65dac3-7014-4afb-85ed-38b22be59d91 . I spent my life advocating for victims because of this. I saw how the system is stacked firsthand here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@joyce-bowen/deception., Now--these were children, but the system does not really discriminate. If it doesn't like you? I've dealt with adult victims. It is disheartening. One of my favorite courses was on boundaries. Rape and sexual assault are about violating boundaries. If people have to take a firm stance in order to level the playing field, so be it. I hope the movement experiences success. But here we go with that deck again--it is stacked against them--just because there is a law on the books and charges are filed, does not mean the District Attorney will prosecute. DAs have rather broad latitude in what cases they choose to prosecute. It happened in my first case.
I guess what I'm saying is that data can be skewed to represent whatever it wants. You have to get down in the trenches and view it firsthand. You're a smart lady. You could do tremendous good. Get the whole picture and write about that.
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/22/us/a-third-of-college-women-experience-unwanted-sexual-contact-study-finds.html Close23/10/2017 #32 Nicole Chardenet#29 I've said NOTHING to indicate sexual assault is acceptable, Joyce. The only thing you've said that I question is the 25% statistic regarding college campus assaults, which has been criticized for being allegedly unreliable and for broadening the definition of sexual assault. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/15/critics-advocates-doubt-oft-cited-campus-sexual-assault-statistic
I don't question *your* story at all.18/10/2017 #29 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#28 The first time I was assaulted was when I was a 16yo child with no knowledge of male anatomy other than what I had seen at the Smithsonian in DC. You almost sound like sexual assault is acceptable. It is not. Not for men nor for women. It is also not okay for anyone to shield a predator. This happens all too often. The one case I approached for prosecution involved a child predator. His colleagues and others completely shielded him. That post I list in this article holds all the proof necessary. There were too many damned victims in that one. I learned the land of proof the hard way, so I started collecting everything I could. If that man invaded the nightmares of people, we surely invaded his.18/10/2017 #28 Nicole Chardenet#26 Interestingly as someone who's never been raped, I *do* find it hard to believe...but feelings don't matter. I did some research on that statistic too which shows you just how unscientific the stats are. As for being 'sexually assaulted', well, that's happened to *all* of us at one time or another, and probably to a sizeable chunk of men too.
You were right in your post about how women need to go for the prosecution and the police *immediately*. Rape is always going to be a difficult crime to prove if it's just two people alone together...if there's *any* proof that it actually occurred, the time to bring it to the attention to the police is *right now*, and to do otherwise is to seriously risk having no case at all. It's an ugly fact but there it is. Too many "feminists" think that due process doesn't apply to accused rapists, whereas it's still *innocent until proven guilty*. Glad to see you haven't taken that stance.18/10/2017 #26 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#25 Actually--I did some research on that statistic, and having been sexually assaulted twice and raped twice over the course of my life, I did not find it hard to believe. I have one printed-out website in my car and will list it here when I bring it up. Any unwelcome sexual attention--well--is just that. I always wanted to be recognized for my brains rather than my frontal appendages. I worked in male fields all my life. It wasn't easy.18/10/2017 #25 Nicole ChardenetJoyce, I think it's brave of you to have gone for prosecution in your case rather than settling for expulsion. However, re the young women who've been trained to believe the ENTIRE system is stacked against them, it's been the tenor of the "Women's Studies" classes they've been taking since the late 80s, early 90s. Victim feminism has taught women to be weak and disempowered and to regard all men as the enemy, rather than fighting back. Yes, the system is stacked against women in many ways, but it's not hopeless. Women DO win in court, and I suspect it happens more often than we know because victim feminists would rather lament the 'one that got away' rather than the victories.
I will say one thing though: You need to be careful about the statistics you disseminate. Wildly exaggerated and non-supported rape and sexual abuse statistics are part of the reason why women still find it so hard to be believed. I'm working on a blog post about this, not sure when it's going up...but i will warn you you might not like some parts of it. My brand of feminism is a bit muscular for some. At any rate, that 25% figure regarding sexual assault on campuses is considered largely questionable depending on how it's presented and how rape/sexual assault is defined...which is very broadly these days. That's the only part of your post I take issue with. Exaggerated sexual assault stats will be addressed in my post which I wrote before I read this one.17/10/2017 #22 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#14 Professionals need to be taken to task in their views on sexual assault. When I first started organizing our case, I simply thought I was doing the right thing and I was. To have been batter, abused, and made to feel criminal in promoting justice was incomprehensible and horrifying to me. Getting something online is my way of documenting what happened.17/10/2017 #21 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#13 Brian--I got out against these problems to voice my belief that change is needed. You just seem to want to voice anger. There were many boys involved in our case. But I pick and choose my battles--using what happened to me and others--to show change is needed. It is impossible to do so by creating a wide swath against a corrupt system. Calm down and use your voice for change. not for drama.17/10/2017 #18 Joanne GardockiThank you, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, for your courage and working for change. The ugly truth must be seen to be understood, changed, healed. There is great power in moving from victim to survivor. May our powerful survivor-self move to a place of winner or hero-self in the process. Be well my friend. ::hugs::17/10/2017 #16 Nicole Chardenet#13 I believe you, Brian. I have an ex-boyfriend who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his mother.
- Producer13/10/2017The Gift of ReadingFinding the time to read can often be a strenuous task. In the midst of the chaos that is life, one can easily forget to take a time out. To find a moment to breathe. To think. When you do, however, the sense of liberation that comes with reading...
Comments15/10/2017 #17 María Álvarez Fernández#13 I believe such dialogue exists and its ongoing with characters and author. There are many instances in which this connection will be more noticeabe or obvious depending on style. But even when, lets say, an indirect style or a self effacing style is being used in which the author is making an active effort to not be noticed in the text, there is always a connection. I was actually going more for the connection you experience when reading certain lines in a book which reflect your sate of mind very Well (regardless of whether this is done purposedly) 😊15/10/2017 #14 Pedro J. EstébanezTo add a nuance, certain best-sellers of today are no more than a very commercial movie, only in words and their reach for creating experiences is therefore as limited as that of those. (Not necessarily bad; sometimes you may want exactly that.)
However, even those are magic in the sense that something as boring as words over paper sheets tied together become a full five-sense Universe the moment you start reading.15/10/2017 #13 Pedro J. Estébanez#9 I read somewhere about some kind of dialogue you establish with the writer when you are reading.
And I can notice it; I can almost perceive him talking to me "from the other side".
And I would extend that to any form of art, whether plastic or audiovisual.
You can definitely feel the author's presence, sending a message to you.14/10/2017 #12 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar#11. Paso a modo español.
I actually like it better when its raining, si está genial, cuando llueve, (creo que no habia hecho alusión a eso, y miro mi comentario)
Is it really sunny when you read?
¿Realmente es soleado cuando lees?. ¿Pero qué...? Yo no habia puesto eso, me la ha jugado el traductor.
La frase que yo queria decir es ¿estás realmemte sol@ cuando lees?. Are you really alone
when you read? (hay diferencia entre sunny y alone, la proxima vez estaré más atenta 😅).
Afortunadamente ese concepto lo has captado y conectamos.
Buén finde linda.14/10/2017 #9 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar"The feeling of intimacy -the connection you experience when you read- is often enough to make you feel cherished and content. There is a sense of community in reading".
Is it really sunny when you read? has anyone thought that you are socializing with the author or the author of the book, in addition to the character or characters? I love to read, you get answers and new questions glow in your mind. Stephen King my favorite writer. Thank you @María Álvarez Fernández, for such a pleasant reading.
- Producer03/04/2017Melodies Of Blood -Maialen A-Do you like illustrated novels?Well, this is going to charm you, of course! I wrote it# MelodíesofbloodMyBook.to/melodiesofblood1 Book I/IIIllustrated NovelA love is born when a rebellion rises and war is near. After, participating in a...
- Producer31/03/2017Being a Prestigious Post BloggerFor now, yes, there’s still a good amount of prestige in seeing your work published on a big site like the Huffington Post, Inc, Entrepreneur, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Virgin, Forbes, etc Professionals will still think it’s impressive if you use...
Comments21/04/2017 #29 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee@Javier 🐝 beBeeMy biggest reward for being a beBee blogger is the great exchange of comments. It is the interest that bees show to the blogger resulting in the birth of more buzz ideas. I would say 50% of my more than 160 buzzes on resulted from the inspirations of engaging comments. Nowhere else I experienced the same. My last buzz on authenticity has so far 400 views, but more than twenty comments. This is the level of engagement that make an author grow.
BTW- to what degree is beBee authentic? I hope not 100% and I stand against full authenticity.
- Producer29/03/2017Camp NaNo WriMo - New Novel by LC Cooper - Just Hold MeI sat down with Author, LC Cooper this afternoon for a quick interview on her latest book. I'm excited to bring it to you here on BeBee!CJ: LC, how has this new book come about? LC: Just Hold Me is my latest novel. It came about due to current...
- Producer25/01/2017Editing, editing, editingI have spent the last few days figuring out the beginning to a book about my life. I'm starting with a letter to the reader that I have been editing all morning and looks a little like my last buzz however very different. I've heard every word...
- 14/11/2016Can a relationship worsen between a father and a son?Adding a - of Creativity to Life: Blurred Linespradipnalodh.blogspot.in
- Producer11/10/2016“Terrific read with a John Irving style list of crazy characters."Chris Angus, author of “Flypaper” and “Misery Bay.” “This is both sardonic and slapstick humor for adults…Can’t wait for the sequel. This woman is a nut!”Peter Riva, author of “The Path,” “Murder on Safari” and “Reaching Angelica”“Funny and fun. An...
- Producer05/07/2016Wounds Must Make Us Stronger.." Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.." Tacitus c. A.D. 55-120 After- Thought The thinker in me looked at it and relived many a moment from the past.. This hasn't really...
Comments05/07/2016 #8 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeBeautiful buzz @Ramesh Sood and how negative feelings overpower positive ones. Studies have shown that people avoid risk before they seek profit. I enjoyed reading it. I am in fact considering responding in a buzz next week (as I shall not be available as of tomorrow morning for five days).05/07/2016 #6 Ramesh Sood#1 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, You said, "In some cases there are wounds inflicted that can hurt someone emotionally for a lifetime. ".. ..I agree and trust me this is one of my forte as I help people dilute the effect of such painful experiences.. I am pleased to have your inputs..05/07/2016 #1 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI agree to a certain extent @Ramesh Sood that some wounds become teachers and help us to forge forward. Wounds can also teach us how NOT to treat or hurt another which can take strength in some cases. If we choose not to hurt others even if they've hurt us, we've risen above the fray and sleep better at night. We become a light that shines brighter for others to follow. In some cases there are wounds inflicted that can hurt someone emotionally for a lifetime. Thanks for this!
- Producer21/06/201621 Ways to Promote Your Book under $1Authors as any artist usually live on a limited budget. Here are 25 proven ideas to market your book on a daily basis for less than one dollar. Included in this list is a regular schedule to help authors and potential authors in sharing their...
Comments22/06/2016 #5 Paul WaltersNice piece and now I will stop standing on street corners dressed in a giraffe suit waving copies of my book. Apart from the stifling heat inside the suit ( I live in the tropics ) I might just avoid getting arrested by the morality police for solicitation !!!! Thanks @Rodney Fife
- 25/05/2016I'm participating in Story A Day in May. Here are 5 hints for writing stories, this month or any time.The Write Type - Multi-Author Musings: Prompts + Wackadoo = 5 Hints for @StoryADayMaywritetype.blogspot.com
- Producer23/05/2016Sleeping SpacesIn the Night, there is you… In the night, there are, of course, the seven wonders of the world and the greatness and tragedy and grace. Forests stumble confusedly with creatures of legend hidden in the bushes. In the night, there is you. In the...
- Producer23/05/2016Breaking The Rules - Part 2In my previous post on breaking the rules, called Breaking the Rules - Part 1https://www.bebee.com/producer/@rod-loader/breaking-the-rules-part-1I discussed my thoughts about rule breaking. Now I want to share my thoughts about the people we have to...
Comments23/05/2016 #4 Jeffrey BoxerThis is a great piece to chew on, thank you for sharing! I think one of the most difficult things can often be figuring out which rules are "the ten commandments" and which rules are the ones made to be broken.
Also, you should link to Part 1 somewhere in the article! For those of us that are too lazy to scroll :)23/05/2016 #1 Ken BoddieGood observations, @Rod Loader. I would take this a bit further and suggest the following:
'Fakers' + 'Takers' = 'Ball-Breakers' 🙈
These are the myopic majority who love to quote "If it isn't broken don't fix it" and will resist change because it takes them outside their comfort zone and because they just hate change. The dinosaurs belonged to this group. They should largely be ignored. 🤐
What we need is to combine the other two groups, not just to continue to exist, but to grow and blossom. We need the building skills of the 'Makers' 🔧 and the analytical skills of the 'Breakers' 💻 . Hence:
'Makers' + 'Breakers' = 'Innovators' 💰
- 12/04/2016What Do Writers Do All Day? - MARIAN ALLEN, AUTHOR LADYmarianallen.com If you’re not a writer, you might wonder what we do all day. If you are a writer, you might wonder, “Am I the only one who does this stuff all day?” So here’s what I did yesterday: Washed the … Continue reading...