Body Shaming=Bullying=Not on my Watch. #BodyShaming
Body Shaming=Bullying=Not on my Watch. #BodyShaming
This week’s Fun Guy Friday is being taken over by robots.
Next up, anyone who’s ever researched robots and design knows how hard it is to get the buggers standing and functioning like a human. Here are some Robot Fails curtesy of DARPA’s Robotics Challenge last year.
Finally, because I can’t get enough of this dude, Boston Dynamic’s Spot. (Stop kicking that dog!) Turns out Google had to get in on the fun too. I can think of tons of applications for this thing including taking some of the heat off our people in the service. Here’s Googles take on it.
What do you think Spot will be used for?
Hope everyone has a fantastic Friday!
Want to break free of your comfort zone? The KickAss Chicks are hosting an online seminar directed toward writers at every stage of their careers. The four-hour seminar on March 2, 2016 will be led by Penny Barber, and Editor with Lyrical Press. She’ll walk us through how to write an opening scene guaranteed to make readers pick up their books. You can find more information here.
We do hope you will join us.
Imagine you’re at a party full of people you’ve never met. Mr. Bookman is working the crowd, going from person to person and introducing himself. He approaches you and strikes up a conversation. The first few words out of his mouth determine if you politely excuse yourself, run for the nearest exit, or are intrigued enough to engage with a possible new friend.
***Remember you’ve never met Mr. Bookman before.***
Let’s say he stalks over and starts railing about his ex, whom you also don’t know. Is that within your comfort zone?
He reveals a lot about himself if he’s nitpicking, name-calling and making fun of the size, features, clothing, and life choices of everyone in attendance who you haven’t had time or opportunity to judge for yourself. Is this a person you want to spend a few hours with?
Mr. Bookman saunters up and shares every detail of how he woke up, showered, and ate breakfast this morning. Do you care what kind of shampoo he uses or how many swipes it took to clean his man bits?
If he stands next to you and thinks aloud, how many minutes will pass before you bolt?
What if he and Ms. Magazine corner you, and without even introducing her or himself to you, they carry on a conversation about people and places you’re unfamiliar with, and a situation you don’t have any context to understand?
Imagine Mr. Bookman looks good, introduces himself, and engages you with an interesting problem. But the longer he talks, the more his rough edges show through. He uses so many words to say anything, that by the end of each sentence, you’ve forgotten the point. Maybe he uses the wrong word often or mispronounces so many words you’re silently correcting him instead of following along. He pauses in awkward spots or has booboos you can’t stop staring at and wondering about more than what he’s saying. How long will you stay engaged if he keeps tossing out words and terms you don’t know?
Friends, relatives, critique groups, and beta readers are wonderful. Some of them can actually be trusted to say, hey, this makes no sense, your heroine is judgmental and hateful, I fell asleep in the middle of the third para, or all those em dashes are distracting me from the story. Many of them, though, are loathe to hurt your feelings or make you mad, don’t speak up when the material just isn’t their cup of tea, or maybe fear retribution when you read their stuff. Or, they simply can’t pinpoint why they aren’t enjoying the read.
Someone who reads for a living can spot flaky pick-up lines by the end of page one, and often in the first para. They may not tell you why they weren’t engaged, but they’ll know. In this workshop, I’m offering to evaluate your first 150 words. I’ll share what first impression your book’s pick up lines made on me and specific reasons if I met it at a bookstore I would pick it up or keep looking.
Without insight into why readers may or may not be picking up your book, you can’t do anything about it. If you know, maybe you can.
But remember I am one imperfect reader, with one opinion. I’m not always right, nor do I always have the perfect solution, but I may be able to point you in a direction that works for your story. And I’m not afraid you might trash my next chapter in the critique queue. *wink*
If you can’t make it the day of the workshop, feel free to post 150 words of your opening up to a week early.
Time for another installment of Take A Moment Monday, where the Chicks explore what is motivating us, making us think, or making us well, take a moment to be thankful for what we have. Today, I want to talk about confidence.
You wouldn’t necessarily notice it, but I struggle with self confidence on a regular basis. I’m a good cook, a passable writer, a decent friend. All things I’ve strived for.
I doubt these abilities because I’m competitive. I want to be a great cook. I want to be a best seller, I want to be the friend people turn to for help, advice, or even just a smile.
So daily, I have to remind myself that on my path through life I am my only roadblock. The only thing standing in my way is my belief in myself. So I look for confidence in the tiniest of things. Flowers, laughter, or a phrase I’ve written that makes me smile and finally believe maybe my writing is more than just a hobby. It’s what I’m meant to do.
I’m a work in progress for sure. And in the end, I will take what I learned, pull on the hard-won mantle of confidence and sally forth into the world, bold, determined and live these words of advice.
We all love a guy who can laugh at himself while making others around him laugh.That’s why we’ve been trying to bring you fun features from the internet where guys just want to have fun.
Today, in case you haven’t met him, I’d like to introduce you to BatDad! This first clip is a Jen (that’s his wife) compilation and it’s a good sample of his crazy wit, and his wife’s support of it. Behind every great bat there’s an even greater, and long-suffering, woman.
And let’s talk about his kids! They are such good sports and get into the fun with him.
I love a family that has fun together.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Since the clock ticked over to 12:01 AM on Jan
uary 1, I’ve been mulling over the past year. What I’ve accomplished (personally and professionally), what I’ve failed at. What I did a great job of, and most importantly, what I could do better in the new year.
2016 will be a great year. I won’t have it any other way. Sure, it will be a long road, and probably mostly uphill. I’m just going to consider this steep climb as exercise (A goal for 2016, but we’ll get to that in a bit).
I’m going to work on balancing life with work in 2016. I work from my home, so it’s tough some days to separate the two. And as a writer, many times my real life family takes a back seat to my fictional character family. To find this balance, I’m going to TRY to stop working by 4:30 in the afternoon. No WIP, no social media, no promotional work. I will schedule my days as if I left my house each morning, and then returned eight hours later. Office hours will be a priority for me.
I’m going to commit time to exercising every day. Even though I know I look like the picture on the right. I’m not going to let that bother me.
And I will add more balance by making time for friends. It’s true, time spent with girlfriends, and friends who are couples is great therapy. So when the world drags me off-center, expect to be invited to a big party. Friends, fun, food and music will be a great cure.
My word for the year will be balance. What’s yours?