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Other Side of the Pen: May 30th, 2016

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As a writer, as a freelance editor, as a reviewer… Well, sometimes Mia gets mouthy, and the fourth week of the month is when she’s gonna let you know just what she thinks!

Special Snowflake Syndrome

“A malady affecting a significant portion of the world’s population wherein the afflicted will demand special treatment, conduct themselves with a ludicrous, unfounded sense of entitlement, and generally make the lives of everyone around them that much more miserable.

The danger of this disease is that the sufferers rarely, if ever, know that they have contracted it, and continue about their merry way under the assumption that EVERYONE ELSE is the problem.

This condition, if left untreated, can radically alter the carrier’s demeanor, to include any of the following: a complete devolution to child-like behavior, temper tantrums, and/or fits of narcissistic rage.

When confronted with an individual suspected of harboring Special Snowflake Syndrome, one’s best course of action is to run away. Further attempts at educating the carrier on the reality of their condition (e.g., quoting Tyler Durden: “You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.”) will likely prove futile, and potentially hazardous to the informer.”

Source: Urban Dictionary

Dear Writers,

I think you’re wonderful, I really do. I’m one of you, but I also am in professions to help you make your books stronger…but please, please, please stop thinking that you’re sitting on the godsend to literature. Stop thinking you’re the only author out there. Please stop thinking that it’s okay to treat your editor like an idiot and a slave. Please stop thinking that your book is a miracle and couldn’t POSSIBLY need any work.

Because you know what? ALL books need some work. It’s just the nature of things. I’m not saying all authors act like this, but many do. And you can make people like me–editors, formatters, cover artists–not want to do the work anymore. That’s not cool, so please, just treat us with respect, with people who have lives outside of your book.

Please. Don’t be a Special Snowflake.

Sincerely,
Mia

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Nutmegs & the Charter Oak: May 23rd, 2016

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Mia is from CT, and Adelheid is in CT…so, let’s talk about Connecticut!

Notable Nutmegger: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Here is a famous author from Connecticut!

Although it was not her only work, Gilman is best known for The Yellow Wallpaper. I read this story three times in college, from a sociological perspective, a literary perspective that looked at the meaning of the story, and the technical aspect of the story. In school, I got a lot of this story but it was always fascinating.

She was born in Hartford, CT–the capitol of the state, shared with another notable author, Mark Twain.

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From Mia’s Desk: May 16th, 2016

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From Mia’s Desk will post the second week of each month and discuss something of interest to Mia, which she hopes others will find interesting too! It may focus on opinion pieces, literature (historical and current), or even movies–because a good story is a good story.

Reality

No, I’m not actually going to talk about real reality. That’s no fun. Instead, I’m just going to share a funny food for thought. I happen to be a person who likes several of the reality competition shows. Lately it’s been, like, Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped, used to be Dancing with the Stars.

It always makes me a little sad that they don’t have such shows about my own profession! …then I actually THINK that one through. A reality show about writers would be the most boring show ever, haha! I mean, a half hour to an hour of watching people stare at a screen until blood comes out of their pores? 😉

What do you think? Think there’s any way to make reality TV show about writers?

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The Adelheid Chronicle: May 9th, 2016

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The Adelheid Chronicle will post the first week of the month to discuss interesting facts about the series, the setting, its creation, about current and future releases, teasers, etc.,

What is in a Name?

Fun Fact: I’m not the type of writing who always finds meaning to impart on my characters’ names, but every now and then I do. Sadie Stanton happens to be one of them who does, however. Sadie was the name of my grandmother’s mother, and Stanton was the name of my paternal grandfather. 🙂

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