Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Accountability Rant

I really despise it when people take credit for someone else's work or don't mention that they were taught a certain noteworthy thing thus completely ousting the individual who kindly passed on their knowledge when they didn't have to. This is one of my pet peeves, and it's unfortunately happened before. It really bothers me that some folk don't own up and just say it like it is. Why not admit it when a thought or deed or skill was first done by another? There's no harm in it, no shame, and the individual will still get the glory because they are in the spotlight at the moment. Not only is unfair to the originator, it's down right mean.

If an idea was mentioned by someone else but not listened to, then was brought back up at a later date by someone else who happened upon a fairly lucrative deal and then was praised by those same people who practically ignored the individual who first mentioned it, that is so not right. Taking credit for someone else's ideas or work is wrong. Why? Why when the second individual already has all the glory and attention don't they pass on "oh, yeah, I got this idea from so-and-so..." The originator of the idea or thing probably worked hard to come up with whatever it was that was taught to or adopted by someone else.

I suppose blame should be distributed equally, especially if the original audience poo-pooers where so narrow minded they couldn't see their way to compromise so that everyone would benefit. But I think the first individual should be at least mentioned rather than ignored.

Just saying.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Confession Time...

Usually there are a few things I schedule to accomplish each month, like a BIAW (Book In A Week) challenge, or NaNoWriMo or Script Frenzy. Spring is always exciting with school about to let out, new things happening, SciFi Conventions and my local Renaissance faire happening. All this on top of the fact I work. Mostly I've gotten everything I've wanted to done, but I've been busy this month.

The one thing I really wanted to get to but didn't was Script Frenzy. Sadly, my pathetic few pages beginning my script area all I've been able to do. I have a week remaining in the challenge, however I doubt seriously I can pull off 100 total pages by the end of this month. So, change of plans. I've decided not to worry about it and keep working on my editing. Better I think to have a polished manuscript to submit than yet another first draft partially ready for an editor's eyes.

Next month will be just as busy. I haven't figured out what projects I want to work on, and when I get it figured out I'll post. Until then, happy day and don't sweat what you can't finish.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Stuff I Did Today

I read an interesting article about "5 Things That Will Make You Happier." It went on to explain the 5 areas and made sense. I guess I succeeded top day, because I did pretty much what the article said even before I read it.

Be grateful was easy. I have a great family, wonderful home and good job(s). I'm optimistic these will continue and I'll have a great week. I suppose that last would also count toward counting my blessings. Using my strengths when I write and dance and exercise (whether teaching or not) always relieves my stress. And last but certainly not least, I slowed down more than usual on the highway today ('cuz I just felt like it) and let lots of fast drivers speed by. THAT also relieved the stress of worrying about getting into an accident, which I didn't.

Overall, I had a good day. Now time to hit teth gym then back home to do more editing.


If you had to give up one favorite food, what would the most difficult?

Chocolate, without a doubt. I would miss it terribly!

Ask me anything

Monday, April 19, 2010

Update and Prattle

A new day and so much to do. As Always. Last week was stuffed so full I thought my pocket calendar would explode from all the notes and reminders. It didn't. I got through everything, including all my appointments, obligations, exercise and dance classes (the ones I took and taught). All things considered, the days actually went pretty smoothly.

And today is another day, as Miss Scarlet would say.

I've been thinking about inspirations for stories, the things that my brain latches on to and then my imagination takes off like a rocket with more "what if"'s than I know what to do with. I never have a lack of material to write about. I just have a lack of time to write it all down. More about inspirations to come another time.