Entertainment Weekly has gathered some wacky and wild tweets from writers on the maddening things people say to them about writing. Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, kicked off the trend when her hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter caused a hilarious uproar on literary Twitterverse, July 28, 2015, with other writers following up with their own funny and awful things they've been told.
A couple of highlights from the Entertainment Weekly article:
I thought you were dead. #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
Eye surgeon: I'm thinking of writing a novel!
Me: Cool, I'm thinking of doing eye surgery!
A couple of funny and sad tweets from famous writers:
#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter CUSTOMER HANDING ME 5 BOOKS TO SIGN. "It was great. I got all of them for a dollar! No one else wanted them."
I liked the movie version so much more. #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
I've been having fun adding my own #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter tweets:
"You really write poetry? Really? No kidding! Does it rhyme?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"Hey, wasn't your short story about the hermaphrodite nun who longed to sing in The Sound of Music really about you?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"It would be so far out to write a novel about Pluto with you." #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"You write poetry? Hey, you should read Dr. Seuss." #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"You still haven't written that novel about the mating habits of orangutans I told you to write?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"Why don't you just write a book like Harry Potter? How hard could it be!" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"Why don't you get a real job?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
Feel free to share your own humorous #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter both on Twitter and in my comments section below.
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Writers often shell out lots of money to enter literary contests and submit to magazines, but is it worth the expense? The Blunt Instrument has a very helpful article by Elisa Gabbert on how writers can make the decision whether or not to spend the $25 or more that contests often cost. It also clues writers in on what their options are if they choose to not bother with contests. Stop by Electric Lit to read the article and learn more.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Welcome Ruby Gold, guest blogger. Ruby lives in a small town in Indiana. Lately, she's taken to blogging to try to understand her niece, the universe, and how she can get a good pastrami sandwich in rural Indiana.
When my ten-year-old niece wanted a training bra (she begged for a hot pink strappy thing to cover her breast buds), I shrieked. “A training bra! For Pete's sake, why do your boobies need to be trained? I mean, c'mon! What are they going to do — compete in the Olympics to see which ones stay up the highest and the longest? I hope you're not planning to show them someday to Hugh Hefner, heaven forbid!”
She told me I was nuts, which she does at least twice a day, and which I may very well be. Que sera sera!
But, seriously, who ever invented training bras to begin with? And really, please, please, can anyone tell me what is their mission?
Like many other weary aunties, I turned to the modern day Guide for the Perplexed: Google. And I found the aboutparenting web site. Here's what it had to say: “A training bra helps protect the nipple from chafing against clothes. A training bra also helps give the girls a flattering shape.” Protect the nipples from chafing? Tell me, women of the world, who out there has ever suffered from chafed prepubescent nipples?
If you have, I'm very sorry and hope that they've healed.
But, excuse me for pointing out the obvious, men have nipples and most of them aren't wearing bras!
Then, the article goes on to say: “A training bra is necessary when a girl begins to develop, as girls may be teased about their changing bodies.” Ha! That's the clincher, I thought. Women of the world, who has ever been teased about their changing body? I see millions of hands going up around the globe waving, madly.
Okay, that's sad. But the article gets sadder: “A training bra does not train the breasts, rather it helps girls adjust to wearing a bra and it provides a small amount of shaping and protection.” Well, so that's it, huh, we're training girls to be adjusted to the life-long discomfort of bra wearing. Think wires sticking under your boobs. Please don't tell me the wires are more comfortable when they're padded. Or that brassieres are a joy to wear when they have straps digging into your shoulders. Think of all the ways these boob contraptions can drive a woman berserk. Scratchy lace ones. Silly snappy spandex ones. Madonna's cone bra. Thin ones, padded ones, ones to shape, mold, and lift like your breasts are aching to take off and orbit to outer space.
Remember the girdle? Yeah, glad we got rid of those!
Bra burners of the world where have ye gone? So I wrote to Gloria Steinem to see if women were still burning bras. She didn't answer.
But I took my niece's bright pink training bra to the backyard and threw it into a roasting bonfire. It smoked up nicely.
The next day, my niece was despondent when she came home from school. “Auntie, now my nipples are chafing against my T-shirt and the school bully said he could see them. Like he could actually see my nipples!!!! How could you have burned my bra, you Cruella De Vil!”
So, should I back down? Should I buy her another training bra? Years later she'll probably accuse me of starting her on a path of bodily confinement, fleshly tortures, and heaven only knows what else. What's an auntie to do? I want to say don't wrap and strap in the girls until you really need to.
I'd love to hear your two cents on training bras. Does anybody remember wearing them? Please feel free to share your experiences and advice. Ruby Needs to Know!