Us Versus Them

Warning: If you are purely a reader, you might want to skip this post because it’ll be like watching your parents fight.

cat-fight

Declawing writers is considered inhumane since they use their claws for defense, and even indoor writers need their claws for snagging nearby cups of coffee.

I’ve been reading a lot about Us Versus Them lately in the publishing world. Reality television has apparently gotten the better even of us book people. The “nuh-uh she dint?! yuh-huh she di!!” has crept into all my loops as constituents in the various camps light their torches. Writers are good with words, and good writers are great with conflict, so you can imagine how much fun we are when we aren’t on deadline and need to keep our skills sharp (emphasis on sharp).

I read an interesting article the other day about how prejudice might be advantageous on an evolutionary basis. Staying with your kind kept you from being exposed to pathogens against which you had no defenses. On the flip side, scientists have found that women seem unconsciously attracted to mates with different genetics which — in theory — could give the offspring advantages of biological diversity.

With that sort of push-pull of wariness and attraction, I think the Us Versus Them battles are inevitable to some extent… At least until we remember that we have a frontal cortex and needn’t succumb to the amusing train wrecks sent up from our amygdalas. 

So srsly? Give UVT a rest. It seems to me the only people churning the UVT sludge are people who aren’t happy with where they are. Which isn’t necessarily a bad place to be. Discontent makes you try harder. But you gotta aim that discontent AT YOUR FREAKIN’ GOAL, not at other people.

If you are a NYT bestseller, you go, girl! If you self pubbed a gazillion copies of a hundred titles, woo-hoo! If you are still churning out the desperate words of your very first manuscript, rock on! And if you are somewhere in the middle of those extremes, you most definitely should stay away from UVT since you very recently were Us/Them and still have a ways to go to be Them/Us.

Use you words for good, and happy writing.

 

I’m gonna grow up an’ be a rockstar

So here’s a literary rockstar theme song meme I ran across on the web awhile back.  It goes a little something like this:

Find a song that sums up what you think it means to be a writer and post the lyrics on your blog and why you’ve chosen it. It doesn’t have to be your favourite song, it just has to express how you feel about writing and/or being a writer. It can be literal, metaphorical, about a particular form or aspect of writing – whatever you want.

I sang this song for many long years waiting to sell a book.  Sometimes, if you stand close to me on an impatient day, you can still hear me humming it.

Waiting Room
Fugazi

I am a patient boy
I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait
My time is water down a drain

Everybody’s moving
Everybody’s moving
Everything is moving,
Moving, moving, moving

Please don’t leave me to remain
In the waiting room

I don’t want the news
(I cannot use it)
I don’t want the news
(I won’t live by it)

Sitting outside of town
Everybody’s always down
(Tell me why)

Because they can’t get up
(Come on and get up)

But I won’t sit idly by
I’m planning a big surprise
I’m gonna fight
For what I want to be

And I won’t make the same mistakes
(Because I know)
Because I know how much time that wastes
(And function)
Function is the key
Inside the waiting room

I don’t want the news
(I cannot use it)
I don’t want the news
(I won’t live by it)

Sitting outside of town
Everybody’s always down
(Tell me why)

Because they can’t get up
( Come on and get up)
Up from the waiting room

Sitting in the waiting room
(Tell me why)
Because they can’t get up