The Literary Drover No. 3698

One or two mentioned offer my books:

The Literary Drover No. 3696

If you don’t use this in a story I just might:

The Literary Drover No. 3692

It dates me to admit the following, but I remember when I first heard of The Internet. I recall thinking it was going to be such a wonderful and great thing because Writing would finally come into its own, and Writers would finally get the respect they were due.

Several years later I paused and wondered aloud what had happened. It seemed to me – a Writer – that everything I had hoped for, everything I had expected, had failed to come to fruition.

When I first heard the phrase “Social Media” I decided to believe that it was a wonderful and great thing, and once more I chose to believe it would the opportunity for Writing and Writers.

Several years later I paused again and wondered aloud – again: What the HELL happened? Instead of being the saving grace of Writing and Writers Social Media was likely to be the downfall of Writing and Writers.

After I calmed down, after I set aside my disappointment in The Internet and Social Media, after I considered the matter objectively I concluded several things:

The Internet is like Life itself: A massive, often chaotic thing. As such it is up to me, The Individual, to make the most of it instead of being dependent on others to bring about result and success.

Social Media, a subset of The Internet, is also massive. More often than not it is also chaotic. It can be detrimental, negative, useless, a waste of time. Or it can be the saving grace of Writing and Writer. But – again – the result will be determined by me, The Individual.

Because of the sheer scope of Social Media and The Internet it is my responsibility, as The Individual, to make the most of it. To accomplish this task requires discrimination and prejudice on my part. This Social Media platform is a waste of resources; that Social Media presence has potential, but only if The Individual(s) responsible chooses to make it so. When I find something on The Internet or Social Media that seems worthwhile how do I determine it is such? Through standards and principles, for starters:

A web site that belongs to a newspaper, for example, that allows visitors to the site to post comments in response to content, which contain threats, insults, and profanity is not professional or credible, and content published to the site must always be considered questionable at best;

A blog created and maintained by a writing talent that is done with deliberation and care, involving the Craft and Art of Writing is a resource knowing. A blog that perpetuates fraud and deceit, comparatively, should be avoided much in the same way one would avoid a Socially Transmittable Disease (STD).

Awhile back, where this blog was concerned, I decided to use it as a standard for this exercise. In doing so I have learned how to make the most of The Internet and Social Media, and it has allowed me to become not only a better Writer, but a better person.

I challenge you to do the same.

The Literary Drover No. 3690

As I get older I find I have less interest in Noise and prefer Sound:

Noise: A middle-aged guy in an unfinished detached garage, molesting an electric guitar in a tone-deaf homage to Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Texas Flood”.

Sound: A light breeze caressing the upper branches of a pine forest before descending into a valley where it repeats its gentle ways with grass dried by summer heat.

Noise: A radio pushed to its limits, distorted as it attempts to be heard over the roar and rumble of a motorcycle engine.

Sound: The sweet song of a male Western Meadowlark.

While doing research for a Jhon Collector Mystery that involved bushwhacking I came to a place where Sound was the norm and I paused to listen to the soundtrack of Nature. When I resumed my journey I did so with a sense of renewal and new focus.

The Literary Drover No. 3688

Another apparent attempt on my part to alienate readers and followers of this blog: Several have asked for my opinion of screenwriting contests and the short answer is – Don’t bother.

There are three to six screenwriting competitions that might be worth your time. . . IF you understand something: Winning a screenwriting competition is unlikely to change your writing life for the better. An award, an accolade, an big whoop is not going to pay the bills or keep the debt collectors at arm’s length.

The only thing a screenwriting competition can do for you, the only thing winning a screenwriting competition may do for you is garner you attention. After that it remains your responsibility to succeed as a screenwriter.

The Literary Drover No. 3686

And. . . they carry my books! HERE’S TO SUCCESS FOR ONE AND ALL:

The Literary Drover No. 3682

A room without books is like a body without a soul. ― Marcus Tullius Cicero