In The Name Of The Author

Lately I have encountered some people who are fellow artists and inevitably the conversations would turn to our work. The first topic of course is, for me, the lack of readership. The fact is my books are not commonly read and that’s mostly because I can’t afford to market them effectively enough to reach a larger reader base. After lamenting this, the person I’m talking to invariably asks if the work itself shouldn’t be the main focus and anything past that is just not that important. I have grown sick of this idea. I am a writer and yes, writing is a very important thing for me but isn’t enough. I admit that. It’s getting people to read my work that holds just as much importance. It’s not about vanity. I don’t expect people to read my stuff and go on about what a genius I am; although if that should happen, who am I to argue? It’s just the same with painters and singers. If their craft was enough for them, they would just paint for themselves or just sing for themselves, but they don’t. They post pictures of their paintings and upload videos of their singing or actually sing in public. Sharing their art with an audience is an essential part of the process. They aren’t doing it for glory or for worship by the masses. Creating something is just part of art. Another large part of it is sharing your work with others. It’s just like in life. It means more and is more precious when you share it with other people. I don’t like being made to feel like I’m some egotist just because I want people to read my books and scripts. I could sit in my room and write until the end of time. I could write piles of books and scripts  until the day I die and then be entombed in a hut made of those books and scripts, but what is the point of writing if your work is not shared with anyone else? Writing in itself is NOT enough, I’m sorry. It’s not. It’s like you keep loading your gun with bullets but never shoot it. The sharing of art is part of the artistic process. There is the artist and the audience. Two equal parts and one cannot exist without the other. The proof of that is museums. If art for the sake of art was such a thing, why do we have museums? Because it needs to be expressed as well as created. Art is like a living creature and  it needs to be appreciated. Being created and then thrown in a dark room never to be seen is like killing it.

That’s all I have to say about that.

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Last Word Before Election

Finally, almost over. It seems like this election has gone on forever. Never has it been so divisive and toxic. Lie flying through the air and mud flung like never before. The hate and evil raised up from Trump has awakened a sleeping giant and has mobilized a lot of very scary people who were probably best left to their rest.

My final observations of this election cycle will not be polite. They will  not be measured. I’m jut freaking annoyed! First, I support Hillary. Like many, MANY people do. Every bad thing I hear about her, and I have heard it all since Bill’s tenure in the White House, fail to hold up to good old fashioned research. Read an article. Engage. Everything you hear about the Clintons, come from people who don’t know them, weren’t there when whatever went down went down, and usually just heard it from some drunk talk at the urinal, or worse, Fox News. 25 years of investigations and nothing has been found. Which means she’s either innocent of the charges or she is so smart she has avoided prosecution in the face of these endless probes; in which case I feel it makes her an even better candidate. To do that is the act of a genius, because no one has ever done it before in the history of this country.

People say they don’t like her because she’s dishonest. She’s a politician. Of course she’s dishonest, but only about 28% of the time. The rest of the time she is truthful. Trump however has been proven to be dishonest over 80% of the time. He even lied about something he said on live television barely an hour after saying it. Everything that Hillary is accused of, Trump is also guilty of, more so  in a lot of cases. The only difference is he really is guilty and she is only believed to be guilty.

I have seen smart  people turn into complete idiots during this election. Trump supporters will rationalize ANYTHING. He could release a video of him screwing  a mother and her under age daughter and they will just say he’s promoting family values. I think defending him actually destroyed brain cells, by the estimation of his supporters. A panelist on a talk show also claimed that Trump does indeed pay his bills. No, he doesn’t. I have read countless stories of contractors he has left high and dry. He simply thinks he doesn’t have to pay if he doesn’t want to. He then gets his Trump Foundation to funnel in some money for himself. Of all the crap that man has  pulled, why is none of it reported? It’s verifiable, it’s proven and it’s real, but no. Maybe you say things he said 10 years ago have no bearing now. Okay. Then why are Hillary’s words from the past fair game? If you’re going to play by those rules, you have to expect the other side to play by them as well. It doesn’t really matter I guess. It doesn’t matter how much you tear away at Hillary. No matter how bad you make her look, it will never make Trump a better candidate. She could commit murder on national television and I would still proudly vote for her over Trump. Let’s talk about his Russian ties. Let’s talk about his Bromance with Putin. Let’s talk about his outrage over foreign powers,  such as China, yet check out where the clothes that bear his brand are made. CHINA! God damn it people! What’s it going to take for you to see him for what he really is!? The quick facts are Hillary IS qualified. She is not guilty of any wrong doing. What she did many other politicians before her, including George Bush and Reagan, also did. In fact, under Bush Jr, there was a higher body count when it came to embassy attacks. Millions of emails deleted. Tell me how Hillary’s emails mean anything compared to that.

If you’re voting for that man, you are stupid. Flat out. His policies are ridiculous. They are the stuff of Saturday morning cartoons, only the joke will be on us. That wall will never get built, and  if it does, it won’t be done until long after his first term is over. This is all an ego trip for him. Can you really see that man up at 4 in the morning dealing with an international crisis? Him in the Situation Room? He will go right for the nukes, you know it. I know a lot of his supporters love him for that, but those are the real idiots. I have seen these people and got a sample of how they think and deplorable doesn’t even cover it. They must all live on a steady diet of Red Bull and lead paint chips. Whenever they speak I just want to slap them and tell them to shut the hell  up! They base all their beliefs on the words of Fox news and all the other Conservative pundits who, despite their intelligence, bend over backwards to defend and boost up this nightmare of a human being.

Basically, if you aren’t voting for Hillary because you just don’t like her, you should still vote for her. You’re not voting for your new best friend. You’re voting to put someone who is tough, smart, diplomatic and strong enough to face the challenges this country poses in the seat of the president. She may be a bitch. So what? As Tina Fey once said, bitches get s**t done! (paraphrasing). All these calls to impeach her on day one and plans to hit her with constant investigations should she win are ridiculous. It’s actually almost treasonous to plot like that about your president. Openly stating you will not participate in your own duties because of that candidate.

Trump will lose, but in a sense he has won. He has empowered  an army of racist, inbred immature idiots and Nazis. Literally. If you are with Trump, you are aligning with honest to God Nazis. A simple Google search of Hillary’s accomplishments will show you how effective she is and how hard she works. The fact that the FBI has investigated her seven ways from Sunday but still found nothing to prosecute her on should be enough. She and Bill aren’t rich or powerful enough to escape that kind of scrutiny. I don’t know. It just seems like such an obvious choice here. If you prefer to believe heresay, lies and baseless accusations, you’re a Trumper, and you are literally what’s wrong with this country.

Let’s just get to the 8th, get Hillary elected and maybe then we can go about the business of living once more.