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CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO: Nudity Revisted: The Conclusion

I received a comment on Facebook in response to this article which merits revisiting the content.

Accepting your arguement, what’s the incentive to change the status quo?  If nudity were to suddenly become acceptable and widespread, it would no longer be exciting and would no longer give us the thrill.  That wouldn’t be nearly as much fun for most Americans who want to be seen as good and want (very much) the BE bad.   Also, the beer companies would have to make commercials that made sense or featured nothing but football and racecars–where would all of the large chested skinny chicks find work?

In truth, I wrapped up the article too quickly and didn’t finish with a strong conclusion. Forgive me; it was a long day and I’d felt the article ran too long already. This is one of the pitfalls of working for yourself: You don’t catch everything.

The commenter above is exactly right. Here’s the counter-intuitive conclusion to my nudity article:

  • If you’re a happily lecherous male who enjoys oggling the female form, there is no incentive for altering the Status Quo. As was pointed out, we enjoy the women at the beach and on television; why would we want to stop? We don’t.
  • If you’re a concerned mother of a small boy who wants to not see him corrupted into the the above male, you have every incentive for altering the Status Quo. It is your over-protectiveness (and the government’s) of all things nude which convinces him of the magic of a Playboy when he finally acquires one. And don’t worry — he will. You can make it so his experience goes one of two ways:
    • So what? I’ve seen it all before.
    • Ooh, la la! These chicks are HOT! Come to daddy!

The decision is yours.

Everything I write sucks.

you_suck_sadLet me try to express this as articulately as I possibly can:

AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Perfect Justice needs more warmth. Woman’s Best Friend needs more depth. New Magic needs more content. Second Chances needs a likable character. Manifest Destiny needs a reason for the reader to care.

Shadows of Prophecy needs real characters. Echoes of Prophecy needs a plot.

Fragile Gods needs a better outline.

And The God Disease just needs a better writer.

Website Updates

windowslivewriterfeediconsandfeedreaders-103ffrss4I’m not sure if you can technically call them “updates” for a brand new website that is still under construction in some ways.

Nevertheless, I’ve added some content to the site in the last couple of days I thought worth mentioning.

First, I’ve fleshed out three sub-pages to my Completed Projects page, explaining my philosophy and approach to Short Stories, Nonfiction, and Novels and the roles each of these projects play in my writing career.

Next, I’ve included the full text of two nonfiction articles; previously self-published at Helium, I can no longer sell first publication rights for them so I lose nothing by posting them here. More will follow in the days to come.

Third, I’ve included the first half of two short stories: Perfect Justice and New Magic. If you haven’t read these before, have a look. Or even if you have read them, feel free to peruse them again, suggesting improvements as you go.

I’ve also added pictures to practically every page and post, and enabled avatars in comments. I’ll be adding my own avatar later this evening. I don’t know how they work yet for end users, since I enable mine in the administrative back end, but if you figure it out let me know. It’s possible I may need to add a “login” feature to the site, but hopefully not. (I want to keep it as simple as possible.)

I plan on adding links to the bottom of teaser content (partial stories and sample chapters) which direct readers, “Where’s the rest of this story?” One idea I had is to include an option to buy a single copy of a full story from me for $1-$2 (or $1 per chapter for novels), but I need to research the legality of doing this and then publishing first north american rights from an intellectual property standpoint. In any case, I will add a “request this story” option and close friends and family will of course be entitled to full versions of any story they wish.

What to write first?

decisionI may (or may not) be a skilled writer. But I’m an expert procrastinator, there’s no doubt about it.

As a result, it’s been a couple of months since I last devoted significant time to the four projects whose progress we shall track here. And I’m not quite sure which one I want to dive into first.

Actually the fourth is exempt from this decision; it’s the priority project at all times. And since you don’t know what it is yet, you can’t vote for it anyhow.

But which of the other three projects tickles your interest?

  • Woman’s Best Friend
    • Alone in the Colorado countryside while her husband is away on business, Naomi becomes perplexed and concerned when her dog Jessie seems increasingly convinced of some imminent threat behind the house, particularly in the coldest hours of the night.
  • Manifest Destiny
    • Two men and two women awaken in a small room with no memories, and no clues to their identities or purposes. Their only possessions are numbered jumpsuits.
  • Echoes of Prophesy
    • This is the sequel to Shadows of Prophesy. It begins after Torell’s death, whereupon Marana finds herself pregnant without explanation, the use of magic has been stripped from all who practice it, and the Empire of Tartania is in chaos after the war.

These synopses are very brief, but if one of them prompts a question, that’s a good sign that something about it is interesting enough to make you want to know a little more. And if you want to know more…that’s going to make me want to tell you. Savvy?