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The Plasmatic Writer

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The Horrific Facts and Truth About Hades

Posted on September 20, 2019 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hades. In ancient Greek mythology, he is the god of the dead and the king of the underworld. Now I could give you a rundown of who he was and who he's connected to in Greek mythology but that's not what this piece is about. I want to give you the gruesome side of Hades, the reason he is the god of the dead and king of the underworld. So let's skip the history textbook descriptions and eighth-grade project portrayals and get to the good stuff, shall we?


History's depiction of Hades is actually sad for horror fans and those who consider death as evil because Hades wasn't depicted as evil but was well-mannered and reserved. However, it's popular culture and Hollywood's idea of Hades that make him far more sinister than the Greeks ever did. The only reason the Greeks feared Hades was because he is the keeper of death so naturally the Greeks saw him as evil and feared death so they feared him. Popular culture portrays Hades as a cold ruthless demeaning bastard who breathes fire and brimstone and burns people alive till they join him in the afterlife. He's considered pure evil and a villain due to his association with death. So in a way, we took the Greek's fear of him and took it steps further and turned him into a more fearful foe.


So how did Hades become such a villain and why did we as a society do it? Well, the how is simple, all it takes is one person to have written or shown him as such and from then on it took off like wildfire. As for the why well again Hades represents death so naturally like the Greeks we see death as evil, as something we don't look forward to so it's only fitting that we add more to an already gloomy figure to make him eviler. Popular culture has turned him into a dark being that people not only fear but will bring harm to them, almost as if he were the devil himself. However, in Egyptian myth their God of the underworld was Anubis also the preparer of the dead but there's no real horror or villainous spin to Anubis yet there is with Hades, this is a better question to ask why too. We tend to enjoy Greek mythology so it's again only fitting that we made Hades bad and Hercules good and the man that takes him down.


To elaborate a bit further about popular culture turning Hades into a fearsome being of death I once wrote two poems about Hades in my horror poetry books, The Macabre Masterpiece, and The Macabre Masterpiece: Repressed Carnage. The first poem tells of Hade's warning people about how he's not mentally stable and if they defy him they will face the consequences. The second poem is Hades explaining how he has embarrassed, tortured and killed people after they ignored his warning from the first poem. The two poems are a clear example of our depiction of Hades as an evil figure however these two poems go a bit beyond that and make Hades sounds like a soulless psychopathic killer. As you take a closer look at Hades you realize the truth. Hades wasn't evil, we are for making him evil and if that is true then what does that say about us?

A Tour of the Past: Old Historical Landmarks

Posted on July 22, 2019 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (46)

Not all history is boring in fact most of history is quite interesting and educational. Nothing is more true about history when it comes to historical landmarks. What is a historical landmark? Historic Landmarks are historic properties that show the heritage of the United States. There’s around 2,600 historical landmarks within the U.S. today and they come in many forms such as historic buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts. Each landmark represents an outstanding aspect and tells a fascinating story of American history and culture. So why is a horror author and poet such as myself writing about historical landmarks? Well for one I am very much intro history it’s one of my interests. I wouldn’t call myself a history buff but I find many aspects of our past truly interesting and even inspirational. The second reason is because my novel The Wax Factory is about an old factory that has a lot of history and will be revealed as a historical landmark in book two.


So why is it important to know about historical landmarks? Well because wherever you are you are likely near a historical landmark and whether or not your interested you should at least know about your surroundings. Historical landmarks are a sign of history, a sign of our past but in a way they are a distinguished badge or honor to a structure or object of history. It shows that at one time this building or object played a very important part in our history and transcended beyond it’s expectations so much that not only did it go beyond it’s fulfillment but it still exists today for people to see. Every state has it’s own landmark to showcase an important time in it’s history. Usually it’s old buildings and houses that get the honor to be considered historical landmarks. There are many historical landmarks that you may already know right off the bat just from knowing about the place by hearing about it or perhaps you’ve been there and just know that it’s bigger than any normal place.

Here is a list of the top 10 historical landmarks in the United States.

1. 3rd President Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello home in Charlottesville, Virginia

2. The Lincoln Monument in the U.S. Capital Washington D.C.

3. Ellis Island in New York

4. Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5. Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts

6. The World Trade Center Memorial in New York

7. U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii

8. Lewis and Clark National Memorial Park in Astoria, Oregon

9. Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina

10. The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan

 

To read up more about these locations check out this article onhttps://www.attractionsofamerica.com/thingstodo/historical-landmarks.php" target="_blank"> Attractions of America.


So remember, the next time your out for a walk or a drive and you go by something that you’ve seen countless times but never stopped to wonder what it is stop this time. You may be presently surprised at not only what it is but that it holds some deep significance to your towns history or the state in general. You look into the landmark and before you know you’ve uncovered a whole bunch of history and facts you had no idea about. Landmarks help not only shape out country but help us go back in time even if just for a moment. They let us know that before us there were places and things that were important and were as popular then as certain things to us are now.

If The Wax Factory were real it would be a historical landmark. It’s been around for over 100 years, it once served a purpose that is practically extinct today, it’s in New York like several historical landmarks and it would still stand today to be preserved and shown as what it once was. Not to mention it may or may not go back into being the very same business it was all those years ago. Even in fiction the presence of a historical landmark would be and will be used to create a sense of nostalgia and to show people and educate them on their town.

A Tour of the Past: Old Haunted Buildings

Posted on July 3, 2019 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Some buildings history can be seen on the outside from its age, abandonment or old rustic look. However, for some buildings the history and the past isn’t always seen on the exterior but rather the interior and its history still lingers thinking it’s the past. Some buildings histories have haunted pasts, ghosts or beings who stay inside the building haunting it because they either don’t want others there or they simply don’t know things have changed. From a scary horror standpoint, we all know about some of the worlds most haunted places; from the city of Salem and it’s many places to Bobby Mackey’s bar, a place said to have not only ghosts but demon spirits as well. We will take a look at some of these places but in general, we will go over why it is we as people like not only abandoned places but we also like haunted buildings.


So what is our fascination with haunted buildings? Some have made a hobby out of it and some do it for a living. Ghost hunting has become extremely popular over the last twenty years and it’s no surprise as to why seeing as we tend to enjoy the things that scare us. These ghosts all seem to reside in old haunted buildings although I would state that even if you didn’t know a building was haunted it may give off haunted vibes just from the look alone. There are thousands of haunted buildings all over the world. From houses and old factories to old battleground bunkers to medieval European castles, there is no end to the type of building it is but what is known and what they all have in common is their haunted past that currently takes up residency.


Some famous haunted buildings have become big tourist attractions such as Bobby Mackey’s, Lizzie Borden’s Bed & Breakfast, The Winchester House, The Amityville House, as well as countless factories, hotels, asylums and prisons(two most notable are Eastern State Penitentiary and Alcatraz). These places all have chilling pasts and these past events now are said to live on forever as people flock to them to see if they can catch a glimpse of a spirit of centuries past. Why do we enjoy haunted buildings and ghosts? Well, we just do. Some of us find it really interesting and are intrigued by ghosts or simply love the creepy paranormal history of a building.


If anything consider this. A normal old historical building will have lots of history and great past stories to it no doubt but an old historical haunted building will have much more. Not only will it have its history but it will also have a dark twisted and sinister history to tell. A story that is hard to believe and not only that but the past is still around today and lingers telling people to leave, showing them a residual haunting or even worse trying to harm them. Haunted buildings may sound like fun but they can also be dangerous as this is a part of the unknown and you should be more scared than excited.


We love touring places of the past and we also love touring haunted places so the two do in fact go hand in hand. You should try to learn when going to a haunted building rather than hope to get scared and see something. In fact, try to go there with the intent to learn and if you do happen to see something haunting and chilling then consider that an added bonus. Haunted buildings make up a good chunk of our history and there will always be a story to tell and there will always be horrific things that have taken place that has shaped these places into haunted infamy. As long as we visit these places and talk about them they will live on forever and perhaps that’s just what theyve wanted all along.

Exploring the Unknown: Abandoned Places

Posted on July 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (45)

Abandoned places. They fascinate, scare, and baffle us. They make us curious and wonder just what dwells inside and why it ever became abandoned. This is exactly what exploring the unknown is and while some don’t care for it, exploring abandoned places has taken on a life of its own and has become quite popular over the last few years. Urban exploring is going out and exploring man-made structures, especially abandoned buildings and areas not generally open to the public. Why is urban exploring a thing? Why are we fascinated by abandoned places? Is it really a good idea to explore the unknown? All these questions and more will be answered as we dive deeper into the craze and need to know of abandoned places.


Why are we fascinated by abandoned places? Some people are interested in knowing about the past, about learning what once was and the whole idea of why something that was once popular and prominent has become nothing more than a vacant empty space. You’ve likely walked or drove by countless abandoned buildings but have you ever been curious? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself what used to be there and why it’s no longer there or the better question why has nothing been built to replace it?


Abandoned means left behind, forgotten so buildings and areas are no different and many fall victim to the times, the economy or simple nature. I believe we are fascinated because it’s hard to wrap our heads around how such beautiful places become decrepit or how some places can become so decrepit when they used to be so lively. We are curious, it’s in our nature so abandoned places in a way take us back in time to make us think to the good ole days and how some of the places we go may also one day become abandoned.


Why is urban exploring a thing? One word, Chernobyl. The small town that went up in flames during a nuclear reactor exploding in 1986 has captivated us since it happened. More than a decade later the radiation levels have gone done immensely and over the last few years, the place has become a hot spot for urban exploring. Why do we as people like exploring places we aren’t supposed to be? Because of just that, we aren’t supposed to be there. Naturally, we wonder why the place is abandoned but we also wonder why(except for Chernobyl because it’s a safety concern) we aren’t allowed in the area. In most cases, it’s due to safety or because of its private property and people just aren’t allowed there. This is why urban exploring is a thing. We are intrigued, we like breaking the rules but most of all it’s one of the few things that even though it’s illegal to trespass we have fun and learn at the same time.


Is it a good idea to explore the unknown? Probably not but that certainly doesn’t stop people from going into dark places. Our minds and what we are told tell us not to dare go into the unknown but our instincts tell us otherwise. We love mystery, we love intrigue, and some of us love to be put into dark and dangerous situations. Also sometimes we need to take chances, perhaps the unknown isn’t always a bad thing maybe there’s something harmless or even good in the unknown.


Many abandoned places are like this. We have no idea what is inside not only does that not stop us because we want to know but we are willing to take the chance to find out. If it’s bad then we simply turn around and run away(well most of us anyway) but if it’s harmless then we explore deeper and deeper till we are captivated and educated at the same time. Abandoned places will always be around and as long as we as humans are curious we will always adventure into the unknown to find out just what exactly is inside and why it came to be abandoned.

Why Wax Is A Creepy Horror Theme

Posted on June 30, 2019 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (46)

There are many horror themes and tropes out there. It could be monsters and haunted houses to skulls and psycho killers, but then there's the simple normal everyday things we put into horror to make it scarier than it really is. In this case, I'm talking about wax. Now, what makes wax scary right off the bat? Well, nothing unless you're afraid of burning yourself with hot wax. However, a deeper examination shows that not only is wax used in the horror world as an element to scare but you've probably been scared or at least unnerved by a certain piece of wax.


So what is the one-way wax can fit into horror? Why wax figures of course or turning people into wax. Wax figures creep some people out because of their ridiculous likeness of real people and also because there's sometimes you just get a weird feeling about them. Wax figures are for the most part meant to honor people but knowing they aren't really people and that sometimes wax creations of bad people exist, well it doesn't help put you in the mindset that wax is an evil vice.


Turning people into wax is another creepy thought and idea that has been placed into horror with the films House of Wax. In the original, a man murders people and turns them into wax figures he lost in his first place due to a fire. In the newer version, a whole town is abandoned and everyone a group of teens sees are wax figures who were once people but made into wax using a machine. Tell me that's not creepy, heck that's scary and downright terrifying. From those two examples, you can see how wax can be turned into a scary horror theme. Using the idea that people can be turned into wax figures creates the illusion in our minds that wax figures are creepy because maybe there's more to them then just wax sculpted into the likeness of real people.


Now, of course, these are just two mainstream examples of how wax has been incorporated into horror to make it scarier but there are others not only in cinema but in literature as well. When it's not being used as a way to scare people in horror, wax is mainly used in horror when shown as a candle to shine a light in the darkness. So in an ironic way wax can be used for both good and evil, good as a candle and light to help a character get out of the dark situation or evil as an element and theme to make people think that people are made out of wax. Wax is very much an underrated theme in the world of horror. When it's used as a small theme it tends to go unnoticed but when it's used as the main theme it can really make you think and perhaps as it's intended, scare the living hell out of you.

Poetry: A Way of Expression

Posted on June 29, 2019 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (54)

Poetry. If you've read my previous articles on it and know a little about me then you know I'm a believer in the world of poetry. This time I'm not going o convince you to give poetry a chance but explain why poetry is one of the true ways of expressing one's self. Poetry has been written for over hundreds and hundreds of years and it has served as a unique writing form but also a way in which a person can express themselves. It gives them a voice they either didn't know they had or a way to express how they feel without actually using their voice. I'm not saying to hide behind poetry but to use it and harness it as a tool and as a part of you. People enjoy the written word and they also like emotion so one thing that poetry is able to do is not only bring out these things and bring these people together but to do it in a way that only poetry can.


Whether it's a rhyming poem, free verse, a ballad or a sonnet, poetry will get its message across no matter in what type of form it's in. For example, William Shakespeare wrote sonnets and some deep, thorough and feel written sonnets at that. Sure, he used iambic pentameter and his own language and structure but you know what? If you've read Shakespeare you still knew what he was talking about and you were still likely moved or captivated by what you read.


This is because as good as Shakespeare was he was also using tools of poetry and words to express himself. Emily Dickinson has some rather dreary and depressing poems and while they are very sad to read they are also very well written and they express her thoughts and feelings as she was feeling at the time. Also, could anyone paint a better visual of nature using words than Emerson, Thoreau or Frost? Their expression about nature wasn't just about nature but also about finding one's self in the outdoors and taking nature and all of what makes it majestic in.


Poetry doesn't have to be a sad rhyming poem about how depressing your life is and it doesn't have to be an over the top love sonnet of you expressing your life for someone. The fact that you are in your own, sitting down and writing and using your thoughts and putting them down into words on a paper or screen is proof that you're using poetry to express yourself. Nothing is as true as that and nothing feels more right than writing a poem because you're feeling so much and have so much to say.

Why You Should Give Poetry A Chance

Posted on June 27, 2019 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (46)

If you already like poetry then this isn't for you. If you don't like poetry or think it's out of date or doesn't do anything for you then pay attention as I will try to convince you to give it a try. First of all, poetry isn't dead it is very much alive. I'm not talking about every emo kid out there who writes about darkness, I'm not talking about every soldier who returns from war to write above the pain they are feeling, I'm talking about creative off the top of the noggin and from the heart type of poetry. I'm not against anything I've mentioned but I'm saying if you want to give poetry a chance you start with those who are killing it the ones who will make you reflect and change your mind about the magical world of poetry. Poetry is a way of expression, it's an art form and most importantly of all, it's whatever you want it to be.


Poetry isn't just for women or those in touch with their emotions, in fact, throw that stereotype out the damn window because it's just simply not true. You should read and even write your own poetry because if you have a voice that your afraid of being heard then take to poetry and take to a paper or computer and write it down. Poetry isn't a secret and it's not a phase it's been around for years. You see it but you judge it, why? Because you don't know the true meaning of it and what it can bring to you or do to you or how it can make you feel. Words are powerful tools and poetry are sharp expressions that are meant to register into your brain and your heart to make you feel and or truly think. Poets aren't out to change the world but you should give them a chance because it's not asking much of you, in fact, you should open your horizons to the world of poetry because you may, in fact, be pleasantly surprised.


So why should you really take a chance on poetry? Well, news flash, we have the attention span of goldfish, it's true. If you're like me and you just can't even with a 400-page book, no worries! Poetry books, poems, and poems no matter the type tend to be short or reasonable in length and most of all you can likely find a topic that you enjoy in poetry form. So if you like short reads and don't think poems are written about what you like then your in luck and think again. You should take a chance on poetry because you'll be entertained and you'll learn at the same time.


You'll be inspired, you'll surprisingly enjoy what your reading and you can read modern poetry then if you want to read the classics you can! It's up to you but please I urge you to try poetry, consider it a taste test, a buffet and poetry is that food you keep eyeing unsure of if it's good and in the back of your mind your dying to try it. Well don't ignore that inner voice, try it! Try poetry and I assure you, you will not only thank me later but perhaps you will be writing your own poetry and you'll remember that poetry is not only not dead but you too want to prove that it's very much alive.

The Wax Factory Character Interviews

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (74)

Character Interview with Dmitri Townsend


1. What can you tell us about yourself?


My name is Dmitri Townsend, I’m 20 years old and I attend Bartholemew Halbriar University. I’m a fun and outgoing person, I’m into history and I’m a big football fan. I’m laid back and I enjoy traveling and trying new things. I’m not a angry or violent person and I treat others as they like to be treated. I enjoy writing and art although I’m not good at either but I appreciate those who can. I was born in and grew up here in Craven Hollow and I know the rest of New York is busy but I honestly love it here and I wouldn’t trade it to be somewhere else. I’m a determined and goal driven individual,


2. Would you enter a creepy old factory?


What an odd question(laughs). Uhh..I mean yeah sure why not. I’m up for an adventure and I mean my best friend Derek is into abandoned places so I’m sure I totally would because he’d likely pressure me into it(laughs again). Yeah, I would totally enter a creepy factory as long as it isn’t haunted.


3. How much does friendship mean to you?


It means a lot to me. I have a great group of friends whom I cherish. I know they are there for me like I am for them. There’s my girlfriend Melina who is also one of my best friends, she’s amazing and she’s also a great friend who is a great listener. My best friend Derek and I have been friends since like elementary school, he’s fun and most people don’t get him but I’m glad to call him a friend. Then there’s my friend Tasha who is Melina’s best friend. Tasha and I are cool, we aren’t as tight but I am glad to call her a friend. Friendship means a great deal to me as does family and in a lot of ways I feel like they are my family. It’s great to have friends because I don’t like being or feeling alone.


4. Who’s the most important person in your life?


Well I’m sure you can guess after the last question, that would be my girlfriend Melina. She’s my everything and she means the world to me. I’ve known her since sixth grade and we’ve been together since eighth grade when I asked her out on the bus during a field trip. Melina gets me, understands me and I’m so lucky to have her in my life and to be able to call her my girl. I’m not the jealous type so I know Melina has her guy friends and that’s fine and I totally trust her and I know I’m as important to her as she is to me. She truly is the most important person in my life and I think in a year or two I’d like to make her my wife.


5. If you were in a life or death situation how do you think you’d manage?


Wow that’s quite the question!(laughs). Damn, uh, I’m not sure. I’d like to think I’d hold my own, step up and take initiative and I’d make the right decisions although I don’t know how I’d find myself in a life or death situation. I live a casual and calm life so I imagine it would really make me think and even take a toll on me but in the end I would put money on me managing well and doing my best to make the right decisions for myself and anyone else involved.


6. What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?


I believe in aliens and I’m into the Roaring 20's. I know random right? I just find aliens fascinating and I believe that they exist, have been here and even walk among us not to sound like a nut or anything! And yeah the Roaring 20's just seems like it was such a fun and simple time to be alive. I may live it up like they did when it’s 2020(laughs) I’ll be styling and be all suave. I just really enjoy learning about the 20's.


Character Interview with Gustav Vandaldrake


1. What can you tell us about yourself?


My name is Gustav Vandaldrake and I am in the wax business. My business takes up most of my life as I don’t do much outside of it. Although when I’m not working my hobbies include stamp and rock collecting as well as listening to my vintage jazz collection, oh I do love my jazz! I have been married to my lovely wife Isabella for over 40 years and I cannot imagine life without her. I enjoy a good cup of coffee or joe as the young people like to call it these days. I enjoy cooking because my wife grew tired of always cooking for me(chuckles) and I am a very kind and gentle man. I enjoy making the most of life just as I did when I was younger and what is it they say? You’re only as young as you feel!


2. What exactly is a wax factory and what can you tell us about your business?


(Laughs) You certainly aren’t the first person to ask me this. Wax factories were popular back in the day in the early 1800's. From a general standpoint, regular wax factories served as places that made candles and candle accessories or they made wax within the factories and from there the wax was sent out to other places to be used as candles or your other basic wax needs.


The Wax Factory is a bit different you see, The Wax Factory didn’t just make candles nor do I in fact I intend to go by my great grandfather’s old creations. The Wax Factory here is bigger and broader. Here it deals with not just candles but everyday items and unique items all to be created from wax. The wax is made here, things are created from it and most of all it acted and will continue to act as a shop where people can come in to see what we have and buy these elaborate wax items. I’ve done a lot of reading on my great grandfather’s business from old books down in the basement and my vision is to make this place as authentic to how it was back in the day. Oh I’m giddy just thinking about it!


3. Care to tell us a little history on the town of Craven Hollow?


Oh heavens if I didn’t know any better I’d swear you’re asking me about the history of this town because I’m old! It’s quite alright, while I’m not a historian I do know a little bit about this town. Craven Hollow is one of the smallest towns in the state of New York. It was founded I want to say back in the 1600s? Not quite sure there and it for the most part has always been a quiet little town where people come to relax and get away from you know, the busy streets of New York. The city once had two big businesses, The Wax Factory and a fur trade business although if my memory serves me correct the fur business didn’t last long nor pan or as many had expected. It can be a bit eerie and odd in town if your not from Craven Hollow, people have told me that although I haven’t the slightest idea what they mean!(laughs). The town is peaceful and I also remember hearing something about a statue being built here and that Bartholemew Halbriar to whom the school is named after had part in it’s creation. Craven Hollow is a joyous place and has great history!


4. What is it about wax that you love so much?


I don’t love it half as much as I’m told my great grandfather did! It’s hard to explain but I guess in some ways wax reminds me of clay. It’s a thick material and it’s easy to work with, and many people only see it as what candles are made from but those people must not have big imaginations. I love wax because I love the vision and work my great grandfather put into the place and the passion he had for it and in many ways I think it got passed down onto me. I enjoy creating and wax is the material of my choice. It’s an underrated substance, it works nicely with fire and I just have a way with it that gives me a extraordinary feeling!


5. What do you know about your great grandfather Ghyslain?


What a lovely and kind man he was! Oh I remember my parents and my grandfather telling me about him and he fascinated me. He was a hard working man and he gave job opportunities to so many including woman. He loved just loved wax and he and his partner Edward Langston were quite the creators when it came to wax. My great grandfather was a visionary and I think in many ways was a big part in this town’s success. Without him people would not have had jobs and I just know he was a very generous and friendly man. He was the type of guy you’d want to know and would appreciate knowing.


6. Do you think young people will appreciate The Wax Factory?


Oh I hope they will! Oh how I hope they will. I’m not up to date with what young people of today like and don’t like but I at least hope that they will stop and check out the history of not only this factory but a key part of business within their city. I think those who enjoy history, like big old factories and like wax will enjoy the Wax Factory! I also plan on making part of the factory a museum but not all of it will be a museum, as I said before it’s going to be a place where people can come and buy things made of wax and I hope the young people of today will appreciate that and I don’t see why they wouldn’t.


Be sure to get your copy of The Wax Factory!

Why Was Killing the Normal?

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (47)

You ever watch or read a western where a guy looks at another guy wrong and before you know it one of them’s dead? Or a guy rides into town and his sole mission is to kill as many men as he can or kill the fastest gunslinger in town? Why? Why is this normal? Just why exactly was killing as normal as waking up in the morning? I mean sure, people are killed everyday but back in the Wild West days it was just unnatural and a bit odd and unsettling if you really sit down, look back and think about it. Just because a guy looked at you wrong, you shoot him dead. He eyed your favorite saloon girl, you shoot him dead. He doesn’t drink whiskey, you shoot him dead. His horse is faster and more majestic than yours, you shoot him dead. Tired of these? Okay, the point is simple, killing for the sole sake of killing is inhuman but in the wild west it seems like everyone was easily frazzled and could get upset without any second thought.



The wild west was cool and all and you probably even say “hey I wish I was a part of that time!” but have you ever sat and thought about it like truly thought about it? You think of all the great adventures you could have and all the saloon girls you could get but you probably don’t think of the fact that you wouldn’t get clean everyday and worse you wouldn’t think about how well you could hold up in a fight before you’re shot dead. The truth is you should because killing was the normal and as cool and awesome as it may have looked it was a downright dirty and despicable time and killing back then were as normal as learning your abc’s today. If you could hold your own then that’s great and all but imagine living knowing you could die just for looking at a guy wrong. Then again some people are touchy on social media but this isn’t the same in the slightest.



So why was killing so normal back in the Wild West? Because it just was? Not good enough for me. Because people were easily upset and didn’t take kindly to others? We’re getting warmer. Because back in those days it was all about the times, surroundings, survival and basic instinct? Yup that sounds about right. The wild west was just like any other era, it had certain things that made it what it was. But killing? Yes killing. It was probably no different than people dying in war everyday or the days when people carried around swords instead of pistols and rifles. It’s just a hard thing to think about though that people could just get killed and everybody thought it was normal. A big difference however is when people die in war they likely died for honor in some way, getting decapitated with a sword or gunned down in broad daylight just seems like it would really take some getting used to if one ever could get used to such a thing.

 


Also imagine watching a guy gun another guy down and then that guy goes into the saloon and orders a whiskey and everyone acts like nothing happened because they don’t want to get killed. That sounds awful to me. I mean sure I would keep my mouth shut and eyes away from the man but the fact that killing is the only thing on that man’s mind or anybody else’s is truly a terrifying thought. I’m not even going to get into the fact that I would have to kill in order to survive back then because while it’s cool to think of getting into a wild west showdown or duel with someone, I don’t know about you but I don’t want to kill anyone and I certainly don’t want them to kill me. But that was the wild west for ya. Survival of the fittest, there can be only one, you looking at me? Whatever way you wish to look at it, it’s simple..the wild west is cool to watch and read about but to be there in a place where killing was normal and getting clean was crazy talk? Count me out partner.

Can A Writer Not Be A Reader?

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (47)

They have nothing to do with one another. You don’t need to be a reader in order to be a writer because while they share the common trait of books and literature it is a reader that needs a writer but not the other way around. Readers who love certain writers wait for their favorite writer to write the next book of their favorite series. A writer doesn’t need to wait for a reader, they hope a reader jumps onto their writing. A writer should be appreciative that a reader picks up their writing but why should it matter if a writer doesn’t read? After all a writer’s audience is not other writers, they are if the author writes about writing but a fictional author no. Let me clarify that again, a writer’s audience is not other writer’s unless the genre they are writing is about writing and helping other authors.


Now everyone has their own opinion however to me what I have stated above speaks volumes and is quite clear and makes sense yet I still think I have skeptics, those who still think the opposite and that is totally in your right to have that opinion, however it is not in your right to push it in the face of those that don’t believe and result to insult people who don’t believe that writers need to read. Readers are going to read, writers are going to write. And people are going to take to social media to try and make their point even if it means disrespecting others who don’t share the same opinion as them. Let’s examine this a bit further, just because a writer doesn’t read books as often as a bookworm per say does NOT mean the following:


-The writer doesn’t read books at all(just not as much as them)

-The writer doesn’t read anything(we as humans read everyday but doesn’t mean books)

-The writer doesn’t know how to read(some people actually think this)

-The writer’s writing will suffer because they don’t read(it won’t because it has nothing to do with their writing)

-The writer doesn’t experience and take in knowledge(They do just not as much as a bookworm or traditional reader would)


The point? It hasn’t changed, just because someone doesn’t read and they are a writer doesn’t mean anything, it simply means if anything that they are more dedicated to their writing and can get more writing done because that is their choice. Not everyone is going to enjoy reading so just because someone becomes a writer they are supposed to read more? If they didn’t read a lot before than then why would becoming a writer change anything? It wouldn’t and shouldn’t. If A person doesn’t like to read then that’s their right, their choice. They should not be chastised for it. I personally do not like to read however that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to read, it doesn’t mean I don’t read books and it certainly doesn’t mean my writing suffers because of it. When I became a writer I actually started reading more and found a new appreciation not only for reading but for my fellow indie authors.


In conclusion, everyone is entitled to their opinion, writers are going to write and readers are going to read. The better question to ask is if a reader writes a few things are they considered a writer? Or are they merely readers picking up a new hobby or taking a stab at the other side of the spectrum? However you want to look at it the point remains the same that reading and writing while crucial to us as humans do not need to read in order to be writers. Writers can get inspiration from many things some may choose to do so by reading and others from taking in all around them. The choice is their’s and their’s alone. Is it easier to read or to write?


Obviously it’s easier to read that’s without question however again people will be criticized if they don’t read as writers because there’s so much irrelevant accusations and speculations of the individual. Let me clear that up in case you got confused. Some writers or people in general find reading to be difficult not because they cannot read but because they have a hard time getting into a book or simply devoting time into a book because they are busy doing something else such as writing. Read if that’s what you want to do, and write if that’s what you want to do but don’t throw shade at others because they don’t share the same appreciation for reading as you do. We are all different and we all like different things and we all enjoy similar things.


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