What would you do to save a life?

I’m watching Haunted History on H2 this evening, and their currently discussing Manson and all that awfulness. A thought occurred to me, not for the first time: If you could go back in time and stop something terrible from happening, would you?

Now, the automatic answer is, well yeah! But I want you to think about this for a minute. Let’s say you could go back, and stop Manson. How far back would you go? At what part of his upbringing did things go wrong? Or was he just “born bad?” And how would you know you did enough to stop him? (For this hypothetical, I’m saying you can only go back once, like 12 Monkeys.)

It seems like the only way you could be sure would be to kill him. So when would you do it? At what point would you think, “Okay, he hasn’t corrupted anyone yet, so if he dies now, none of the craziness will happen.” From a young age he was known as a good manipulator, and he was often in boys homes/juvenile detention.

The decision’s been made. We’re going to kill Charlie Manson, as a child. Could you do that? End a kid’s life for the possibility of saving I think 9 lives?

If this isn’t heavy enough for you, what about Hitler?

These are the things I wonder about when I watch the history channel. It’s a conundrum; I can’t say what I would do one way or another. I’m glad I don’t have to make a decision like that. I’m also hoping I don’t come off totally creepy either. It’s not my fault there’s only macabre things on the History channels these days! Maybe I should go watch some My Little Ponies that I taped for Monkey instead…

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60 days to be a Writer Day 17

Today Monkey asked me why I was always on my computer with books and writing all the time.  I tried to explain my goal, and all I got was “Yay! That means you can buy me toys and take me to McDonald’s!”

Seriously, what do you say to that?

I hope everyone enjoyed the Render tour.  Hopefully we will be doing one for me someday.

SD 2nd round edits will be back on 9/26.

I’ve had a couple of writing hangovers for my other project, tentatively called 3 Against 1. Any adivce on writing love scenes wherin the characters leave all “jelly-kneed” would be greatly appreciated. I’m so out of my depth. (My mom reads this blog, so jelly-kneed is as detailed as I’m going to get here.)

I have a few ideas I’m going to pitch to Cracked.com, one of my favorite comedy websites. I may use those lists I made up a while back. Who knows?

I have so much going on, I’m going to have to get super-organized. I always try, but have a hard time sticking with it. Any apps that have been helpful for you, please recommend.

Emily

60 days to be a Writer – Day 6

Hey! I got in before midnight tonight! Look at me trying to keep normal hours!

As promised, my first Examiner.com article is now live and can be found here.

About 2 seconds after I posted my last entry, my editor emailed me to let me know when she would give me a return date on SD. Bless that wonderful woman.

In the mean time, I went back and looked at another project I worked on after SD. I’ve actually been itching to get back into it for some time. Like I said yesterday, I needed a break from vampires. So as I read over it, something happened. I consider it the absolute best, most exciting part of being a writer.

I liked what I was reading. I felt for my characters, as a reader. I want to know what happens next!

That feeling, that event is what gives me the confidence to publish and make a go of this writing thing. If I know what happens, but I still get nervous; if I know a romance is brewing but still get a little flutter in my gut when my characters have a “moment.” If we are our worst critics and I’m reading a first un-edited draft going, “Yeah! I love this!” 

Then maybe someone else will feel that way too. And maybe, I might actually have something.

I hope that doesn’t sound too egotistical. I just get excited when I still like what I write after I’ve walked away from it.

So now I’m going to go figure out what happens. : )

Emily

60 days to be a Writer – Day 4

Something actually happened today!

I finished my edits for SD and the outlines for it and the following two books. I can honestly say that was harder than writing the whole thing in the first place. But still, it is going to be soooo much better than the original.

So I will wait, and inevitably bug my editor because I’m nothing if not antsy. Until then, I have an article to write for the Examiner website and another series I put down to finish up this one. I never thought I’d say this, but I actually need a break from vampires.

Also, it’s past midnight and I’m beat. Thank you all for your continued support, kind words, comments, likes, and follows.

I hope to make you proud.

Emily

60 days to be a Writer – Day 3

So when I first finished SD, I remember everyone asking me, “How did you ever find time to do that?” At the time, it seemed like a really odd question. I was a stay at home mom with an infant. She slept a lot and was easily entertained. What else was I supposed to do?

Now I get it.

She’s four. Everything is, “Look at me do this! Look at this!” and “No, Mama! I can do it myself!” followed by the inevitable spill/rip/crash etc. 

I sit here and It’s almost 9pm. Where did the day go? And I’m so close to finishing my edits! Her Daddy is helping… almost. College football started today, the Huskers are playing, and the Monkey’s grasp on the finer points of zone defense is lacking. She’s still asking about the numbers on the field.

On the writing field, I only have three little scenes to write, (my editor wants me to make my villain more scary, and since my readers don’t live in my head, she does have a point.) Also, my first article will be on Examiner.com soon. I’ll do a post and a link once it’s up.

And on that note… anyone want to babysit? Please?? 

60 Days to be a Writer: Day 2

I want to start off by saying how much I appreciate the comments, likes, follows, and general outpouring of support I received from you all yesterday. I have a feeling I’m going to need to go back and read them from time to time.

I’ve been cleared to writer for the local Examiner website, so that’s nice. I’m going to try to cover local authors, indie book stores, and local events related to writing. I also found out that writing a guide or a topic section for About.com is not going to be as easy as I thought. Or at least getting contracted to write one.

Also, has anyone heard of Essay Shark? I can’t decide if its shady or not. I mean, how can you write academic papers for people and that be okay? Let me know if you have any experience with this.

It was great being home with Monkey today, although trying to keep her focused/entertained without letting her watch Sponge Bob all day was quite an effort. It will take us a bit to get back into our old routine. We’re going to be playing “Honey the Hero” in a minute. The cuteness will be epic; I may have to post it. After that, it’s time to finish these edits.

Here’s to us and the promise of a new day doing what we love!

– Emily

60 Days to Be a Writer: Day 1

Welcome to my journey. Starting today, there’s going to be some changes around here. Will I still talk about my book, and post reviews, sure. But I’m also going to let you into one of the greatest and scariest two months of my life. I’m going to try to make it as a writer. As in this morning, I informed my job I’m taking a two month leave of absence. As in, I’m going to try to help support my family with freelance writing and book revenues alone.

I’m terrified. I also need your help.

Come and visit. Leave a comment, an opinion, or a topic request. Hell, just tell me to go back to my day job if you must. All I know, is that I need you, each and every one of you, in order to make this crazy idea work.

Talk to you soon.

– Emily