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Flaming- What’s the point?

5 Jul

For the LIFE OF ME … I can not understand the point in flaming people!

For those who may not know what a flame is— in the literary world it’s an intentionally hurtful/ malice review on someone’s body of work. I don’t know if that’s the actual definition, but you get the picture.

Now, this isn’t to be confused with politely and in a constructive way voicing your dislike for something or your opposing viewpoint of something.  After all not every book, blog, magazine article etc. is compiled with everyone in mind.

I, for one, have never read the Wall St. Journal, and probably never will.

Therefore, I am not the target audience.  So a flamer, to me, is someone who goes out scouting material not meant for them— in which they already know they will not like—all for the purpose of bashing the authors and their integrity, creativity, character, education, you name it—they bash it.

So this is what I ask: What’s the point?

What do you flamers get out of leaving nasty and hurtful reviews for people? Is it something that helps you sleep better at night? Make you feel big like you accomplished something? Do you feel like you’re doing a public service and speaking out for the weaklings who might not “have the balls to admit that they are really thinking?”

This is all kidding aside… I am DYING to understand it.

Now, I’ll admit I’ve been pretty lucky. With the exception of a few people stating that my characters may be a bitch, dense, or vapid … or that my blog has no rhyme or reason to it (*snort* I already told people my blog is about everything and nothing but whatever) … No one has come through and ripped me to the core in how much my family sucks, how I’m going to hell, or how I should never write again. (I’m sure that will change but whatever)

However, something people on the outside tend not to realize is that we bloggers, writers, etc.  are VERY much protective of each other because in simple terms: We know the struggle.

So, no, I haven’t gotten the worst of the flaming (yet) but having to see, read, or hear about fellow writers and bloggers going through this,  I feel it and again: I will never understand the point.

Yes, we put our works and thoughts out there to be judge and criticized, I get it, and it’s the nature of the beast. But to tell someone you don’t like their story or characters, or their blog— is not to tell them how horrible of a person they are, or how they or their families will rot in hell, or to threaten them or WORSE … when they post about a tragic event on a blog for you to call them LIARS, hate on them, or wish harm on them and their families during a tragic time.

For those who don’t know what it’s like … I would love for you to live inside the mind of a writer (aspiring or not) just for one day and see if you can come out on the other side sane. Those characters you read about—the ones you love to hate, or hate to the love? That murderer, that victim— yeah, they all lived in our minds for an insurmountable amount of time before we were able to put them on paper. You don’t like them fine. But you don’t know the man or woman behind the screen, the story that we may have lost sleep or shed tears over. Yet you sit behind your anonymity and exist solely to tear us down.

So I am asking, begging, for you all to enlighten me. As most flamers tend to hide behind their screens, never wanting to reveal their identities—have no fears you don’t have to sign in to comment under my posts.

I mean, GOD FORBID you have to actually take back the shit you dish out, huh?

Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful ….

29 Jun

Didn’t think I meant it when I said I’d be right back, huh? Well HA! 🙂

OK!!! I would like to thank the Awesomeness that is YYChristian over at The Key’s to attraction blog for nominating me for the “One Lovely Blog” Award! I don’t think I can gush enough about his blog, But I’m gonna attempt it!!

Fella’s! PLEASE for the love of all that is good in the eyes of single women– PLEASE check out his blog! And ladies please show him some love to… He’s trying to help school the men folk, on just about everything on the do’s and don’ts of … well everything! And he does a damn good job at it. *Whispers, “He must double check with the ladies on some things ’cause he’s a little too spot on with some of the advice.”* 😉

Moving right along!

As with Every Award you know what times it is!

So here are the rules!

* Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

* Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.

* Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.

* Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them

Part 1-

7 things about Lolo (I may have already said some of these things before, but *shrugs* that must mean I really want you to know them).

1. I’m the youngest of three … (and the super annoying younger sister).

2. I’ve lived in Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Haiti

3. I’m in my 20’s <— (That’s all you’re gonna get) lol

4. I’m afraid of the dark! (Things go bump in the night after all)

5. I hate, hate, HATE squirrels. (This I know I’ve said before, but it deserves mention twice. I just don’t understand why the little bastards exist).

6. I’ve seen more cooter than all the men I know combined! (I used to bar tend/waitress at a strip club).

7. The only sport I watch is Soccer.

Bonus: Since I jipped ya with bringing the squirrels up again

8. I played the clarinet for 4 years, but my brother made me quit when I got into high school!

Part 2-

Nominations

This might seem like a total cop-out … but in all fairness– this go round, I can’t pick! Really I follow so many blogs, and they all have so many things to offer that I won’t be able to decide. (Especially since I’ve been MIA for almost 2 weeks and a lot can change during that time you know).

Instead, I would just like to turn this back over to you guys! Thank you SO much for always providing me with laughs and smiles! From writing advice, to dating advice, to all around randomness … There really are some awesome bloggers on WordPress!!!!! Please check them out, and when you find a hidden gem of a blog that needs some recognition … pass along these awards to let them know how awesome they are and how much you appreciate them! 🙂

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

You can follow me on Twitter: @lolosofocused

Lustful Writing

6 Jun

Consider this Part 2: of  “My eyes are lustful whores”

The sin of the day is clearly still: Lust

OK! So you know how I told you that lust is one of the topics that I could write several posts about? I wasn’t kidding 🙂

Many of you know I write (or maybe not)… What you may not know, however, is WHAT I write. Fanfiction! I know– Don’t judge me! I love what I write, the stories I read, and some of the amazing authors that I meet daily… So yeah, my motto: Don’t like it don’t read it ya know! No hard feelings!

Moving on!

I decided (since we’re still on lust) to share with you some of what I write… that pertains to lust that is. Yes, my stories have a plot… of course! But, they also have some smut! So, read with caution!! Under 18: please leave now! Thanks!

*****

He grabbed the back of my knees and started thrusting into me more forcefully then he was before. 

Deeper.

Harder.

“Fuck… Yes!”

The sounds of our moans and grunts filled the air.

The noise of our hips slapping together echoed in the night.

I pulled his hair.

He bit onto my shoulder.

His movements were rough, hard, and needy.

They were almost angry.

 And it was fucking fantastic.

When I felt my walls clenching around him, I whimpered.

“Shit,” He hissed, and started rubbing my clit furiously; so furious that it probably would hurt if I wasn’t so wet. “Come on baby…” He pleaded… his eyes scrunched tight.

Once he takes my earlobe into his mouth I explode.

I’m shaking.

I’m screaming.

I’m coming so hard I’ve lost control of my body.

He’s still slamming into me brutally.

I don’t understand the noises coming from me as I all but beg him to stop.

I can’t take it anymore.

The pleasure is so intense I almost cry.

And then… I feel it… I’m there again.

“Yes…” He growls. “Gimme another one baby…”

And I do.

He’s grunting and moaning how much he loves me. Then finally I feel him spill into me.

We’re spent, and barely holding on too each other, as I finally feel a tear escape.

 “What was that?” I asked breathless, and panting once we calmed down.

He takes a moment as if trying to find a way to explain, when an evil glint came to his eyes. “That my love…” He smiles smugly.  “Is what I like to call make up sex.”

*****

He he! Hope you liked it! Ever want to read more? Here’s how to find me!

On AO3

On Fanfiction.net

at The Writers Coffee Shop- TWCS 

OR: If you look at the top of the page… I also add my stories here on my blog! 😉

I’ll share another one with you guys! If you’d like! Lemme know!!! 🙂

I Got a Pocket, Got a Pocket full of SUNSHINE AWARD

30 May

 

It always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, when I find out people actually read “Ranting on the Lolo” — Thank yoYYChristian for nominating me for the Sunshine Award and always putting a smile on face! 

Please check out his blog: Keys to Attraction:  Your Guide To Seduction And All Things Sexy

Here are the rules for the award:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog. √ Check!
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself. √ Check!
  • Nominate other fabulous bloggers. √ Check!
  • Link your nominees to this post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated. √ Check! {I linked them}
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you. √ Mutha-effin-CHECK!!!

What is a favorite childhood memory? — Summer movie marathons with my siblings and my cousins. Back when I was able to watch 10 scary movies in a row and still sleep at night! 😛 

What is a real fear you have? Other than the dark – ‘cause I’m really afraid of the dark— my biggest fear lately is never finding true love and all that stuff I read (and write) about!
 
How would you describe yourself? One word: Awesome 😀
 

What Countries have you lived in? United States of America, Haiti
 
What is your style? Errr… If we’re talking about fashion… I just like to match. I don’t think I fall into a particular category.
 
What is your favorite breakfast food? Cold pizza or left over take out… Means I had a GREAT night! 😉
 
What are some of your hobbies? Reading, writing, blogging, listening to music, annoying my sister.
 
If you could tell people anything, what would be the most important thing to say? I would tell people they need to enjoy every moment that they can and don’t sweat the small stuff… Life is too short!
 
What is one of your passions? Breathing! I love to breathe… ‘cause if I wasn’t breathing, we’d have some serious problems! :-p But seriously, writing. My passion is writing and I’m trying my hardest to get back into like I used to be.
 
What is the one truth you have learned? I guess going back to #8- I definitely learned the hard way that every second counts. I don’t ever want to be in the position, again, where I can’t do tomorrow, the things I took for granted today.

And here are my 10 nominees:

NMNPHX

XEYeti

Online Dating Journal

Just Call me Raegen

Bending God’s Ear

ErikChristian

30thoughts

SpudNuts World of the Unusual 

Kate Policani

 Find Gravity

BONUS:
*For my fellow FanFiction peeps*

 TwiNetwork

 I read many wonderful blogs and it was hard choosing just 10… So I did my best to pull a few from each category… From writing, to dating, to overall humor! Check them out! Leave them some love! and Enjoy!!

Bitch stole my… IDEA

29 Apr

OK that’s not true. No one STOLE my idea… In fact now that I think about it, maybe it’s me who’s the thief. Not making any sense here am I? OK let me explain, or at least try to.

As writers, we are our ideas (that’s not 100% true but go with me here) and without them, well then we don’t have anything to write about? Right?

What happens then, what do you do when an idea, a BRILLIANT idea, comes to you, you spend [insert time frame here] plotting out your characters, your world, the beginning the end, whatever. You’re plotting and outlining and researching and before you know it words start to flow, characters come to life and one day during your research BAM you realize that this damn idea, this once Brilliant idea isn’t so brilliant after all as its been done- dozens if not HUNDREDS of times. Sigh. Hangs head. Silently sobs.

Yeah that’s where I’m at right now.

I know they say great minds think alike, but has this ever happened to anyone else? Thinking that you came up with something, though not completely innovative per se, but at the very least creative as hell and think THIS IS IT! This is a great idea! This will be wonderful only to realize that your ‘great mind’ is actually in fact a semi-slow and behind-the-times mind?

If so- well I feel your pain! It may be back to the drawing board for me with this idea, or the stubbornness might win out and I’ll continue it knowing that it’s been overdone and played out. Sigh. Decisions. Decisions.

(*This has been a certifiable rant*)

My Review for ‘Puncture’ by Lisa V. Proulx

29 Apr

Puncture by Lisa V. Proulx

I already know what you’re thinking because, in the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit that a part of me, the fantasy genre lover that’s felt slightly inundated with this particular subject as of late, thought the same thing. “Ugh, not another Vampire novel.” Am I right? Well let me tell you, I was so wrong and if you read PUNCTURE you won’t be disappointed and will soon realize that this is indeed not just another Vampire novel.

I can’t speak on the thoughts of men, but as a woman, I can say that the catch line “Every woman knows a man like Victor” captures the pain and struggles and high and lows of not just a supernatural relationship but a relationship in general.

Though I will admit, at the beginning, and at times throughout the story I did have a hard time completely relating to Veronica, the heroine, and also wanting to throttle her for some of her decisions as well as thought process in certain situations. This is in no way a bad thing, however, and should show just how easily vested you become in her character and well being immediately. Not caring whether or not the heroine dies is a bad sign don’t you think? :-p

The way Lisa V. Proulx was able to insert me into Veronica’s mind shows her talent as a writer in demonstrating that age old rule of ‘Show not Tell’.

You see through her eyes the battles that we all, as woman, have faced, have watched someone face or sorry to inform you but WILL face at one point in our life. That proverbial should I or shouldn’t I trust this man or person that for some reason I love with every fiber of my being even though they clearly don’t deserve it.

The moment or moments when you realize that everything you thought you knew was a lie, that you should have headed the warnings of your intuition that so many take for granted; and this person, this man you love is not only a stranger but in Veronica’s situation pure evil.

And that is just what Victor Leatherman is in this story; the wolf in sheep’s’ clothing that plays on the love and desire that Veronica feels for him. And though we know this, and though we feel this, and though we all want Veronica to ‘leave his sorry ass’, the truth that comes out is still shocking.

You should know, and maybe I should have mentioned this before, that to me this is not a love story. No it far surpasses just the love of an undead monster and a semi-naïve mortal. This story is about choices and not just good vs. evil but life or death.

With the introduction of Aidan, I won’t get much into him as to not give away the plot and spoilers, adds on a whole other level of twist and turns as well as the truth about Victors past, that I didn’t expect and often found myself screaming at the screen to “SHUT UP!”  (true story I did that). And the end? Well just read that and find out yourself, then come back and tell me if it moved you while simultaneously ripping your heart out like it did mine.

Heading the warning of author Lisa V. Proulx I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone 17 and under as there are some sex, drug and references to violence but I DO recommend PUNCTURE for anyone looking for a suspenseful and interesting quick read.

Sometimes you might want to scream and shout, I’ll admit, and sometimes you might even teeter back and forth on your feelings of Veronica. But despite that, just like me, at one point you’ll find yourself leaning into the words, absorbing them and again realizing that whether we want to admit it or not “Every woman knows a man like Victor.”

Lisa V. Proulx

More about the Author: Lisa is a self- proclaimed laid back 70’s chick who loves to write horror and grew up watching scary movies. As a kid her favorite show was Dark Shadows. (Taken from Smashwords profile).

If you want to find out more about Lisa, her works, get your own copy of ‘Puncture’ or would just like to contact her; here are some links below.

Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=books&field-author=Lisa%20V.%20Proulx

Barnes&Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s?store=NOOKSTORE&keyword=lisa+v.+proulx

Blog : http://lisavproulx.wordpress.com/

FaceBook Author Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-V-Proulx-Author-Fan-Page/223212131077410

Are you a book snob?

19 Apr

It is often (see: always said) that to be a good writer you have to LOVE to read… and yes I feel, though they  go hand in hand,  not every writer reads for fun (versus gaining information) and not every reader has a die-hard passion for writing.

Inspired by a post from fellow blogger ‘Womens Fiction Writers’ where she asked “When did you fall in love with books? as well as ‘Katie is a teacher’ who is participating and from what I gather leading the 100 book challenge. I realized that, though I do love to read there are many, many, many books I haven’t even heard of, as well as classics that I, umm haven’t gotten around to. (sheepishly looks around to see if you bought that.)

OK confession time…

I am not a fan of many of the classics. Flashback to school- book reports. When it was time to study certain works of ‘classic literature’ I hated life and would more often than not rent the movie and watch it as reference or buy ‘Cliff Notes’ at the local bookstore. (We didn’t have Wikipedia and the likes when I was coming up folks.)

My non- enthusiasm of the classics, however, sometimes makes me feel as if others may look down at me cause I can’t wax poetic about Shakespeare and Jane Austin and blah blah blah.

My library is confusing and random to most people. I have Ernest Hemingway sitting next to Stephenie Meyer, Eric Jerome Dickey sitting next to Jen Lancaster, Judy Blume piled on top of David Sedaris. And somewhere in my parents garage is my old school collection of ‘Babysitters Club’ and ‘Goosebumps’ to name a few.

I love books and I love reading. Period. I shouldn’t feel bad or be made to feel bad because I hate and I will say it out loud HATE- ROMEO AND JULIET! (That’s just an example but you get the idea.)

So…

What’s your favorite book? (If you can pick one)…
What books do you love/hate?
What are some of your guilty pleasure books?
What are some books that, try as you might, can’t see the appeal of?
What are some books that your ashamed or not ashamed to admit you haven’t read?

Time to fess up!  and hey if your own book is one of your favorites? Mention it! Why not! 😉

This is a no judge zone folks! If you like the classics good for you (you’re meant to and are probably the norm)! But if you don’t- don’t feel bad you’re not alone!

 

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