Say What?

RDP Thursday: PURIST

Over the years I have actually been told by people in various writer’s groups that I don’t write ‘real horror ‘ and that I’m not really in touch with the “darkness ” and that I am NOT scary.

Not even a little scary.

I think that means I’m harmless. You know. Fluffy.

So, I have to agree,  maybe that’s a little true.

My favorite color is pink, and for the first four years of his life I dressed my dog up like lady bugs and bunnies and kittens for Halloween. I also collet Pez Dispensers.

On the other hand.

I had a job that required I help rebuild the face  of someone who had sailed threw their windshield and met and untimely death and as I worked I sang all of my favorite Abba songs A cappella because the CD player was on the fritz and my CD kept skipping which made me sort of crazy.

I mean a song would start and then a few seconds later it would skip to the next song which would play all the way through. It even played the one after that all the way through and then….skippety  skip  skip skip.

At the time I had no idea who came up with the bright idea for CDs and CD players and sold them as indestructible and dependable but if I would have known at that exact moment who they were, I would have hunted them down,  strapped them to an embalming table and given them an experience that those of us with a pulse are never going to know.

After that some of my co-workers claimed I always hummed Abba songs when I was ticked off, I don’t remember doing that- but it was probably true.

AI Artwork by:
Dolly Cypher

So the next time you are tempted to tell somebody else who they are  and that through some kind of Spidey Sense  you think you ‘get’ what is going on in their heart and head because of what they draw or write or the kind of music they like.

Just. Don’t.

You’re apt to be oh so very wrong.

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Dolly Cypher



4 thoughts on “Say What?

  1. Writers groups can be NOT very supportive. You have an interesting “voice” and take on things that is particularly your own…I’d say it’s more of taking a quick look over your shoulder in wariness after spending time on your site. It’s thoughtful.
    Lot’s of people think of horror as running shrieking from the house. After a while that gets old and boring.
    Do your thing Anita, it’s cool.

    • Stephen King had this great piece of advice about writing- if three random people all see the same flaw, you’ve got a flaw to deal with.

      Another thing I have learned, if someone looks at my story and says, ” I would have written it this way, ” then I’m already checking out because guess what- they didn’t write it- I did, warts and all its my creation and I’ll stick by it.

      And if the lead off from someone in a writer’s group is ” In my humble opinion ” I already know that the opion is not humble and it’s probably a gloopy booger of advice that they pulled out of their nose and I don’t want it.

      The way I approach writer’s groups is this way- either the group will like or they will not like what I’ve writtern and I’m okay with that. But I don’t need random people to give me permission to write.

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