You Want More Trump? NOT OFF MY WRITING PLAYLIST

 

Yes, this is actually made to be taken seriously…

Look, I don’t care how one identifies themselves, but if you’re someone who advocates identity politics,  do you really think this is going to help?

When to listen: Never… this is cringe-worthy. Unless of course you’re looking to waste a few brain cells.

Plus, under no circumstances should bill nye (lower case to denote a lack of respect) be taken seriously.  This is a guy who said he’d be okay with people getting criminal charges for disagreeing with him on climate change. Again, I don’t take sides on the issue,  but criminal charges for a difference of opinion? That’s how you get more Trump…



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

You Want More Trump? NOT!!!

 

I was in tears from laughing at this! Seriously, this is utter brilliance!

This is NOT how you get more Trump! Have a great day everyone!!!

 



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

You Want More Trump? Mass Effect

Ever wonder what happened to the Mass Effect games? The first one was awesome, the second one was great… The third… and now Andromeda..

Despite the decent reviews that Andromeda has been getting… they largely seem to agree

“In its current iteration, Mass Effect: Andromeda is an incredibly addictive, compelling action RPG. It is also deeply flawed in a way that goes beyond the sometimes wonky character animations and technical glitches that worm their way into expansive, open-world AAA titles nowadays. Much hay has been made about Andromeda‘s character animations and odd lighting, and rightly so. While there is a lot to love about Andromeda, these seemingly small details wind up breaking the immersion and distracting from the game’s storytelling potential.

From wooden character models to dead android eyes, the animations in Andromeda feel as though they were an afterthought. Some characters look like they have space rickets when the walk, others seem as though they’re experiencing constant tremors, and some suddenly appear in front of me thanks to shoddy draw distance issues on the PS4 version. In one horrifying case, the game glitched and created two Nakmor Dracks standing on top of one another in the kitchen of my spaceship.”

Among other complaints are that the character creation bit is terrible, and many place the blame for this and other Bioware game flaws on the game designers who seem to spend a disproportionate amount of time being racists…

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… I’ve taken a bit of flak for this, but after seeing this… crap on twitter, I sent a letter to BioWare, explaining that if this was the type of person that they employed, and the things they say here are perfectly okay with them, they’d lose a lot of customers. They already lost me. I still have my Dragon Age games, but I have no intention of purchasing Andromeda or any other BioWare game until they come out against this bigotry.

Identity politics doesn’t sell, nor does a bias against another race.

Oh come on Jim, I’ll bet her doesn’t really believe that. He probably just said it to attract attention to his game. 

That actually might be even more despicable. You drive the racial divide deeper just to sell your product?

So you’re against freedom of speech?

We’ve been over this. He has every right to say it and I’m glad he did, because I now know where the money I spend on my games goes and can make much more conscientious about where my money goes.

You are aware that most of the gaming/geek community are left leaning right?

Yes, though that may change as they’re continuously alienated by creators looking to pander to a group of people that literally have zero interest in their products. I have no issue with leftist ideologies, its regressive leftist ideologies that I take issue with and those people are not majorly part of the Geek community.

Stupid, racist, divisive comments like this, people. That’s how you get more Trump.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

You Want More Trump? More University BS!

 

All right look… a lot of people have asked if I’m in favor of Trump with all of these posts. I’m not. I like SOME of the things he’s done, especially for American Jobs, but I still think he’s a loudmouth who is way too easily distracted by media stupidity to get the job done.

That being said, you want more Trump?

Clearly the York United Black Students’ Alliance does…

Per HeatStreet:

The student group, York United Black Students’ Alliance, got into hot water after a student, Jake Janic, complained publicly via a student Facebook group. Janic posted a picture of the poster which read: “catering to black students only”.
“My attention was brought to this poster because I was actually interested in getting my recert[ification] in first aid. It’s a skill everyone should know. Apparently my skin color is an issue though,” Janic wrote.

The poster offering CPR and first aid training is the official poster, as the black student group tweeted the poster themselves on their official twitter account.

Okay, first of all… groups on College Campuses that are basically segregated on the basis of race/gender/sexual orientation are complete and utter BS anyway. In this day and age, there is no need for them. We’re all humans, we’re all people. We are all equal in our rights. We may not all be born with equal opportunity, but in the Western World, we are born with the ability to make our decisions and get ahead in life. Change our stars if you will.

Offering a product or service to a specific group of people while excluding others is, by its very definition, discrimination in its simplest form:

dis·crim·i·na·tion
dəˌskriməˈnāSH(ə)n/
noun
  1. 1.
    the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
    “victims of racial discrimination”

 

What’s worse? The group doubled down on their discriminatory behavior by labeling the criticism of their class as ‘Anti-black Racism.’ So try to stomach this for a moment… a group that is being accused of racism and discrimination is actually saying that such an accusation is itself racist.

However… lets be fair… lets take a look at their statements…

“It has come to the attention of the York United Black Student’s Alliance that we have anti-black racism in our midst,”

No… no you don’t. You’re committing discrimination based on race, which is a form of bigotry. Calling you out on it is not racism.

“Offering programs such as these to our community members is by no way in any means racist.”

Okay, in terms of actual definitions, this is correct. What they’re doing is not technically prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. Especially since its ‘blacks-only’ which means no Latinos, Asians, Whites, etc. That said, it is still discriminatory.

“York University since it’s inception has had a longstanding history of erasure of black bodies, black students, and black space on this campus,”

Ehhh… maybe? I don’t know this for sure as I admit to my own ignorance of the history of York University… for no other reason than a lack of interest. Maybe one of my readers can clarify. That said, why do you need ‘black space’ on campus? Isn’t the idea of segregated safe spaces as xenophobic as it gets? Isn’t that counter-productive to the idea of equality, egalitarianism, and the philosophy that Western Society is a melting pot of different ethnic backgrounds, religions, etc.?

“For white folks to claim that they need additional space with whiteness subsumed in the entirety of the Canadian context is idiotic. The idea that some folks believe that white supremacy needs to be perpetuated by carving out even more space for white folks is redundant,”

NOW we’re getting into racism, big time. I hate to say this, but from my own time on a college campus, these groups that come together based on specific backgrounds, are some of the most exclusivist, bigoted, and downright racist people you’ll ever meet on a college campus, and this group is not exception…

I learned that the hard way, being a Catholic who was dating a girl that was apart of the campus Christian Alliance.

But Jim, this happened in Canada, how do you get more Trump this way?

One, because Americans see the same thing happening on our own campuses and I guarantee you that there is a large American population on that campus.

But all right, you win, let’s take a look at the world…

Brexit is coming… the Labour party has been reduced almost to a 3rd party and speculation of them ever regaining a significant hold on government is grim at best.

Le Pen is coming and with her another Brexit.

The collapse of the EU is slowing creeping up on us. It will soon become a small union where Angela Merkel dictates out policy to a bunch of poor eastern European countries.

The conservative parties in Holland and the Netherlands are quickly gaining power.

Trump is in office and with him exits trade deals like the Trans-Pacific, NAFTA, etc. The democrats have been reduced to a regional party with only 18 governors, a shrinking minority in Congress, and soon to be almost no representation in the Supreme Court.

The left has lost. Identity Politics has lost, globalism has LOST! The Middle and Working classes are tired of being forced to pay into governments that place a higher value on foreigners, on non-existent racial/identity issues, and things that shouldn’t concern them, then protecting the people they were elected by. They are tired of paying that government which takes their money and then abuses them for the privilege of exercising their rights, and then when they speak out against it, are told by social elites to check their privilege… when they never had any in the first place.

The worst thing is that the left hasn’t seemed to have learned their lesson and has adopted a ride out the storm philosophy, thinking that if they bury their heads in the sand and stay the course, this will all just go away.

Personally, I have no issue with them doing that because honestly… it’s about time these people lost and lost hard. Trump isn’t necessarily the way I wanted to see that happen, but I’ll take it.

The sad truth is that Trump isn’t going anywhere as long as stuff like this continues to happen… as long as we pay enough each year to buy ourselves new cars to send our kids to schools to be discriminated against and indoctrinated instead of educated.

This people, is how we get more Trump.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Let’s talk about Hate

“Hi Jim,

You mentioned in a previous post that you explored the topic of prejudice and racism. I’m trying to write a book exploring the topic, but I’ve never really dealt with it in my own life. That is to say, I’ve never been the victim of racism. Do you think someone can write about the topic if they themselves have never experienced it?

Thanks,
Alissa”

Hi Alissa,

Great question. I would refer you to the ‘creative’ work of Neill Blomkamp he seems to tell the story about it over and over again. 🙂

Okay, on a more serious note, let’s face it, we’ve all faced discrimination at some point. Like it or not, it’s true, we all have. Not necessarily racism, but prejudice of some kind. Somewhere out there, someone doesn’t like us because of who we are, where we come from, our religion, the color of our skin, etc. etc. Granted, some people face it a lot more than others. So your best bet would be to go back to a time that you were unfairly treated for reasons beyond your control. Think about a time someone made you stand out for something you couldn’t help or because of who you are. Think about how it made you feel and how it changed your view of the world around you, then write.

For me personally, when I wrote about Lia’na’s experiences, I partially took from my historical studies of the civil rights movement, but then was also able to give a more in-depth view into the emotional aspects when I went back and thought about a time in my life when I had experienced prejudice.

Allow me to provide a little background… I’m Irish Catholic. In certain areas, there has always been and always will be some people who have an extreme bias against people who share that background. Most of them originate from areas known as the ‘Old World,’ more specifically, areas of Europe, perhaps in greater amounts from the UK. Granted these resentments have decreased greatly they still exist. In my particular case, it happened in college. I was dating a girl of Welsh/Scottish descent and she was a first generation American.

I’m not going to go into great detail, but let’s just say her mother took issue with her dating someone of my… background and made no secret of it. Long story short, the whole experience didn’t end well. When I wrote Lia’na’s backstory, I brought out those memories and feelings of resentment and confusion, and was able to use them in my writing.

I know there are a lot of people out there who would say that you can’t write about racism if you haven’t faced it, white people shouldn’t write about it, reverse racism doesn’t exist, etc. To those people I would say that racism and hate doesn’t know a skin color. Look back over history, every group of people from every walk of life has been enslaved, massacred, discriminated against, or mistreated because of who they are and/or where they come from. It is a fact.

Homophobia, bigotry, racism, religious persecution, and gender bias are not owned by any one group or groups of people. I agree that reverse racism doesn’t exist though. Racism is racism regardless of skin color. Unfortunately, in recent months, there has been a lot of examples of racism, not only in things like the shootings of those poor souls in South Carolina, but also the reactions of some simple-minded individuals who have been raised to hate, play the victim, or intellectuals who use race for self promotion.

Like it or not, THIS is just as racist:

As this:

I’m sorry, but it is. You can try to explain it away, you can try to say that one was making a point while the other was showing his true colors, but all partisan beliefs aside, prejudice knows no color and until everyone recognizes that and works towards a better future for all, any thoughts of unity, equality, or harmony are as much a fantasy as the book I write.

Personally, I have a feeling that the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King would be dismayed and ashamed by the state of both sides of isle on this one. Those who cling to traditions that are no longer appropriate in the modern world are not helping their cause anymore than those who continue to promote stereotypes.

Anyway, I hope this helps Alissa. You don’t always have to have experienced something first hand to write about it. You can always do a third person account based on the experiences of someone else, or just look to an above example like I listed. Please feel free to email me if you have any further questions, I’m also going to open this one up to my readers and ask them to offer their two cents.

Thanks Friend and good luck!


Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

The Traitorous Main Character

So you’ve written your story. Your characters are beloved, not only to you, but also your reading audience. Well now you’re writing the next part in your series and are ready to do the unthinkable…

You’re going to have one of the characters turn on the others. One of your main good guys is now to become a villain and not just a villain, but one who was the cause of much of the turmoil that the other characters have gone through.

So how do you do it? Up until now, this character has been close to all of the others. They have become well-liked, and your audience has grown attached to that character. How do you suddenly make them the object of scorn?
Well it may not be as difficult as you think and it may not even be necessary. Let me explain…

If you’re going to paint the person as a straight villain, the shock and surprise alone should be enough to turn your readers against the character. If you’ve written it right, your readers should feel just as betrayed as the characters that they are reading about. Having the ability to make your readers relate, and even feel the same emotions that the characters are is a staple of a truly gifted story teller. Just make sure that you provide an alternate view of the events from the past stories so that everything fits into place. This is absolutely essential if the villain role is going to stick.

Above, I said that it may not be necessary to make the traitor the object of scorn. Indeed it isn’t. If you refer back to my Character Complexes thread, you can read up on how to create a villain that may not necessary be evil. Maybe this traitor has family that they are looking for, maybe they’re turning on their friends for what they perceive to be the greater good, or maybe there is a payoff at the end that is enough for the traitor to sacrifice their friends.
The point is, just because the character is no longer a good guy, or on the same side as the main characters, doesn’t mean that they’re bad. Quite the opposite, it just means that their circumstances have changed. That character can still be relateable and even likable.

Now, does that mean that this character won’t come back to the morally ‘right’ in the story? No, there is no rule in place that a character can’t switch sides.

So just remember when writing a traitor, it may be better and even easier at some points to not paint them as a straight villain.

Thanks and catch you all on the flip-side,

Jim

Free Exchange of Ideas…

Can I just ask… what the heck happened?

When I first published my work, I got a lot of comments from readers, both positive and negative. Divinity in particular got positive and negative comments from die-hard Christians and atheists, and I don’t understand the negativity.

I certainly can’t speak for the rest of the world, so if it’s different outside of the U.S. PLEASE let me know.

I don’t mind disagreeing with my views, in fact, I welcome it! I love it when someone posts a comment on Facebook, here, or on my other pages and tells me that they disagree with my message or my assessment of a certain situation or event. I always enjoy hearing about it from the other person’s perspective and then engaging their talking points. That’s fine…

What’s not fine is when people start calling you names or accuse you of racial bigotry. I don’t get that. Nowhere have I ever used racial slurs in anything I’ve written (unless you count sharpy, which many of my characters call elves), nor have I ever said anything about a specific ethnicity or religion that would portray everyone in any of those groups in a negative light.

I’ll provide a perfect example. The other day I was on a newspaper’s website and one person mentioned on the message board that he supported voter ID laws. The next comment accused him of being racist. How is requiring all citizens to prove their citizens racist? Another comment said that it makes it more difficult for poor people to vote. That is a credible argument, but racist? Is the person making that comment inferring that all poor people are minorities, or that the majority of certain minorities are poor? Isn’t the assumption of racism, actually racism itself?

Anyway, I don’t want to delve into a conversation of semantics, so let me get back on point. Why just sit there, yell and scream, and accuse the person of being racist? Why get mad at that person’s viewpoint? What good does that do? Why not instead of resorting to anger, threats, or childish name-calling, you address that person’s talking points. Tell that person why you think they’re wrong and then hear their arguments. You might learn something and they might actually gain some knowledge in the process too. Why is that not a better solution?

By resorting to childish name-calling, you make yourself look less intelligent.

By resorting to misogyny, you make yourself out to look hateful.

By resorting to inserting race or ethnicity into an argument, you make yourself out to be hateful, you water-down justified accusations of racism, and you spit on everyone who actually suffered from racism and fought for equal rights.

All of this takes a negative toll on society. It get’s to the point where Freedom of Expression and Speech take a back seat to people’s’ sensitivity. The problem is that people don’t see the damage being done by this. Someone showing a different perspective on things, as long as it’s factual and historically accurate, should not be met with scorn. Their talking points should be addressed.

Seriously, why get mad? Why break off contact or remove someone from your contact list? Why resort to stupidity? If someone’s opinion truly upsets you, ignore it. Unless they’re specifically saying it to insult you or a group you’re apart of, why get mad? Why not respond and tell them why you think they’re wrong?

All you’re doing is making it more difficult for someone to express their opinions or their views. By accusing someone who expresses a viewpoint of racial, religious, or ethnic bigotry where none was intended or implied, or calling them names, all you’re doing is making another person fear how they’re going to be portrayed by others, including their employers and family, and thus are making it harder for them to put their views to paper, and that’s a terrible, awful thing to do, when the Free Exchange of Ideas is one of the most important freedoms anyone has.

I really don’t want to spend too much time on this, so I’m going to close with a quote from a TV show I loved as a child:

With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably… The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged. 

P.S. Don’t be afraid to post if you think I missed something or disagree, as I said above, I welcome other viewpoints and would love to address them.