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Why hate can be good.

A fairly newish blog I’ve been checking out posed a brilliant set of questions last week that really got me thinking. The title of the blog was Hate something, Change something to match the Honda advert, you can read their blog here.

The instinctive reaction for a lot of people is that hate is bad. It leads to bad things and makes a lot of wars happen etc. But does it always? I don’t think it does.

I think when we hate evil things it can lead to good things. Hating slavery can lead us to do something about it, like giving money to charities or raising awareness of a particular slavery related issue.

As the blog I’ve linked to says ‘to love good is to hate evil’. With that in mind it helps people find out what they are passionate about so the blog posed three questions. I’m going to answer the same three questions.

What do I hate?

I hate seeing creative people not creating because the world has stopped them doing so, either by encouraging them into a non-creative job because it’s ‘safer’ financially or because they’ve been put down so many times they don’t believe they are good enough any more. Whatever the reason, it really really makes me angry. I don’t want the world projecting it’s idea of a person on to them so they can no longer be themselves the way they were meant to be, and unfortunately this is often parents who say they want what’s best for their child.

What do I love?

My favourite moments are when I’m in a group of creative people and the ideas are literally flying. When everyone is so secure in who they are as a creative and the ideas all bounce off each other. For me there’s nothing more exciting and fun than sharing a small tiny idea I’ve got with some other people and hearing what it sparks in them, until that idea grows and becomes something it never could if I had kept it to myself. They are some of the most satisfying creative moments in my life.

What do I obsess over?

Probably learning. I love to experience and learn as many new things as possible. New cultures, new ways of thinking. I’m so curious I think I’ve heard the line ‘curiosity killed the cat’ more times than my own name. Of course with me being me I’d come up with several replies to that by the time I was ten, ‘satisfaction brought it back’ is one of my favourites but ‘that’s why the cat has nine lives’ also used to work quite well. I have a desire to understand things on such a deep level it’s like an unquenchable thirst.

Now I already know how these three things lead to what I’m most passionate about and considering I’m doing a lot of it I won’t say much about it here, but for those not quite so sure and for those wanting to check they’re doing the right thing. Why don’t you sit down and think about the answers too. You can even add them to the comments section on the original blog if you’re feeling brave enough to share.

The Legacy Inheritance: A Review

The Legacy Inheritance is a novella by Patrick Donnell.

It’s modern and set in the US in a standard city. The character is a pretty average joe who finds himself being made redundant and is doing his best to get himself back on track and in another job before the monotony of living alone at home sets in and he gives up on his life.

The book takes a little while to get going but it picks up the pace and interest as soon as the main character gets his call to inform him someone he knows has died and left him an inheritance. He then goes on the quest set to him by the guardian of the will. This is by far the most interesting part of the book and with a little bit of fun with the voices would make this book a great one to read to children.

The message and morals of the book are completely obvious and the author does nothing to try and hide them but I actually feel this adds to the book. It’s an easy to read, light hearted but good for you sort of book. I read it in one gulp while sitting on the sofa, too poorly to be working and it was the perfect lazy afternoon read.

My only one issue with the book was the formatting. I think something somewhere had gone a bit screwy between the word document uploaded by the author and being turned into a mobi file by amazon cause sometimes the book would switch from left alligned to central and occasionally paragraphs would be cut in half in odd places. This didn’t really detract from the book in my opinion as often scans of out of copyright books have equally interesting formating.

The Plan: April 12

Last Month

I had a reasonably productive month finally. It’s felt a little like wading through mud this year so far but things are improving and the sun came out, which always helps.

Here’s the bullet list:

  • hand wrote just over 6k for Sherdan’s prophecy
  • hand wrote approx 11k for For such a time as this
  • Typed approx 30k (including blogs and emails)
  • Spent about 30 hours reading
  • Spent about 10 hours working for Red Feather
  • Spent about 15 hours working for Flight
  • Spent about 20 hours marketing
  • Sent 112 emails

I finished Sherdan’s Prophecy in first draft! That was a really good moment as it has been the hardest book to write so far emotionally. There’s some great stuff coming up if you’re following the blogged chapters, if not I’d seriosuly encourage you to do so. It’s my best work to date I think.

I also got started on a new short. I decided I wanted to do something a bit lighter before starting my 4th novel so I picked one of the old short ideas I’ve had on my possible list for a few years and started penning it down. The advantage to it being an older idea is that it’s had plenty of time to stew around the inner workings of my brain so it’s been a nice easy write so far and I think I’m a little over half way through that.

Both With Proud Humility and Innocent Hearts have had reviews each on amazon.com, another 5 star one for With Proud humility and a 3 star for Innocent Hearts. I am pleased with both of those as the main complaint with Innocent Hearts is that it’s too short.

Sales are also continuing to rise after the post Christmas slump that seems to be characteristic. April was one of my best months for sales last year so it will be interesting to see this new months sales now I have two ebooks and a good few more positive reviews.

This Month I’ve been told by the doctor’s to take it easy. Seems my body isn’t happy with the levels of stress so I’m not meant to do anything to stressful and I have to get more exercise. Thankfully it’s not the middle of the winter so the thought of more exercise doesn’t seem to unappealing.

Because of that I’ve delayed the start of my 4th novel a little. I’ll probably plan to prepare it but I doubt I’ll now start it until may. In the meantime I’ll pootle along with my short and see how that goes.

In terms of the secret project I mentioned last month I’m pleased to finally say that it’s my publishing company branching out into a new author. As of mid April I’ll be one of two authors published by Red Feather Writing, the other being a very gifted writer called Andrew Bellingham. He’s starting his career with a young adult fantasy short called Elsa’s Reality. I’ll post again with cover and blurb etc a little closer to the release date but needless to say we’re both rather excited.

Hopefully next month I’ll have a bit more news about my next release as well and be able to pin down a more accurate time frame for a release date than soon.