Yesterday, I posted an article to Triond about urban fantasy cliches and how to fix them. Now I'm trying to promote said article. See, I learned something stupid about Triond. If I want to read my article, that's fine, I can. I did want to see the finished product. Turns out, the view counter counts everyone else and your own clicks. This makes me sad. I have eight views, two of which are mine and one by a family member. I wished they didn't count my own views, because then I could see how many real people are checking it out. So anyway, that's why I'm doing this promotion.
That, and I actually believe in what I wrote. See, I rant a lot about writing and the fantasy genre (urban fantasy in particular). I don't hate the genre and subgenre by any means, but I hate what's been done to it. Or rather, what one author did well and everyone else copied and ruined. It boggles my mind that something with real potential is same old-same old. I always thought writing was supposed to be about taking what's been done before and making it your own. Maybe I was expecting too much from my genre of choice.
That's where the article comes in. I believe that urban fantasy can be awesome. I also believe writers need someone to show them why it currently isn't awesome. And I feel bad even saying that, since these writers are probably twenty times my age so they would be much more intelligent than I am. But sometimes people may need to see what's good or not, and see what isn't working and how it could work better.
So, the link to my article is http://writinghood.com/writing/urban-fan
In very related news, I tweeted about how I really dislike Republicans and the misinformation they spread about the President and how I really don't like the President either, for being so anti-choice. And I ended that (long, connected tweet) with "God I hate politics!"
Seriously, the state of politics is a mess. You have Democrats compromising their values to get things passed. You have Republicans saying "No! No! No!" like babies and then wondering why nobody asks them to join them in policymaking. You have the birthers screaming "He's not even a US citizen!" and passing along very false information. You have the Tea Party crowd being all unsure how to even be a legit party other than "We hate the President and anyone who isn't white!" and that's not even a good political party platform. Everyone else is being apathetic, like who cares what happens as long as something happens. Sometimes I think they may have the best idea of everyone because it's so exhausting to be this mad all the time