Friday, May 19, 2017

Enjoy the journey and keep good notes.

I always struggle to decide what to write to my fellow authors. I ask myself, what might be of interest? What kind of news or information would be pertinent? And here's where my thoughts went, I'll try not to ramble too much or too far.

There's a new movie out that I have not seen yet called "The Circle" based on the novel by David Eggers (2013-4). I finished the book a week or two ago and had mixed feelings. The story was timely. The plot intriguing. The characters a mix of interesting and frustrating. The story is about a company (The Circle) that mines information globally. The philosophy is transparency in all data. The result - nothing is private. NOTHING (except 3 min. for bathroom breaks). Social Media is around like now, but you are measured by your popularity ratings, how many friends and comments. It's all invasive, inclusive and makes me think of Big Brother in "1984." No one is exempt unless they are literally off the grid and that has its own set of consequences. Nothing is ever deleted. So, is the story newsworthy? Yes, it's a warning to all of us that information sharing can be allowed to go too far.

Let's segue into the 'here and now' and all of the faux media, social media, broadcast/electronic media and print media. Are these real stories or real information that helps us make informed decisions in our lives? It's hard to tell sometimes. Perhaps it is a warning to all writer's to watch what we say or do on-line and in front of the microphones or in print. It will be preserved and we know that bits of news/information taken out of context, as well as the misplaced comma, can change the message.

Eat, children or you will go hungry.
Eat children or you will go hungry.

This blog will be saved and in some years beyond my lifetime someone will stumble across it and wonder what was going on in not only my head but in the world at large. Personally, I hope that my books will be the items they read and enjoy. And if these blogs help give writers permission to express themselves then so be it.

Enjoy the journey and keep good notes.
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Jacqueline Seewald said...


Your blog is thought-provoking. I happen to agree with the warning inherent in your words. As writers we are constantly urged to use social media to publicize ourselves and our work. Many publishers now won't even consider taking on a book unless a writer demonstrates this. I miss the days when publishers made a real effort and investment in promoting books to readers.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

What a cute but thought provoking post.
Thanks for sharing!!
Good luck and God's blessings

Bonnie Tharp said...

Thanks for your comments. I was a little hesitant to share this post since it is a bit "out there." That book was very thought provoking. I'm glad it made others "think" as well.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I believe we all need to think more, not less. So this is an especially good post to share with other writers--and readers as well.

Bonnie Tharp said...

Thanks, Jacqui!