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A Generation of Automatons

Entire generations grew up playing cowboys and indians, cops and robbers, or superheros and villains. What percentage of us are mass murders? Are we twisted and cruel? No, we learned respect for authority, we created role models to live up to.

How many of us grew up seeing Greek statues and French artwork in our textbooks? Yeah we giggled because they were naked or fat. We were children,that is what children do. Did that make us perverts? No, it just taught us to appreciate another’s perspective of beauty.

I can kill someone with a pen, a stone or even my bare hands. I could create a bomb from ‘harmless’ cleaning supplies. So are they going to protect us from writing or the earth itself? Do we all need to wear mittens so we can’t choke the life out of someone?

They still teach Shakespeare in school, has anyone actually ‘looked’ at the meanings behind some of it, not all of his writings are clean and wholesome, in fact very little of it is. Even in music, a lot of todays music is cleaner than it was 20 years ago, or even 50. Actually read some of the lyrics from Conway Twittywhere do you think some of your favorite bands got their names?

The only things that have been truly banned from schools in North America are common sense, free will and real education. If you teach common sense and allow free will then the rest will follow.

North America is churning out a nation of automatons. I am raising a free thinker, and I encourage him to keep his creativity and free will, if that means he gets in trouble at school then so be it…I will fight tooth and nail to give him true opportunity and to allow him to stand out from the crowd of mindless drones that are being created.

As for the whole bullying B.S. That seems to be one of the soapboxes right now, I’m not going any further than to say, teach the bullied to hit back, let them retaliate. Enough pussy footing around things.

Sorry for the rant, I’ve just seen too much lately and had to voice my opinions.

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Cater to the Masses, not the Loudest

We have become a society of weak, willed, whiny, wusses…I am sick to death of people that take offense at every little thing becuase it doesn’t fit into their nice neat little world. You want everyone to get along with you, why not try getting along with them?

I am sick of seeing people crying about their religion, if you believe in something so be it. I don’t need to believe it just because you do, keep it to yourself.

If your black, female, Hispanic, Asian…whatever, I DON’T CARE. You are human (or I hope) push for equality, not superiority. You should not be handed something just because you were born.

If there is a joke that bothers you, or you find something offensive suck it up, specially if it was not aimed at you. If the same person repeatedly offends you, then move on, obviously you and that person have differences.

If you overhear something that offends you, remember that it is rude to eavesdrop.

If you have never worked a day in your life and are a drain on systems that others pay into, you should be dumped off of it. I don’t care if you are handicapped, there are plenty of people worse off than you who function in society.

This society is collapsing because everyone is listening to the whiny minority and giving in to them.

– April Carvelli

I had put this on Facebook and it seems to be going viral among my circle. This is what I believe and I don’t care if you are offended, you have a right to be offended, just as I have a right to post what I wise.

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I Have a Confession

After reading so many blogs and news articles, I have reached a startling conclusion. I have a problem and I can’t deny it anymore. According to all the stuff I see written, there is something wrong with me.

 

Crazy

Crazy (Photo credit: elmada)

 

I’m not normal.

 

I guess I never have been. According to everything I see online I am in the minority, which means that I am not normal. I am a happily married, white, female with one child. I have never been married before, so I have no ex-husbands to rant about. I don’t have any children with other men. I’ve been married for 10 years, own a house with a mortgage in the suburbs, which is our only real debt. I own one dog and no cats, birds or lizards.

 

I speak and understand English, I know the difference between U.K. English and American English. I have good grammar and spelling. I am intelligent enough to know a smattering of other languages, perhaps enough to survive. I have manners, I say please and thank you, I say Gesundheit when someone sneezes, I hold doors for people when their hands are full.

 

If someone really needs help, I will be there. I won’t give help just because you are too lazy to do it yourself. I understand that the world does not revolve around me. I know what is going on in my backyard and the world. I understand that the U.S. and North America do not constitute the entire world.

 

Those in themselves seem to make me different, but what really makes me a freak is the fact that I have never had any major problems. I grew up with a good family, with parents who are still married. I was not abused or neglected (even though my teenage self thought so at times.) I have nothing in my past which I dwell on. The few things that I saw as major, I just walked away from. I feel that the past is the past, it is over and done.

 

I do not have friends I constantly complain about, if they are a problem then they are not my friends.  If a friend has a problem I will try to help, but if they are self-destructive and want to take the world with them, I will walk away. A true friend is one you can call at any time, even if you haven’t spoken in a while.

 

Another thing I don’t understand is why people are amazed and shocked by the things I do. I am independent, I do not need to rely on anyone. I am married, we are partners. If I have to  I can survive anything, I won’t curl up and die or wait for someone to rescue me. I will mow the lawn, chop wood, make dinner and clean the house. If a task needs to be done I will do it, I don’t care what it is. If I don’t know how to do it, I will figure it out.

 

So I guess I need to admit, that I am a freak, I don’t belong in today’s society. It seems I am doing everything wrong. According to everything I read I don’t coddle my child enough, my meals aren’t healthy enough, and my house needs to be sanitized…Oh and I forgot to mention that fact that I’m not holding my hand out enough to ask for help.

 

I guess I will just go on being different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Steampunk

A little off topic…again…

I don’t post pictures of myself often, but this time I will make an exception as I am quite proud of this outfit I put it together entirely on a last-minute whim. The skirt was in my closet, part of a previous pirate costume, the bodice had been purchased last year and was worn occasionally for various ren faire costumes, but what brought it together was that jacket that I found on Thursday at the Goodwill. That was a wonderful find.

My steampunk outfit for Steampunk day 2012 at the Bristol Renaissance Faire

The umbrella was also found at Goodwill, but when I found it was a normal large black umbrella, I spent part of Thursday and Friday ripping out panels and adding new ones to give it an appropriate parasol type look (and for someone who doesn’t sew, I was impressed). The hat was made by my husband out of an old alarm clock.

For those that don’t get it this was a steampunk outfit. Definition of Steampunk from Wikipedia;

Steampunk is a genre that originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or “Wild West“-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistictechnology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art.

It was steampunk weekend at the Bristol Renassance Faire. For those of you interested in Steampunk then I suggest you check out the work of Highwind Steamworks, my friend Jeff and his wife Dawn make some excellent steampunk gear, you can also subscribe to their Facebook page.

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Sometimes it’s discouraging….

Even though I’m starting to do decent at this writing thing I still find it discouraging when I am turned down for jobs. It’s discouraging when I get comments like “you typo’d the rate? right?”, “too high”, ” you have to be kidding “,” we want to hire you, but we will only pay ….(less than half my quote)”. My favorite return comment was “I will pay the $50, but I want fifty articles for that.”

And the strange thing is that most of those comments are coming from North Americans, a country where everyone whines and complains about outsourcing to foreign countries. If you are only going to pay $1 for a 1000 word researched article then good luck getting it. The ridiculous thing is that these people are asking for North Americans to apply, then they turn us down because we want to make it worth our time. For a few of these job offers I could make more money picking up pennies on the street.

The European customers rarely bargain the price down, or if they do it’s still reasonable. In fact my European customers are my favorites, most of them pay promptly and they lay out exactly what they want.

Several of my American customers direct you to a competitors site to show what they want you do, without plagiarizing it, then complain when you give them something because its missing distinct elements from their competitors site. How many times do you have to tell them that if you did ‘XYZ’ like their competitor, then you are copying them. They just don’t get it.

Oh well, it seems most of my North American jobs have dried up anyhow. I just applied to a few more, lets see how they go.

 

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Rules I need to follow

In my time as a writer I have learned a few rules that I really NEED to learn to follow;

1. Quit underestimating the time a job will take. I need to start doubling my estimated time, if it takes less I can always bill less

2. Stop giving the customers free work. If the assignment is 300 words then give them 300 words not 700.

3. Stay in the correct tense. If the writing is in the third person stay in the third person.

4. When the husband is home, put my earphones on. I don’t need to listen to every comment he makes to himself.

5. Quit underestimating the time a job will take

6. Ask questions

7. Ask if they want U.K. or American English. Don’t assume that just because they are from Europe that they want U.K. English.

8. Quit under estimating the time a job will take. If husband is home, triple your estimate

9.  Actually read all of these e-courses you signed up for

11. Learn new media, no matter how boring it might be.

10. If all else fails lock child and husband in the bathroom and take laptop to some remote wi-fi location where you can work undisturbed.

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Thank you

First off I would like to say “THANK YOU” to everyone reading my posts, I truly appreciate it. Especially the feedback, it’s nice to know I am not the only frustrated person out there.

Most of today was spent writing an engineering article for my Abu Dhabi customer so I didn’t get too much done. I wrote an article for imperfectparent.com. I found a new site that pays me to write articles, I gave them an article on cheap car insurance and I will see what they do with it before I go any further with them.

I had hope for another steady writing job this morning; a gentleman contacted me on Skype and said he liked my work and was going to hire me to do some stuff on a daily basis. The conversation was going good until he asked me what the $ equivalent was in my country, at that point I told him I was in the U.S. however if he was referring to the Canadian or Australian $ I could provide the exchange rate.  I never heard from him after that, I think he was assuming I was from some third world country and would work for pennies.

On the upside, I was invited to place a bid on a job making training manuals for a real estate company. I liked the fact that they specifically stated they wanted someone from North America, a U.S. resident.  I submitted my bid, all I can do is sit back and wait.

Thanks again for reading

A. Carvelli
http://killerteacup.wordpress.com

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