The Joys of Writing: On Responding to Criticism

avoid-negative-criticismI’ve seen some authors liken their work to raising a baby. You work on it for so long, help make it the best it can be, then send it off into the world to sink or swim. Sure, you can do what you can to help it once it’s out there, but for the most part, that new work is now on its own. That’s one lesson I learned after writing and publishing The City of Smoke & Mirrors. It’s all well and good to write a book, have it published, feel accomplished, and realize a dream. But then I realized, “Oh crap, other people are  going  to read this!” Then the mind races. What if they don’t like it? What if they hate it? What if they spread word that they hate it? What if people who read that hate decide to not read or buy it? Do they not realize I’m watching reactions like a hawk, hoping and praying people will like it? How do I react to negative criticism?

Largely, it’s that last question that inspired this latest The Joys of Writing. Let me explain.

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Review: Daredevil (2003) (Director’s Cut)

As I’ve mentioned on the blog before, Superman is my favourite superhero. In any list of favourite superheroes, he always tops them. But Daredevil is unquestionably second on that list. I love his rich backstory. I love his unique powers and that he’s one of the most iconic disabled characters in comics (along with Professor X and Oracle). I love the fact that he’s one of the few comic book characters who is openly religious (Irish Catholic) that’s very essential to the character.

So yeah, if there’s one character that may rival Superman in how many books are in my collection, it’s Daredevil. By the way, if you haven’t been reading Mark Waid’s run on the character in the last few years, shame on you. It’s great, even if you’re not a fan of Daredevil.

And as a fan, I can’t deny that I’m absolutely excited for the upcoming Netflix exclusive series, Daredevil.

Every discussion about the new series, however, autotmatically makes a lot of people bring up the 2003 film, Daredevil. Which certainly didn’t introduce a new audience to the character and in fact, turned a lot of people away from even trying him. Honestly? …I actually liked it. Let me explain. Spoilers ahoy for anyone who hasn’t seen this.

(Also, following my review, I’ll briefly discuss my thoughts on the upcoming series.)

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Dill Appears on Big Bang Theory?

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What the hell are you looking at?

Been in a depressive funk lately, but something happened on Big Bang Theory last night that made me arch an eyebrow:

I basically saw Dilbert Pinkerton appear on the show. Here’s  the scene in question:

Now, it’s obviously not actually Dill. Sheldon was hallucinating and the writers just happened to think it’d be funny that he sees an armadillo in a suit and fedora. I highly doubt someone involved in the show has read The City of Smoke & Mirrors. I’m not even a blip in the sea of media and entertainment.

Still, the jokes on you, Big Bang Theory. I had the market cornered on suit & fedora-wearing armadillos for years.

#FourComics

#FourComics is trending on Twitter. The hashtag involves you posting covers to four comics that hooked you on the medium. I posted mine, but I wanted to expand on each of them a little. So here we go.

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A Doug the Troll Memorium

For Christmas this past year, I got a new gaming PC. It’s been…magical. For several years now, I’ve only used laptops and netbooks. Handy for doing writing in, say, Starbucks, but not so much for gaming. I could play indie games, but even then, some wouldn’t run smoothly on  high settings. Rather than get one of the new, disappointing consoles, I returned to PC. The transition back to a big ‘ol tower PC has been like night and day. Just this week, I played through Half-Life 2 and its two follow-up episodes just to compare what they look like on maximum settings – something I hadn’t been able to do before. It was amazing.

But one of the reasons I enjoyed having a desktop computer for the longest time was playing the one and only MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) game that hooked me: City of Heroes. As I’ve talked about on here, I’m a big superhero fan. I’m not a big fantasy fan, so most of the MMOs out there, like especially World of Warcraft, just never gelled with me. CoH, though? Oh man, I poured hours into that. I had pre-ordered it and played the pre-launch beta, and sunk probably way too much time into it. I’d play around with new power sets just to see how they’d work and what ones I enjoyed more than others. Naturally, much like wrestling games, my favourite thing about City of Heroes was the character creation. I would argue CoH still – to this day – had the best character customization. And it was because of that freedom, along with a perchance for being silly and creative, that DOUG THE TROLL was created. Continue reading

Nick’s 5 New Years Resolutions

Well, it’s not like this isn’t making the rounds with everyone else. I’ll try to keep this brief:

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Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

I’ve noticed an increase in “IT’S MERRY CHRISTMAS, NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS!” postings on Facebook by various friends. And I need to get something off my chest.

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