Faux-foolery

Instagram is an interesting place. It kinda feels like a bar. There are a few genuine people, but it’s also full of people needing attention, oozing pick up lines, and generally acting full of themselves.

I follow writers/poets that I absolutely love and that inspire me ( H.Lynn, A.R.Lucas, Immortal.Thought – to name a few) and I have a great deal of respect for their work. I also follow several other accounts for sheer fun, brain candy, and knowledge.

I love using Instagram to fan the writing flames but I really hate how dirty it can feel when people follow and then unfollow, and then refollow you – all in a vain attempt to get your attention and increase their followers.

Don’t get me wrong, I want followers, I hashtag the heck out of my posts to draw folks in, I try to post content that I think people will enjoy, but I don’t play the “follow me and I’ll follow you game” – it’s just not my thing.

So, enough complaining from me, here is my poem inspired by some recent Instagram foolishness.

Heather.Kidder
Heather.Kidder

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It’s the final quarter…

Next month will mark a year that I’ve been running this blog and associated Instagram account. In that time, I’ve edited Sarah Blue multiple times, entered a few Writer’s Digest contests, been interviewed by Keystrokes & Closed Doors, and gained a little over 500 followers on #IG.

This month, I’m focusing on crafting my query letter, reviewing several poems for the Persea Books contest, and working on a short-story for another Writer’s Digest contest. In addition to those projects, I’ve recently had another writer contact me and request a collaboration on a poem. It’s not something I’ve done before and I’m excited to try it out.

Eventually, I would like to tighten the focus of this blog; but, for now, it will remain a mix of resources, stories, updates on my projects, and of course, my random musings.

It’s raining pretty steadily tonight and will be all weekend, thanks to Joaquin. I hope to get a good number of words down while the rain pours. If you’re anywhere near me or the storm, stay safe and dry.

Your Homework: It’s the final quarter of 2015. What are you going to do to finish your year off strong?

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Galbraith a.k.a. the amazing Rowling) SPOILERS

I really liked Cormoran Strike as a character and I’m glad to see he’s starring in two other novels (The Silkworm – out now & Career of Evil due – 10/2015). I’m fairly certain that this is the first novel I’ve read where the main character has an amputated leg and prosthesis (perhaps I need to broaden my selections).

It’s not gimmicky. It’s a part of who Strike is and it says a lot about the author that she can create this person, with this injury, make it such an active part of his life, and yet it not be a distraction. It’s part of him, but it doesn’t define him, at least not to the reader. I think in the hands of another author, it would have been a mistake; but, J.K. Rowling does it beautifully.

Strike – a P.I.- smartly makes his way through a bungled police investigation in search of a killer, that only his client, believes exists. Numerous characters, from all walks of life, will give every reader someone to connect with. I won’t release the end to you but I enjoyed the twists and turns through London to get to the final answer of this mystery.

Even though it was all over the news, I was hesitant to remind everyone that this is J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym but then I realized it’s also mentioned in the back of the book. I hate, for her, that it was released the way it was (details) but I’m glad to say that regardless of the name she chooses to use, she’s simply phenomenal.

Your Homework: Select a new author at random and give them a try.

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning