Links to things I like and words that I write.
"Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people."
I’ve long thought that my ideal interview website (magazine/book/podcast/etc) wouldn’t be one where the people who “made it” are interviewed. Those people are already interviewed enough. I want to hear from the school teacher who struggled through college and is just barely getting by, not the teacher of the year. I want to hear from the person who was student council president in high school and is now an auto mechanic because that is the only job he could find, not the president of the United States. I want to hear about the woman who thought she could find a rich husband but didn’t and is now a minimum wage worker at McDonalds, not Kim Kardashian.
I’ve long thought that we give to much weight to monetary success as being the only thing we thing is worth trying to be successful at. I want to hear from those who have struggled; not to become successful but, to just live. There has to be more meaning in the struggle of living than in the celebration of ‘winning’ life.
My idea would be a 30 minute conversation between an interviewer and someone who is not famous and who has not become successful. Yes, there will be those that are vile and insulting and horrible people but, I think that hearing them speak can help people find their own beliefs just as well as hearing Bill Gates, John Lennon, or Barak Obama speak.
Sometimes we don’t need to be inspired to go create amazing things for others to enjoy. Sometimes we need to be reminded that life is hard and the struggle is real. Sometimes we just need to listen to those who we don’t normally listen to.