What is hell?
No partner? Living with a partner, lover, paramour? Living with an incurable ailment? Writers block? Rejection slips from publishers? Losing a chapter because you forgot so save your work?
Hell is being without Wi-fi.
Suddenly, everything you want to do on the internet, is put on hold. Like quarantine. Like Jail. Like sitting in a doctor's consulting room waiting for bad news. Life is put on the backburner. All that is left is the miserable 3G byte gobbling service on your cell phone.
I have made arrangements to purchase a new contract. The service provider offers the most lucrative deal against other service providers. 20 gigs a month for under R200.00. They have given me a pin and authorisation number, however, the router has not arrived. They are waiting for stock.
Projects are on hold.
The writers for whom I edit, will have to wait. My own writing projects are on hold. My daily curiosity of surfing the net to find wonder stories of authors who have hit the big time, is also on hold. As an agent for some authors, I am unable to communicate with publishing houses, and lastly, my own book site, one that requires daily maintenance, cannot be accessed.
But, hey, things are not that bad. I still have my life-saving I-phone.
I looked at a couple of gay sites yesterday, just to get a feel of what these sites are promoting. Now, I like erotic stories, no doubt about that, but do you think I could find one site that didn't have the same sex disclaimer, urging the reader to move on if he/she does not agree with male to male or female to female sex.
My question is this: Why the disclaimer?
Do straight sites say if you do not agree with male to female sex, move on?
Nope. They don't. So why should we? In a world that is more accepting of gays than ever before, I don't see the necessity. However, having said that, I do realize that there are some countries and states that are intellectually and morally restricted, those states and countries that outlaw gays, and so I can live with that. Barely so.
A story is just that, a story. Straight or gay or transgendered. If a straight person comes across a gay sexually graphic story on the internet, and if that person is shocked, naturally he will move on. If he stays and reads, well, that is his choice.
And it really is all about choice.
But being without Wi-fi is hell.
Oh, and before I forget, we are always on the lookout for new Editors and beta readers. Without them, many stories will never see the light of day. If you are interested, give us a shout, we need you. I cannot link you to my name LJH or Joann414, because this is written from my cell phone.
Have a great week.