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Let’s Talk About Empathy, Transgender Rights, and Bathrooms

This week’s Thinking Thursday is going to get a little political… okay that’s a lie. It is going to get really political but I have held this in for too long and now I believe this is the best time to say something. This week we are going to explore empathy, transgender rights, and bathrooms. Why?

Simply put:

This is my blog and I do what I want.

Long answer:

The world at the moment needs more voices speaking out about injustices and although I may not be part of the communities being persecuted I try to empathize with their situation and figure out a way to help.

This post was brought to you by Trump’s actions towards the LGBTQ community, lifting the the protection act that forced schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that matched their gender. I used the words forced, because many of the schools where this act was set were likely going to ignore the needs of these students or force these students into difficult situations that made them feel unsafe.

Now, the reason for Trump’s administration lifting this act is stupid. Their biggest fear is that if this act in put in place sexual offenders will say they are trans to gain access to the restrooms to harm women. Right there, is a huge issue, actually several issues.

  1. Not all sexual offenders are men.
  2. Trans-individuals are more likely to be assaulted in restrooms.
  3. If someone wants to sexually assault someone a law isn’t going to stand in their way.

What this act is doing is forcing trans-individuals back into hiding and limiting their rights as human beings. If you don’t allow someone to use a restroom in a public space that means you are limiting their life and experiences. You are also targeting cis-individuals that don’t fit within gender norms. Women with more muscle, who are taller, may have thinner hair, or facial hair may be targeted. Men who are smaller, dress more feminine, or have a lack of facial hair may be targeted for not fitting in.

Students who are beginning to find themselves are forced to use facilities that don’t make them feel safe, which should be the number one concern of a school.

I have never had a problem with anyone using a bathroom. When I go to the bathroom the last thing that crosses my mind is ‘how is the person going to the bathroom right beside me’ or ‘is the person beside me going to hurt me?’. I don’t care! I’m too preoccupied with my own bodily functions to be concerned about anyone else.

Plus there are already laws in place to protect people in bathrooms, which I hate to say, don’t stop those who want to break them. Forcing a group of people into dangerous situations because you think there’s a problem – that doesn’t have any statistical evidence to support – doesn’t help but instead harms people. This kind of thinking makes you a closed minded person, who needs to realize the world is filled with a diverse spectrum of genders, races, beliefs, and ideas.

I am cis, white, and woman. I have had the privilege of not having to go through the challenges those within the LGBTQ community do. I don’t have to face the difficulties of people not accepting me or the loss of friend/family because they don’t understand me. I know I will never have to face these challenges head-on but I also know that I can’t ignore them either. I educate myself about the issues facing LGBTQ youth. I use my writing and the information I’ve learnt to try and shed light on issues facing the world today. I show empathy and explore opinions that are not my own because I believe everyone should have the same rights no matter what. #TRANSRIGHTSAREHUMANRIGHTS

All I ask from you is for you to try and see this situation through another person’s eyes.

Educate yourself.

To get started I’ve put two of my favourite YouTube channels down below. You’re welcome to start a discussion in the comments, as I love to hear what my readers have to say. Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

 

Does a big ego help or hinder writers?

This week’s question is: does a big ego help or hinder writers?

I usually stay neutral with questions like this but today I’m going to choose a side. That side is, I believe it hinders a writer.

Now, to understand this question we need to know what an ego is. According to the grandmaster of search engines, Google describes ego as:

ego

I have a mild ego. One that has enough self-esteem to know I’m worthy of the life I have, and a desire to strive for something better but I don’t think I’m the “greatest” person in the world that can be the only person that can make the world “amazing” and everyone should listen to me. In other words I’m not a narcissistic Cheeto but an average human being.

This average view of myself helps me stay neutral when it comes to judging my writing, and I also don’t raise myself up on a pedestal to preach how great I am to the masses… I think the world has enough of that at the moment. I think having a average ego helps me as a writer because I don’t belittle others striving towards their goals. If anything I’m more willing to help where I can and share my experiences.

There is a downside to having an average ego though…

I, at times, don’t know my worth, which allows others to take advantage of me. Someone with a large ego is more likely to know their worth… maybe even surpass their worth because of their view of their own self-importance. This could help them with getting noticed but can also hinder them with burning bridges.

The best authors, in my opinion, are those that are average egos.

They release their worth and they use it to better others. J.K. Rowling – yes, I use her a lot for examples – is the perfect fit for this example. She knows what it is like to be at the bottom of the income ladder. When she became famous for her series she didn’t let that fame go to her head, and instead used the money that she had and influence that she gained to better others around her. You could say the same about Bill Gates. He knows how powerful he is and he is using that power to help others not help himself.

I think someone with a high ego wouldn’t do well within the writing community. Okay, maybe at first… but other time their inflated sense of self-importance and arrogance towards those around them may cause their popularity to fade.

So, as much as a big ego goes it may help a writer in the short term but hinder them in the long term.

What do you think? Do you think a big ego hurts a writer or helps them? Put your answer in the comment section down below, I love hearing your answers. Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always Toodles! ^.^

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Hello Everyone!

For whatever reason my new save didn’t take and all you were able to see was ‘do a recording’. So, in case this was a technical error I will have to resort back to typing for the time being until I figure out what the problem with my recorder is.

Now, this week’s question is: Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Simple answer:

It depends.

More complicated answer:

It depends on what I am writing that could cause the difference in my energy levels. When I write something I’m passionate about like my book series or short stories I get a boost of energy. This is likely due to the increase of adrenaline I get from being excited about working on a project I’m passionate about.

If I am writing something more technical that requires more research and time, or it is a work project I have to do that I have no desire to work on my energy level decreases leaving me exhausted. I will complete the project but I will likely be bored during its completion process.

Most of the time when I write though I am doing it for my own enjoyment and not for work. In that sense the majority of the time I am energized when I’m writing. Like at the moment, as I am writing this blog post, I am energized because:

  1. I have adrenaline running through my system from the excitement of writing something to share with you.
  2. I have oxytocin running through my veins because of the possible human interaction I will have with all of you who read this, (and for those that don’t know oxytocin is the hormone responsible for that happy feeling you get from a hug or from getting a like on Facebook – this is also why writing can become an addiction).

With the combination of these two coursing through my veins it is hard to not be energized when writing. I’m excited to hear from you about what writing does to you. Let me know in the comment section down below. Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles!

 

 

Why I Live In Canada

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I went to school for teaching. Now, if any of you are familiar with the teaching situation in Canada it’s – there are not enough jobs for teachers that are graduating from school. This, as you can see, is a problem for those of us wishing to stay and teach in our own country. Most graduates go overseas to teach in places like England, South Korea, Japan, or China. These are all great places filled with rich history and wonderful people… but whenever I’m offered to go there to teach (which I do more often then not) I always turn them down.

People ask me why I do that. Don’t I want to be a teacher? Don’t I want to stand in front of a class and share my passion for English with those minds so willing to learn?

Yes, I do want to teach but I don’t want to leave the country that is in my bones. I’m a fifth generation Canadian. All my family is in Canada, asides from the few brave one’s that are overseas teaching. I was raised to love my country and the people in it. I see what is happening to the education system in the country and it kills me inside that I am not given the chance to try and help it. But, that is only part of the reason why I stay here.

I love this country. I love the people in this country. No where in the world are there such friendly, welcoming, open minded people than those I’ve met here. We are as diverse as we are loyal to our nation. We are accepting and willing to change. I don’t deny we have done some horrible things in our past that we are not proud of, but we are beginning to admit them… trying to bring light to them.

Canada is a nature wonderland. Any type of climate you want you can find. Open plains, ocean villages, blistering cold, northern lights, boreal forests, rain forests, desolate snowscapes – you name it and I will point you in the direction you want to go.

Another thing I love about Canada is how large it is. You hear Canada is really big – we’re the second largest country in the world – but you don’t realize how large it is until your parents pack up your car for university and drive 16 hours from Toronto to Thunder Bay, around Lake Superior only to have you realize you never left the province of Ontario. Mind you it takes you about 19 hours to get from Ontario to Prince Edwards Island… but you cut through Quebec and Nova Scotia on the way.

I don’t understand why people would want to leave a country that has so much beauty for another. Canada may be young but we have history… I know because I’ve explored the many fur trading posts scattered across our land. I’ve visited the fortresses along our sea ways, seen the battlefields and visited our museums.

It is this beauty, these friendly people, our dark but unique history that makes me learn to love how important it is to be Canadian. I think that is one reason I try my hand at capturing my experiences through photographs in hopes of showing people how amazing this country really is. So, even though I may not be teaching in a classroom I am doing my best to teach those interested through my posts and through the work I publish online… for the next generation of Canadians to read this and appreciate how good they have it in our home and native land.

 

I’ll Write When I’m Inspired

I hate when people say that they will write when they get inspired. I hate it even more when they then complain about how they never get around to writing anything or they don’t understand why they haven’t finished _______ writing project they have been trying to write for ______ number years.

“I’ll write when I’m inspired” is one reason why you are never going to get to writing. If you wait for the inspiration fairy to come visit so you can write you’ll miss all the opportunities to improve and even more opportunities to discover. If I waited to “feel like writing” or “feel inspired to write” I wouldn’t have two books published, my blog would be empty, and my websites would be non-existent.

Yes, it is easier to write when you’re inspired. Yes, writing can be more enjoyable when you are inspired. But 9 times out of 10 your best work isn’t going to be when you’re inspired. Inspiration helps make a foundation for ideas but pushing yourself to write is what gets your story built.

Here are some ways to put inspiration aside and get right to writing:

1. Making writing a habit:

Wake up every day and write a sentence down. Force yourself to post something on your blog or even write a response to someone else’s post. The more your write the easier it becomes and the better chance you’ll get to feeling motivated to write because you’ve made it habit instead of waiting for the inspiration fairy to come visit.

2. Explore other pieces of writing:

Checking out what other people are writing might help you get ideas on what you want to write. Better yet, write about your experiences or events that happened during your day. You don’t have to share them online but writing about your day can help your develop better writing skills.

3. Find fun knew ways to describe boring tasks or happenings.

In other words narrate your life. This can tie into number 2 but I find this helpful. Narrating your life like you’re a character in a book not only gets you writing, but you learn to develop your voice and what you should or shouldn’t add to scenes. It also is awesome at annoying housemates if you start narrating out loud.

4. Read something online that you think you could improve.

Write about that. Like I said above it doesn’t have to be published online but it gets you into a habit of writing.

5. Learn a new word and write down sentences you can use it in.

I do this with my Old Word Friday posts. As I love learning words and I am interested in old words I try to challenge myself with finding old words online and bringing them into current everyday conversation. Learning a new word and using it in sentences not only improves your vocabulary but gets you to think outside your current collection.

There you have it 5 ways to put aside your inspiration fairy and hopefully help you get into the habit of writing. These are also helpful with fighting writer’s block if you happen to be suffering from that.

Of course this is just my opinion… someone who writes for fun and for a living… so no reason to listen to my advice. You keep doing what you’re doing and I’ll just be over here writing about it. ^.^

Old Word Friday: Bonifate

Hello World!

This week’s Old Word Friday is bonifate. This word is an adjective that was popularized during the years 1655-1656. The word bonifate means to be lucky or fortunate. Although I think lucky and fortunate pretty much works well enough… but you know the English languages loves to get fancy so we will let this one slide.

They way bonifate is pronounced is as follows:

BON – I – FATE

Some examples of this word in a sentence:

It appeared he was bonifate with the cards he was holding.

Or…

They were bonifate that the weather held off.

Or…

I’m bonifate this is the last sentence I have to think up for this ridiculous work.

Should bonifate come back?

No. Lucky and fortunate work well enough to make sure this word stays silent. The reason I brought it up was due to the fact is shares a similar word formation to benefit. They share a similar sound and I was curious to see if bonifate may have been the origin of benefit… but nothing so far has linked the two.

I also don’t say this about a lot of words but I don’t like this word. Either the sound of the word gets to me or the way it is written into sentences gets on my nerves… I don’t know but this is one word I will not be using in the future.

How about you? Have you used this word before or know of this word? Do you want it to die a fiery death or consider it a useful word to know? Let me know in the comment section down below and until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

Where do I get my ideas?

Hello World Out There World!

Today’s Thinking Thursday I’m focusing on a question that I get on a regular basis.

Where do I get my ideas?

When it comes to growing my ideas for my books or short stories I know many of you expect me to say something along the lines of, “It came to me in a dream” or “Some television show inspired me to write this.”

The truth is… it is both of those and more.

I could be walking down the street and an idea pops into my head… usually in a ‘what if’ sort of question. I could be eating lunch, listening to a song I never heard before, talking to my peers, standing in my shower, sitting on the bus, volunteering at the ARTS Project… be anywhere and doing anything when an idea pops into my head.

imaginary.pngI consider myself lucky. My parents (especially my mother) made sure to embrace and
grow my creative side. When I was a kid I had an overactive imagination and even had moments where I mixed fantasy with reality – most people would call that ‘make-believe’. As I got older I worked hard to keep that creative imagination in me alive. I did this through writing and not being afraid to explore my mind through creative expression. This made it easier when I became an adult to tap into my creative mind to find new ideas for things or what some people may call ‘thinking outside the box’ for solutions.

Now that I’m 25 (soon to be 26) I am able to tap into my creative mind whenever I want. When something inspires me my brain is the first one to react with an overflowing amount of questions. When I want to create something it usually takes me a couple of minutes to find something to explore creatively.

Yes, this gives me an advantage but at the same time I can easily burn myself out. When my brain is in this continuous drive to create there are moments it reboots or shuts down… and this can last for days even weeks. People would call this writers block… and I call it annoying. I’m used to the overflow of thought always going on in my head and when there is this sudden silence due to creative burnout I’m at a loss. The silence is eerie… and so I do what I can to avoid that burnout as often as possible through taking regular breaks or even suppressing my desire to create.

So, where do I get my writing ideas?

From everywhere and anything that makes my brain tingle. Usually EDM or Netflix is guaranteed to give me some creative ideas. I also like learning new things which leads me to finding creative ways to explore what I’ve learned.

Everyone has their own way of discovering what ideas they want and where they can get them. If you are having trouble at the moment, don’t worry, relax and the ideas will come.

Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

 

Writing Prompt: Golden Ship

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I sat there in awe… unable to believe what I was seeing. There had been legends and tales of the God of Sun’s ship sailing the horizons at dusk but never had he come to shore. As the large vessel drew closer the beating of the horses wings echoed in harmony with the waves crashing against the shore.

When the ship reached the port the sun had set and there awaiting the arrival of the God were my people packed along the boardwalk. I stayed where I was, standing now awaiting to see this man of legend.

Old Word Friday: Welmish & Yelve

Hello World!

Last week I didn’t do an Old Word Friday, so since it was Christmas and New Years I thought I’d be nice and gift you two Old Words this week. This weeks words are welmish and yelve.

First off, let’s start with welmish.

Asides from it sounding like one of my character names, this words is an adjective mostly popular during the year 1688. This words is a fun one to say but you aren’t here for that. You want to know what the word means. Well, welmish is a word that describes a ‘pale or sickly colour’.

This word is pronounced:

WEL – MISH

Some examples of this word in a sentence are:

It was clear she wasn’t well with her welmish complexion.

Or…

After riding the roller-coaster the children had a welmish appearance.

Or…

When the plane hit turbulence many of its passengers turned welmish.

 

The second word this week is yelve.

This is a noun popular during the years 1000-1886. This is basically another name for a dung-fork, or garden-fork.

The way you pronounce yelve is:

YELL-V

An example or two of this word in a sentence is:

The farmer swung the yelve over his shoulder.

Or…

The young boy used the yelve to clean the horse’s stall.

Or…

My grandmother is set on using her old, rusted yelve instead of getting a new one.

Should these words make a comeback to modern day conversation?

Maybe. I have used the term yelve be used around farmers markets and history museums. It isn’t a term that is forgotten so much as it takes a particular group of people with a certain set of interests to use this word in regular conversation. As for welmish, I know I’m be using this word. Not only is is a fun word to say but it is always a great word to put into a sentence. Welmish gives off the feeling of not being so well… similar to how the word meh is used in common conversation.

Anyways, what do you think? Have you heard of these words before or do you see yourself using this words in your regular conversations? Let me know in the comment section down below.

Until next time stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

Also… enjoy the video I’ve made for this post if you want!

 

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