Category Archives: Ramblings

Why Is The Past Important

Lessons From The PastI remember, as a kid, going to the video store and renting VHS tapes. And then came along DVDs. And, OH! Was there ever an uproar about them! Some people wanted to stay with the times, and we all thought (even secretly) they were nifty.

But we saw the future and we knew our beloved cassette tapes would fade out and we would have to RE-BUY all the movies and albums that we already owned.

What am I going on about? I’m talking about the past. And Why do we feel it’s so important to hang on to it.

When I was in high school, me and my friends created a role play game. During the game, one of my friends, Matt, asked my character that very question. And as hard as I tried to explain to his character the importance of remembering the past…he kept hammering me.

And you know what? It came to a point when he had me backed against the wall. Figuratively.

So, why do we hold on to the past? Why should we hold onto the past? Let’s take a minute and talk about the two obvious reasons: We’re sentimental and we learn from the past.

Without a doubt, we are sentimental people. With the exception of minimalists, and not getting into hoarders, the average person likes to keep photos and mementos of people they loved, places they’ve been, and so forth.

I know I’m guilty of this. I even, on the occasion, buy something that I once had growing up. Material things. Funny they can mean so much to us.

The other reason is because we learn from the past. We advance as a society from learning from our mistakes to (hopefully) do better in the future. For this important reason alone we cling to the past.

But as my friend kept bringing up, why do we keep up historical parks and memorials? Why don’t we just discard old relics to make way for the new? Why do we keep things instead of just forging ahead?

I’d like to hear your opinions. Comment below and share your thoughts on why the past is so important to us. Till next time, have an awesome day!

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Dealing With Grammar Nazis

Bad WritingWhen it comes to the rules for writing I don’t know everything. I didn’t go to school to major in English. I never took any courses specifically relating to writing. I’m not perfect nor do I pretend to be.

Everything I know has taken me my lifetime to learn. I’m always trying to continue to hone my craft; whether it be sentence structure or marketing strategies as an Indie author.

Writing, and doing it correctly, is an art. It’s (technically) not as easy as people think. Which is why a lot of people who want to write a book don’t ever try to pursue doing so.

With that said, there is a group of critics out there that like to, not necessarily bash writers, but nick pick their work. We all know the people I’m talking about.

Yes! I am referring to the grammar nazis! That’s a lower case “N” on purpose, by the way.

So, who are these people, why are they so picky, and how do you deal with them?

Well, before I answer that, let me just say that if I was to ever receive any harsh comments and/or reviews then this will be that moment! I realize there are some reading this who are going to shred this post to pieces, but that’s ok!

Because, for rest of you, if you read the comments those people post then you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about here. Thereby adding free examples without me dishing out a dime!

This is strictly me thinking off the top of my head. Everybody is entitled to an opinion, and this is mine.

Anyhoo. Where was I? Oh, yeah…

Grammar nazis are a wide assortment of people. Some are teachers/professors, some are writers, others are readers, but some are the “holier-than-thous.” But don’t let the terminology fool you.

Most of them aren’t bad people. Of course there’s the authors and editors, but many of them are just regular folks like you and me.

Which leads me to the “why.”

Grammar nazi’s are, in a nutshell, OCD. I’m sure you have something your OCD about, right? Well, these guys just happen to be picky about grammar and its usage.

Face it!

Nobody wants to read something filled with bad grammar. And they also don’t want to see the incorrect use of punctuation that may cause confusion of what the piece is conveying.

Writing rules are in place for that. Every writer knows this and has (at least) a good handle on things. Some more than others. I fall into the “others” category.

To deal with grammar nazis is like putting up with that annoying relative no one likes. They’re not going away. You just have to live with the fact.

Don’t let the critics tear you down. You didn’t make it this far in life listening to other people’s opinions of you, did you. No! And your writing should be no different.

But there is something you can do to help ward of the hissing critics; whoever they may be. And that’s simply taking the time to better yourself.

I make a crap load of mistakes. This post you’re reading now is probably filled with them! And I am sure those mistakes will be pointed out to me. But I am still publishing this.

I don’t let the fear of a few obstacles in the road keep me from going down it. I do the best I can, go back and try to make it better, put it in the hands of others to read, and move on.

Re-read the positive comments and share them. This is a good way to reinforce your ego. Or, you could just ignore those negative comments altogether; which I know  is hard to do.

Be kind. Lots of people who comment are just trolls. These people have nothing better to do in life than to try to make life miserable for others. This is, I’m only speculating, because they have no life of their own and they’re probably envious of you deep down.

So instead of getting mad at them, pity them. But what ever you do, don’t throw back anything negative. That’s what they want. It’ll just get you worked up and make you look bad in the long run.

The moral of the story is this:

There will always be opposition in all areas of life. If you are trying to get your feet wet as a writer, or thinking bout it, then put your ideas on paper.

Ignore what bad may come at you down the road. You can’t change it, and it’s a pointless reason to worry. So start writing! Do it NOW!

And remember: There’s always time to improve and make things better.

Potential Future Video Blogs From Kyran Ravencroft

I’ve been doing some thinking. I have come to the conclusion that I want to do some videos, or “vlogs,” if you will. for my author website blog and/or Youtube account. Filming For Youtube

But there lies the ever bothersome problem of being vidayo cameraless. No camera means no videos. No videos means a sad version of me. Gah! Always something!

But here’s my plan for them:

Being that I tend to be an unorthodox person, I want to add a bit of, um, “humor” to my videos. And anyone who has seen my past videos from back when knows what that means!

People tend to think of authors as these serious people, and that’s probably the case for many (perhaps most), but not for all of us. And certainly not for me.

I know there are rules to writing and blah, blah, blah. Even though I had to reluctantly conform to society because of family and such, I’ve never been one that understood why people would want to keep themselves in a box all the time. Not that there ever was a box to begin with, but to each their own.

I like doing my own thing. I have a warped and twisted sense of humor that most people don’t get. Some even frown upon it I think, but those people are boring anyway. *laughs* Just kidding.

I’m not a comedian. I don’t think I’m “funny” per se. But I am goofy and sporadic when the mood hits me. Which is kind of ironic when you stop to think of how dark my imagination can be at times.

So until I have the funds to put towards a portable hand held motion picture capture and relay device, then I will continue to simply write. Which I’m going to do anyway, but that’s beside the point.

When the day comes I can purchase a video camera, I may just get the best of what I can afford. I’m talking Wal-Mart stuff. Nothing big and fancy.

I’ve been looking at a couple lately; one of which is the Gopro. Any ideas on this or suggestions on any other cameras? I’d like to read your thoughts in the comments!

As always, I’d like to thank everyone for their support and readership! It’s you guys that I write for in the first place.

Be sure to check out my T-shirts, and again, thank you! You are all so very awesome!

Pancakes Or Waffles?

To bacon? Or not to bacon? THAT…is never a question! But what sometimes is a question is should I go for the golden crispiness of a waffle? Or should I go for the soft cakey texture of a pancake? Pancakes vs. Waffles

Bacon is an easy choice. But when confronted with the option of pancakes or waffles… Well, usually, I am a pancake kind of guy. I mean, how can you wrong with pancakes?

When I was growing up, my grandmother would often make us pancakes. We didn’t get waffles too often; which may explain why I prefer them less. But when she did it was, more often than not, they were waffle iron waffles.

Waffles. Say it with great enthusiasm. WAFFLES! Funny, isn’t it?

Now days, I grab the “just add water” stuff and have at it. I don’t mind cooking, but I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of quicker is better when it comes to food. But not always.

They say that the longer it takes to cook something the more rewarding it is. I already know how true that statement is, but you have to remember… I’m lazy! *laughs*

So I do the quick mix, original or buttermilk (I likes the buttermilk stuff), throw in the water, stir the heck out it with my fork, pour, and impatiently wait for the bubbles to signify it’s flipping time.

Fast forward…

Pancakes are done! Yay! Now comes the heaping globs of unhealthy butter. Then, wait… okay. Maybe not heaping globs. But then comes the waterfall of artificially buttered flavored maple syrup. And, of course, the figurative half gallon of cold milk to go with it! Yummy Pancakes

And once I get all of my everything-wrong-with-the-American-diet items together then it’s chow time! The problem with this part of the cycle is my tendency to over eat. But, I’m a happy camper even if I do.

So what’s your preference? Are you a pancake or waffle kind of guy or girl? And do you prefer the toaster stuff or the old fashion home cooked stuff?

Do you like putting blue berries or chocolate chips in the mix? Any special or crazy way you serve it up? Be sure to tell us in the comments below!

Right! I think that’s about enough jabbering for one post. Be sure to click the little “Follow” button towards upper right hand side of the page. You never know what’s going to be in the next post!