I've got a double entendre title today, so THERE! HA!
Okay, so maybe I'm trying to make it more exciting than it is... the themes have very little to do with each other, but both can be termed that way, so I thought it was fitting for V.
So, I got feedback from my first (well, second, actually) readers recently, and one that I got Monday suggested some of my dialog might benefit from reading out loud... actually, I don't think she said THAT exactly, so much that some of it was sort of bland, and I'd just SEEN a suggestion for reading aloud and I put the two together... or something like that. My memory is a chaotic convoluted place, but somehow the idea was planted.
So I've been walking to and from work reading my MS out loud. You heard me. I am WALKING. And Reading. Out loud. Now you may laugh, but do you know what I found that very first stretch of sidewalk? My MC opened a door, and two paragraphs later a different character opened the same one FOR her (hell, both of them THREW the doors open *frowns*)
I've also caught a couple typos that even my super-beta missed, and have done a couple word changes.
And yes, because I know you're wondering, I have a pen in my hand and also write edits while I walk. Did I mention it is dark when I walk to work, so I hurry between streetlights, because it is only there where I can really see?
Certifiable. I'm aware.
My Point, HA! Is that this reading it out loud thing REALLY works! I strongly recommend it when you get to late rounds of polishing!
There are a WHOLE LOT of people out there expressing a WHOLE LOT of opinions right now. And so I am going to make all of you a recommendation. Different people approach it very differently, and I think we should perhaps be 'Defensive Readers'. Know how as a driver there are dare devils, super-competents, safe, but cautious, dangerous... People are like that about their politics. And what I am suggesting to YOU is KNOW what you like.
Dare Devils: Some people LOVE a debate. They don't care if it gets nasty—they just like to argue their opinion. They thrive on it. They want the argument. On the road, these people should go to a race track so they only hurt other like people. I periodically like such a debate, but I want one with... you know... helmets and safety harnesses (aka: rules of conduct). I am happy to debate someone with different politics in a friendly, well-moderated environment. Arleebird has thrown out some topics that I am in the minority on, and I express myself, and it is usually relatively friendly debate. I know myself well enough though, to only go into such a debate when I'm in a MOOD to deal with it. And I NEVER dive in if it looks too nasty. I'm just not interested in the mudslinging.
Competent Roadsters: These folks are driving passionately but not really looking for a fight—however there are occasionally dangerous others, that because they are on the busy roads, driving defensively, will get rammed. I watch NotHannah speak from the heart, passionately and knowledgeably (probably helps that I usually agree with her... okay... so far as I know ALWAYS agree), but I've seen hit and run disasters blast her (usually on Facebook). Lisa is another great one--I think these Georgia liberals have to learn to be articulate because they are surrounded... I always try to lend support if I see it and know about the topic, but you go on the busy roads, it is just gunna happen sometimes...
Cautious Drivers: These people avoid the debates at all costs. They are not interested in politics and don't want to get caught in the traffic. They still are subjected to the run of the mill stuff we all get (ads, facebook messages) but they refuse to engage, not clicking any links or commenting on any statuses that are political. They still might get sideswiped, but the chances are lower.
I tend to change modes, depending on where I am. I don't like any meanness, but I like a good debate, given the right mood. However, in the places I KNOW people, I am very aware that many lifetime friends have different politics, so I try to gauge how calm and rational they can be in debate... there are few topics I will insert in someone elses' conversation. I DO post things that really hit home, but usually humorous, and I try not to be too inflammatory—at least on Facebook. Here I rarely hit anything... but on other people's blogs, I do on occasion.
So get out there and happy debating! And don't be afraid to express your opinions. But be careful to only GO the places you can handle, and WATCH for those timid types who are maybe in over their head—be nice to them. Anybody being a jerk on the other hand? Have attem!