Friday, October 19, 2012

Bury the Hatchet Blogfest

Today is the last day of EJ Wesley's Bury the Hatchet Blogfest, but of course with my attention to detail, I saw the date October 19 and thought that was THE day instead of the LAST day. But never mind. Better late than never, eh?

Anyway, the blogfest is part of his book release for Blood Fugue:

What's BLOOD FUGUE about?

Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, Jenny must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it. Blood Fugue, by E.J. Wesley, is the first of the Moonsongs books, a series of paranormal-action novelettes.

So the BLOGFEST theme... you've heard the metaphor bury the hatchet, yes? Well that's all well and good, but SOMETIMES what you REALLY want to do is Bury the Hatchet in someone's HEAD... you know... horror story style... So we are to share something that drives us to murderous intent... what is making us CRAZY IRKED.

As my husband said when he picked me up last Friday from work: “If I'd have had a gun, there would be five people dead right now.” (leading to the logical reason I won't keep guns in the house, but I'm thinking it is best he doesn't drive with a hatchet, too) THAT kind of thing.

So where do I want to Bury the Hatchet? (aside from opposite party politics which I am only skipping because it is just too obvious)...


People caught up in the idea that a person's value has to do with their address, car brand, pedigree or the alphabet soup after their name. The people who treat waitresses like crap because 'they are only waitresses' (I've been a waitress, so I KNOW people do this)

There is nothing I'd like more than to prove to these smarmy, arrogant SOBs that they aren't worth the gum on the bottom of said waitresses shoe (that their own pampered child threw on the floor). People are not of value because of their money, their titles, or their bloody blue-blood last name or family membership in some secret society. People are of value if they are kind, creative, intelligent, funny... I need to mention kind again, because I think that is at least twice as important as any of these other things. People are of value because of their DEEDS. Especially the deeds they do on behalf of people who need some help. (making rich people richer? NOT a good deed—I left the asses in advertising to themselves because I just couldn't justify this as a worthy existence... certainly not worthy enough to kiss a lot of butts over).

That doesn't mean I think poorly of people who are wealthy, educated (heck, I'm educated) or prominent society members. As we strive to better ourselves, these things can happen and I am all for striving. But we should never think we are better than other people because we have the good fortune to succeed. And NOBODY EVER should think they are better if they are just born into it.

She's doing it right
JK Rowling was on the Daily Show this week and she BRILLIANTLY and WONDERFULLY reminded us all that she was a welfare mom for about three years when she was first divorced and her books had not sold. She knows what it is like to be treated like a leech on society. And now that she is richer than the queen (literally) she is staying put in Britain to pay her 70% tax rate because that is what you do—you give back. Britain helped her, and now this is their due. She also donates millions and is involved in tons of charities--all her little books? Charitable donations of all proceeds.  That is how to handle success with class in my book.


Teresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman said...

I agree. I'm so tired of hearing from people who have, that if "other people" would do better they wouldn't be poor. Sickens me. It's so easy to be lord, it's much harder (but more rewarding) to be a savior for someone in need.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good for her!
And it always bothers me when I see people treat retail workers, cashiers, and waitresses bad. I always make sure to say something nice to them.

L.G.Smith said...

Bury the hatchet in a snob day! Officially declared as October 19th. :)

It does piss me off to see people treat others without respect. I used to work retail when I first got out of high school, and you could just tell which people thought you were about as worthy as the plastic bag you put their stuff in. Jerks. :P

E.J. Wesley said...

Best for last, Hart. This is probably my favorite 'Hatchet Burying' of the bunch. lol

I agree 1,000,000 %--I don't give a rip for what you have or don't. What I DO care about is how you treat strangers, if you're nice to your kids, etc.

Thanks so much for participating in the blogfest! It's been a lot of fun reading what people like to take their frustrations out on. :-D

Morgan said...

Loooooove this...

I can't stand that "entitled" air some people have about them... it's such a wrong mentally to have...

And new follower! How have we not connected before? We know all the same people, LOL! Glad that problem is fixed! :D

Hart Johnson said...

Teresa-yeah, when I hear that attitude I always think 'there is a person whose never faced a real struggle.'

Alex-somehow I think you are always nice to everyone.

LG-I think EVERYONE should have to have a service job at some point--one they count on for their livelihood.

EJ-thank you! It was a fun topic! I hope your book is going great!

Morgan-YAY! I followed back-we do have a lot of common ground, eh?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

She didn't forget her beginnings.

Sometimes the snobbiest people aren't rich or powerful - they just think they are.

Melissa said...

Love your choice of target for the hatchet. *whack!*

Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

Ella said...

I agree great topic! You know life can toss anybody a curve ball. You never know, what may happen~

I agree, some of the snobbiest people are upper crust in their own pbutter minds-so nasty!

Thanks for sharing your Halloween costume! I loved it~ We would have so much fun painting the town many colors! :D

I have your book on my list...right up my alley! Gardening and mystery~ oooh, Venus Fly Trap for Halloween would be cool~

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

spot on. :D

j welling said...

I'm reminded of Flannery O'Conner. She has a short story where the protagonist cannot decide who to send to Hell. She does it one by one in her mind to fall asleep sometimes. At other times, she sends whole cars loads off at once.

I'm just mentioning this because I remember Flannery doing this very drill so well in the story (of course, an O'Connor protagonist is deeply flawed and has no relation at all to our resident Tart. I'm not making TART assertions at all. She'd never be in an O'Connor story. )

I wish I could remember the specifics. I'll have to dig for it. I read it when I was 14. That made for an interesting year. It was the sort of thing the Jesuits would have thrown me out for writing, but that I was encouraged to read.

I'm done with individual hatchet work for now. My servant quarters in Valhalla are already well staffed.

Anonymous said...

Snobs irk me as well. I've been looked down on during certain times of my life just because I didn't look the part. Snobs certainly don't care about people's character.

Misha Gericke said...

I agree with you 100%. Some people are better than others, but not because of being born a certain way or not, but because they're TRYING to be the best they can be.

As supposed to the snobs who are happily complacent in their lives, and therefore don't try to grow at all.

And no matter what, there's good in everyone. Even snobs. Just for that little good, I try not to treat others as lesser people, whether they are or not.