Cussedness Corner

"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane

How did this end up as a snark blog?


I never intended it to be a snark blog. I wanted a place to talk about my personal experiences, explore my disability, and talk about writing.

I don’t like the writing of Philbin, Dagstine, and Pacione.

It’s as simple as that.

However, the tendency on the net is for talentless hacks to spend as much time trying to destroy their critics as they do writing.

If critics fail in their duty to point out what is wrong with the bilge produced by some authors, especially authors who have more ego than talent, then how will the next generation of writers know who not to emulate?

Reviewers are gate keepers.

We are human, we are subjective, but in many cases, we are painfully accurate. Especially when it comes to the concept, treatment, language (and that includes grammar and punctuation), and characterization.

The aspects of writing are many fold.

For instance, I do not like the writing of John Saul. It’s a stylistic matter. His work seems dry and unappealing to me. Yet, his sentences work and his characterization cannot be faulted. His plots hold together. He does his research.

My dislike of his work is subjective.

It is a matter of personal preference.

I am not fond of Dean Koontz either.

Taste is a private matter, defined by individuality.

However, there are cases in which a book’s flaws are more than subjective taste.

I am not one of those readers who feel that story and concept trump style and craftsmanship. I have an opinion.

I do not believe that poor research, bad grammar, poor characterization, and disgusting metaphors are secondary to the originality of concept. The most imaginative and creative people on the entire planet are children.

Children have a far greater degree of originality than adults do. The reason for this is that they have not yet learned the difference between the possible and the impossible. Their flights of fancy soar and ride the winds of their imagination unimpeded by the walls that adults eventually form around themselves.

I encountered Nickolaus Pacione in 2003.
I encountered Dagsitine in 2007, but have since discovered that he had been stalking me for several years before he decided to bring himself forceably to my attention with the Nicky Interview.
I first crossed swords with Philbin in 2004.

So far as I am concerned, they are the Axis of Evil — Nitwit style.

Back when Brian Keene had his first messageboard, Philbin used to get in my face there and on Shocklines. Brian shut Philbin out.

Nitwits are like trolls, except that it’s their ego that regenerates with suprising speed and not their flesh.

(And yes, Mr. Tweaker, that’s my OPINION)

So my disgust with their antics and their periodic attacks upon myself and others who I know and respect led to this becoming a snark blog.

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10 comments on “How did this end up as a snark blog?

  1. Mike Brendan
    September 2, 2008

    Don’t sweat it, Janrae. You’re still writing, kicking ass and taking names.

  2. cussedness
    September 2, 2008

    Thanks, Mike.

  3. raingods
    September 2, 2008

    What Mike said! I never planned on writing as many posts on the nitwits either, but you know, some things are simply the right thing to do.

  4. Louise
    September 2, 2008

    Take care, Janrae. I respect your honesty, and ditto what rain & mike say. There is nothing wrong with having an opinion, and in a world of 6 billion, or close to it now, we can’t all expect people to like the same things. Nitwits don’t realize this, though. It doesn’t compute in their brains.

    Louise xox

  5. Sabledrake
    September 2, 2008

    Snark is one of the main battlements against the Nitwittery.

  6. johaha
    September 2, 2008

    Success is the best revenge. You have that. You will be remembered for good storytelling.

    The Nitwits will never get that because they refuse to believe that they need to work on their grammar and their story structures.

    The only thing they are successful at is stirring up shit.
    They will be forgotten.

  7. CritGit
    September 2, 2008

    Mediocre writing + being tossers = nothing much

  8. Jane Timm Baxter
    September 2, 2008

    You have inspired me to actually include a blog on my site. My first post is subtitled: Laying Down the Law.

    Perhaps I should put it in a sidebar, like your Curmudgeon’s Creed!

  9. johaha
    September 2, 2008

    Sorry, a little off post, but I thought I’d update you.

    I have compiled a list of author names beginning with CR.
    It was harder than I thought.

    Here they are:

    Craig Raine
    Celia Rees
    Christopher Reid
    Carmelo Rafala
    Carol Rummins
    Cat Rambo
    Charles Roberts

    So, Lorenzo, which one am I?

    Take your pick, I’ll be anyone you like, so long as you take me back into your heart and love me like I love you.

  10. cussedness
    September 2, 2008

    Thanks, all of you.

    And anyone who wishes to use the Curmudgeon’s Creed on their sites can do so as long as I get an attribution.

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