Exorcising the Killer Critic

Photo Credit: https://www.instagram.com/luxemakeupgoals/ Buried in your psyche, so deep that you don’t even know it, is a demon critic. This is a person, a circumstance, or life event that declared your lack of creativity. For me, it kept me from writing fiction for decades. Subliminating, I scratched that itch by writing technical works. In the Army, I wrote Technical Manuals. In AT&T’s Bell Labs, I contributed to juried proceedings. Later, I spoke at international, NGO, and standards symposia and conventions. All told, I published over 30 non-fiction works. Before you go on, I recommend that you click on and read this: The Killer Critic within. This is one of many essays on how an early critic gets into your head. Judging by the number of recent writings, this is a critical issue for creative types. The reason could have been that that person had had a bad month of putting up

#Slush Pile

#goodtogo. Pulled the trigger. Stomped on the fire. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. Where’s the beef. Sorry, a little fun. Made my #amediting  schedule of finishing edits of #scifi Matryoschka Sarah, the last set of 2974 line edits to work over. Today, I’m contributing to that phenomena of nature, the slush pile. Any agent who’s reading pile is below eye level, contact me. 29 September 2017 Update: Nice note from Baen. Sorry, but does not meet our marketing. 15 September 2017 Update: Decided that a look-see by a Psychologist-Editor would be appropriate. I write about people whom I’ve known. There, I’ve said it. The characters are composites, but largely based on someone I met decades ago.  Major re-work on the female protag in work. I’m bringing in the chief supporting character as a narrator. 23 August 2017 Update: 22 new rejections Hired a WKE (well known editor)

#Marshall, the Movie

You don’t see me recommending movies. “Marshall,” released this weekend, is the rare exception.  I’ve read uncomplimentary Critic reviews on the acting and direction. Ignore that if you want a) a great team-up in a tension movie and b) a clean interpretation of history. Like the movie Malcolm X, it gave me hope that the individual affects history as much as the reverse. Unlike the Malcolm X movie, it doesn’t spend the last 10 minutes literally shouting at you, telling you what the movie was about because you are obviously too stupid to “get it” without the shouting. However, also like Malcolm X, what you get out of it says more about who you are than what the movie is. I’m already seeing political spins that highjack the movie to foster despair. What is the obsession by people to create negativity, using any source? This is a hopeful movie and

Why am I reading this?

Because we’re gonna have fun! The main reason people read Newsletters and Blogs is that they like to connect. Blog readers are fascinated by glimpses into different lifestyles, homes, hobbies, and points of view. Blogs offer insight into everyday lives, how it feels to be that person, and to live that life. Besides: “A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.” Roy H. Williams.  You can count on me to expose my…mistakes. So, let’s connect! I’m Terry Gene, a writer of novels and short stories. You can get specifics on the tabs above. But, why do you want to read this newsletter? Mostly for the fun of watching a quirky mind at work. Of course, there will be giveaways, aka bribes. I’ll post stuff like: Curious findings from my

The 360 evaluation cupcake

To be honest, I can’t ever remember a #performance evaluation that I could use to # improve my performance.  However, it did keep large numbers of staff staff and consultants happily employed. About every 5 – 7 years, we added more consultants and staff to disassemble the current system and install the next best-ever performance management fad.  I say this as an MBA, from an accredited university, with an emphasis in organization effectiveness. For that reason, I loved this spotlight on performance evaluations: It’s a Good Thing Some People Don’t Like You. Two fails in people-friendly evaluations are the ‘sandwich’ and the ‘3-2-1’ evaluation. The sandwich evaluation assumes that if you front and end load with praise, then the evaluation target will absorb the ‘helpful’ advice and judgement in the middle. In my experience on both sides of the evaluation was that this only builds tension and dread. Be the time