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The Katalina Blog Challenge #8: Screw Yous and Other Taboos

So this week Katalina wants to know about swearing.

Do I swear? Yeah. WAY too much. I shouldn’t, I know this. The whole being a mom thing for one. And apparently I’m supposed to be a lady. Although I don’t regularly pluck my eyebrows though, so the lady ship sailed a long time ago…

Swearing doesn’t bother me as much as it should. Yes, I do cringe at an overly expletive sailors mouth, but that usually has to do with the company involved. You know, like if your boyfriend starts talking about his fucking boss during a nice dinner with grandma…well…that would suck.

I do swear in my writing, though a lot less than in my real life. It doesn’t enhance the work at all. It just is what it is. Sometimes an expletive is needed – both in life and in writing. Perhaps I’m a little weird about it though. I find calling someone a bitch more offensive than saying “the eff word”. Perhaps it’s about being derogatory. I cringe at myself if I say the word bitch – not that I don’t use it from time to time. I really hate it. Weird… Especially considering I use way worse language without batting an eyelid.

I’m okay with swearing in books, just like I’m okay with swearing people. But that said, I’m probably not going to read a book that has more swearing than substance, just like I couldn’t be bothered with a book that has more sex than storyline.

End of two cents.

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Green Pastures & Still Waters

I’ve had an odd two weeks. Actually it’s a bit more than that. More like three or perhaps even four.

First, I had the most bizarre did that really just happen kind of “thing” with one of my writer’s club people. Really the whole incident was mind boggling. Do you ever find yourself trying to understand someone who just doesn’t make sense to you? I find myself doing this often. I nearly slipped into a coma trying figure out my fiancé’s ex. And his mother for that matter. I have this weird subconscious idea that women in general should just get each other, that offers of friendship and hospitality should mean something, and that once you finally get to leave high school the world in general just gets nicer. Wow Nadine. Time to take your anti-naivety tablets. And the dose should probably be doubled for you. Or tripled. Actually why don’t you just go ahead and take the whole bottle. (more…)