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Random Thoughts on Snark

You know, I’m not sure I should use the title of this blog. My store is called the Write Snark for obvious reasons– mouthy things for writers. Started it because I like wearing this stuff myself. It’s good not to spend time worrying what you’re gonna wear. That way, you can just jump right into the writing. Or as I did today, store stuff. I’ve been working on a few ideas. I am a bit of a smart-ass but I filter most of that into the store… and my writing. (g)

I never expected to get rich off mouthy t-shirts, but hey, if it helps me to stay home and write full time in any way possible…

But I tied in this blog so I could promote the store as well as any writing sales I make. Problem is, I’m wondering how may people expect snark when they come here.

To some, the word “snark” represents a snotty attitude or a witty kind of dressing down– taking people down a peg or two.

Uh, belittling someone is not something you will ever see me do here. Okay, the occasional mean, bigoted person might make a small appearance, but for the most part, no. Why?

The world does that to us enough, thank you very much.

We do it enough to ourselves as well.

Besides, most of my friends know I’ll never understand how one person can think they’re better than someone else. I may have said I’m not sweet in a former post, but I meant when it comes to my characters. I’m really a tall, mushy “aw, can’t everybody just get along” kind of person. I write the dark stuff, but in my life, I avoid it at all costs. Had enough of that growing up.

I did try to write nice. Nothing bad ever happened to my characters and guess what? Those books suck. Big time. There has to be some sort of conflict for the character to work through or there is no story! That might be a big DUH for the readers here, but new writers don’t always grasp this. I was… uh… a slow learner.

But I keep The Write Snark to go along with the store. I may get my back up and gripe about something now and then, but you will not see me saying the kind of crap you’ll find in the comment section of this short lived blog. As Sara has pointed out on another blog, “Man, where’s the love?”

Snarking The Snarky

So what do you think? Should I rename the blog? It’ll have to tie in to my store somehow, but I’d hate to think writers or readers would stay away from the blog because they think it’s just another bitch fest. (Not that I have a problem with those. I’m a frequent guest on some blogs– but there are enough good ones, don’t you think?) I thought about taking that route but the truth is, I’m just not that bitchy. All the time.

Some of the time.

Okay, I am a bit today, but that’s because I got so busy working, I forgot to eat and that whole blood sugar thing throws us hypoglycemic people off…


  1. June 29, 2006    

    There are several things I like about your blog (so, no, I don’t think renaming it is necessary.) I like your complete lack of pretense. I like the sweet spirit I sense you have. I like the honesty with which you lay out your thoughts…

    I do have a comment pertaining to words on tee shirts. Normally, I’m not a person who enjoys having people read ME, so I don’t wear shirts with words. But if I did, one of my favorite shirts says: ”
    “National Sarcasm Society. Like we need your support.”

    Obviously, you don’t need my support. But I do enjoy reading what you write. I do like the name of your blog.

  2. June 29, 2006    

    I avoid the dark stuff in real life, too. I even have to ration the dark stuff that I read and write to prevent me from slipping into depression.

    I guess that is why I love snark so much. And I love The Write Snark.

    And btw…my husband is hypoglyemic. I completely sympathize with blood sugar bitchiness. 😉

  3. June 29, 2006    


    You are one bad ass with a heart of pure gold you keep under your hat. How do I know this because I takes one to know one.

    I think there is no way a few or few hundred comments could make you think about changing your bolg name. Down deep would you like to change it? I don’t think so. It is you and you know it. But if it isn’t, jump in with both feet and change it or just shake it up to suit you.

    Remember, even if you don’t like Danielle Steel, you are my hero.

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  5. June 29, 2006    

    Nah, I don’t want to change it. Just not sure I’m grouchy enough for a snark title. (g)

    Aw Jo, you’re my hero, too. I don’t have a problem with the woman, Danielle Steel– but I did have to give up on those books. I love stories about real life– a lot of the short fiction I’ve published in the past is just that. But she puts her poor characters through more hell. I’ve always called them human endurance novels. But I did love the Promise. Movie version, too.

    Heather, my poor husband knows now that if I’m steaming and stomping, it’s time to get me food. At a national RWA conference once– when I was president of this rascally group– I couldn’t find food at the hotel. There were a bunch of OKRWA authors hunting food for me. At that point in my life, I was dealing with Graves Disease, too. By the time someone found food, I was so out of it. Was pathetic. They found sushi at the bar. (g)

    Belleza, that shirt would rock. Snark may not be a constant thing with me, but sarcasm? Oh yeah. Honest is my other thing. I have a serious problem with dishonesty and yes, when faced with it, Jo’s bad ass version of me does arise. heh heh

  6. June 29, 2006    

    Rinda, so sorry to hear about your medical woes.

    Did you take medicine and go into remission for Grave’s?

  7. June 29, 2006    

    Don’t be sorry. Old news now. I’ve been in remission for nearly ten years. 🙂

  8. June 30, 2006    

    Forgetting to eat… That can be a problem.

    I have a very similar problem. Sometimes I eat, and I forgot I ate, and I’ll eat again…

    it’s not easy…

    I see no reason for you to change the name of your blog. I like it. I think we all do… when I think of “the write snark” I think ‘Rinda.’

    I vote leave well enough alone…

  9. June 30, 2006    

    I am. Just tired yesterday, I think. Plus, every now and then, I’ll find mention of my Snark blog not being snarky. Today, it’s amusing.

  10. June 30, 2006    

    Sweetie, you give Snark a good name. You have more facets than a diamond … your family, music, art, writing. It’s like you’re walking this path of life and you’ve chosen to allow us to come along. I’ve come to value your opinion and your honesty. So, carry on. We’ve got your back.

  11. June 30, 2006    

    Why thank you. I value your opinion as well.

    I don’t have a problem with my blog, but after reading the comments in that link, I started thinking that maybe there are enough snarky blogs out there. I love my snarky store and won’t change it… but was rethinking the blog title. Just thought out loud, so to speak. I’m over it. (g)

  12. July 3, 2006    

    You could actually keep the title and justify not be snarky all the time as an aspect of being snarky. Sort of, “if you don’t like it, snark it.”

    I too loved Steele’s THE PROMISE, and the movie. It’s such a great premise. I can’t believe I’ve lost my copy of that book.

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