C. Chancy over at Crossover Queen’s Creative Chaos had an excellent post on respect and relationships this past week, readers. It got me thinking and, while I won’t say you will see the result of those thoughts in a post on this site any time soon, I will probably be linking to this article again in the future. Ms. Chancy gave me a fair number of ideas to chew over here, but they will take time to appear in an article.
In the meantime, not only am I going to leave you to read her post, I am going to shamelessly plug The Guardian Cycle, Vol.1: In Dreams and Other Stories* because this anthology in particular and to some extent the series itself is meant to tackle the problem of Respect in Relationships that Ms. Chancy discusses. I have had it up to my neck with characters in modern fiction showing no respect to one another and not demonstrating an iota of sense during the course of an adventure. You have all read my posts about this, and with In Dreams, now you get to see it in my fiction directly.
In addition to hyping my book, I also want to give a shout-out to Ms. Chancy’s latest work, Oni the Lonely*. I intend to purchase this Urban Romance novel once I have the opportunity (eyes TBR pile) and maybe read a couple of other books into submission. Still, everything I’ve seen so far not only tells me Oni the Lonely is the author following her own advice, it’s going to be a really entertaining read.
So while you’re putting In Dreams in the shopping cart at Amazon, pick up Oni the Lonely, too. You will not regret either purchase, readers!
When you look at a lot of the mess going on in current society, at the base of it all, what we have is a relationship problem. As in, people do not learn how to properly do relationships. At all.
Yes, I know, I’m speaking from the viewpoint of someone who needs notes and a flowchart to even start to understand the network of social connections in any given place or situation. On the other hand I think that puts me in the same position as an early epidemiologist trying to figure out disease transmission. I can’t use what “everybody knows”, I have to write down the facts as I see them and see if they make any sense. And that is how Dr. John Snow knew how to ignore the “miasmas” and take the handle off one specific water pump to stop a cholera epidemic.
So what I see is that, at least for the past several decades, people have not been taught what a good relationship is. How to be a good parent. Sibling. Boss. Employee. Random entrepreneur getting by. Most especially, how to be a good spouse.
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