Real Life Can Suck

on February 8, 2012 in Misc

If I were an action hero with money and means and freedom, I’d go so far away right now.

I’d just take off. Disappear to a tropical island. Fly to an archeological dig in the Middle East.

It’s not like I had a terrible day. It was actually a kinda good day. But then at the end of it someone in a position of power was an asshole to me. I’m talking a real out loud asshole. And there wasn’t a damn thing I could do about it without getting myself in deep trouble..

See, I’ve known for a long time that this is one reason why I created a character like Layla Daltry. Because she has the kind of bank account and independence that allows her to do as she damn well pleases. If someone is nasty to her, watch out! You do not cross Daltry the Defiant.

This is where writing novels can be both a cheap escapism and a solace to the spirit. At least it is for me. Creating other worlds, other people, living lives we don’t have but wish we did – it’s one sure way to shed our skins for a little while and have fun and excitement and adventure and romance somewhere far, far away.

Unless, of course, you write serious literary novels that plunge soul-deep into the tragedies of real-world lives. Years ago when I read Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, I wanted to slit my wrists. I pretty much avoid Russian novels now.

What I find myself reading more and more these days are paranormal stories and some science fiction. The characters in them can have strange powers and supernatural abilities or really cool gadgets and weapons. They live in a world you want to visit. Unless it’s a dystopian one like in Hunger Games. But then the heroine Katniss is so strong and such a survivor that at the end of the book I felt uplifted and kinda happy.  And I felt some hope, which I sure don’t get from reading nineteenth century Russian literature.

Anyway, it’s time I called a halt to this rather pointless rambling dirge of mine. I feel better now. Tomorrow I’ll get out of bed yet again and live my life and everything will be okay.

Have a good day, y’all.

9 Responses to “Real Life Can Suck”

  1. That’s why I like science fiction and fantasy – it’s the chance to escape to a world where possibilities abound.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex — and you’ve created a very successful world.

  3. I hear ya. I’m getting to the point where I fear I may be turning into a bitter old man. I’m getting so sick of people in general. Just today, the Utah State Legislature voted that sex education in schools will teach ONLY abstinence. There will be no talk of contraceptives, where to buy them, how to use them, or of other types of sexuality like bisexuality or homosexuality. They are going to ignore all of those things and expect parents to speak about them (which they won’t because people in Utah want to exercise control over everything).

    I’m getting to where I fucking hate people. I turn on the television and see the war going on between conservatives and liberals over health insurance coverage for contraceptives and think…why are religious people so backward thinking and ignorant?

    If I had the money…I’d leave this country and go find a place where I wasn’t surrounded by idiots.

  4. Helena says:

    Michael – OK, originally I had such a long supportive reply for you but then I realized I’ve reallly got to ease up on my rants. So now I’ll just say that I agree with you about there being too many extremist crazies out there who are trying to rule our lives. Some are fanatically religious, some fanatically non-religious, but let’s hope the good people of whatever faiths or non-faiths win out in the end and we get ourselves a better world. And if not, I’m gonna go live on a tropical island and I’d just love it if you could visit me.

  5. Old Kitty says:

    Yay!!! You’re baaaaaaack and I’m no longer forbidden!! Hooorah!!

    Awww Helena! I am so so so so sorry this BAD PERSON WITH ATTITUDE AND OBVIOUS SOCIAL DYSFUNCTION PROBLEMS (yes, I am yelling at this BAD PERSON!) has caused you hurt and pain!!! What a bully!! I hate bullies and have no time for them!! :-(

    I think you should find your inner Layla and just ignore adverity!! You are beautiful and that BAD PERSON is ugly! Yay!!

    Take care
    x

  6. Old Kitty says:

    p.s. I meant “ignore adversity”! LOL!
    x

  7. Helena says:

    Old Kitty — Thanks SO MUCH. I’m doing much better now and I’ve also learned that the guy didn’t mean to be as cutting as he was, so I’m trying to just shrug things off and move on. And right back at ya about being beautiful.

  8. Bobbie says:

    I’m new to your blog, but write paranormal. Your book looks very interesting. I’ll pick up a copy soon.

    Good luck with ABNA!

  9. Helena says:

    Bobbie — Thanks for stopping by. But I’m afraid that this year I didn’t submit to ABNA, I’m just cheering on others brave enough to go for it.