Conspiracy Theories – The Good & The Unhealthy

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed in the political and cultural realm that many people are accused of being conspiracy theorists. Sometimes it’s true, but from what I’ve seen, it seems most of the time, it’s used by people who want to shut up others who don’t agree with their worldview.

Historically, I’ve read that some conspiracy theories turned out to be true and factual, while others didn’t.

It’s good to do your own research on any news stories you find interesting but maybe question the veracity of their content. Critical thinking, an open mind, and objectiveness help in looking into any story that comes about in the news world.

But there is a dark side to going “down the rabbit hole” when digging into news stories and conspiracy theories associated with them.

I’ve seen people and even some friends who dig so deeply into those conspiracies, they can’t escape the ditch they’ve climbed into and end up being buried, their sanity shaken to the point of becoming chaotic and full of despair.

It can feel like a tightrope, where you can fall off on either side–one of total cognitive dissonance on anything put forth that is questioned by some, and the other, believing every oddity regarding a conspiracy theory on whatever news story.

Moderation and not allowing such stories to overtake your life, mentally and spiritually are of utmost importance.

Remember that these stories aren’t paramount to your survival on this planet. Rather, I believe, your health, your relationships with others, love of God and His creation (if you are a believer)–the last being the pinnacle of your existence–should be what you meditate upon daily and what matters in your life.

Keep a safe distance from getting overly emotional about certain serious news stories around the world, and turn to God in prayer. It is in my experience that this always gives comfort and peace to one’s soul.

With that all said, I believe one can question certain news stories and research them while keeping your mental and spiritual state in balance.

Case in point. My experiences.

I may question certain historical news stories revolving around wars and our national security, but that doesn’t mean I believe in:

  1. Aliens
  2. a flat Earth
  3. Lizard people
  4. Sandy Hook being a hoax
  5. Chemtrails
  6. COVID-19 vaccine is the mark of the beast

Just to name a few.

I think there is this mistaken belief by some that if you question a story our government gives, then you’re some kind of conspiracy nut. Last time I checked, all citizens are to question their government regularly. It’s part of being a responsible American in this country.

In closing, let’s not argue with each other and keep ourselves balanced in this chaotic world. It’s paramount to our sanity and survival.

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The Not-So-Stellar Book Reviews

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Today, I received a two-star rating on my debut novel, Passage of Promise. It was my first two-star review out of twenty that have been mostly five and four stars.

As a newly-published author, I expected to receive some ratings that judged my work mediocre. It is part of the life of an author.

Even top, best-selling authors get one-star and two-star reviews, some, unfortunately, with a few nasty remarks. It’s par for the course in the realm of the author’s world, as I said.

Experienced authors have always given the advice to newer authors that they must grow thick skins and not take reviews that aren’t spectacular to heart.

I found the two-star anonymous reviewer’s comments pretty fair. Not everyone is going to like my storyline or my writing style.

This is natural.

As a reader myself, I too, pick up books to read, and come to the same conclusions. Although, if I don’t like the writing style, I don’t buy the book, so I may be even more picky than my two-star reviewer!

The latest book I bought and am having a struggle getting through, I read the first few pages on Amazon and tended to like it because I thought the writing style was pretty good.

But I admit now that the storyline so far has been dragging, and I’m finding it easy to set down the book. The story just isn’t drawing me in to the point where I feel compelled to keep reading it.

Therefore, I understand everybody’s tastes are different, and that each author has her/his niche readers. And that’s good enough for me.

New writers out there and newly-published writers, don’t be discouraged if or when you may get a negative or lower-starred review. Count it as a good thing.

There are three things good about even two-star reviews that are somewhat negative, especially the one I received:

  1. The comments weren’t really insulting.
  2. The person took the time to leave a review.
  3. You learn what each reader gleans from your novel.

For someone who doesn’t really have a high self-esteem, I do know my writing is good, that my stories are worth sharing, and I appreciate the feedback.

Newly-published writers, keep writing and keep publishing your work. There are enough readers out there for each of us.

 

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Numerous Projects Make an Author Blissfully Happy

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Writers, are you in the midst of typing up/penning a novel? A short story? Have you finished the first draft? Or have you gotten so far as to have your book published already? Do you have any other books lined up for revisions, or a fresh story in the wings?

Please tell me you don’t have writer’s block. Tell me you have ideas blossoming in your mind like daffodils in the springtime.

I mean, what’s better than having a plethora of writing projects to dive into each day?

You put one story aside after its latest revisions, and grab another one waiting to be revised. And then a third one you’re in the midst of writing that is as fresh as washed linens drying on a clothesline on a warm, sunny day?

This week, I’ve gotten extremely positive feedback from fellow writers/critiquers on the ending of my novel, What She Didn’t Know. Overall complete positive feedback on this story. They helped clean up this story.

I’ll put What She Didn’t Know aside after this week and concentrate on my novella, Mourning Dove, coming up next in the queue.

Then I’ll go back to What She Didn’t Know and clean/revise the Word doc to match the changes I made in the critique queue.

So excited!

Oh, and today is the publisher’s meeting to look over and discuss my novel, Passage of Promise’s proposal. I will see in about a week’s time if they accept it.

I think What She Didn’t Know is my strongest story and could be my breakout novel. I’m thrilled I have so many projects to keep me busy and I’m not having writer’s block right now!

If only I could revise and write faster. Haha!

Happy writing, my friends!

 

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