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Jason C. McDonald (CodeMouse92)

July 27, 2013

Confessions, Stereotypes, and Ponies

Confession #1: I’m a brony.

Confession #2: I really do not care what anyone has to say about it.

My-Little-Pony-Friendship-is-Magic-my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-32310685-1600-1000There’s a weird little stereotype that society has about men my age. We’re supposed to like sports, cars, and pretty girls.

I, on the other hand, have zero coordination, little interest in cars, and the only girls in my inner social circles are family members.

Young adult males are also supposed to like playing video games and drinking beer. I prefer making games (though there are a few I play), and have absolutely no interest in liquor at all.

I like shopping (though I rarely buy anything). I enjoy alleged “chick flicks” like “An Affair to Remember” and “You’ve Got Mail”. I read voraciously. I’m a gardener. I like cooking. And I LOVE watching My Little Pony.

I don’t fit the stereotype, but I’m still a 21-year-old male. There is absolutely no way around that. I plan to marry a woman someday and have a family. I lift weights (though, alas, I couldn’t get to the gym this summer). And I’m a MAJOR Seattle Seahawks fan.

What is it with stereotypes, anyway? (more…)


You know that tar pit in chapter three…?

Your story is brilliant. You just know it! It has great plot, well-rounded characters, and your readers can’t put it down.

Or rather, that will be true, once you can actually get your story written. You’re stuck on chapter three, right where you were six months ago.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Chapter 3 is not some random spot for this tar pit (though it occasionally shows up earlier). It’s a fairly common place. I often tell young writers, “The first three chapters are easy.” Why is that? (more…)