America is being swept under the craziness of the upcoming election. Hillary Cinton is leading the Democrats, and for a great deal of the race, Donald Trump has led the Republicans.

Yet, what raises interest for me is the fact that Trump seems to be encircled with controversy. He has insulted veterans, immigrants, and several other groups.

However, he still seems to be at the forefront of the race. Many Americans claim to like Trump because he isn't a politician, rather he's one of the every day folks. This has raised much discussion over how a millionaire can be one of the everyday people.

Yet, as the race inches closer to election year, it will be interesting to see if this man of the people can keep up this persona. 


When we were young we shared the heart of a kitten.

Chasing those balls of yarn,

watching them as they rolled towards the horizon

where we thought we would chase them forever.

I was naïve in those days.

I did not yet realize

that our hearts didn’t beat to the same rhythm.

As we grew older, your heart remained unchanged.

Holding onto those dark days of your past

with a bitter remembrance.


After the recent shooting of a broadcast journalist and a photographer there seems to be an increased concern about gun control in the United States. 

The United States has recently seen a pandemic of gun shootings with shootings in theatres, streets, and now on live tv.

The argument over gun control is obviously heated and multifaceted. People can be seen saying that guns don't kill people; humans do. Proponents of gun control claim that guns are being placed in the hands of unstable people. Opponents claim that the killers would merely find another way to inflict damage.

Whatever the truth may be, people seem divided about the solution. People seem to be looking at this topic as an important topic in this upcoming election. 


Feminism is a hot topic in the news lately. With Emma Watson's speech at the United Nations and then her "He for She campaign," and then with the recent video entitled "Why I'm not a Feminist," feminism has become a hot topic.

When this video went viral, people automatically responded showing that her stats were wrong and in outrage to her video. However, at the same time, some people seemed to cheer the video.

This has shown that there is in fact a heated battle about what it means to be a feminist and whether there is a place for feminism within the United States and Canada.

There seems to be a break between what people think feminism is and what it is.

Most feminists claim that feminism is not the extremist approach that people seem to think it is. However, others claim that it is the extremists who define the group. 


In part one, we looked at the hashtag #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter, and discussed one of the problems people seem to have in seeing writing as a legitimate profession.

Another reason, that can be linked to exposure, is ignorance.  Many people assume, rightly or wrongly, that there is nothing to writing - you just sit down with pen, paper and a pot of tea and set to it.

As any writer will immediately tell you, this isn't true.  Whether they are being sarcastic or not will vary depending on a number of factors, which includes how much coffe they have had, but they will all tell you just how wrong you are in your assumptions about the easiness inherent in their chosen profession.

Some people will protest the use of the word 'ignorance', and they're right - it is a harsh and judgemental word to use, but I think its use is warranted.

Take the story I am working on just now, for example. In the past two weeks I have created a list of twenty three books to read which will (I'm hoping) allow me to build the workld of the story in a very general sense.  Only when those books are completed will I think about more specific details, at which point I will do more research.

This is where the ignorance comes in, I think.  To me, reading a book on cults is research - to an outsider who either isn't aware of my story ideas or is and simply thinks I should be writing, reading a book is simply that - reading.  It has nothing to do with work.

This tallies with many of the tweets recorded in the hastag which had words to the effect of 'I wish I had the time to read so much'.  People don't realise that in this particular case, reading is very much work.  Not only that, it is important work if I and other authors want our world building to be the best it can be. 

But to the majority of the public, reading is a leisure activity, not a work one.  And until that changes, writers will continue to be viewed as lazy.