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October 22, 2016
Posted at 12:02 pm
 

Jay Cantrell said we should share...

Here are a series of emails I received today concerning my book Getting it Wrong.

IFS: "Like the case with the little boy, my training
had kicked in and it was over before I could stop
myself."

Except that *actual* firearm training *always*
entails knowing what you're shooting at.
*Always.* So that shit like this doesn't happen.

Me: I think I actually say that later in the chapter and why his mindset was wrong.

IFS: "the Kun sisters, Kelly and Barb. At first I
didn't realize they were related. I was dating
them both in a rather casual way"

It's really unreasonable for him to not know their
last names.

Me: Thanks so much for your feedback.

IFS: Unfortunately, I can only "know what I know" at any point in time (if that makes any sense). Unless CIA firearms training is horribly incompetent (which is vaguely reasonable), he'd have never passed those courses with that mindset, and thus not be sent out into the field.

Me: So what do you want me to do? This was intended to show he was flawed. I would have to go back and reread that part of the story, but my recollection was he admitted it was wrong and regretted it. Hell, he shoots through a door without verifying a target and kills a woman. Take a deep breath and remember that this is FICTION. Just a story. All made up. I know that time travel is not real...

IFS: So what do you want me to do? This was intended to show he was flawed.

It's not a flaw when you rely on training (something he repeated over and over and over again), since that's what you're supposed to do.

I would have to go back and reread that part of the story, but my recollection was he admitted it was wrong and regretted it. Hell, he shoots through a door without verifying a target and kills a woman. Take a deep breath and remember that this is FICTION. Just a story. All made up. I know that time travel is not real...

With that attitude, JRR Tolkien would have had Frodo teleport from the Shire to the Cracks of Doom and dropped in the ring. Damned short story, but hey, it's FICTION. Just a story. All made up, since we all know that there's no Middle Earth.

Me: Wow ... I guess I am a piece of shit today. Thanks for sharing.

IFS: Even in fiction, why in the world would a
PHARMACEUTICAL company develop time travel?
Ignoring magic, that's the realm of esoteric
branches of physics.

Me: Thanks again for you insight. I would suggest that you read something else. I obviously don't know what the fuck I'm doing and need to be reminded of it over and over and over again.

I actually feel sorry for you. You just became That Guy. The one at parties everyone sees and wants to avoid. He comes IFS to tell you what a terrible person you are... You were such a dumb ass to take the time and write a book and post it on a free website. You should slit your wrist because of it. You are the guy that Jay Cantrell talks about in his posts.

If you are looking for something more believable please jump on iBooks or Amazon and PAY for something to read.

IFS: What is it with writers and their egos more fragile than stemware?

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G Younger