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Ruadhán J. McElroy

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in Toledo, Ohio, The United States
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Ruadhán is a musician, painter, and the author of two novels and a long-time blogger and web-diarist. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and raised predominantly by British grandparents; he was educated at a Felician school until grade Seven, when his father and step-mother relocated the family to rural Michigan. In addition to fiction, he has written short pieces of Hellenic polytheist mythology for the newsletter HE EPISTOLE and maintains the polytheist blog, Of Thespiae. Since 2009, his primary creative focus has been on his music.

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Ruadhán J. McElroy Much like Lois in the pageant episode of MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, I have a problem with this question.

I don't exactly "get to" make my own hours, I…more
Much like Lois in the pageant episode of MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, I have a problem with this question.

I don't exactly "get to" make my own hours, I *have to*. Because this trade has been so devalued over the last fifty years, people expect me to just give my work away, and balk at the price of either a paperback or eBook edition. My cats, social obligations, and all the other work I do seem to all be conspiring against my best efforts to finish a new book every other year. My primary income is Social Security Disability and Survivor's benefits, which pays out a lot less than most people seem to believe, but without it, I'd be on the streets -- but even with, I'm grateful for the few copies of either novel that I sell each year, or I'd be so much worse off.

Being a writer, or any kind of artist, is like an overcooked steak -- it's a small, tough, and the chips are always stacked against you.

The only consolation is knowing that I'm letting these stories out, because the spirits within these characters want me to tell their stories. If I make a little money, and entertain a few readers in the process, that's even better, because it shows that someone is appreciating all the hard work I've put into this.(less)
Ruadhán J. McElroy Just write. Write about things you know -- whether that's real life, or speciality genres you've been reading since you were five. Accept that not…moreJust write. Write about things you know -- whether that's real life, or speciality genres you've been reading since you were five. Accept that not everything you write will be groundbreaking, great, or even good -- accept constructive critiques from readers of all sorts, but work on it in whatever way works for you.

It's not a race. NaNoWriMo is a cute idea, but let's be frank, compared to the large number of people who start it, almost no-one completes it (not even those who give themselves extra time), and it's even rarer that it's "good enough" to even consider publishing without heavy re-working over the next three to six months or more. If you want to take that as a fire to light under your arse to actually start writing, be my guest, but don't beat yourself up if you don't finish by 30 November -- just finish it.(less)
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“Everything worth knowing about the 1980s I learned from obsessively reading Bloom County collections when I was nine and Derek Jarman's diaries when I was twenty.”
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“Nothing is new anymore. We're living in a post-everything society and "art" itself has become satire.”
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“I never saw "being different" in and of itself as the point to "being Goth" -- dressing different from most others, maybe, but the point to me was to get together with people who liked the same music and clothes, or at least very similar music and clothes, and go to clubs, go to movies, go to coffee-houses and hold poetry readings and, in general, just have some good harmless fun. Did I look like a dork? Sure, but so did everybody else in the club. We weren't "being different", at least not all of us, we just were different and the point was to stop bitching about being different and just have fun.”
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“Some of us find our lives abridged even before the paperback comes out. ”
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“Despite what they tell you, there are simply no moral absolutes in a complex world.”
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“Just the usual formality before the chaos begins. Like playing the National Anthem before a Cubs game.”
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“The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.”
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“He has 'le coeur comme un artichaud'. Eddy fumbled for her high school French. 'A heart like an artichoke?' 'Oui. He has a leaf for everyone, but makes a meal for no one.”
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