Happy 2018 everyone.
It turns out my resolution for this year is just a rehash of the one I broke in 2017—to get the social media monkey off my back, a.k.a. use my time more productively. I refuse to be corralled by the so called social media book marketing experts any longer. They will tell you must somehow cultivate readers from followers on your many social media sites and you will have to invest a great deal of time or money to accomplish this.
If there is one thing I have learned after three long torturous years on anti-social media, it is:
FOLLOWERS DO NOT READERS MAKE.
I swear these experts are paid by the mainstream publishing industry to set indie and small press authors up to fail.
In the olden days, circa 1989, when we wanted to sell something, we would apply “old school” “grass roots” marketing techniques featuring outdated notions like targeting prospective customers and then getting off our asses to go visit them to forge a relationship. It always worked.
It would be wonderful if an author’s life could be dedicated to visiting libraries, bookstores, and book clubs full time, but the game just isn’t lucrative enough for 99.99% of us to do it.
Enter the internet. Yes, the same internet that connects you to facebook, twitter, snap chat and YouTube can also connect you to librarians, bloggers, and book clubs all over the world.
If you need me, I will be chatting somewhere else online in 2018, probably with a librarian, teacher, concerned parents group, or a book club administrator.
Speaking of librarians, did you know my website has a page just for them?
Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers!
Life With Women: The Long-Awaited Instruction Manual
A reader need only have an open mind to enjoy Ms. Creant.
Readers also possessing a sense of humor, will love it.
This book was created for everyone from young adults to seniors. It was written from a male’s point of view, speaking to men who are endlessly struggling to understand the opposite sex. For women, this is a fascinating journey inside the male psyche. The book gives a young reader a glimpse of the future, with a recommended timeline for key life events. Mature readers, who have already experienced much of what is discussed in the book, should come away with a new found understanding, and perhaps even closure. Ms. Creant is a controversial, entertaining, yet informative look at everything which influences human behaviour including: relationships, life, health, biology, philosophy, sociology, theology, politics, genetics—even physics. E. A. Barker shares twenty-four “inappropriate” stories of life with women. The author based these stories of women behaving badly on his real life experiences, spanning four decades of his search for an ideal partner. The lessons taken away from the book will serve to help readers make better choices, become more aware, grow and change—at any stage of life.
About the intended reader and a caution:
Ms. Creant was written by a man, from a man’s perspective, for men, and those soon to become men. Yes, many women have embraced the book as well, but it is doubtful any young female teenagers are likely to be handed a copy. It is difficult to state the exact age a young man should begin to explore the realities which lay ahead for him, so my first thought was to say age thirteen—the sooner the better. HOWEVER, I recommend we err on the side of caution. The book contains adult situations and sarcasm that the youngest readers may not comprehend without adult guidance to give them some clarification. This could cause an important message to be lost on them, or worse, they may embrace the poor behaviors illustrated. There are both young men and boys in the age range between thirteen and fifteen with significant variations in maturity levels found throughout the group. We can safely state that a young man is ready for Ms. Creant when he has experienced any of the following life events:
- He has a poor attitude towards school.
- He has been rejected by a girl.
- He has a girlfriend.
- He has had his first sexual encounter.
- He has had his first heartbreak.
- He has been caught with alcohol or drugs.
The important messages contained in Ms. Creant:
- WHO you become is more important than WHAT you become.
- Make smart choices.
- Be aware of yourself and your possible futures.
- You must always have a plan.
- Stay in school.
- Say no to drugs.
- Practice safe sex.
- How to recognize and keep you and your friends away from a date rape scenario.
- Never stop working on self-improvement.
- Completing a post-secondary education is a must.
- There will be time for serious relationships once you have completed your education.
- Chase your dream.
- Choose to be happy.
- See things as they are—not as you would like them to be.
- Learn to recognize your own behavioral patterns.
- We must rethink how we are raising our daughters.
- The difference between sex and love.
- Equality is achievable when we stop trying to manipulate each other.
- Settle wisely.
- Balance and communication are the key elements of a successful relationship.
- Behaviors to avoid if you want to remain faithful.
- How to survive the end of a serious relationship.
- Understand menopause—it happens to all humans.
- You can change anything and at any age.
- To be completely healthy is to supply nutrition to all four parts of your being.
- If you are pragmatic and grateful, death need not be scary.
- Unbiased moral teachings might save humanity.
- Parents must teach what the schools are not.
- All sociological problems are directly linked to literacy.
- Fear spreads quickly when rational thought is not present.
- Political correctness is undermining freedom of speech—the communication of ideas—retarding humanity’s growth.
- Working to become the best person you can be will make you a role model—an influencer—for others yet to come.
Ms. Creant is a relatively light look at the human condition.
Why was Ms. Creant written?
This was my attempt to change a world which becomes more distressing with each passing day.
By writing about many of the most difficult issues facing mankind with a pinch of humor, it was my hope that a conversation would be started which could spread awareness.
- Men need a better understanding of both themselves and women.
- Women need a better understanding of both themselves and men.
- Both sexes need to see the world for what it is if we are to create change.
- Continuing to live obliviously in a dream or a bubble made tolerable by escapism will not adequately prepare your children and grandchildren for the challenges they will face as these last two generations attempt to save humanity.
- We cannot allow the goal of true equality to be corrupted by political correctness or reverse discrimination.
- The patriarchy that has been with us for the past 5,000 years must be left behind.
Our present educational systems encourage ACCEPTANCE of what is thought to be known rather than the exploration of the subject matter which could bring about a paradigm shift.
The most fundamental teachings of philosophy—learning WHO we should strive to become—is no longer valued. Morality, ethics, and scruples are now increasingly rare traits found in the people we meet.
Most societies in the West have CONFORMED to the destructive and soon to be fatal ideology of economics based thinking. By placing a higher value on the words uttered by celebrities, the wealthy, religious zealots, and sports heroes than we do the words of the most brilliant minds, we are accelerating the fall of Western civilization.
We are teaching a watered down version of history, INFLUENCED by political and religious agendas, which focuses our attention on names, dates and places, instead of the more important causes and effects which led to wars and the fall of various civilizations throughout recorded time.
There are four interconnected elements which can adversely affect the health of a human being, but most people are not AWARE of them, nor do they know how to take care of each one.
Our educational systems pump out DAMAGED kids. In North America at least, human behavioral studies could help students to begin to understand themselves and others while simultaneously introducing them to a number of the sciences. An introduction to psychology, biology, genetics, anthropology and sociology could give children some PERSPECTIVE to assist them in surviving their K-12 education. Except in the most progressive schools, these studies are all but ignored until it is too late. Most of the emotional damage is done years before they reach college. Teaching young adults about human behavior when the student already has a fully developed identity is like closing the barn doors after the horses ran away.
Higher education has its problems too. The lesson most learned in universities is that degrees can be bought by those whose influential families are alumni or financial contributers. Money and power should not be held up as something for young people to strive for or envy. Corruption within the most important institutions in the world must end.
The grant system INFLUENCES academia. The saddest proof of this is in the statement: ‘ We are paid to search for answers—NOT TO FIND THEM.‘ Specialization within a general field of study has created division amongst scholars and furthered compartmentalization or outright suppression of findings. Until researchers stop being held back by doctrine within the peer review system, hard scientific evidence will continue to appear to the public as being subject to interpretation.
Serious subject matter handled in a not too serious way.