anti-bullying campaign

Keanu Reeves at Cannes; New F Word; Self-Publishing Tips

Evidently, Keanu Reeves made headlines at Cannes when he arrived looking slightly different than usual. If you do a simple search you’d be amazed at what you come up with. The article I’m linking to is the only one that said basically what I think about all this.

He arrived at the Cannes Film Festival looking less than stellar, and suddenly he’s getting treated worse than Kim Kardashian by the media. (“Keanu Reeves Looks Bloated at Cannes Film Festival” is a real headline that came up when I Googled his name.) And then they zoomed in to a horrific photo of his chin taken from below — because that’s always a good angle.

Read more: http://www.thebuzz.com/pages/karah.html?article=11304916#ixzz2Vur19J00

It looks to me like he’s getting ready for a new film. And frankly, I saw the photos and thought he looked fine. But none of that should even matter anyway.

Women get this kind of thing all the time about body image and weight issues. But men get it, too, and you don’t have to be famous. I’ve been starving for years. Last weekend I went to a BBQ at an old friend’s house and it was the typical menu…most of the foods I never eat anymore. I passed on potato salad, pasta salad, hot dogs, and burgers. But you can’t just sit there and eat nothing because that would be rude. So I picked on a bunless burger and thankfully there was a mixed green salad. I’ve been conscious about food and gaining weight all my life, and when all else fails I always revert back to the Atkins diet principles. And sometimes I wonder why I bother. But this image bullshit has been so ingrained in us (gay men and women especially) it’s not simple to shake. Because when a man as gorgeous at Keanu Reeves shows up a few pounds overweight and gets slammed for it, there’s something wrong.

The New F Word

While I don’t think anything can ever replace the satisfaction you get from telling someone to go fuck themselves, especially a bully, I do like the idea of this new trend to take action.

Friend Movement has launched a new groundbreaking anti-bullying campaign with the support of stars, activists, dancers and athletes.

Ronnie Kroell and Elliott London, along with co-creator Bianca Kosoy, have launched the campaign, titled “The New F Word,” which is “designed to empower individuals and inspire” everyone to “take action.”

Celebrities such as Tim Gunn, Adam Lambert, Frenchie Davis, Carmen Electra, LeAnn Rimes, Lance Bass, Aubrey O’Day and others have lent their faces — and their middle fingers — to the campaign, which features photographer Ryan Forbes capturing them giving bullies the bird.

I also think all anti bullying campaigns are important now more than ever with so much online bullying happening. It takes a while to build up a layer of skin thick enough to deal with online bullying, and a good deal of time before you can smile and say go fuck yourself to a bully. But things like this campaign make it a little easier for people who aren’t sure how to deal with bullies. In other words, they validate what other people have been thinking for a long time.

You can read more here.

Self-Publishing Tips

I’m linking to an article now that talks about a few interesting topics when it comes to self-publishing. There’s the international factor, learning to be retail specific, and branding. I don’t remember where I found it, but there is some good info. On the other hand, it’s also a good example of why things like BEA can be a waste of time for many authors. Everyone’s talking about branding and no one’s actually saying anything.

The problem I always find with things like this about self-publishing and events like BEA is that even though they make sense and they might work for some people, they are coming from the POV of people who don’t always have the hands on experience. As a result a lot of people who attend events like BEA for the exposure wind up sounding extremely knowledgeable…only they are basically smiling and saying blah, blah, blah without knowing anything about indie publishing from personal experience.

Some of the most crucial meetings at BEA aren’t those where you pitch new business, but the opportunities where you build existing relationships; particularly with retailers. It’s a BEA tradition of ours – and many publishers – to sit down with the account managers at our retail partners. We update them on our plans for the coming year and they tell us about their latest technology developments and sales recommendations. Frequently, these meetings offer tantalizing glimpses into new features and storefront and device capabilities. Here are three of the biggest takeaways for authors that we noticed from this year’s meetings with Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Samsung and others at BEA.
 
In spite of the fact that I’ve never met anyone who came away from a conference like BEA and said, “This changed my life,” I do think the article is good for people who don’t know anything about e-books or self-publishing. Just yesterday I saw a woman on a comment thread who said, “My mother-in-law thinks I should write an e-book. I’m already writing three other books and I don’t have time to write an e-book.” My first thought was she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, because an e-book is a book…and why aren’t her other three books being released in digital format, too? Sounds like she needs to listen more to her mother-in-law if you ask me.