I'm so thrilled and excited to have a special guest with us today folks. Here's your chance to learn more about DC Juris as a writer, and the interesting life he leads.
Hi folks! DC Juris here. I'll be your guest host for today. For those of you who don't know me, I'm a transgender fella who writes GLBTQ and heterosexual romance, but mostly m/m.
Ever seen the cartoon Family Guy? It's one of my Top Ten TV Shows. In one of my favorite episodes, one of the main characters, Peter, gets a job at the local news station, doing a spot called "Grind My Gears." Each night he talks about something that annoys him.
I thought today we could talk about things that Grind Our Gears. I'll start. ::wink::
1. People who say "I hate to tell you this, but…" No, you don't "hate" to tell me whatever it is you're going to say. If you really hated to do it, you wouldn't do it. Or, at the very least, you'd have someone else do it for you.
2. People who put LOL *g*, j/k, smiley faces, and similar random "I meant it but I didn't" symbols after snide remarks that really aren't intended to be funny. I'm not talking about poking fun at each other. A while back, a friend of mine posted on her Facebook, "Would it be wrong if I took a nap?" and I countered back with, "Nope. Just make sure you get up in time to have the Early Bird Special dinner. ::snicker::" You see, my friend is thirty-two: just a year younger than me. So, when she mentions napping, I have a little chuckle. I certainly didn't mean anything rude by the comment, and she knew that.
No, what I'm talking about is people who make passive-aggressive comments, follow them with LOL or :-) and think they're pulling the wool over your eyes. Comments like "I'm sorry to be such a troublemaker *g*" Yeah. No, you're not, else you wouldn't be. See #1. I guess I'd rather people be more like myself (I know… I know…) and just say what they mean, mean what they say, and own what they say. Don't back off. If you're annoyed, just show it. Don't cutesy it up with a little emoticon. Just be annoyed.
3. People who enter contests and say, "I didn't come here to lose." Really? You didn't? Cause that's what everyone else is here for. The other contestants are just there for the experience of being in the contest. They don't really care if they win or not. Right?
4. "No offense, but…" Seriously? I find this one supremely gear grinding, since it's rarely ever followed by anything that anyone *wouldn't* take offense to. No one ever says, "No offense, but you're really pretty." Or, "No offense, but you did a good job today."
5. People who refer to others as a "vote whore" if they're asking for votes for something they're nominated for. So you don't care about XYZ Blog's Annual OMG Super Cool Awards. Well, guess what? Other people do. And frankly, you know which people I see bitching about this the most? People whose names are conspicuously absent from the ballot. I'm just sayin'.
A Southern transplant who has retained none of his accent but all of his charm, DC Juris is an out and proud transgender bisexual living in Upstate New York with his husband, four dogs, three cats, and a menagerie of Halloween props just creepy enough to keep people guessing about his sanity. He's still hopelessly single when it comes to the woman in his life, and he'll gladly entertain offers or applications for the position! In the rare event that he's not writing, DC can be found surfing the internet for random research, killing things on his Xbox, reading, taking pictures of the world around him, or playing Farmville, to which he admits a complete and totally blissful addiction. You can keep up with him at HYPERLINK "http://www.facebook.com/dcjuris"www.facebook.com/dcjuris, or HYPERLINK "http://www.dcjuris.com"www.dcjuris.com.