I have a confession: I’ve been going to science fiction conventions since 1976. My goal for many of those cons were to see actors. Some of them were nice people and others I wouldn’t want to know. One I became friends with. He was always a gentleman and very aware of his image he presented to the world. At one con, he did an interview for a horror magazine. So when it first came out at Borders, a friend and I snatched up copies right away. I called my friend, a little worried because the interview was laced with f-bombs. We’d both read all his interviews in the past, more than 20 years worth, and he’d always kept it very clean. We debated about it and wondered if the writer had added the words for that magazine.
Nope. The actor had gotten to drinking during the interview and said the words himself. When he saw the interview, he was livid because he’d gotten the writer to promise not to use the profanity. But the true problem was that he’d said them in the interview in the first place.
There’s been a lot of that online lately from writers. It’s like people have forgotten … Read the rest on Unleaded: Fuel for Writers.
My short story “A Soldier’s Magic” appears in the anthology The Darkness Within, available from Indigo Mosaic Publishing. It features two women soldiers who have to make a tough decision to save a lot of people.