The Written Word

Have you ever noticed how some people believe anything as long as it’s in writing or on video?

Years ago, while still in the throes of my youth (I really like that phrase), I was told: Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you read. I learned later that the original quote; “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.” Was said by Benjamin Franklin, one of my favorite historical figures.

I must concur. If more people were more skeptical, and less influenced by the influx of media, then the world would be a more educated place to live-not to say that I’m particularly educated, but I do try to keep that which influences me based on facts and not merely what I see written on the page/screen in front of me.

One of my favorite websites is snopes.com. I know, I know, it’s still the written word, but after researching several items myself (I love research also, by the way), I found that they are spot on with their information.

So, back to people and the influence of the media. I saw a ‘documentary’ about Vampyres on Netflix, or I actually flashed through it, what I did see was disturbing, to say the least, and left a dark blotch on my brain that only some positive media input and a hot Epsom soak could wash away.

To say I was disappointed is a gross understatement. The only true reality I picked out of it was that of emotional vampires, which I had already known to exist, in fact many of us have encountered an emotional vampire at least once in our lives. You know, the friend, associate, colleague, etc that leaves you feeling completely drained after spending any amount of time around them… Yea, that’s what I’m talking about. They aren’t aware of it, not typically anyways, but they still suck the energy right out of you. More power to you if you maintain a friendship with one. I know several, and though the emotional vampires I  know are nice people, I have to rev up my engines before I see them. It helps to be prepared (Epsom salts, I’m telling you, great stuff).

Back to the ‘documentary’… From what I saw, and no, I refuse to watch it completely through unless someone can give me some redeeming value in the program, I refuse to subject myself to such intense negativity, and that was what it was. It was about people using the excuse of vampires to be emotionally dark. That’s as far as I’ll go, I won’t pass judgment on the people in the film, it’s not my place, and I don’t truly know them, but I tell you what, I didn’t see anything that would make me believe in the true existence of vampires that depend on blood for their existence.

If I were more influenced by what I saw, then perhaps I would believe, but… Nah, too skeptical.

On a brighter note; the vampires in my book are truly dependent on blood, as a result of a virus. Sorry, animal blood can be used in an emergency, only after the first year or so of the initial infection, but cannot be used as a permanent solution for sustenance. And no, they are not just people with fangs, nor are they animals that look like people.

Do you know any emotional vampires? Now that you know what they are, do you feel better or worse about them?

Also, wanted to tell you of a free writing contest I have entered through Writer’s Digest. The contest is for young adult and sci-fi writers and the website is http://tinyurl.com/a8msdw2 . I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chuck Sambuchino for his time in posting information to help us new writers with a leg in.

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