Kildare is the sister of the popular Kilroy graffiti from the fifties. She is being introduced as the new icon for “READ MY STUFF” … I’ll tell you why.
I don’t know how many writers groups and forums I have been a part of throughout the years. I realize we, as writers, all experience a lot of the same things. The people we think we are the closest to (other than our spouse or significant other) are typically not supportive, and don’t take the time to read what we write. They don’t have time, they don’t care what we have to say, they have eight million excuses. I’m sure you’ve heard them all.
It’s been a long process because I’ve been writing for years, okay decades. I’ve written letters, emails, books, newsletters, brochures, greeting cards, and essays. You name it I’ve written it. All that happy horseshit usually doesn’t even amount to an acknowledgement from “the people we think we are the closest to” most of the time. But I’ve figure out how to get them to notice and take interest in what we write. Once you compose a letter and include some fabricated BS … such as, I found out that my sister had a different father than me. It was a secret that my aunt spent a year in an insane asylum for killing her first husband so that she didn’t have to go to prison. My grandfather owed the mafia huge amounts of money for betting on the horses, so he had to sell off the family land that was supposed to be divided among all the heirs. My uncle married his niece, and they have children that are a few cans shy of a six-pack.
Once you take the time to point out some of these real life (fabricated) situations and mail it to the whole family, they begin to wonder if it’s really true, because, you know, fabrication all comes from a little truth anyways. At that point everyone wants to purchase your book(s) and read what you have written. They are afraid you might have put something about them in it and they want to make sure you didn’t portray them in a bad light (which I always do). So, get on board with Kildare and let everyone she was here… or there. Somewhere!