I'm sitting at Shut Up and Write, I finished the screenplay I had been working on and started a short story I plan on submitting for publication. In preparation for this, I have a playlist on Apple Music to help my writing flow much easier. It works, and as I'm writing in a genre that I rarely get a chance to write in, I notice the female lead is badass.
Most porn stars live a double life. They have an identity or name used for on-camera work, and another one for their 'real' life. For instance, Stormy Daniels is the porn star that is a thorn in Donald Trump's side, Stephanie Clifford is the real-life counterpart. Confusing? It should be. Porn stars want to retain a certain amount of anonymity. David Meza was no different, though he had more than one secret identity. He appeared in scenes for Sean Cody and Mormon Boyz as Mario Romo, Francisco, and Gonzalez. The secret identities didn't stop at having multiple stage names though, Meza was hiding secrets from nearly everyone in his life.
In the planning stages, this was going to be a satirical article about Donald Trump and how Senator John McCain hurt his feelings. Yet, during the course of research, it became evident that the premise of the article was real and true. In a press conference, Trump admitted that his continued attacks on the beloved, late senator are because McCain hurt his feelings and 'betrayed' him. It's like an article from The Onion has come to life and running the country or pretending to.
When I started writing professionally, one of the things that was drummed into my head was nobody wanted to hear my thoughts or struggles. All these years later, times have changed. People want to hear about the struggles of those they like or someone who at least has the same issues they do. So in the hopes of helping someone, and hopefully not torpedoing my career, I want to share my struggle with anxiety.
Always read the fine print. It's common sense advice from people who have been burned by not adhering to the advice they now espouse. One man, Dmitry Agarkov, decided he was sick of the restrictive limits the bank put on their customers and wanted to turn the tables on them. After reviewing his agreement, he added some terms in the fine print. This led to a face off with the bank.
Subtlety is not something that I am familiar with. In every area of my life, bluntness is the name of the game. No one has time for the silly games of "well, maybe, kind of..." etc. Yet twice in the last few months, I have learned the hard way that there were two guys interested in me and had been very subtle about trying to tell me.