Genre Wars

I knew this would happen….but I just didn’t think it would be this fast. As anyone who follows me knows, I recently launched my first children’s book ‘Mr. Fray’, the story of a grumpy hedgehog. It was quite a departure from my previous books of poetry, I grant you that. But my muse is not a gracious lady draped in shimmering robes and scattering helpful ideas like rose petals. More the overcaffeinated Miss Trunchbull type.

Anyway, the inspiration for the book came to me when I was gifted a raggedy looking stuffed hedgehog. I immediately christened him Mr Fray because he looked frayed (ahhh…the amazing power of the brain huh?) I had no plan, the story just kind of whomped out to my surprise – mine actually most of all.

Most of the people who have given feedback were lovely, and seemed to be enjoying the story. And then………

**insert Jaws theme music here**

What right do I have trying to bludgeon (bludgeon? really?) my way into kids books? 

Don’t I realize how overcrowded that genre is already?

And…my favorite (grimacing) so far….



I wasn’t aware of trying to kid anyone. Brilliant thing that I am….pulling the wool over your eyes by POSTING ABOUT IT and USING MY NAME. 

I also wasn’t aware that the genre you begin in locks you in for all eternity. (she typed sarcastically)


As always, the wonderful support and humor and feedback from most people is amazing and humbling. 

There is always a troll lurking somewhere, I hope it just makes me appreciate all the good people more. Hugs all ’round.


Genre Traitor

About chimerapoet

I write. I write a lot. A. LOT. There are times I am half blind with a sentence ricocheting off the walls of my stupid, cant be shut off to save my life, brain. I am miserable until I get it down on paper. Punch it up a bit. Usually cross out half of it. And then breathe. Relax. Only to do it all again..... But I just thought that was me. How I am. Not a writer....noooo...not me. Writers are.....writing people. People Who Write. REALLY write. Write things that matter. All grown up very important things. I am just a scribbler of sorts. And I was/am content with that....if it's true, well then....a scribbler am I. Until the thought wormed its way in to my brain (the furtive sneaky bitch) that maybe...just maybe...that is writing. My style. My strange way. But....still writing. So here I am at the dance. Not sure I know any of the moves and the music is entirely mine. But.....only one way to find out. Would you care to join me?
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8 Responses to Genre Wars

  1. hemmiemartin says:

    Holy moly, Jaye, I can’t believe what I’m reading, I’m shocked! I write in two genres and find it quite refreshing for the mind to do so. You have every right to write in as many genres as you desire – they are open to all. Glad you’re not letting that person bring you down, they are not worth it. Be proud of the wonderful person and author you are and stay strong xx

    • chimerapoet says:

      I know…it’s so strange. I know quite a few genre-crossers. Who cares that much what anyone is writing?? ahh well….it’s a good laugh anyway. hugs to you hemmie

  2. ailsacawley says:

    Some people have nothing better to do with their time. 🙄

  3. It’s ale=ways tempting to answer such idiots as this but I hope you didn’t, Jaye, it’s just what they want. This is either a failed writer (as in unable to get a publisher to take their work) or, worse, someone you might ‘know’ on social media. “Get a life” springs to mind. Good luck with the book – and you know what they say ” any publicity is good”. 🙂

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