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This video is about someone defending Trump's ban on "Trans". What irked me the most out of this video is how he says that serving in the military is a privilege, and not a right. Now what does he mean by this? That only people who have a privilege can fight in the military. And people who have privileges are straight people. “Trans” do not have the right to fight in the military. They are not recognized as top fit human beings. And stopping them from serving in the military is the first step from barring these “trans” from further participating in the country and stripping them away from their rights. Denying anyone from participating in government is not a functioning democracy, and is meant to repress a people.

The military has been opened to straight healthy males since forever. Look at the past, and you can see the atrocities done by a supposed straight male. Stalin. Hitler. Caesar. Most human beings are scarred from a battlefield. War sucks. But human beings have also done good. Avoiding military conflict is and should be the best option, but if that option is unavoidable, the people should have the RIGHT to actively participate and defend their liberty. This choice of desperation should not fall in the hands of just a few selected privileged.
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So I started an online writer’s workshop community on facebook a week ago, and things don’t seem to be going well. By that I mean nobody is participating. I started the workshop by recruiting fellow writers from my creative writing course at my university. Great idea, everyone thought. Half of them joined, even got a professor in tow. I have a small group of eight writers (literary, no genre), but nobody has posted their work yet. I set up guidelines so that only work is being posted (no marketing or random posts) and everyone can participate. I want to know if I’m doing something wrong here or if I should be doing something to bolster participation (it just feels like it’s going to get forgotten and become an awkward landmine field of failure) or maybe I’m just too impatient and should continue to wait.
My overall goal is to become semi-independent from my university when it comes to having someone to look at my work. I don’t want to continue to take creative writing courses just for that.

I'm looking to attend an MFA program in creative writing, but I'm having a hard time deciding if it's worth the dept, or worth it at all.  Does anyone have an MFA in creative writing?  What was it like?  What do you learn?  Does it change you?  

Currently, I write short stories with poetry on the side.  I've been writing for a while, but haven't gotten around to publishing.  I"m double majoring in Spanish and English.

Any literary agents out there? I'm having trouble finding short story publishers for my short stories and since I'm starting out as a writer, my credentials can't compete with someone who for instance has an MFA in creative writing and has lived in the Himalayas, India, and now lives in the highlands of Peru as a guru/naturalist (yes, this is an actual person's resume. Look up Acentos Review). My short stories have Mexican culture to them and have some Spanish words. I try writing a character like John Rambo, instead I get Juan the Loser. I would appreciate the help if someone could sort out where I could go next with my stories.

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Mother's Doctrine
Short Story of mine. 
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I presented a short story in my college course, and my college professor (doctorate, experienced writer for 15+ years) said I show, but don't tell.  And because I don't tell, my character's feelings are unknown to the reader, his inner thoughts missing.  So here is the million dollar question: when do you tell and when do you show? When is it appropriate to tell, rather than show?   

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THE STORY is a 6500 word short story second rough draft. It's about a little boy who is in Mexico and tries to prove his manhood to his grandpa and himself. This is a coming of age story, but it is unique and has its powerful moments.  
WHAT NEEDS FIXING is that in the previous edits people said I needed the main character's thoughts poured into the story. Also the main character needed development. Another thing is that I showed, but I didn't tell.  Do I do enough telling in the story?
GRAMMAR: I struggle with verb tense. At this point in the draft I'm not that interested in the grammar yet. 

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So this explains why I'm most awake at 10 p.m
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