Writer’s Life: Being a Shayna Baszler fan

All writers have influential figures they follow, sometimes it’s other writers. For me, it’s Shayna Baszler and people may not understand why a wrestler influences a writer.

The past few weeks have been interesting, to say the least, and unfortunately, my mind has not been focused on writing due to personal reasons. I haven’t even started on other projects that I have planned for the rest of 2019. I need to get a little personal for a moment and focus on an influential person known as Shayna Baszler and how she has helped me personally and as a writer.

I love everything about wrestling and mixed martial arts. Some people have influential people who are singers, actors, or just general public figures. The main influences can be your parents or any friends who are basically family.

Being a Shayna Baszler fan is a part of my identity openly and if someday I became a millionaire, you will still catch me in a Shayna Baszler shirt in public. I am sure people have seen the tweets and seen the memes on Instagram and I wouldn’t be surprised if I have driven some people crazy. They probably wish I would just shut up.

If you have felt that way, no hard feelings and I have been there many times. Hopefully, this will all help people understand why and understand the great feeling of having an influential figure.

Shayna Baszler is a special case and someone who has influenced me greatly over the years. She has had multiple passions and she did it all. She didn’t ask for approval by anyone and she went out there and did what she had to do.

Shayna Baszler recently hit a new milestone in her career and has continued to inspire people who have been a loyal fan all these years. Whatever is next in her journey, we are all here for it as she continues to set a blaze of glory wherever she goes.

The biggest thing with Shayna is that she has taught me as a writer and as a person that there will be people in life who jump on a bandwagon while you are winning, but some may drop off once you lose even a little. This was true from the first time seeing her during her mixed martial art days.

There were some fights where she won and other fights she lost and the people I was around were not consistent. Why would they turn their back while she lost one match but turn around with open arms after she wins? That’s the very definition of fickle.

That’s true as a writer from the days as an undergraduate student to branching out on my own. People wanted to be there when things were going well but turned their backs when things went bad even a little. That’s not just a professional guide but also a life guide.

As a writer, there are ups and downs and sometimes it helps to have someone so successful who understands on such a deep level. Loyalty is everything when it comes to writing and sometimes the loyalty is only there when they want to, but the moment they feel like you aren’t at a certain level, they will likely turn their backs.

That’s where the influence of Shayna Baszler has truly changed everything for me. Being able to distinguish different types of people and know who will be there consistently.

Maybe there is a public figure whether it’s a wrestler, an actor, a fellow writer, or just a general public figure that influences you and has a general message that fits into your professional and personal life to guide you.

Hopefully, now people will understand if they follow me on Twitter and wonder why a writer tweets so much about Shayna Baszler will understand. If that doesn’t drive you crazy, then that’s good. It’s who I am and I am not changing and I would hope other writers who have their own public figures who influence them will not change either.

A Writer’s Journey: Why blogging about Wrestling means everything

This week will be a new wave of Wrestler’s Spotlight segments, but this is why blogging Wrestler’s Spotlight means everything to me as a writer.

The wrestling world has changed in so many ways, and it’s only going to keep changing as time goes by. The wrestling world has so much talent that it is almost impossible to keep up. Even if a person was to watch wrestling every day of the week, they will still likely miss some talent that has performed.

That’s why I have started doing segments called the Wrestler’s Spotlight. It is a segment that I take great pride in writing 2-3 times a week. Before I was ever a writer, I wanted to be a wrestler, had it all planned and did my homework to train right after I graduated high school.

Life had other plans after I hurt my knee. Even though my dreams changed, I turned to my other passion of writing. My love for wrestling continued to grow. That love turned into wishing that I was more involved with wrestling in some way.

After seeing negative posts by fellow writers and major outlets that were focused on news for the sake of clicks and in some cases, tried to tear down a wrestler with nasty rumors. The positive was a few and far in between.

That’s the thing about wrestling that I have observed, writing can build someone up, and it can tear someone down. It even hit home with a few that I even interact with daily. The number of journalists who take it upon themselves to spread something just for a wrestler to retweet and shoot down a rumor should be enough to show a lack of credibility.

It has been years since I went to school for journalism and to be honest, I don’t have credentials as a degree-holding journalist, but I became a writer. Working on scripts, blogs, and anything creative while gaining my bachelor’s degree in creative writing. I decided to use that to my advantage with blogs.

There are many routes to take creatively and it all started with an actress by the name of Stephanie Andujar who caught my eye with her entertaining YouTube channel StephA: One Woman Show. After the interview with Stephanie, I moved on to interviewing wrestlers.

A wrestler by the name of Shayla Hyde also known to some as Joan King has a way of presenting ideas without even realizing it. As a friend and top support during the earliest days freelancing, she showed support and her support continued when I wanted to branch out on my own.

As time went by, things only got worse with so-called journalists and rumor mills by larger websites. It was time for something to change and it broke my heart seeing it. People read a headlined and determined they had enough of the websites and journalists.

There are so many talented wrestlers who are out in the industry who may not be given the spotlight, because websites opt for juicy gossip, as opposed to focusing on the best part of wrestling that people may or may not know.

That’s where the idea of Wrestler’s Spotlight was taken. It’s a small platform made by me with the hope of showing people five simple questions from the perspective of a fan. These five simple questions and sections are all it takes to get to know them as a competitor in the ring and what makes this individual special as a wrestler.

All the answers will always vary from wrestler to wrestler and it will capture their individual in-ring personalities and how they perform in the ring.

My hope is to spread the messages and display their work so fans may be able to keep up with the best competitors that the independent circuit has to offer. if one fan who may not know them suddenly finds something else positive to watch out for, then it is a success in my eyes.

The goal is to have at least 100 Wrestler Spotlight segments to share wrestlers and display their talent in full glory. Stay tuned only on SocialMediaUncut.com for the next Wrestler’s Spotlight segments to see who is next to have the spotlight shine bright on them.

Writer’s Life: Trust within the writing community

Trust is everything within the writer’s community and hopefully all of us can continue to grow together.

Being a writer has many functions and special elements. It includes having faith in your own abilities, staying true to your story, and trust within the writer’s community. Without trust, there isn’t anything to build on within all our special networks.

The special thing with writers is that no writer should have to endure any storm alone. There are groups all over social media whether it is Facebook or the large writer’s community on Twitter. It’s not a competition (or shouldn’t be) and most of all there’s room for all of us.

The whole writer’s community should be the envy of the entire world. It’s a supportive place where everyone gets along and just wants to see everyone succeed. That is rare and something that keeps the writer’s community together.

The issue with any group or family is that sometimes there are people who may not be honest. They may try to take advantage of the generosity and support of other writers. Every group has it and hopefully, there aren’t many within the writer’s community.

The worse part about it is that when there is a reason to not have trust, things fall apart. My hope is that the writer’s community never falls apart because of those who may not have others best interests in mind. If there are those who only have themselves in mind with a lack of transparency, my hope is that other members of the writing community will watch out for each other.

It will continue to grow every single day and I hope it continues to grow with a mutual interest of completing work and supporting each other as the work pours in with new content of all genres and styles.

This network is something special on Twitter and something that has helped us grow as writers, entrepreneurs, and in some cases, it has helped us excel in other respective professions. There are no limits to what could possibly happen with us next on our journeys.

Some of us have very little support and others of us have no support at all. The writer’s community is the cream of the crop in terms of a support system. That’s why preserving it and not losing faith in it is critical.

If you need someone, the community is always only just a tweet away #WritersCommunity or #Writingcommunity.  I am always just a tweet or direct message away @Wrlter4LifeJC for any writers or artists. Let’s all be there to support and be good to each other with our individual circumstances and watch each other thrive.

A Writer’s journey: True friends & writing community

The journey before joining the writing community on Twitter helped shape me to who I am today, the good friends and the not so good. Here is my story as a writer.

Before joining Twitter a few years back, I was primarily writing whatever was on my mind and only sharing it with a few people. I decided that I wanted to expand and reach people, and another writer who I knew for many years was saying the same thing. I thought this person felt the same way, but it turned out to be a dark period while trying to just gain the confidence to go above and beyond.

While talking to this person, I told him that we should really try Twitter. At the time, we both didn’t even know where to begin. He released a book and I was writing blogs for my first platform and wanted to get serious about screenwriting. I was mentally preparing myself to go on Twitter, since I also wanted to follow wrestlers, Walking Dead, actors, and other writers too.

The platform I was writing for didn’t work out. I was still determined to keep going and find other ways to write. I made the mistake of underestimating the stress with personal things, Shayla Hyde kept in contact with me, Barbi Hayden never hesitated to give a positive message even with her busy schedule, Brittany and Kikyo gave tough love when I didn’t want to do it anymore, and Nyla always gave genuine love and care. It made it easier to go through with Twitter and taking it day by day, and I felt great.

My Twitter profile was made, and I was ready for whatever was next. He left a message saying that it’s a “waste of time” and he “won’t do it”. I was not so angry that he pulled out, but angrier that it’s a writer telling another writer that something is a “waste of time”. It’s annoying to hear it from non-writers, but it’s worse hearing it from a fellow writer. It made it harder and I felt alone in it as I went through with it.

My friends Shayla, Kikyo, Brittany, Barbi, and Nyla all continued to be there to remind me that I wasn’t alone with the process. The stress and getting knocked a few steps back after taking three steps forward were the hardest. It was a process with the reoccurring personal hurdles as well as challenges presented by what that writer said to me. It was hanging over my head like a dark cloud.

Time went by, and eventually with love and support from them and discovering the writing community made all the difference in the world. From writing on my own website to becoming a finalist for the Hollywood Screenplay contest. I have done things that I have never imagined possible.

The support of the writing community on Twitter is best described as a never-ending energy field by other hardworking writers. Whether I am working on my scripts or sharing stories with the writing community like right now. I have been able to share stories and thoughts about writing. No matter what, no one can face the journey alone, because the writing field can be a long dark lonely road.

The people who support you become so much more than just friends. Brittany, Nyla, Shayla, Kikyo, and Barbi all became family. When I say family, I mean through the best times, and worse times they are there. So many times, people will only want to be around someone when they are winning, but the moment they lose even a little, the support disappears. The people who become family don’t care about it, they just want your happiness and to see you succeed.

Having the writing community helps, but the journey before finding the writing community is just as important. To never forget the struggles, your true friends, and finding yourself as a writer. At first, I wanted to just forget about the past, but now I don’t ever want to forget. The writing community is the energy that gives you more strength and positivity to build on.

Thinking about it keeps you hungry and while it may not be healthy to dwell on it. It is good to think about it occasionally to light a fire inside of you to power through your work. It can also be the worse thing to happen when overthinking it, and best to take a step back to take care of yourself when thinking about it becomes overwhelming.

If you haven’t joined Twitter or haven’t joined the writing community, take the chance and do it. Get to know people and build with the never-ending energy that shines with the writing community. It will be a great topper for the support you already have or give you that needed a boost to succeed.

Follow me @Writer4LifeJC and don’t forget to join #WritingCommunity on Twitter, and as always follow Social Media Uncut for latest blogs and interviews.

Social Media Uncut Q&A: Salina De La Renta

Salina De La Renta of MLW shares insight and shows why she is the social media sensation in the latest Q&A.

This year has started off with a blast for the wrestling community with no signs of slowing down. There has been debuts of new shows and young talent emerging. On Twitter, there has been an entertaining surge with a wrestler known as Salina De La Renta.

Salina’s connection with her fans shines as she shows maturity beyond her years with entertaining promos and segments that go above and beyond to entertain people on social media every day. Major League Wrestling has come under attention as a result of this very special young performer and gives us a look into what the future looks like for wrestling and social media.

For the Social Media Uncut Q&A, I had a chance to get some answers and a chance to pick the brain of the social media sensation known as Salina De La Renta.


J.C: How does it feel to have a following that has connected with you so well?

Salina: It really feels amazing that I can connect with my fans in such a way. They are the ones who give me feedback and help a lot when it comes to my next moves, Merch, even traveling plans. If it wasn’t for my fans, I wouldn’t be who I am, so I’m grateful.

J.C: Did you imagine getting over with fans in such a big way?

Salina: I had imagined that it was going to work but this certainly happened a lot faster than I imagine, seeing my social media grow in such a small amount of time makes me want to keep doing what I’m doing and challenges me in a way. It’s a lot of pressure being this loved. I know I can’t mess up now without it being a big deal.

J.C: What’s your reaction to fans on Twitter who only connect with a wrestling promotion because of you?

Salina: That is probably my favorite part, especially when they say it. It shows the company my value, and value always leads to success.

J.C: We all know with the good, there will be the negative, have you experienced some backlash from fans/trolls?

Salina: Ehh. I try to focus on the positives but of course, there are haters everywhere. It’s something I can’t control, nor I want to. I’m not scared of hate. Hate and love are both feelings and it’s my job as a performer to make you feel some type of way. A reaction, any reaction is better than no reaction and to hate me, you got to love me first. Nobody hates someone they don’t know ;).

J.C: What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when a fan on Twitter advocates for you to be part of WWE/AEW/Impact (honestly)?

Salina: I feel like people are ungrateful. MLW has put out an amazing product and seeing people begging for me to leave them is kind of a backstab. I am loyal to MLW so to be clear, I am not in this to use them a stepping stool to get to a higher promotion. I am here to grow with them. With that being said, I won’t leave them but if I get the chance of working with them along with another promotion at the same time then I’d be 100% down.

J.C: This year has been a big year for wrestling, including Women of Wrestling, do you feel like this is the best year to be a wrestling fan with variety?

Salina: I think the best years are still to come.

J.C: Final question, what’s your advice to wrestlers who use Twitter the same way you do, who are trying to get over, but seem to get lost in the shuffle, what’s your message to them?

Salina: I can’t give advice on how to get over, you need grace for that and, love what you are doing. Everything in life is a cycle, give love to your career and love comes back.


 

Salina has become a very recognizable face of MLW and has continued to shine as Major League Wrestling continues to grow with her. She will certainly be looking to raise the bar higher than she has already set. The future of wrestling is looking great as the social media sensation makes her presence felt and will certainly set a new standard for all wrestlers on social media.

Be sure to follow Salina on Twitter @Salinadelarenta on Twitter to keep up with the latest matches and latest entertaining segments that she has in store for fans. Also, follow Major League Wrestling to keep up with all the latest shows with Salina and more wrestlers.

Featured image and interview were shared with permission from Salina De La Renta.

A writer’s life: What is normal?

So many times, we are told what is acceptable when it comes to being a writer….I say ENOUGH!

Since the beginning of the year, I have personally struggled with the idea of being involved in writing in so many ways. I write blogs, scripts, articles, and an interest in authorship eventually. It was primarily because of an institution giving an idea that writing so many genres and many areas of writing are “too much” or “not normal”. That’s the primary pressure point that made the beginning of 2019 not as pleasant as I have hoped.

The struggle internally as a writer is hard enough, but when you add institution or other people, it can make it unbearable. Every writer is different and that’s what makes our craft and community so interesting. Who is to say that a screenwriter should only be a screenwriter? Who is to say an author can’t become a poet too? Who is to say a writer can’t take on three or more categories? The ones who have made those statements do not help causes.

Why would anyone be limited to a few categories? Writing is such a big art that it is hard for a writer with such passion to contain themselves to one category. It is a beautiful thing when an author crosses over into blogging and screenwriting. That means they have a story they want to share, and they are using their love for writing in general to explore other ways to convey the message.

The toxic mindset of “limits” or “normal” is something that should always be challenged. What is normal? Why do we have to limit ourselves to a set of rules to please certain people or institutions? Why should we limit ourselves when we know there are unlimited possibilities?

There are some writers who may crossover and some writers who stick within only one. Every single writer who has the true love and passion has this in common, there are no limits. We should be able to crossover to multiple genres and write a wide range of pieces in different subfields without being self-cautious about it.

The hope I have in the future is that writers can just write how much they want when they want, and what they want without negative feeling. If you have that dream of being an author, or a screenwriter, blogger or anything, I say go for it. Keep doing what makes you happy and keep rising above the institutional ridicule.

Party over America?

What happens when you are no longer have the political party, but the political party has you?

As an independent, I been meaning to write this piece for a long time, and now I have finally mustered enough up to write about what I have observed in the past fifteen years. The two major parties of America have had their share of controversies. The GOP and Democrats want to push their agenda and hit milestones for their respective party. The reason we are where we are now is because of political games.

We have seen firsthand what dedication to one party can do to someone. You have probably seen it, denying the truth, alternate reality, and just overall ridiculous bickering back and forth with little to no progress. The fabric of America is a beautiful thing with people with different views, cultures, and life outlook coming together in this country to achieve what is known as the American Dream and the pursuit of happiness. Part of the stitching of America which is the divided almost right down the middle which represents the political beliefs.

I know many of you are reading up to this point and expecting me to get on my soapbox about how all political parties are bad. I could say that, but I don’t see the point, because that would be a divisive statement. What I hope for is an understanding as to how important being different should be embraced and not feared. I have seen both sides finding ways to push an agenda even when morals are pushed to the side.

When you have promoted hate and something that harms the American people and this great land in some form, it is a problem. The Republicans have supported the president at every turn, even when he is wrong. They don’t correct him or their fellow colleagues even they are wrong or incite hate. We have seen this before with George Bush and in the same light with Democrats when it comes to Barack Obama and their own group when there are some who are corrupt and incite hate, the others turn a blind eye. That causes an ethical crisis as well as even more of a divide.

When you are so willing to support a party that you are even willing to have obvious contradictions, such as when a person of another party does the same thing a person of your respective party did, that’s hypocrisy. Want an example? Look around all over social media or even people you know who have this bias.

As an independent, I have more respect for a Democrat who is willing to stand up to their colleagues who are doing something, and not just waiting until it is a Republican that did it. For the Republicans, I have more respect when they stand up to their colleagues and not just keeping their peace until it is a Democrat.

This should sound familiar to you. These antics are something we all been exposed to early on going back to high school days when there is a bias because of social groups, you had the jocks, the writers, the bullies, the nerds, etc. If there is something that happens they give their friends a pass and get upset when it is someone from another social group that did the same thing their buddy did. You see where I am getting at now?

Being a proud independent, I know those who are like me and want to see both sides try to come together. It is critical more than ever before. No one agrees on everything, and anything can be made into a debate such as having pineapple on pizza, sleeping with or without socks, how long should you wait before dating after a breakup? Those questions alone cause a debate daily. The differences and views of everyone will vary greatly. Some people will feel a certain way, and the other may feel another way.

Policy issues are important and having a conversation is a necessity. Have a debate if need be, but don’t let party interests dictate the debate. When it becomes all about party interests and the mind is closed heading into the debate, nothing gets accomplished at all. We don’t have to agree on everything, because that isn’t reality. A political platform looks at that fact and wants to drive the wedge between the American people with political ideologies as the center of attention.

I don’t have a problem with political parties, in fact, I find it great because that is what makes America unique, being able to join a political party as you wish. It is one thing to join and have a political party association, but don’t let the political party have you. Don’t let it be the deciding factor of how you turn a blind eye to one thing because political association comes into play. We all have our views, and some views controversial and even hurt people. When you allow for something so toxic to consume the political platform that you are willing to sacrifice morals in the name of your political party, it adds to more problems instead of solutions.

That is the bottom line, I have seen friendships ruined over political views the past ten years, and the past few years it has increased. I have seen people stick to a political label and shun those who don’t believe in what they believe. If you are willing to shun those who don’t believe and give excuses for forms of hate because of association by political party, then that is what’s wrong with America.

I hope in the future that we can have less tolerance for hate and not excuse hate, corruption, or incompetence in the name of the party and that many will stand up when they see wrong and not see the party. That is my hope while people continue to be involved in their respective communities.

This was not made to discourage you from being a Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian, whatever you identify as, but encourage you to not be blind to the point you are normalizing things and letting things slide because it was someone from your political party. Hold all no matter political association accountable, and only then we can start fixing things together.