Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Let's Play Gotcha!

Or you know, let’s not because it’s annoying.

“Gotcha” is a conversational gambit where you prove you know more about a subject in such a way that your conversational partner will want to kill you will be embarrassed. To be fair, you might not have intended to embarrass them! It might be that you just wanted to impress them with your depth of knowledge. Of course, it is equally possible you might just be a jerk.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 101: This prompt was written in front of a live bedroom cockatiel

This is for GBE2 Prompt 101: Television

This is going to be another random post.

I do not watch television very often! This is mostly because I am even more finicky about my television viewing habits than I am about my book reading habits. (There is no particular virtue about being especially finicky or preferring to read instead of watch TV.) I tend to prefer news, documentaries, cooking shows, house renovation shows. I also tend to prefer fantasy and science fiction programming, but again, I am very finicky about what I decide to watch.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Recent Frustrations and Mental Health Issues

This is a slightly more coherent though still largely off the top of my head version of things I have been writing about on other blogs. I have always had undiagnosed (for various reasons most of which I will be discussing during this post) depression. I also have a super fun and equally undiagnosed learning disability that has made getting an education an extreme difficulty. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 100: Of Course Anime is What Came to Mind, What Did you Expect?

This is for GBE2 Prompt 100: The Big O

I cannot tell you very much about The Big O. I only got about three episodes into the series and quit because of lack of interest! Also, it was checked out from the library. The library I go to occasionally has a bad habit of giving some anime a week limit instead of a three week limit, even though there are more episodes than can be watched in a week. (Basically, they can’t seem to tell the difference between a movie and a tv show as far as anime is concerned.) This is extremely annoying! Therefore, it was also impossible to watch within the time allowed. (The first page says the series is thirteen episodes long, but it is actually a two season or twenty six episode anime.)

Basically, The Big O is a film noir detective show with really big robots taking place in “Paradigm City,” which is the only civilization left anywhere because of an apocalyptic event that had occurred forty years previously. Another effect of this apocalypse is that no one has any memories of their previous lives. Our hero is a “Negotiator” who uses a giant robot called “The Big O” when his ability as a “Negotiator” falls through.

The art is stylistically very sharp and somewhat reminds me of old super hero comics or possibly Dick Tracy. Unfortunately, the series could not maintain my interest, though I did like the art.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Random Blather about Tumblr “SJ Warriors”

First, I am not attempting to tone police anyone. These are just some observations I am making about arguments I have read in the Tumblr blogs that I follow. I am not meaning to offend or insult anyone, nor am I making suggestions that anyone change their tactics or stop doing what they feel is the right and correct way to handle conversations where social activism is the goal. If I am offending or insulting anyone’s tactics or conversational mode, I apologize in advance.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 99: This post has nothing to do with the prompt, sorry

This is for GBE2 Prompt 99: Longing

There are a lot of stories that I would like to read, but which I have not found yet. There are a lot of things I would like to read that I think have probably not even been written yet. And I will kick the person who says, “well why don’t you write it then,” in the knee, because writing is not actually the same activity as reading. With reading--you are taking in someone else’s words and hopefully, those words satisfy you in a way that is meaningful to you. With writing--you are creating a story that will hopefully satisfy the reader in a way that is meaningful to them. One activity is not like the other.

When I write fiction (mostly “fan” fiction at the moment,) I like to play with ideas and concepts from the books and stories I have read. I want to play with tropes and stick in random shout outs from things I have watched or written. When I want to read, I want to see other people’s interpretations of the ideas and concepts that influenced them. (Then I want to write about what I thought of it.) Though it might seem the same, the actual difference is that what I want to read is someone else’s writing. 

I think of reading or writing as a conversation between both the writer and the reader, between the writer and the material that is the background of their writing, and between the reader and the story. I am the kind of person who can and will talk endlessly about a favorite book. I am the type of person who likes to hear other people talking about their own writing and the writing that they like.

(Sadly, this post does not seem to have a lot to do with the actual prompt. Such is the nature of prompts. I will occasionally get ideas that have nothing to do with the prompt. I originally wanted to write about the kind of things I would like to read, but instead I talk about why I like to read and write and why. Longing is a depressing thing anyway, and I do not need to be more depressed.)