28 November 2013

Creativity, Escapism and World Building

Prepare yourselves, It's 4am and my brain goes more unfiltered than usual at this time.

Okay, so while I'm not at all professional in my (hopeful) writing career, I go into some intense detail when I'm plotting out my worlds and societies and stuff!
Currently, I'm plotting out an entire universe - which admittedly is probably a bit too deep for my first novel series, but it's something I've had in my head since I was 18-19, so I've been slowly picking at it and creating characters, worlds, things.

22 November 2013

Current Events vs Pop Culture

It goes hand-in-hand that Current Events can influence, or even be Pop Culture in a lot of cases

I love keeping my finger on the Current Events dial. It gives me a whole new world to explore, everything isn't all suits, talking and video games. War, Festivals, Floods, National Pride, Tsunamis.

What the world hides is both amazing and devastating. I'd love to be out there, exploring.
Sure, the world is pretty much explored, every corner of it mapped thanks to our ancestors and Satellites, but there's still that whole culture thing to see. We here in the west are quite similar to each other. We have our little differences (Okay, I lied, we're quite different. And that's just the UK and the US!)

I'll admit - I've been listening to Billy Joel again. "We Didn't Start The Fire" is basically a huge list of events, but made it into this rather huge pop song that did quite well. Which is what prompted me to think: "How do current events affect pop culture anyway?"

18 November 2013

Material existence

It's coming up to that time of the year again. The one that generally fucks me up financially.

I'm not here to talk about my finances though.
"It's Christmas, after all" the adverts keep reminding me.

Well, apart from the fact it's only the 18th November, you eager bastards, I'm not a big fan of the commercial side of the Christmas holiday.

What has seemingly moved from a festival of goodwill, has now turned into this horrible corporate nightmare where everyone is forced to buy presents or give cards and generally spend a hell of a lot of money on things no one really needs, or in some cases even want. But we as a society seem to accept this as the norm.

Anyway, that's the atheist socialist  environmentalist in me coming out. Yes, I'm kind of a Scrooge, but only until mid December.

But what I'm really digging at here are the really material people. I can understand kids writing huge lists of what they want and hanging it up on the wall for Santa to see

But I'm seeing people of 20 years and older writing these huge expensive lists, knowing full well that whoever sees this list is going to feel obligated to buy this stuff.

"Spread it between yourselves" I've seen one cheekily say.
It's tablet computers, designer perfumes, fancy fashionable gadgets.. It's nothing even someone on a higher than average salary wouldn't blink at.

I can understand gift giving. But guilt tripping and forced social demand in this economy will ruin at least one person's credit rating.

Also, I really hate getting asked repeatedly what I'd like for Christmas.

You know what I'd like for Christmas?
Feck all except some peace and quiet, and maybe for the payday loans I owe to be suddenly and inexplicably cleared with no effect on my bank balance.

But maybe I'm just asking for too much.

How about an economic recovery? That'd be nice.

13 November 2013

Introversion and the Internet

(A quick foreword: I have finally enabled ads on my blog! I promise not to let them get crazy - I've only enabled 1 block for now, text only. I hate stupid, flashy, pop-up ads, but IMO - Text based ones are fine)

So, Introversion.
You'll find that a lot of people are introverts on the internet. It's sort of like a social ground for the introverts. The Extroverts are too busy having a good time with other people.

What is an Introvert, you ask?

7 November 2013

You won't believe how much I hate Clickbait headlines!

I really fucking hate clickbait headlines like that.

I'm subscribed to that "old" way of thinking where people a little too busy to be reading articles can scan the headlines and gather the general news of the day via the headlines. Sure, some headlines can just be wildly misleading. Highly sensationalised. Or utter bollocks - but at least you can get a feel for the current events of the day.

6 November 2013

On being Triggered:

Mostly digging at Social Justice bloggers today. Inspired by a tweet, my fresh rage for the run-of-the-mill bloggers on tumblr has been rekindled, and now I'm out for blood. (Or keyboards. I'll take your damn keyboard and bust your PS/2 or USB Ports, you loons)

This one actually probably qualifies as "Getting Mad At Nothing" because it's pointless for me to get mad at these people, but AGH, this isn't a rant blog for nothing. Warning. I will probably get nasty. Purely for shiggles, I assure you.

It's Pride Month!

It's June! It's Pride Month! Aaaand Gatekeeping is a thing, apparently. If I hear/see one more person post about how Asexuality is...