Sunday, January 30, 2011

Things That Grow Tentacles

Hello all,
Once again, I am stricken with the curse of update failure (and a general inability to type normally, keep having to go back to fix typos).
Nothing's been happening.  I should be working right now on a Criminal Justice paper, but instead I'm going to babble on about something entirely different.
Slender Man.
Ever heard of him?
He's a humanoid-eldritch abomination thingy that was born on the Internet and has become something of an urban legend on the Tubes.  Started in the Something Awful forums, and now there are blogs and vlogs and all kinds of crazy stuff written by people who are being "stalked by him."  Most of the time, it ends horribly.
So.  It's pretty cool, if terrifying stuff (and very well put together, most of it).  I'm following a couple of the Slender blogs right now and waiting for Marble Hornets to release its next installment (the original Slender vlog, scary stuff in there).  If you want to know more, there's a big article on TV Tropes that's all about him and the stories associated with him.
And before anyone gets the idea, no, this is not going to turn in a Slender Man blog.  I'm not cut out for writing horror.  Happy swords-and-sorcery is more up my alley.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Absurdist Ramblings

Hello all,
I'm going to bed soon (hah, what a joke, I'll probably be up for a while longer wasting time), but before I attempt to hang out with Morpheus, I thought I'd share a Creative Writing assignment with you.
The homework was to read a chapter on voice in writing and then pick one of the challenges in the chapter.  I selected "an ode to something trivial or silly."  And so...
Ode to Macbook 
Oh, beautiful Macbook 
How do I love thee? 
Let me count the ways
Thy pearly white exterior 
Of purity and perfect form
Thy wondrous magnetized power cable 
That will protect thee from falling 
When some foolish Microsoft devotee 
Deliberately trips over the dangling cord
Thy 13-inch screen, untouched by time 
The dust would dare not settle on it
Thy keyboard is elegant in shape 
Functional in every way
How could I live if not for the blessed touchpad 
That serves to enlighten me 
As I scroll through the latest soul-searching 
YouTube video of frolicking kittens?
Thy shield against computer plague 
For who would dare stand 
Against the firewall of a mighty Mac?
Dear Macbook, thou art the ideal 
Amongst all the other laptops 
But I do have one small request 
Couldst thou learn the ways 
Of the gaming computer?
Yeah.  I had way too much fun with that.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Update Failure

Hey all,
WOW.  I fail at staying regular with this thing, don't I?  Let me see, nothing posted since December 30, which means I have gone roughly two weeks without writing anything.  Apologies to anyone still reading. I shall try my best to be a little more consistent from now, although I can't make any promises given my slightly ADD-nature.
So.  I've started my second semester of college.  I'm taking Honors World Religions, Honors English, Intro to Creative Writing, Intro to Sociology, and Intro to Criminal Justice.  That's a lot of Honors and Intros.  Creative Writing is by far the most enjoyable class I've had in a long time; I get to write angsty poetry and rambling stories and get points for it!  Woo!  For instance, our homework for last class was to listen to a piece of music we enjoy and then write whatever comes to mind.  That's it.  I picked "Lux Aeterna" from the movie Requiem for a Dream.  It's a beautiful piece of music, so I'll stick it right here if anyone wants to listen to it.  It actually managed to inspire me to write a scene that will be part of the climax of Dawn of Night, so that's awesome.

World Religions is unfortunately a little dull because the professor is very old and very drone-y.  Anyone who's had a droner knows what I'm talking about.  Our first topic is Hinduism, which is very different from anything I've studied before.  After that, I believe we'll go into Buddhism, and then Islam, Judaism, and Christianity (not necessarily in that order; I can't remember exactly what it said on the syllabus).
So that's been my two weeks.  I've been poking Dawn of Night, and it's sorta-kinda talking to me, more like a laryngitis-stricken whisper than a conversation, but I'll take what I can get.  Maybe by next week I'll finish up chapter 5, but I can't say for certain.