writing

20131031

 
Ouran High School Host Club: Episode 4 “Attack of the Lady Manager!” ... this show still confuses me. Very emotionally extravagant. Whole lot of structured around deliberate sexualisation of men, which is unusual. This episode structured around stereotypes of violently romantically aggressive women. Show seems to revel in the presentation and play of stereotypes so maybe I shouldn't hold this against it. Does seem rather silly overall. Doctor Who S06E01 “The Impossible Astronaut”. I will say...

Review -- Star Trek: The Q Continuum

 
Laying in bed one evening it hit me. When you really compare it to its sisters and spin-offs, Star Trek: The Original Series was really, really weird. Beings and Barriers in Star Trek While you have the classic and repeated clashes with the Klingons, the tense and cerebral cat-and-mouse game with the Romulans, battles with ancient machinery, and plagues of parasitic aliens, no other crew has encountered more non-corporeal life than the original series. Many of these encounters stuck in my...

20131030

 
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E01. Don't like the opening narration. Feels a bit full of itself. Trying too hard to force a sense of awe, mysticism, that sort of thing. So far finding this show painful and aggravating. Hey a Harry Potter (Hermione reference) slipped in as casual aside. Apparently that's where the world is now. Actually probably the fault of that Joss Whedon fellow, so ah well. Oh also hey, character takes a shot at cosplayers. This is going well. ~.~ I tend to think of myself as...

20131023

 
Finished watching the first season of The IT Crowd. Fun show, bit like a hybrid of Black Books and Dilbert. And particularly similar to Dilbert in that while many episodes entertain me with hijinx, some just make me cringe. Case in point: final episode of the first season was an extended joke on menstruation and femininity stereotypes. Watched final episode of Whitechapel, season 2. Didn't watch the first season because I did not think I would be interested, regret this now. Rather especially like...

I wrote this while working on my first assignments this semester

 
(but didn't want to post it until I'd caught up on the present. which I have.) Essay-writing. Stressful, awkward. Combination difficulty of writing to meet the word count, yet also constrained by - although I find it difficult to get these assignment essays completed on time, to spec, etc., if I were writing a serious article on the topic given, I would be wanting rather more space in which to develop my arguments and discuss examples. Likewise with referencing. Targetted numbers + kind of...

Belatedly

 
Been trying to write a post each day this month, but didn't manage one yesterday. That was not because I am sick at the moment, nor for having no intended post. Rather, I was wrestling with a disappearing bookmark problem that has only just been resolved. And now I am busying myself with organising those and clearing away nearly a decade of bookmark clutter and duplicates that have crept in.What I was going to post was a link to an image of Torchwood as various anthro-animals and use it...

Scriptiting

 
I wanted to start some proper, on record outlining of some new hopefully-quick writing projects (but aren't most of mine intended to be that, really?) using Scriptito, which meant I 'had' to finish putting up my in-progress projects first to clear the way. And I could do that because a while ago I'd had some technical difficulties with the site, which is a sort of euphemism for an 8,000 word project got vanished, and that took I think a couple of weeks to fully resolve. Meanwhile I was given an upgraded...

One of my pet peeves

 
Last night I read a blog comment in which someone claimed ey otherwise enjoys reading A Song of Ice and Fire, but are frequently thrown out of the story by too-modern word use on the part of the characters. Specific example used being the word 'fuck'.I would be all on board with this except that:(a) According to the sources I've checked, including the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word dates back to at least the 1500s and(b) A Song of Ice and Fire is not actually a series of historical novels, nor...

Origins

 
(trying to sleep. maybe letting some words out will help. no longer the case, having fallen asleep then and finishing now days later.)Worlds have to come from somewhere. Either you start with something from nothing - divinity or not is detail - or your world is eternal, infinitely old.Most of my worlds do not have their origins decided. Some do. Others ought to, unless they're for something like a self-contained short without room for that to matter, so long as the setting is. Sometimes the story of the...

On the bright side

 
Found time and made self do a touch of writing, trying to sort out that kink in the Epic Fantasy that's been bugging for so many months. Might have even actually done it, which is a very pleasant shock. Going to try moving on to the next editing step and see if it all is working now.Tempted to try and promise a deadline on that, but learning better now. Would really like to be done with this thing sooner rather than later, and that means putting some more work into it for a while. And then I get to...