Soundtrack

Hello,

Music and I have an iffy relationship at best. I’ve never been the kind of person who sits and just…listens to music. The idea of doing that doesn’t even really make sense to me, although I’m aware that my attention span requires a very specific set of circumstances to keep me in my seat.

Most of the time, music for me is background. It’s just there if I need a certain amount of distraction to keep me focused on my writing or cleaning or whatever. If I’m writing a western story, I like to have Hank Williams. If I’m writing horror, I like AC/DC. If I’m writing a my 22nd consecutive blog entry, it’s anything.

Although, today it’s the James Bond themes on repeat again.

Because if there is something that i will listen to over and over and over again, it’s soundtracks.

I have an immediate emotional connection to a soundtrack that I don’t have with just a random song. And this applies to terrible soundtracks as well. It doesn’t matter how creatively bankrupt a song is if it conjures up images of giant robots cutting through sharkticons with buzzsaws.

In my heart, I feel like this makes me a bad person, that I should appreciate music more for what it is on its own. The chords and the melodies and the notes and…the other…things and pieces.

But…in the end, I know I’m just to continue to use music as a tool for other purposes, rather than appreciating it for what it is on its own.

-D-

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Walking Around

Hello,

I do a lot of walking, mostly by choice.

It’s become my go-to when I have something I want to mull over, when I don’t want to think, when I just want to space out time.

Because walking doesn’t eat up miles. It takes time. What would take minutes by car now takes an hour.

Time seems to stretch out for me and there’s a space now between where I was and where I’m going.

Sometimes that space is vital, necessary, needed and walking is how I get it.

Also, writing this entry by Swyping is killing me, so I’m cutting this one short too.

-D-

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disconnected

Hello,

I lost the internet today.

I’m not exactly devastated by the loss, but it’s cramped my style, at least as far as blogging goes.

So, I’m going to apologize in advance for what’s going to be a tedious entry.

But, God as my witness, I hate writing on my phone. Texting, blogging, snapping: whatever it is, it puts my back up.

I’m not gong to pretend there’s anything deep or meaningful about this.

“It’s the confinement. My words don’t have the space to breathe. ”

Lord knows I’m never pompous or overwrought.

I read a article about a writer who would dictate into her phone and I felt genuinely angry.

I think that says a lot about me and none of it really good.

I think I’m going to wrap this up.

-D-

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Across the Pond

Hello,

I’ll be leaving the country soon and it will be the first time that I’ve done so since I’ve gotten here.

I’m excited about it, but I don’t think I’ve really processed it yet.

And to be clear, we’re going to London, so this is not as out there as we could possibly go. I think I’ll be able to pick up the language pretty quickly. I don’t think I’ll be able to repress my strong and constant desire to mimic accents, which is a problem here, at home. And if you don’t understand why that’s a problem, you haven’t heard me do my Boston accent.

Sorry, that was a digression.

Or maybe it wasn’t.

I’m starting to become anxious about the fifteen thousand ways I might act as an obnoxious American tourist, without even meaning to do so.

I’m also concerned about the likelihood that I’m going to miss out on something. I have no idea if I’m ever likely to go back to London, so I need to pack everything I can into this one trip.

Driving is a concern.

Also, Brexit.

So, as always, I’m turning something fun into an anxiety riddled blur of emotions and I just need to take it easy.

But if you have any recommendations for things to do in London, lemme know.

Because I’m worried about missing anything.

-D-

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By the Light of A Collapsing Star

Hello,

I want to talk about this article and everything that this article entails.

I’m not going to summarize it.

It’s required reading for this blog entry.

I genuinely and truly believe that humanity is advancing toward the light. We are progressing, as a whole, toward being better.

I am not looking for perfection or utopia or some platonic ideal of humanity, but I believe we will race ahead into the light.

But I do have my moments where I just look at what we’re doing and I wonder if we really are going to make that far. I look at the fact that some people saw this bright young woman who did an amazing thing, a great thing, and decided to try and tear her down because…..jealousy? Sexism? Simple pettiness?

This isn’t a new. It’s not shocking. It’s not even the worst thing to happen today.

But it’s just another example of the blind hate that exists within certain men. They are violently, perpetually enraged at women for whatever reason used to excuse the fact that they’re just spiteful, awful people.

There’s nothing to debate there. There’s nothing to discuss there.

They’re just unpleasant, wormy little trolls who spend their every moment in a fantasy that women owe them something. They live in a fantasy where they are automatically owed everything on a silver platter and how dare a woman take the spotlight.

They’re vapid, shallow, pointless men, grasping for power any way they. They can only exist in environments that pamper them, that coddle them, that tend to their constant demands for attention.

On the one hand, I hate that they’re getting this attention. On the other hand, I feel they need to be dragged out into the light, they need to be exposed. They need to be seen for what they are and who they are. They need to be pilloried and shown that the majority looks at them like a grotesque relic from the 50’s, some creepy cultural artifact that should have been left back in time.

They will never go away, not entirely, but they should be made aware that they are not welcome. Constantly. Repeatedly.

They are not welcome.

We cannot continue to move forward and not address the festering hatred in these small men. And we cannot let just women, just people of color, just trans people, just the oppressed and ignored fight for themselves. They cannot just stand by themselves, trying to be heard over a cacophony of stupid, mindless white men crying out “not all men!”

If you’re a white man, do something  that’s not just excusing yourself from blame. At the very least, the very least, step aside and preach the good works of the people around you. Raise up the people around you. Do not speak for them. Do not talk over them. Make room for them and let them speak and then shut down anyone else who tries to speak over them. Make space for people who cannot make their own space.

I feel I’ve gone far afield of where I started here.

But, Jesus, can we not just let this one woman have this one thing without it turning into some men’s rights nonsense?

Just this one time?

-D-

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An Update

Hello,

It’s been seventeen days since I start to write continuously, both in this blog and off the blog and I don’t know how this is impacting me at this point.

On the one hand, I’ve written more in this short two weeks than I did in the last six months prior to starting this experiment.

And I feel that it has been generally of better quality.

Well, I don’t know about the blog.

The blog has been the hardest part of this, constantly trying to come up with something even new to talk about without this just being an entire month of beer reviews and writing about writing.

I think, at the very least, I’ll level up my discipline a smidge.

And that might be worth this whole process.

-D-

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Neon Night Terrors

Hello,

I love 80’s horror.

Love it.

It is my favorite era of my favorite genre of movie.

I love the excess of 80’s horror. It’s big an it’s gory and it splatters and explodes across the screen.

It’s an enormous, backwoods madman in a hockey mask swinging a machete.

It’s a demon invading nightmares with knives for fingers.

It’s an antarctic expedition with dogs that erupt into tentacles.

It’s John Carpenter.

This is the time when horror lost its 1970’s addiction to grim and gritty and despair and satanic cults. It’s when horror realized it could be fun and gaudy and gross and extravagant and it’s amazing.

It’s something I think I could talk about endlessly.

Maybe record it.

I dunno.

Something to think about.

-D-

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