Blog Updates: The Origin of Loss and other projects (also, a fun political rant!)

So I will be taking a break from writing The Origin of Loss, probably for a week or so. So far it’s been fun writing, but I feel I just need to step away from it for a bit. However, if you want to read the installments so far (don’t know why you would want to) you can head on over here: The Origin of Loss.

Anywho, I still have some other projects lined-up that I may work on some more this week. But, I feel like writing about something that has just been tugging at me lately. And, yes, it has to do with politics, again (I’m so sorry.) So, you may or may not have read some garbage I wrote last week which was mainly a response to another person’s post. Basically, while I’m not a big fan of Sanders it’s clear that, out of all of the candidates, he is the best one for the US. However, it looks like he’s probably not going to get the nomination. So that means it’s likely going to be Joe Biden up against Donald Trump. Two guys most people don’t like who are incompetent and don’t have the country’s interest in minds. These are the two guys were are going to be stuck choosing between. And it seems like this happens a lot. This is because of our convoluted electoral system and an electorate that is driven by fear and control rather than voting for who they think is right to do the job. It’s a little disheartening, but not surprising.

The reason I bring this up is because we’re already hearing demands to “Vote Blue, No Matter Who” and “A Vote for Sanders is a Vote for Trump.” basically an admittance that Biden sucks and that we just have to deal with it. But, I understand if someone wants to vote Biden because they would rather have him than Trump. I do too. However, Biden isn’t going to be that much better than Trump. And the whole idea of voting for the “lesser evil” has been a pox. It’s one of the major reasons why we are here. People have been voting for the “lesser evil” forever and guess what? Trump still won. It really makes you think. It makes you wonder if, maybe, we should stop doing the same thing every god damn time. And I think a lot of voters realize this and either don’t care, or are riddled with fear.

And you’re going to see a lot of justification and excuse-making in favor of Biden. Bernie Sanders is a narcissist and shouter similar to Trump. But Biden? “Oh, he’s just a kindly old man who wants things to return to the good ol’ days.” Yet, it is Biden, not Sanders, who has literally threatened people who have confronted him. But, if you still think he’s a nice old guy, ask Anita Hill.

Biden and Trump. Guys who have no real vision. They just want control, damn everyone else. It really shows that, beneath the surface, both Republicans and Democrats are pretty much the same. One might be “slightly” better than the other, but you’re still voting for “evil,” you are still voting for the party that is throwing support behind someone who has supported the Iraq War and cuts to Social Security.

“Hey, it’s not great, but suck it up, babies! If you don’t vote for Biden, Trump wins!” The fact that Democrats literally threaten you to vote for their guy really shows their true colors. It really shows that they do not care what you want. I think it’s time that the Democratic Party is punished. Because this can’t keep going on. Otherwise, we are going to keep getting guys like Biden and Trump, and the country is going to keep going in the same direction that shits on the poor and middle class while benefiting the rich. Democrats aren’t entitled to our votes. They have to earn them. “But Trump is going to keep harming people!” And guess what? Biden will too if he’s elected! Do you honestly think he will help fix-up the immigration process, end the War on Drugs, support universal healthcare, and cease drone-strikes? We need long-term solutions. We need to change the system, and Biden is as much part of that system as Trump is.

Welp. Glad I got that out of the way. I know there are people who are going to disagree with me, and that’s fine. It’s just strange that people claim to be sick and tired, yet still vote for the types of people responsible for the status quo. Good memes.

So anyway, as mentioned before, taking a short break writing The Origin of Loss and may start posting the start of another series. And I probably won’t post more political stuff. I’ve mentioned previously that I would start writing stuff related to writing and art, and I might still, but any sort of post or essay I start turns about pretty crappy. But, we will see. Stay tuned. Yay.

What is this and why? The Origin of Loss (and other things…)

If you’ve been following this blog you might have seen installments for something called “The Origin of Loss.” And you might have also be wondering “what is this garbage?” And: “why does this keep appearing on my feed? I don’t want any of this shit! please make it stop!” Well, it’s not going to stop, at least not anytime soon.

Basically, “The Origin of Loss” is yet another series I have started. The gimmick here is that each part is written in 12 minute, nonstop sessions. It’s kind of like 12-Minute Tales, except it’s meant to be a continuous story. I was also inspired by The Adventures of Skellian & Joe McShoots. Like the author of that series this is just a way of overcoming writer’s block and to keep myself entertained.

It’s about a 17 year-old loner named Jimmy McDougal whose family neglects and his teachers don’t care for. His life is mundane in his town of Nameless, but things go a little wacky when a nearby facility experiences a breach and some mysterious creatures are released upon the town. You can check out the story so far here.

I’m also planning on posting other bad stories in the future, don’t worry. I still want to post about the art of writing as well as art and art criticism in general. So if you want some pretentious shit, stay tuned!

 

 

A Simple Question of Starting Over

This week, Fandango presents us with another question, this one a bit more personal:

Would you be willing to give up everything you have if you could go back and start your life all over again? Why or why not?

What’s interesting is the way the question is phrased. He could have just asked “would you start your life all over again if given the chance?” But nope, he puts “Would you be willing to give up everything you have” at the beginning. And yes, giving up everything is pretty much implied if you decide to restart your life, but I’m not sure if people actually think about such an implication, hence why Fandango probably decided to make it explicit. As a result, when trying to answer this question you end-up revealing quite a bit. I mean, doesn’t it say a lot if one is willing to give-up all their achievements and relationships just to start over? Just to experience a first kiss again, or correct a business decision. Basically, would you be willing to sacrifice your life, and the lives of everyone else, just so you could have a “redo”?

Nice try, Fandango. See, he’s trying to make the whole thing more complicated by throwing in that quandary. But let me tell you something, I don’t give a fudge about anything. You could even say I’m the master of not giving a fudge. See, you know that song by LCD Soundsystem, “All My Friends” where he sings that he wouldn’t take away one mistake for another 5 years of life? Well, I would. I don’t care. Fandango tried making this question tougher than it is, but guess what? I didn’t even have to think about this for one second. Nope. I am totally, 100% willing to give up everything to redo my life.

That is if I remember everything from my current life. I don’t want to be going into my new life blind. Because if I redo my life with the knowledge I have I would totally kick ass. Invest in the right companies. Say the right things to the right people. Become ultra-rich by the time I’m 17 and live the shit out of my new life. I mean, yeah, I basically erased the lives of everyone else in the process, but maybe by me becoming rich everyone is better off. Right? Yeah, maybe some guy down the street never sees the love of his life as a consequence of me buying Amazon (man, chaos theory kicks ass, doesn’t it?) but love is overrated anyway.

Then again, what if I don’t remember anything? Then…well…it’s kind of like that idea of Eternal Recurrence. You know, from Nietzsche. Basically, it’s a thought experiment where a demon forces you to relive your life exactly the way you did previously. For some this would be a curse, but for others a blessing, depending on your outlook and how you lived your life. At least, I think that’s what Eternal Recurrence is. I don’t remember, and I don’t do research for anything I write.

If that’s the case though, I don’t know if I would. The question really becomes something else. It’s really about whether or not you lived life to the fullest. And, well, at least so far, I don’t think I’ve had. Instead of learning new skills or going out into the world, I’ve drifted along on autopilot, out of either fear or complacency. And I think that’s the case for most people. Maybe that’s one of the fundamental differences between the average person, and a “great one.” When Magnus Carlsen was 22, he won the world chess championship. When I was 22, I, well…in college? I mean, I mostly had a good experience and met some great people…I don’t really remember a whole lot. And maybe I’m being too dismissive. After all, you don’t need to be the world’s greatest at anything in order to have a good, meaningful life. But I sometimes wonder if I had potential for something and never fulfilled them. Or had opportunities to experience life to the fullest, and shirked them. A mediocre life.

If I redid my life, would I just end-up making the same decisions? Probably. It’s like what Matthew McConaughey said, “time is a flat circle.” The same things keep occurring throughout history because people keep making the same decisions, keep living the same lives as their ancestors (OK, sometimes they don’t have much of a choice,) without much dimensionality. I mean, that’s an oversimplification of, well, everything. But, you understand what I’m going for: people kind of just float along through life, and I’m not the exception.

So, would I be willing to restart everything if there was just a slight chance that things might occur differently, hopefully for the better? Meh. Probably not. I mean, so far my life is alright, but I feel like I have the opportunity to make things better. But am I going to?

However, if I had knowledge of my previous life? At first I said yes, but well…now I’m thinking about that song lyric: I think the reason why he wouldn’t take away his past mistakes is because those were his mistakes. They were what made him the person he is now, and he would much rather own up to that than “start over.” But what about me? I mean, I have no choice but to own up to the dumb shit I’ve done, and to the things I never did. However, if given the choice? I don’t know. Because if I relived my life, even with knowledge from my previous life, wouldn’t I become a different person? Would the people around me no longer be the ones I loved? I would still love them, but something would be lost. I would be lost, even if what I am now is “better.”

Hm…but other than that the question is simple really. It’s just ourselves that are fucked up. Well, myself actually. I don’t want to throw humanity under the bus just because I’m struggling with this prompt…actually, fuck Nietzche, fuck Matthew McConaughey. The answer is yes, I would destroy everything so I could start over. Why? Because I want to be Jeff Bezos. With that kind of money you don’t have to worry about anything. Yep. That is all.

 

Writing About Art, and Other Things (A Minor Update)

I never really had much of a plan going into this blog. I had some ideas, like writing about writing as well as providing a “behind the scenes” of web fiction series I never got around to doing, but I was just winging it for the most part.

And that hasn’t changed. However, I want to start focusing on more “serious” projects. I’m still planning on writing a web fiction (or serial fiction, whatever you want to call it) series, but it’s probably going to be a bit different than what I had originally outlined. It will probably focus on the same character, a hapless pizza deliveryman whose world just spirals into chaos around him. I’m also going to try to finish-up some of the stories I started writing for 12-Minute Tales such as “A Strange Dominion” and “Marcus, the Magnificent.” If you’re “not in the know” or “out-of-the-loop,” 12-Minute Tales are basically dumb stories I write in one 12-minute sitting with no planning and with basic editing. Most of the stories are bad, but the point was to keep myself writing. I’ll probably still do this as an exercise once in a while, but probably not too often as I try to focus more on projects that I could (hopefully) be proud of.

I also still want to write on art and the art of writing, but it’s hard. Lately I’ve been trying to write a response to column by Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame on the “power of art,” but I find that some of my thoughts just aren’t enough to sustain a decent blog post. Or maybe it’s just that I’m not very good at articulating my points. There are things I want to say about art, but whenever I write them down it feels like I’m just not conveying what I’m trying to say well enough and could come across as arrogant or pretentious, more so than usual.

But ehhhhhh, I’ll keep trying. I’ve got nothing better to do. Guess that’s been the unsaid motto of this whole thing. It’s funny, just a few years ago I was super ambitious about writing and art. I wanted to change how people think through my literature. Now I come home from work and write stories about mean chickens and Dr. Phil. Literally stuff that no one should really read.

Oh, and I’ve also been thinking about doing movie reviews (because no one does this.) Like last night, I saw Soldier, a ’98 sci-fi/action film with Kurt Russell. It was a’ight. There, there’s the first movie review. Watch out Siskel! Suck a dick Ebert! Cause I’m coming down to Hollywoodland! But seriously, the movie wasn’t too bad. Anyway, I hope everyone and their grandmother enjoyed this minor update that I probably didn’t need to do. Goodnight, and good luck.

Singularity Hilarity

When humans first lit the spark of man-made fire within a cave long forgotten by time, there has been a fear. The cavemen (and women) looked into the flames and then into each other and thought, “shit, super-intelligent toasters better not turn us into slaves.” The fear of ambitious cooking appliances have always been with us, and today, I will be answering a couple of questions relating to this ancient, deeply-seated anxiety. Fandango asks:

Do you think the singularity will occur? If so, what time frame do you think it will happen in and how will it impact humanity? Alternatively, do you think or care at all about the potential for reaching singularity?

First off, what is “the singularity”? According to Fandango, “It’s a hypothetical future point in time when technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.” Basically, at least from what I’ve read, this “uncontrollable growth” would be the result of machines becoming so intelligent that they are no longer within our control.

Some pretty smart peeps have been trying to achieve artificial intelligence for awhile now, and they’ve come a long way, but I also don’t think machines are going to be sentient any time soon. I mean, yeah, computers are pretty good at chess, but, at least from what I can tell computers aren’t creative, yet. When computers start creating totally unique works of art that’s when I start worrying. Because art involves not just intelligence and decision making, but creativity and self-expression. I’m not 100% down on the most recent scientific journals, but I have a feeling we’re not quite there yet. Though maybe I’m wrong.

Though when some people think of “the singularity” they may not be imagining the TS-300 stomping on human skulls, but rather artificial implants. This is the kind of shit that worries me. Because while “true” artificial intelligence maybe a ways off, companies are already thinking of better, more nefarious way of tracking their workers. And once such practices enter the mainstream, consumers will allow Elon Musk or any other psychopath with too much money to insert whatever questionable device into their skulls.

OK, I’m not sure this kind of “singularity” will actually happen, but if it does it will be gradual. Smartphones were once scarce, but now they’re everywhere to the point where life is almost unimaginable without them. At the moment we may guffaw at the idea of microchips or any other implant, but don’t underestimate the determination of corporations and consumers’ willingness to allow their reservations to be slowly eroded away.

“Hey man, you’re being way too cynical. It’s just another technological advancement. There will be downsides, sure, but the benefits surely outweigh all the negatives.” Yeah, OK. Maybe. But my concern is less to do with technological advancements and more to do with the people behind them. I’m less concerned about robots dominating and more about the psychos and “futurists” who already do. Technology such as smartphones have opened up avenues never thought possible for the average person, but, corporations and governments have also gained a lot of power and access to our personal information.

So, in sum, I don’t think singularity will be achieved via artificial intelligence anytime soon, but I do worry a bit about how we’re willing to allow irreversible changes to be made to ourselves and loved ones by other technological means. Sure, life might be “easier” with implants, we come to find, but at the same time, shouldn’t we also just be a little bit more wary of these things? Just because some tech genius declares it to be “the future,” doesn’t mean it has to be. Do we really need more corporate and governmental intrusion into our lives for the sake of convenience? Then again, when did “need” ever come into play? We only start “needing” eye implants once we’ve allowed them to become a necessity, once we’ve forsaken our ability to navigate reality without them. Or maybe it is a need. A need that will never be sated. Humans will always find discomfort in something and will find an excuse to keep that same fire burning long after its humble spark.


Original photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash.

Human Creativity and the Stone Age of Art

Another week, another set of questions where I can showcase my expertise. This week, Fandango has decided to ask some pretty provocative questions about one of my favorite topics:

Are there limits to human creativity? Is it be possible for humans to create something completely novel and new that is based on nothing that previously existed? Or is human creativity just rearranging and building on previous ideas?

Something can’t come out of nothing, and this is true even for creative endeavors. Art that is seemingly original is always inspired by something else. Nothing is made within a vacuum. However, what’s interesting about these questions is that they almost imply that this is a negative.

“Or is human creativity just rearranging and building on previous ideas?” Yes, human creativity is just that, the building and reconfiguration of other things, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, nor a good thing. It’s just a fact. However, expansions and rearrangements of older ideas can lead to some truly great and, well, creative results.

Sometimes, creative ideas are only slightly more different or better than its precursors. However, a person may have a “leap” where they think or create something that takes previous ideas and launches them into space:

  • The film 2001: A Space Odyssey obviously takes ideas from previous science fiction films, but it still represents a creative leap forward for cinema and science fiction as a whole.
  • Citizen Kane: On the surface, not that original, yet it was still a highly innovative work of art with its nonlinear narrative and the use of focus, shadows, and character placement to convey a large amount of information.
  • Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow: Again, on the surface, the story doesn’t seem all that original, but it’s told in a completely unique way that represents a leap: its lack of close-ups emphasizes how insignificant the characters are in comparison to the world moving around them. Not only is this novel in comparison to other films, but it actually makes the movie more effective and moving as we understand, on a deeper level, the struggle and plight of its characters.

However, such works are scarce. Most works of art, whether it’s music or film or literature, are not really creative. Sure, they may take previous ideas and change them slightly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there is any sort of “leap” or, at the very least, a re-invigoration. This is because most humans are not creative.

But, I’m optimistic. While human creativity, overall, might be limited, I think we’re still in the stone age of art. While there are some truly great and creative works out there, 99% of art just isn’t very good. This shows that we still have a long way to go before truly understanding what art is capable of and how we can comprehend and expand its potential. But, this is going to involve people looking backward and understanding what works, what doesn’t, and going from there.


Photo by Nikola Johnny Mirkovic on Unsplash

 

Power & The Joys of Social Media – Share Your World 10-7-19

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Hey, look! More questions! And guess what? I’ve got all of the answers. The BEST answers. See, that was my impression of everyone’s favorite social media user. Me.

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) a good thing, a bad thing or a mixture of both?

What’s funny is that I imagine most people will say that social media is either a bad thing, or a mixture of good and bad, but I doubt anyone is going to say it’s good. Yet, a lot of people still use social media in some form. It’s like that Louis CK bit about how we have these amazing devices glowing in our hands, but we’re just angry at them all the time. Instant gratification has become the standard, and whenever that expectation is not met we become frustrated. Our attention has become too fractured, overloaded with words and images, but never becoming fully satisfied.

This is because we’re drug addicts. This isn’t a new observation, in fact it’s a bit trite, but it’s true. We get a small high whenever someone likes our posts or when someone comments us back. But the high quickly fades, and we keep wanting more and more. We are never fully satisfied, yet we keep coming back. This is because technology companies are now in the business of exploiting our dopamine pathways. And it’s these companies that deserve much more of our scrutiny. While Facebook has been getting some well-deserved flack, it’s all too little too late. This is an issue where people tend to dwell too much on the addicts, but not enough on the addiction’s purpose.

What troubles me most about social media isn’t so much the “antisocial” aspect of it, which is certainly a big deal, but rather the fact that the most popular apps are free. The fact that these apps are free allows almost anyone of all ages and social stratas to cast themselves into the net. And these companies mine all the information that is gathered in which they can use not just to sell, but to move and manipulate people. Better than profiting from the market is the ability to change the market by understanding what people want, or what they think they want, and shifting things accordingly.
These companies have so much power and we’ve given it all to them. And now we’re hooked, and so are they. As frustrated as we are, we still find some pleasure in what sound and pixels bring.

So, to finally answer the question: is social media is good? Yes, social media is totally good. But for who…?

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…this jerk mostly.

Are you camera shy or do you pose for the camera with confidence?

Oh yeah, I forgot there were other questions. Wait, are there people still reading this?

Anyway, guess i’m a little camera shy, mainly because I’m kind of an ugly mofo, but that’s not why you won’t see my mug on the internet. It seems like a lot of people are eager to share so much of themselves, mainly to achieve that “high” as mentioned above, but also as some sort of self-validation. But I don’t want to be judged by my sad excuse of a face, but by my actions which are mostly awful. Also, I don’t want to give the tech companies more of myself than I have to.

Is there anything you’ve kept from younger years for sentimental reasons alone?

The only thing i can think of are my old video games, but I’m not sure if sentimentality or just pure laziness. Either way, I can’t play them because the old Playstation 2 died many years ago. Which I may still also have somewhere. But for the most part, I hate my younger self, so why should I keep any of his stuff?

Do you like to decorate for different holidays?

Hell no. In fact, I don’t like doing anything. I don’t want to have to work on a holiday. Get those candy canes away from me!

Do you feel you’re a strong person character-wise?

Nope. For all my ranting, I still use social media. Not to an excessive degree and I almost never share personal stuff, but I always feel like I can always do more. Do more with my time, with my life, but I’m either too scared or too lazy. However, instead of becoming a better person or helping others, I just do what’s easiest which is to numb the self. But I like to think I’ve gotten better. I think I’ve gotten stronger ethically and am more inclined to “speak out” when needed, even if it’s against my selfish benefit, but I’m still an animal like most people. Pressing against the herd. Maybe that’s another reason why people are frustrated: we feel like we should be doing more, but we’ve tossed ourselves into this net that we’ve cast ourselves. I don’t know. Then again, do people really feel or think of themselves in such a way? Or is everyone just frustrated and not knowing or thinking about why, just trying to press on each day?

Hey, this was depressing, again. You’re welcome, America.

Share Your World: 8-5-19

Today, I will be responding to some questions from sparksfromacombustiblemind. The questions are a bit grim given recent events, and my answers aren’t that much better. Enjoy!

Does life have a reason (meaning)?

No. I believe that life is a weird accident that has continued to spin and advance itself. There is no deeper meaning behind it. However, this doesn’t mean that one cannot generate meaning beyond mere existence. Ideally, people would find purpose in pursuing what they are good at and helping others. Something creative and constructive rather than pure self-involvement.

Will the world come to an end by human hands (man’s actions)?

No. Even if humans screw themselves over, the world will likely continue and mend whatever scars we leave behind. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be aware of our (relatively) short-term impact. We still need to think about the lives of future generations as well as the lives of other beings. Because, while global warming won’t destroy the earth, it will cause a lot of suffering to us and our fellow inhabitants.

Will stricter laws make a better world? Would less strict law make it better?

Depends. What matters is the substance of the laws, how they are implemented, and how well they are enforced. In the case of gun control, I think universal background checks are necessary, but I have my doubts that gun control will completely solve the issue of gun violence in the U.S.; it is, however, a significant factor, especially if we implement and enforce laws that keep military-grade weapons out the hands of psychopaths. But, of course, it all depends on the implementation and enforcement.

Conversely, in the case of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc., I believe that less strict laws are better. In fact, while I detest drugs, I believe that decriminalization is the best approach. We must stop the War on Drugs. We have lost (and by “we,” I mean the American people, not so much those who profit from its continuance.) It is no longer worth the bloodshed and the growing prison population. We need to treat drugs as a public health issue. If Donald Trump wants to stop illegal immigrants from coming over the border, one thing that could help is to stop the War on Drugs and legalize narcotics while taxing the shit out of them.

If death is inevitable, why bother doing anything?

My answer is: why not? I mean, you can throw yourself off a cliff to “get it over with,” but I think that if you exist, you might as well make the most of it. Unfortunately, most people don’t do this and end-up working jobs they don’t like and vegging out once the day is over. They might as well be dead.

However, while life may seem depressing and meaningless now, I would rather exist now than be a serf 500 years ago, or a hunter-gatherer shivering in a cave before dying at the ripe old age of 17. Because humans now are smarter, better educated, and healthier, overall. Yes, we are still simians, and yes, we’re polluting the earth at a massive scale, but humanity is persistent. There will be suffering. There will be death, but things will eventually start to shift and humanity will finally “come into its own,” and, hopefully, we will reach our potential, and exceed it. It may take 100 years or 10,000, but we, as a species, have come a long way in such a relatively short time. So, while I’m a pessimist in the short-term, I’m an optimist in the long given how much we have advanced since our days squatting in those cold, damp caves.

However, I also don’t think our continued advancement is a given. For one thing, we shouldn’t be fearful or complacent. We have to step outside of ourselves and see what is not just best for ourselves, in the short-term, but for others. Unfortunately, most people either can’t or won’t do this. But, I still find hope in the people that do. Because while life is “meaningless” and death is final, just as long as the music is playing we might as well dance, or blow ourselves up.

Are thoughts and prayers useful or a sop for people who wish to pay respect but interact through a virtual venue? Yea or nay – please explain your viewpoint (without rancor) if you would.

Not really. I mean, they’re nice, but action is obviously better. The cynic in me believes that those thoughts and prayers are mostly for themselves. At the same time, it’s unrealistic to expect people to act every time. People have their own lives, their own problems. So, while I wish people, including myself, did “more,” sometimes you shouldn’t be too hard on people or yourself.

July 2019 Writing Challenge Reflection and (Minor) Blog Update

For the month of July I engaged in a writing challenge in which I wrote something everyday in response to these daily prompts. Though the real challenge was using the prompts to write a single, cohesive narrative with each of the daily prompts guiding where the story went.

When I started writing the first installment, I wasn’t sure what the story was going to be. I ended-up writing about someone dealing with weird dreams and insomnia and, as a result, the story went-off from there. When I was thinking about doing this challenge, the expectation was that I was going to write something that was more comedic and “random” given the nature of the challenge. And, also, I thought I would have more fun writing. But, of course, things turned-out differently and I ended-up writing something more dramatic and grounded in reality. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the process of writing became more of a slog as I worried more about the quality of each post as I was writing something more “serious.” As a result, I ended-up procrastinating most days which negatively impacted the story.

Some days were pretty difficult, especially in the last week in which I was working near 12-hour workdays. So when I got home from work, I wasn’t exactly in the best headspace to write something “decent.”

However, overall, I’m glad I did it. It helped me really sit down and write something everyday. And, sometimes, it was fun to write. However, I’m not sure if the final product is something people would want to read. There are some installments that I think came out well. Not great writing, but hints of something that, perhaps, I could expand upon in future projects. One thing I probably should have done better (on top of a bunch of other things) was the way I handled some of the other characters. The story ended-up being insular to the main character, which makes sense given what the story is about, but I wished I fleshed-out the rest of the cast more such as his parents and Burt Romero. The latter is the main character of a web fiction series I’m planning, but his character ended-up being really one-dimensional. The only time he became alive was in one of the dream sequences.

So, I might do a more in-depth retrospective later, or not. But I might end-up revisiting some of the ideas I explored here. So, I guess, overall, doing this whole challenge was more beneficial to me, as a writer, then to the reader.

But, if you’re still interested in reading feel free to click on the link here. I was thinking about doing another one for this month, but by the time I finished I was like “fuuuuck no, I need some rest.” But, I might do something like this again in the future.

I’m either going to start on The Great Romero (the web fiction series I’ve been planning) or another project I have in mind. I’ve also been thinking about uploading posts on non-writing topics such as philosophy, politics, and art. So continue reading or not bye.

Creating a Web Fiction Series – Episode Ten: Giving-Up (Or Am I?)

How do you like that, huh? Not a bad click-baity title. Or is it? I ask because I am actually giving-up. No, not on creating a web fiction series, but giving-up this whole “behind-the-scenes” series. Because, well, I haven’t really been keeping it up-to-date, or rather, there aren’t really any updates. The web fiction series, The Great Romero, has been placed on the back burner for awhile now and I’ll likely return to it, I’m just not sure when. I did, however, write a story using some of the characters and ideas, sort of as a “test run,” but for the most part I’m focusing on other stuff at the moment.

For one thing, for the month of July, I will be focusing on a new writing project which is like a web fiction series, but less grand in scale in comparison to what I have (or had) planned for The Great Romero, since this project is only going to be 31 parts, an installment for each day of the month. I’m doing this to help hone my writing, develop discipline, and as practice writing a multi-episodic series before fully committing to The Great Romero.

With all that said, I’ll probably stop the whole “Creating a Web Fiction Series” series of blog posts because it’s kind of boring and I’m afraid of commitment. Ok bye.