Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. – Oscar Wilde
The oft-quoted remark above is used frequently in reference to the power of the anonymity of the Internet. At least, its anonymity before every fucking government on Earth started spying on the Internet on “behalf” of its citizens. Yes, I’m looking at YOU, faceless Spy Agency Bureaucrat!
The well-proven theory goes: If you put some people behind the shield of several thousand miles of cables, a computer screen and a message board, inevitably you will see them turn into abusive assholes, trolls, and all-around jerks. These same people, in a face to face discussion, might get heated and passionate, but they’d never sling the kind of shit to your face that they would online. In fact, these internet trolls wear their computer screens like Wilde’s masks, allowing people to be their true selves: complete assholes. Continue reading Masks
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
—Evelyn Beatrice Hall (Misattributed to Voltaire)
I have really, really tried to keep this blog apolitical. Yes, I’ve made repeated reference to my politically-motivated arrest in 2012 over some crude and angry words I had Tweeted against the fucking racist bitch that previously ran our province, but I never intended to write a political blog post, especially on a webpage dedicated to my writing.
Unfortunately, recent events have forced me to change that policy. Recent events have made me decide to use my blahg as a bully pulpit. So here goes. Continue reading On Free Speech and Hate Laws
So this week, Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit North American cinemas. I am looking forward to seeing it So, I finally saw Avengers: Age of Ultron and I was disappointed.
It is 2016, and I am reposting this, almost without effecting any major changes, simply because superhero/comic book movies over the last 20 years have become ubiquitously repetitive, formulaic, and almost consistently, unimaginatively, interchangeable.
I have enjoyed many – but not nearly all, in fact not even MOST – of the superhero movies that we’ve had over the last decade or so, but honestly it’s getting past the point of oversaturation.
I really can’t wait for the trend to end, especially with the slate of really terrible DC films about to be shat out. We all remember far too well how awful Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was, and I went in with great expectations because other than that movie about the slutty looking teenaged girls in the mental hospital, I’ve loved pretty much every Zack Snyder movie I’ve seen, especially the Watchmen. Continue reading 2016 SUMMER UPDATE: Superhero Movies SUCK
So, I’ve made little to no secret that I’ve been creatively constipated for months, because of personal struggles and, of course, because I’m working on the first draft of two (generally speaking) wholly new stories.
When writing new material, I often find this start-stop-start happens, especially when working with a completely new universe. The first rule of new universes is to be very, very careful while exploring them. Unfortunately, that leads to hesitation, which leads to self-doubt, which leads to second-guessing and obsessive micro-editing of everything I’ve previously written for that particular story, going forward and writing a paragraph or two, realizing I have no idea where to go from there, which leads back to hesitation. So the cycle becomes recursive, leading to full-on writer’s block. Continue reading How I Went Out for a Walk and Came Back With a Chapter
I’m not in the habit of giving writing advice. But I would like to share with you what I think is an important fact about a story’s characters.
So, a little backstory on this post. When I was writing what I thought was going to be my masterpiece as an author, but turned out to be an extremely poorly-received disaster that I’ve left up only so it may serve as a warning to others, I would, before writing, literally imagine myself sitting down with the character whose perspective the story was being told from, and listen to them tell me what happened. Continue reading Character Backstory and Why You Need It
So…what kicked off this week’s blahg post, you might wonder? I had yet another (Blocked, reported for spam) Twitter follower today attempting to sell me multiple five star reviews of my eBooks.
This pisses me off, because “buying” reviews got the movie studios in trouble back in the 1990s, I think, and it was as despicably shitty then as it is now. Continue reading Liars and Cheats and Why I Hate Them
We did it…the thousands of independent authors who rose up and told CleanReader, through Twitter and Facebook, through our blogs, through interviews and forum posts in no uncertain terms to keep their hands off our dirt, got our books removed from their app.
Smashwords, the major eBook broker out there (Besides Amazon, who are in no way affiliated with CleanReader – so far as we know), ordered their subsidiaries to take down the feeds of ALL THEIR TITLES into CleanReader, effectively shuttering their store. Their reason: it violates Smashwords’ Author Agreement, by allowing third-parties to modify the content of an eBook. Continue reading CleanReader Update: WE BEAT THE BASTARDS!
Warning: this post contains naughty words; many, many naughty words. Reader discretion is advised. Continue reading FUCK CENSORSHIP
I wasn’t going to actually write a blahg post tonight, but my idiot asshole upstairs neighbor is blasting his stereo tonight, and the air mattress needs refilling, so instead of sleeping in before going to spend the day with maniac kids happy to see me, I’m forced to stay awake.
So it occurs to me that my first few posts have been both manic and depressive; in terms of tone and content. I’m sorry if this makes you feel uncomfortable. I’m a human being first, and everything else comes second. Except possibly fatherhood…which is a state of being that even as I live it I cannot by any way, shape or form define in terms of language, spoken or written. Writing is a distant second to both. Continue reading So yes, this will be confessional.
I still recall the taste of your tears.
Echoing your voice just like the ringing in my ears.
My favorite dreams of you still wash ashore.
Scraping through my head ’till I don’t want to sleep anymore.
– Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails
The last three years of my life have seen some dramatic – and often traumatic changes. I could go back a fourth year that was underscored by my father’s death literally followed the day after by the death of my favourite uncle. Continue reading Something I Could Never Have