Monday, December 28, 2009

Double Digits of Doom

The decade is just about over and we're on our way towards the double digits of the 21st century. I wish there was a way to know if that was a good thing or a bad thing, but unfortunately, no one can see the future. I don't care what Sylvia Brown says. There is, however, one certain thing. The undaunted human pessimism.

There was a time when the human race only seemed to have optimism for the future. Look at the 1960's when Star Trek was on the air. They painted the future as being without prejudice, and all about peace. (Hippy notions, ya?) Now, society has an obsession with destruction and doomsday. A good example: 2012. If I have to see that number one more time I may blow up the world myself.

The economy keeps failing to improve, one president after another disappoints, one minute they say the globe is warming, then they tell us that's a lie, Muslims want to destroy us, all major countries are arming themselves with nuclear weapons, and apparently the world is going to end December 12, 2012 because an ancient Mayan calander maker got bored, tired, or died while making a it.

Yes, I am drenched in the pessimism that so many other people in this day and age suffer from. But you know what? I have my optimism too.

I believe that there is still human kindness. I believe that with the big changes that we will inevitably face in the future, we will come out as awesome as we always thought we were. Things do get worse before they get better, but maybe that only means we learn to appreciate the "mundane" after the "misery". I don't know, but that's my theory.

After the scare of Y2K, I think there are enough sensible people in planet Earth to not lose their heads on 12/12/2012 because of an unfinished calander. After all, the Mayan calander could have ended just as easily on 10/10/1910, right? Or better yet 10/10/2010? In any case, the 2012 insanity is a good concept for a Roland Emmerich film and will be specualted on over and over again until that date comes and goes and we'll have to find a new doomsdate.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Timmy Enigma: Reborn!

At last! As of December 19, 2009, Timmy Enigma has risen from his cocoon. He was found as a wee caterpillar in mid October and the day after Thanksgiving, he buried himself in the dirt to begin his metamorphosis into a moth. So, since we found him, the whole process has taken about 2 and 1/2 months.
Here he is, before and after:
So, having done a little research, our best sumise was that Timmy was an Army Worm. And... sadly, this is the type of moth I've been feeding my cat for fun for the past five years. *cough* Don't worry. After these pics were taken, Timmy was set free in the cold crisp air of winter, and not an hors d' oeuvres for my cat.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Gadzooks!

I've written another literary ditty for my dandies for WritersCafe.org. I think the more of these I write, the more they will start developing into actual plots, all of them integrated with one another in some form or another. For now, though, I'm just writing and posting them for fun. I'm not aiming for masterpieces. Click the link to see the latest Dandy adventure:

The Three Prigs: Not-So Indian Brave.

I'm getting ever nearer to finishing the revision of my next novel. It's turning out a bit different from the original version, but it is still the same story with the same outcome. I even managed to put together a nifty book cover that I can't wait to see in print. Yay me!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Star Trekkin' Across the J.J. Abrams Film




For the past six months or so, I've been thinking about Star Trek. A lot. Not only have I always been a fan (if not necessarily a Trekkie) but the new movie was awesome. It was the best movie I'd seen in theaters since the first Pirates of the Caribbean, and that was 6 years ago. So, a couple of weeks after seeing it, I ended up running a role play storyline online for it. With all the technicalities I've learned along the way, I've discovered more than one discrepency in the new film. (Though it hasn't made me love it any less!)


1) Orion women

In The Original Series, they were mainly slave girls with super sex appeal (due to pheremones I believe), but they've never been shown or said to have been in Star Fleet, to the best of my knowledge. My thinking is, why would they even attend the academy? Would sex driven creatures be a problem on a tin can that spends months on end in space? Not to mention, I always viewed Orion slave girls as the mermaids of outer space to the space sailors.


2) Bones

I love Doctor "Bones" McCoy. He is by far one of the best Star Trek characters ever. However, in the movie, they had a silly explanation as to how he earned the nickname "Bones" from Jim Kirk. In the film, he has a line regarding his ex-wife saying how she left him nothing but his bones, and we're to assume that's where the name came from. But, everybody knows that in the old days doctors were referred to as "Sawbones", right? Though, I'm guessing that might have been missed by the writers for the movie.


3) Captain Christopher Pike

If you're a Trekkie, or Trekker, you probably don't need me to tell you this. Chris Pike is supposed to be about the same age as Kirk. They even said it in TOS (The Original Series), yet he's older than Kirk in the new film. Yes, it's an alternate universe, but the alternating didn't start until Nero showed up the day that Kirk was born. So, why would Pike be THAT much older?


Aside from the possible mix up in facts (there are a lot more, I'm sure) there are also a lot of happenings that raise questions. Mostly with Spock, so I'll stick with that one.


1) Vulcan Going Boom

For a Seven-Year-Itch, Vulcans need to return home for a little thing called Pon Farr. Sex drive is so high, the said Vulcan goes bonkers. Without planet Vulcan to return to, what is Spock going to do when he reached his seven year mark? Is it possible for them to do what they need to do on the new Vulcan Colony? Or is Uhura there to help him with that? Hm.


2) Spock Prime

At the end of the film, he mentioned he would help them establish the new Vulcan Colony. But... Should't he get back to his own time where he belongs? Or is he avoiding the punishment for botching his job of saving Romulus from the supernova?


3) Spock and Uhura

You know a relationship with a Vulcan can't be an easy one. True, Spock's parents managed, but Spock is often described as being "More Vulcan than Vulcan" and in TOS Uhura is something of an emotional dreamer. This relationship doesn't have a bright future in my opinion. (Not to mention, in TOS and the movies, I always thought there was more static between Uhura and Scotty. Now there's a bizarre triangle.)


I could keep going with this, but I'll stop. If need be, I may just write another post. So, there's a view nitpicks of mine that I think about, but would never let ruin such a fun and cool film. And thanks to the new movie... I think I'm officially a Trekkie.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Three Little Prigs

Recently I've signed up for a writer's community online called WritersCafe.org. There's no earning money on this site. Instead, I joined it for the sake of my creative writing side, which I think, is all I really have. Hopefully, if I put enough time into it, I can talk with fellow creative writers and get some input on my own work. In particular, the stories of some silly characters I have who are dandies in the Victorian Era.





So far, I posted one small scene of them on there. I call it a scene, because it really doesn't have any story. But, as far as I'm concerned, it's just an intro to my beloved prigs. I used it before for online Role Play, but revised it for a better read. Hope it makes people smile, at least. Here it is: The Three Prigs: At the Apple Cart


I somehow developed a strange fascination for the 19th century dandies and followers of the aesthetic movement. I think it began when I read Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dandies were so eccentric and flamboyant, I couldn't resist them as characters in a story.

Also, recently I received a great compliment on my published book, That Dame. The only person that I know of who actually read my story in it's entirety called it a "damn good book" one of the best they had ever read. Like any other artist, I REALLY needed that encouragement. It got me back into the saddle to finish revising an old story of mine so that I can publish it as well. My goal is to get it published by Valentine's Day. (Not that its a particularly fluffy romantic story...)