Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Musings #2 – Becoming a Wonderjunkie


Watch the above video, and tell me it doesn't give you chills.

In recent months, I've been swept up in moments of awe and wonder by the nature of our universe and the state of technology. I myself benefit from medicines that didn't exist less than 20 years ago, and my job handles technology that was unfathomable at the time of my birth. We are in a time of absolute wonder and astonishment, and the more I look at it, the more hopeful I become.

I used to drown in cynicism. I didn't believe that our primate level brains could keep us from eventually destroying ourselves. I couldn't get past the idea that our existence was immersed on all sides by terrible and cruel actions. I allowed myself to believe a fallacy that world itself was getting worse.

Then I started listening to people like Ray Kurzwell. His “Trancendent Man” documentary hit me like a freight train. It got me thinking. It got me looking. And then I heard Jason Silva on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, and it literally has changed my life. Never had I heard such profound optimism and insight. Never had I realized that this world, our tools, our thoughts and imaginations, could be filled with such spectacular wonder.

I've stolen the word “wonderjunkie” to describe myself. I'm moving beyond the limitations of my old mind's state. In the above video, Silva says that “The role of human imagination is to conceive of all these delightful futures, choose the most amazing, exciting, and ecstatic possibility, and then pull the present forward to meet it.” And I intend to take this to heart. I intend to make my thoughts be more than just faint glimmers of electricity, but to manifest themselves in the physical world. It doesn't matter if it is a blog post or something I build with my own hands. I am drawing on the matter of the universe, and using my thoughts to influence the world around me. I am drawing imagination into reality, and leaving my mark in a world that has turned out to be incredible.

If you like what you have seen so far, check out more of Jason Silva's videos on his Vimeo page.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Workspace Wednesday #3: The Wall of Badasses



My office is slowly turning into what I've imagined it to be. With my white board mounted, my new desk installed, and now, the first major piece of art, The Wall of Badasses.

I've always believed that your office should reflect your values. If you are a very simple and plain person, the minimalist office works well for you. Or the eccentrics who need chaos to function, hey it works. Throw as many knick-knacks and crazy cat statues as you want. I won't judge. Freak. I seem to be somewhere between the two extremes.

So what do I value? I value people who get shit done. Men and women who made a difference, sacrificed their time and energy to forward their principles. Thus, the Wall of Badasses was made. So far, the likes of Bruce Lee, Teddy Roosevelt, General Patton, and Winston Churchill have made the wall. I expect that every few weeks there will be a new inductee. Perhaps Galileo, Fedor Emelianenko, or Donald Trump's toupee. And on a side note, screw the rest of Donald Trump, we know what's really in charge.

A collage such as this is an awesome way to give your office a personal touch. It cost me about 12 dollars for the printing and frames, so it is also inexpensive. Now, let me ask you dear reader, what have you done with your office? Is there anything that is uniquely “you”, or anything you would suggest to other readers? Hit up the comments section. Also, nominate other badasses, and they just might make my wall.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Musings #1 – Comic Book Writing

Image borrowed from http://sipsydoodle.com


Without a doubt, the most challenging writing style I've ever tried is writing a comic book. The project sort of fell into my lap. An artist that I work with at the ole' day job came up to me, told me he heard that I write horror, and that he wanted to illustrate a story or two.

So, without hesitation, I told him fuck yeah, and that I would get him a script shortly. Well, after a few weeks of fumbling, studying the craft of comic writing, and many deleted pages, I had to concede that this was much harder than anticipated.

Now, I know many of you are thinking “Isn't it mostly pictures and some dialogue? How hard could that possibly be?” Well, shut up me from two months ago, it is hard. Damn hard. Each word is a luxury, and each pane has to show the story and plot. It is the trimmest version of writing, and to me, is even harder than trying to make condensed flash fiction.

Forgive the mini-rant, as I don't want you all to think I am complaining about this. I feel that there is a ton to be learned from the comic book format. Everything I've written fiction wise has been more succinct, simple, and clear. The pace and clarity of writing comics has changed my style from a tad wordy and verbose, to an economical and upbeat present tense. Quite frankly, it works, and I think I will have much greater success in the future with both my short and long prose.

I've enjoyed this sort of writing so much that I am currently working on a webcomic, which for the moment is called “St. Mercy”, that we hope to have up before summer. The second project is a serial that I have wanted to write for a while now, called “The Rooster.” With how fast things are changing, I can't leave any more details, but watch in the coming months for some concept art, and the eventual launch of “St. Mercy”.

Have you ever done any comic book writing? Or would you like too? Tell me about it in the comments below.
 
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