I want to write an alternative version of Romeo and Juliet where instead of being a little ponce and trying to work things out for himself, Romeo asks his smarter friends what to do about the whole thing and Benvolio and Mercutio come up with the world’s…
Somehow this makes me want to go back to the retelling of R&J idea I had for like ten minutes last week with Benvolio as the central character.
Possibly because this sounds like the kind of idea the Benvolio and Mercutio I had in my head would’ve come up with.
Apparently in the ten minutes of toying with the idea I had, I did have enough time to do a superfast mockup of character design (L to R: Mercutio, Romeo, Benvolio):
So I guess there’s that anyway.
Maybe I will come back to that idea at some point, I dunno.
Writing PSA of the Night:
So I may have literally spent five hours driving aimlessly driving around tonight. Well, four hours and some change driving, plus about forty-odd minutes wandering around a small town after hours where I was maybe the only person on the streets.
Mostly because my gut instinct tonight was to keep trying to work on my novel, but I had this sudden fear that nobody will ever read this thing I’ve been beating into submission, and I suddenly worried that maybe, just maybe, I can’t be altruistic enough to think that writing a novel just for myself is worth the effort.
Especially not one like this.
And I feel like I should be able to be all Emily Dickenson pure and true and want to do this just for myself, but goddamnit, there’s still that stupid selfish human part of me that wants another human being out there to look at what I create and tell me it’s good.
"I wanted to … make [Rorschach] as like, ‘this is what Batman would be in the real world’. But I have forgotten that actually to a lot of comic fans, ‘smelling’, ‘not having a girlfriend’, these are actually kind of heroic! So Rorschach became the most popular character in Watchmen. I made him to be a bad example. But I have people come up to me in the street and saying: ‘I AM Rorschach. That is MY story’. And I’d be thinking: ‘Yeah, great. Could you just, like, keep away from me, never come anywhere near me again as long as I live?’"
After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?
“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”
The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.
BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?
BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?
The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.
This. Is. Not. OK.
guns… literally more important than the lives of women in the state of loveable mormons
I sure hope the death threats aren’t fake or self-planted using sock puppet accounts.
While there are legitimate threats against women, there are some people who just want to wank and draw attention, so they fake threats and vandalism and everything.
Please don’t even start with that “maybe she faked it for attention” bullshit.
About a week ago I got the following email from my father:
I don’t know if you’ve been following “gamergate”. There has been a movement claiming that video games are too “sexist”, full of violence and scantily-clad maidens, and the gamer culture has become divided into those who like the video games, mostly a male audience, and the so-called “SJWs” or social justice warriors who want to censor and control them. The arguments are spilling out beyond gaming, in an interesting way giving rise to a reaction against “progressive” control of stuff.
Anyway, this article is interesting.
[link to article redacted because after a few days I got the nerve to click it and then wanted to smash my computer by paragraph two and was actually completely unable to force myself to read by paragraph four]
And that was the whole email. My father does not game. My father is an insanely intelligent person. (Statistically speaking, his IQ is literally higher than 99.9% of the population.) And yet.
And yet this.
I am fairly sure that “potato” is my second most commonly used synonym for “person.”
My first most commonly used (by a fairly large margin) is “bucket.”