One Project Down, Three to Go

I’ve submitted my review for the school paper. For anyone who was wondering, it was about the first episode of the new season of The Flash. No idea why it was so difficult to complete it, but hey, there you go.

As for the other three, I’m admittedly struggling a bit. Focus is definitely a key issue as the fact that time seems to continually slip through my fingers. There’s also the work that I can easily complete but I just can’t bring myself to do.

At any rate, you’ll be seeing a piece of one of these three projects on here later today. It’s another freewrite, but it’s not from me this time…

Until the next time, then.

Ray Bradbury to the Rescue

I’ve been trapped in this holding pattern for awhile. I’ll have an idea that I love, get started on it, but then it stalls and it never gets completed, it never gets written.

There’s multiple reasons for that, but the one thing that I have latched onto, I latched onto while reading Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing, where he appears to emphasize speed and enthusiasm and momentum when it comes to writing.

This, admittedly, is something that my writing has lacked for a very long time. And it’s not because of a lost love for the craft (believe me, I’ve checked. Several times.) but because I stalled a lot. I lost time, and I spent some of it thinking and thinking is dangerous because it muddles the work. Dampens the speed and the sincerity of it all.

Thinking is dangerous.

Now there’s a potent sentence.

What could it possibly mean?

Well, in the context of this day and age, some might say that it could apply to being politically correct. Think before you speak, beware of offending someone, stop and think and make sure what you’re saying is right.

And yeah, definitely. It’s important to accurate and to not be an asshole.

But. (And this is a big butt we’re talking about ha ha comedic genius ha ha please clap)

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Remember to have a bit of urgency. Don’t slow down for anything. Hit a stride, keep moving. That’s something I need to remind myself of.

I really hope this helps me out of this rut I’ve been in- and I hope this thought helps you too- because I might not be fantastic at the moment but I can still run with an idea, feed the fire, feel everything.

And, hot mess that I am, I can definitely burn.

 

Rival

Whatever happened to compassion?
Because you seem to lack it despite
My Best Efforts. It’s so hard to love you
because their eyes are on you
and it drives me mad.

Some nights I swear they don’t see me
because they’re so focused on your
false “perfection.”
because their eyes are on you
and it drives me mad.

To them, you can do know wrong. But I
I see right through you, sinner- and you
Are not forgiven. For making me run
Run out of your shadow- forcing
me to do more…
because their eyes are on you.
And it drives me mad.

Confessions and Forward

It’s been a long week, but here I am again with another update.

So the project I was stuck on- I’m not ditching it per se, but I think I’m scaling back. I’m just going to create what I CAN to be the very best of my ability.

So enough vague talk- I’m going to be straight with you guys. I’m working on some material for YouTube. Some comedic, some serious- I’d say a pretty even mix of both. I’ll be re-editing and adapting some of my old blog material for release, and I’m actually going to see if I can’t film one thing tomorrow night. Originally, I was going for an episodic series, but writer’s block has got me scaling back. I’m just trying to keep it simple, you know? I think one-shot videos can have just as good an effect (if not greater because the narrative or argument isn’t spread across multiple parts).

It’s been an interesting challenge, actually. I don’t really write for a visual medium- and my previous forays into YouTube were really just silly improvisations that were a lot of fun to do- and while this is a tad bit more organized, I can assure you- it’s just as much fun and it’s something I love doing.

With that being said, I’ve been thinking a lot and I’ve reached a conclusion about The Oddity Writer.

I think I’ve taken some missteps with it, and I should apologize to you all.

As I’ve discussed before, there’s a bit of a stigma with putting up work on the Internet, and I’ve had to face that with my parents, and on occasion, my friends. And as a result, I’ve struggled to do this blog justice without the usual stories and articles I normally supplied. And as a result, I’ve failed to show this place the proper respect it deserves.

Well, no more of that.

It’s time to get down to business. Throw my back into it. I’m going to go through the old posts, remove what was lacking, try to organize everything. So if the site’s a bit of a mess over the next two weeks or so, my apologies. But until then, you can expect that I’ll be working on stuff that I’m proud of this time.

And I’m going to dive back into the blogs that have flourished into my absence. I’m always talking about how I appreciate every one of you guys. It’s time I put my money where my mouth is and express it and connect with you all.

I’ve missed this endeavor. And it’s good to dive back into it again.

Well then.

Time to begin.

Three Articles, One Weekend

A minor problem that went unaccounted for- I spent a lot more time than expected on my original article, so I never ended up needing to fill out that form to pitch another story for the Monday deadline.

WELP! Time to shift into overdrive- I’m going to put together two different articles- one story about my hometown for a different section of the site or one about the upcoming celebrations- something like the top 10 ways to celebrate the Fourth of July or something!

But wait, Daniel, you ask, what’s the third article about?

Well, that’s the beauty of it, dear reader. The third article is this post. Apologies for running late this time around, but my friends had a reunion barbecue in celebration of the Fourth of July and it was just great to see them again.

There was also a bit of room for personal reflections and a lot of motivations that I’m going to set into motion tomorrow once I’m finally done with these articles. The key word? Regeneration.

I’ve also got this inner debate boiling up inside me. It’ll be interesting to see how that resolves. Anyways. That’s all for the next post(s). See you guys then- I’m off to write some more.

Run.

Everywhere he looks, that goddamn smile follows him. The laughs, the thoughtful words, the declarations of loyalty, the memories ebb and flow about him as he gets further and further away from them. As every step propels him forward, as his arms and legs pump desperately and as his lungs burn, his mind finds itself right back where it started.

Maybe if he keeps running, he won’t have to acknowledge that they were gone.

Maybe if he keeps running, he’ll just forget.

He knows it’s a lie.

But he’s not gonna stop just yet.

 

 

What’s The Plan For Today, Doc?

Step 1: Finally finish the article for today. Check! There wasn’t too much writing this time. It was just a matter of getting those final interview responses I was waiting on, adding a photo of the interviewee with biographical data like their major, given college and age and surnames- which involved quite a bit of tedious Facebook digging.

Step 2: Fiction writing- Sort of check! I’ve started writing Part 3 of this little tale. It’s the goddamn silliest one so far, but I think that the work as a whole is kind of lighthearted and cheeky so that’s alright. I’ve gotten a lot of insights and thoughts from other events today. Once I do finish Part 3, I do think I’m going to set in more concrete plans for other bits that are absolutely necessary.

Step 3: Reading- Not actually there yet! I think I’m going to read Freakonomics tonight and then add in my penny’s worth of thoughts in tomorrow’s post.

What Am I Listening To Right Now: Shrug by Christina Grimmie. She had a real talent and passion for what she did and I can only hope to achieve at least half of what she did in her too-short life. (One of her other songs actually was a big influence on this current fiction project.)

What Am I Watching At The Moment: The Stan Frederick series. Recently, I’ve been looking into people my age who are seriously talented, and Evan Santiago is one of them. His visual effects on this horror series are really well-edited. I’m really fascinated to see what he does with his character in the future. Now’s actually a good time for anyone to jump on the bandwagon as Season 1’s story reached a turning point, so I’ll leave a link down below.

And that’s actually where I’m gonna leave off for tomorrow. Thank you all so much for keeping up with me on this journey, and I’ll see you all soon!

Concrete and Traction

This is the first (of hopefully very few times) that you will see my face.

I’ve been considering this Project for Self-Improvement for awhile and I’m really looking forward to settling it in motion. I want to be the best version of myself again, and now I’m taking steps to become that person again. So thank you for sticking with me thus far and for reading as I start this new journey once more.

Maelstrom

I’m back. Again.

It’s been… what, three weeks or so since my last update? Sorry about that. My real life has been uber busy and everything has kicked into high gear. So! Here’s what’s been going on since I left.

1.) I was off exploring a few new things and ideas that I always wanted to try. 

This writing project that I’ve been documenting for ages slowed progress to a crawl again, and I was so completely blocked up and frustrated that I couldn’t take it anymore. So I felt that I needed to take a step back. So I decided, on the fly, to maybe work on a few sketch comedies. My friends and I started tossing around a few ideas and a week ago, until finally my friend Angie and I came together to do one test sketch, where she struggled to boil a pot of water.

I’m actually quite happy with how it turned out considering my lack of experience with video editing, but I dunno! Let me know what you guys think. Any and all feedback is welcome. I’m also working on another silly little project in my spare time in order to get better at Photoshop. It’s a fan project that will probably eventually end up on Tumblr, so that’s always fun.

2.) But I also did this because I wanted to branch out. Yeah, I wanted to advance skills that might come in handy and because I was having fun, but I’ve also been considering fallback careers in case writing is not the thing that I was meant to do, and it’s led me to realize how much I’m actually missing and what I should do. So yes, this is one such expansion, but I also need to do a lot of research. You know, go hunting for the right fit.

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3.) But I haven’t stopped writing. I think I might have made a breakthrough on this main project of mine, so I’m eager to get back to it when I can. And I’ve also been working with a college publication for the summer on a fellowship, and so far, I’ve produced one article with the next one on its way this week (hopefully). I’ll be sharing those later on in the week.

4.) Oh, because I’m not planning on leaving this blog alone again. Because I’ve still got a lot of work to do, and a lot of improvements to make to myself, and I intend to hold myself accountable to them. I hope you like what I’ve got in store.

And all of that starts today.