VEDA- Create Something New Every Day (#0)

To be clear- I am not creating a video every day in April.

But I want to create something new every day in April. I want to branch out, and I want to experiment. I’ve looked at the stuff that people across the Internet are doing and I’m always in awe of them. I’d want to follow into their footsteps, but I’d never feel ready, never have the skills or the right equipment or whatever else.

And I’m never going to have that. Unless I get up and I start.

Recently, I feel lethargic and unmotivated and unhappy. But I’d like to take some small steps and start working on things that I love, and that’s why I’m doing this pseudo-VEDA thing that a ton of YouTubers have done before.

To wit, because some stuff doesn’t fit what I do on this blog, some of it won’t be hosted here. Some of it will be here, some of it will be on my marktheredwood Tumblr and Twitters, and some of it on other platforms.

This should be fun, and I hope you enjoy seeing how this plays out.


The Bar in Valcrest (Circumnavigation #4)

(A/N: Good morning and hi, everybody! As always, my name is Daniel and welcome back to The Oddity Writer. Just as a little update for those of you who don’t know, Circumnavigation and Talk it Out will always update on Thursdays! (And for those of you who are really new, Circumnavigation is a series of blog posts that features interesting bloggers who deserve more attention. If you wish to make suggestions for future installments, please let me know in the comments below.

With that said, let’s begin!)

Admittedly, if you arrive at Blackbird’s Nest, you won’t be swept away to the kingdom of Valcrest, but you will be regaled with tales about its creator. This blog is an entertaining romp through the life and tribulations of Camila Sortica as she rants about bad fan fiction (but secretly admires those writers for being so terribly hilarious) and as she converses with the many characters inside her head.


This blog’s got a lot to like about it, but one of the things that I really appreciate is that it really reflects its creator- you can see how devoted to stories she is in her posts about different series and books like Harry Potter and Doctor Who, her hatred of bad storytelling (i.e. Fifty Shades of Grey).


via GIPHY (This is how Fifty Shades should make you feel.)

There’s also an informal nature to this blog that’s really reassuring and welcoming. You can see it in both direct interactions with the author herself- which can be very relaxed and goofy. I always enjoy comment threads on Blackbird’s Nest, serious and relaxed alike.

Don’t get me wrong, I always love contributing the comments, saying something that adds to a nice and meaningful conversation and talking with you all, but I also enjoy blogs where I can just sit back, chill, maybe goof off and just enjoy the blog and chatting with people. Moreover, I also really smile because of Blackbird’s own friendships- her interactions with her friends Doomed and Sarah bring back memories of my own old friends.

It’s a great personal blog, and B.B.’s a good person to get to know, and this is why I chose to feature her on this installment of “Circumnavigation”.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this brief tour of Blackbird’s Nest! I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you on the next page of this story. Until next time, ladies and gents!

(Next time on Circumnavigation- we discuss the Harsh Reality of this world…)

Circumnavigation #3: Gulab Jamman Writes

True masters of their art live and breathe their work. It’s apparent from the moment you load onto Gulab Jamman Writes that Yusra’s work really matters to her. If you go into her About page, a poem greets you. It talks about how many people spend their lives searching for who they are and never really find out, and about she seeks to use her poetry to “translate my life/into a language/I understand”, and invites the reader to “discover together.”

From “Letters to a Misfit Moon”

Alongside beautiful “moody” (as she describes it) photography, you can read a lot of poems, short story excerpts and personal posts. Each and every single one is engaging and addresses a situation that you might have gone through before, like falling out with a friend or the aftertaste of rain when you’re up late thinking.

I know how rare it is to find good content on the Internet nowadays, and to find it is like finding a diamond in the rough. Of course, I’ve found a lot in WordPress and I’m quite grateful for that as well. But Yusra’s content is an entirely different beast. It’s like a multi-layered cake. There’s a lot of metaphors and symbolism and a message embedded within it all. It requires a lot of reading and deep thinking, and honestly, if she ever read these for an audiobook or something, they’d make great background nose for my meditation. signaturecakes

But I digress. The moment you open the blog, you feel like you’re in the home of a very artistic and creative person. It’s warm, welcoming and it perfectly expresses the complexity of emotions in some small verse. That’s why I picked Yusra’s blog to be showcased on Circumnavigation- because I find that you can really walk a mile in her shoes and get really intricate glimpses into her life and her being. It’s a wonderful thing.

That just about wraps up my brief tour of Gulab Jamman Writes- if you’d like to read my personal favorite posts that I encountered while reading the blog, you can find those here, here and here.

Otherwise, thank you all so much for reading and I will see you on the next page of this story!

(A/N: Yusra, thanks for all the great content and for your kindness to everyone who happens to visit your blog. I’m so glad I was lucky enough to come across it and wish you all the best.

And I hope you all have a great day!)

Today’s Omnibus, Part Three: Announcements!

Good evening and hi, ladies and gentlemen. As always, my name is Daniel and this is “The Oddity Writer”. I hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween! I wasn’t really sure what I would have done for Halloween even if I hadn’t gone on hiatus, but in my new surroundings, I kind of embraced the spirit of it all.

I know, yes, I broke the format of “Previously, we covered this and that”, but this is really only part of the Omnibus in name only, serves to finish it off and dive back into real Oddity Writer content (or, you know, another hiatus since I’m so consistent with it all.)

So here’s the thing:

  • I’m sure you’re wondering about that thing I’ve been working on that’s not the blog and how that’s coming along. The short answer: slowly. The thing is that I came up and was able to get most of the progress made because it was for a class and I was able to devote a lot more time to it than I really can now. But because it has an end that I’ve planned out, I think I can get it done rather soon with a couple of pushes. I have no idea if it’ll be novel length, but… we’ll see.
  • And with that, I’m going to be announcing a new project specifically for the Internet, which means that I’m most likely going to be posting its content here or be talking about it a hell of a lot.
    • I’m going to be developing an Internet game. The script itself will be completed by December, and hopefully by then, I will have determined exactly what engine I will be using and the format the game will take. The way things are going right now, I can choose between RPG Maker, Clickteam Fusion (the engine behind the Five Nights at Freddy’s series) and Twine, an interactive text adventure engine that uses HTML code.
    • I have yet to decide whether it’ll have to go on its own blog, but we’ll have to see.
  • Reorganization is coming. I want to make the Twitter and Tumblr accounts more interesting, clean out a lot of the reblogging I do and bring in more original content to at least balance things out. I want to be properly using these accounts to build a presence and to write more. Prepare to see things slowly evolve.

And that’s your debriefing bulletin for the day. I’ll be back at a more non-forsaken hour to talk about more personal stuff and to start work on the project. Until then, thank you all so much for reading! I’ll see you on the next page of the story.

Talk it Out: Part One, A Pilot on Media

Good evening and hi, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Daniel, and welcome to “Talk it Out”, the third new Oddity Writer segment where I talk about recent events and people and media, whatever tickles my fancy. It’s my view on stuff that’s going on in the world right now, and is a fusion of journalism, opinion, and vloggy goofiness. I hope you enjoy it!


Credit: BBC

Doctor Who is returning to television for its ninth series on September 19, and everything looks spectacular. There are new monsters, and the TARDIS team seems to be in top form, saving people and facing down their foes. I watched with glee as the Doctor stood and clarified what was going on to a few confused Daleks.

“Oh, same old, same old, just the Doctor and Clara Oswald in the TARDIS!”

Theories seem to indicate that the two-part opener, The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar will feature the return of the Daleks alongside the Doctor’s other long-time foe/totes bestie (ugh, I actually just said that) Missy, better known as the Master. According to Peter Capaldi, we’re in for one wild ride and no one is really quite sure what to expect from the “glory days of the Doctor and Clara”. There will be consequences, as the ninth series summary mentions that the Doctor seems to be running from something (though isn’t he always?) and that he will face a decision that has multiple effects and consequences.

It’s one hell of a time to be a Whovian- With the end of Series 7, which might not have been the greatest series of Doctor Who, Moffat then proceeded to kick the series into high gear with The Day of the Doctor, in which he united the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, while featuring the new War Doctor, driving the series into the public eye, and where I felt, Doctor Who was firmly established as an international phenomenon. If there were any question before, it was gone then. Moffat followed up with The Time of the Doctor, which provided an amazing exit for Matt Smith, despite the slight story issues. (To quote many reviewers, the episode was a bit crammed but Matt Smith was the highlight of it all. They would go on to say this once again when Smith featured in Terminator: Genisys, as the New York Times identified Smith and Arnold Schwarznegger as the ones who lit up the screen.) Series 8 was one of the best seasons and some amazing television, and showed the effort that went into making the series something new and fresh again. And here we are.

To quote The Truman Show, how is it going to end?

We’ll just have to wait and see- awww.

Shhh, Clara, there’s a little under a month to go…

So I’ve finally caught up with all the other Marvel fanboys and girls and watched the Netflix series Daredevil. And it’s an amazing series. Not to rave too much, but Charlie Cox breathes life into a three-dimensional protagonist that can love and hate and scream. I loved watched Matt Murdock face down villains against all odds, and go on a journey of growth and adversity where he fought for what was right. The father-son parallels might have turned off some as too symbolic, but I was touched, and thoroughly creeped out when Wilson Fisk began mirroring his father. Perhaps I’m a sucker for that sort of thing. It was also interesting the way they depicted Wilson Fisk, as a twisted man, but one that could somehow still love (ahem Vanessa Marianna cough)- which is something one might not be able to see in villains of other Marvel works, like Obadiah Stane, Red Skull or Malekith. Foggy Nelson may shoulder the comic relief part a bit, but he did develop throughout the series, and it was good of Marvel to explore that friendship between the two. Not to mention the world came to life before my eyes- in all its dark glory and mixed morals.

I look forward to Season 2. In the meantime, I’m going to go replay that theme song. I disliked it at first but it’s really grown on me.

Well, that’s all for this post! Thank you all so much for reading this po(reliable)st. I truly appreciate the fact that you take your time to support the blog and to like and follow. I realize that the blog has been a lot less (dependable) But (we’re always with you) I’ll do my best=





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