So, You Wanted To Write a Novel. You Poor Bastard.

Being an adventure of madness, miscellany, distraction, the occasional picture of attractive people, and somewhere in there, some shit about actually writing. At which point I'm probably drinking.

woodedmist:

If you say “pumpkin spice” 3 times in a mirror a white boy will appear and start mocking white girls who have the audacity to enjoy something.

drinking one of these delicious fuckers right now, and I will brain you with my Starbucks cup if you say something to me about it I swear to God.

Could someone please tell me what is going on at Polygon that they’re going off on Destiny so damn hard it’s like a slapfight made out of dead fish and stale nachos?

Mostly I like Polygon - not wild about Kuchera’s opinion pieces, much less Kuchera, but they have a pretty good different perspective on most games that I appreciate, even when I don’t agree.  But this seems a little different and I’m not sure, maybe it really is my own bias.  Their negativity towards the game is vicious, and every article about Destiny, no matter what harmless topic is covered, seems to include some sort of slap directly at the game.

It’s not a bad game.  There’s criticisms in play that need addressing and work in the future, and I see a lot of really good commentary about that elsewhere.  I still think there’s some gambles going on in the long term, but okay.  Polygon’s articles make it seem almost personal, though.

bitchycrazy:

socialjusticekoolaid:

Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

….

Some people prefer porn in their fanfic, and here I am trawling military history and the Stoics for sci-fi themed nuttery.

At least I never wonder why I get fewer readers.

bitchycrazy:

Where the FUCK are my goddamned posts?

I see recent ones when I click you on mobile for what that’s worth. I know there’s some tumblr fuckery going on.

Justice Dept. to investigate police shooting of Fairfield man »

warning: auto-play video.

So, yeah.  The US Justice Department will continue to look into the case, and that’s, you know, really great to know that nobody in Ohio’s legal system gives a shit that a guy lied on the phone (THEY USED THE CALL IN THE GRAND JURY CASE) and got a black man killed for. no. reason.

Destiny’s Lore - Mistake, or Experimental Storytelling?

In 2004, Bungie started another aspect of the hype train for the upcoming game Halo 2 with an outfit called 42 Entertainment by releasing an ARG called ‘I Love Bees.’ It remains one of the best-known, well-regarded, and popular real-world interactive games, intertwining internet denizens waiting for the shooter and people who simply loved puzzles and storytelling together as they sorted this thing out.

The same year, ABC television launched the TV Show ‘LOST.’  LOST became water-cooler television not just because it was a decent show, but because either accidentally or purposefully, it picked up a lot of ‘interactive’ viewers, the same sorts who would find something like I Love Bees interesting.  Lots of forum time was spent piecing together the secret meanings behind Jack’s tattoos, or where the Island was, and the world mythology behind the Numbers, especially 108.  Discussions of time travel and experimental physics were a normal thing for some communities surrounding this show.  God knows, I was in there.  But LOST fell short for these types in the end, wrapping it up neatly with a story about redemption and faith and leaving all these possible trails to go off into nowhere with no resolution.

It remained a ratings bonanza from the beginning to the end, and was a watershed for interactivity with the audience, a thing we’ve seen used by marketing over and over since, from the campaigns for Cloverfield to those for Godzilla and more.  JJ Abrams took the lessons of LOST, which he was only initially involved with, and applied them to a freakin’ book just in the last year.

And Bungie, I think, maybe paid attention to all this when putting together Destiny.  Whether it will ultimately work remains to be seen.  This is experimental, fragment storytelling.

The in-game story of Destiny is sparse and this remains a heavy complaint.  A justifiable one for many.  Yet the lore is there - contained separately in collectible ‘grimoire’ cards that the player can then read on their website or through an app at their leisure.  A point of contention for many who hold up the Halo series as solid in game storytelling, and again, fair points are in here.

Yet if you talk Halo, you end up frequently being told to read the books, particularly those by Eric Nylund.  And watch the anime.  And read the posts.  Going multi-interactive is not new for Bungie, despite what people seem to think.

So this is what I think they did, and it’s one hell of a gamble: They built a fictional world.  They built so much of it - history and future and little political details and discussions of engineering and all sorts of crazy little shit - that they DO have a story (and are parceling it out perhaps far too slowly) but before they put it out there, they put all this shit in a bag and smashed it with a hammer.

The game and the grimoire cards are handfuls pulled out of this bag and thrown at the watcher - their target audience, the people who geeked on LOST and the history of the Flood, and the lore of the Gravemind and the Beekeepers - and you’re going to piece it together.  In addition to the basic story they have ready, the player starts to make up one themselves.  That’s the becoming of a legend they had in mind.

The player is Guardian and Cryptarch both.

Maybe.

It’s a huge gamble, because right now it does look oversimplified and sparse and tropey.  And maybe I’m giving them too much credit.  But I think, just maybe, they might have something here.  Because right now the people piecing together what lore there is available are familiar to me - the same jigsaw puzzlers ecstatic to figure out what brain worms the creators have been snorting.

pastel-gizibe:

socialjusticekoolaid:

HAPPENING NOW (9.24.14): The situation in Ferguson is escalating quickly. Protests continue, following this morning’s burning of a Mike Brown memorial, and another frustrating Ferguson City Council meeting.Looks like the same “antagonize over de-escalate” tactics are back online. Prayers to all those out in the street of Ferguson right now fighting for their right to exist. #staywoke #farfromover (PT IPT IIPT III)  

Bringing back the dogs, choppers, charging the crowd, attempting to bottleneck protesters into an area, AND live shots possible fired into the crowd… what the ever-living fuck is Ferguson PD trying to do?! We’re a month and a half into this saga, and they still don’t know how to de-escalate a situation. Pray y’all. That might be all we got right now.

Don’t let this die.

This isn’t old news.  This is happening.

That said, Spirit sucks for home goods.  Go find a good Jo Anns or something, knowing that Jo Anns is not what I’d call ‘good’ normally.  I have a kickin’ skeletal flamingo on my lawn now and people are going to be so confused in two months when I put a Santa hat on it and leave it out there.

and then the valentine scarf

and it’ll poop easter eggs

and…

That said, Spirit sucks for home goods.  Go find a good Jo Anns or something, knowing that Jo Anns is not what I’d call ‘good’ normally.  I have a kickin’ skeletal flamingo on my lawn now and people are going to be so confused in two months when I put a Santa hat on it and leave it out there.

and then the valentine scarf

and it’ll poop easter eggs

and…