Is writing too easy?

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I got this fancy pen from my sister for Christmas, and it’s made me think a bit about writing. Back when this was the most modern tool for creating fiction, writers had to be very careful with what they wrote, had to be at a desk, with ink and paper, and so on, and had to write by hand on paper whole drafts that they presumably would have to rewrite again and again till they were in a nice polish.

Today, I can pop open my document virtually anywhere and type a few sentences in a matter of seconds. But, does this lead to less thoughtful writing?

If you have to painstakingly scrawl out your words by hand, would you think more about them? Make more sure they are worth reading?

Or maybe, you’d care less about fixing them when it takes so much effort to rewrite a page…

 

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Thanks for existence, universe!

I’m thankful to exist, to be able to experience pleasure and thought and excitement and wonder, and even to experience sadness and longing and melancholy–because these are all things, all flavors of the world that mix together to make the meal of life.

I’m thankful I can write without pain, and think without pain, and am grateful for every minute that I can.

I’m thankful I was born in such a place and raised in such a way that I turned out as me.

I’m thankful to live in a society with free access to information, and in a time where anyone can learn anything they want if they work at it hard enough.

I’m thankful that I’ve got imagination, intuition and improvisation skills.

I’m thankful for my wife and cat and family and friends!

HO HO HO

I hope you are all having a nice holiday. This is the time of year for melancholy and regrets, but also for family and love. I hope you have more of the latter this year.

The night before

 

Time sure flies…. the year is almost over, and what have we done with it? Not much, likely. But hopefully what we did do, we enjoyed.

The older we get, the faster time goes, so let’s take some time this weekend to enjoy our family and friends, while we still have the ability to.

Happy Holidays!

HO HO HO!

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you are all having a great evening and have big plans for the next year!

Do something for yourself! Do something for those around you! I don’t know what… but do something! Make a plan, have a goal…

Create something!

I’ve had a great year and have high hopes for the next one. Next month should see the release of my novella, Iapetus Shift. I am so excited to have it finally out! And I plan to write a lot more, and start releasing more stuff instead of just letting half finished projects pile up.

Lets make the next year a year of production!

Krampus (2015)

I saw this family fun holiday film last week, and had a great time. I wasn’t scared, I wasn’t creeped out really, but it was a surprisingly well crafted movie, and I suspect it will be watched on the holidays by weirdos around the world for years to come.

For whatever reason there have been a surprising amount of Krampus related Christmas movies over the past few years, but this is the first one that is of any quality. When I first saw the trailer I just rolled my eyes thinking ‘oh another one’ and would have never given it a thought if not for the recommendation of the guys at redlettermedia.com. Thanks for pre-screening movies for me, guys!

The story centers around a family at Christmas, and a little boy who loses his Christmas spirit due to his horrible relatives. Then Krampus comes and starts killing everyone.

It’s an old and overdone tale, sure, but this is really fun to watch. The creatures are well done and creative, there is a good amount of humor sprinkled in but not so much as to ruin the dark tone, and Krampus himself looks really great and is not overplayed.

If you’re looking for a ‘Gremlins’ style scary, but safe for the whole family kind of movie, or if you just like weird Christmas movies, then I’d give this one a chance. It will be better than you expect.