Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Reject The Mainstream Media

Reject the Mainstream Media

Why should you reject it?

Here's a breakdown of the rules that modern television programs go by (from what I've seen):

The Rules of Modern Media:

-Nothing is sacred

Additionally,

-Art and literature are only presented as tools of farce

-Low humor is praised, high art is not

-While teamwork may appear, rarely, compassion is nonexistent

-Constant put-downs and bickering is the norm among characters

-No respect is shown for anyone or anything

Is this supposed to be a picture of our society?

If so, what is admirable about it?

Or is there anything admirable about it at all?

So what can you do to reject the mainstream media? Shut off your t.v. channels and learn an art, whether it's painting, leatherworking, welding, etc. It is rewarding. And don't worry if you think you don't have the skill - masters never start out that way. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Let the revolution begin, and let it begin in your heart and in your hands.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Where I'm at on writing and editing

Sometimes, things set us back from what we'd like to do, or what we're working on, in life. When I met up with the individual portrayed in Betrayer, I didn't act like the kid I was during the events of Fallenwood. I didn't run away and seek refuge in other places. But what happened shocked the heart out of me. It stunned me into immobility. I haven't been able to gain any kind of traction.

Having said that, a friend of mine helped me edit Hybrid Space, and I did pull myself out of my slump, to re-edit Fallenwood.

I still have to record some of the the Hybrid Space edits. Then, I'll tackle the only thing left on my back-burner: the edits for Betrayer. This is all at once a frightening prospect. I'll have to encounter the character Draeon (real name omitted), again, at least in my mind. I'd like to forget, but that's not what writing is for. That's not what writing is about. And I must not forget. For there is not ONE Draeon in this world, but many. Draeon is Legion.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kill Flies The All-Natural Way

So let me begin by saying that the only reason I know how to kill flies is that I worked for the County for a while, trapping fruit flies. It was this season of disgusting work that taught me how it's done, and I can now pass that on to others. Do you have lots of flies in your backyard? It happens, and it's quite annoying. What you'll need is a glass wasp trap (see below). What's that, you say? A wasp trap to kill FLIES? Yes, I didn't stutter. You will need a glass wasp trap. These can be found at World Market and Orchard Supply Hardware. I found my big one at Orchard.

Now then, add some water into it until the lip of the thing is full of water, and then throw in some yeast and a pinch of sugar. Make sure the cork is put into the trap. Apparently how this thing works is that the flies can get in, but for some reason, cannot fly down to escape.

Now, stick the thing into a tree. You won't see anything happen for a few weeks, so I just wanted to give you that caveat. But a few weeks in, you'll see the thing filled to the brim with flies.

Give it a while, to make sure they're all dead, and then take the trap down, dump it out somewhere, clean, and repeat. You're welcome.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Waiting for Autumn!!!

I can't wait for autumn to get here, so we can get rid of this heat and make room in our lives for pumpkin spice lattes and mulled wine and all sorts of awesome things that autumn brings with it.
Speaking of mulled wine, I'm going to try and make my own mulling spices this year, to give out as gifts, and also just to keep around. They can be pricey, so I think it will be much more cost-effective to make my own.

Step one: Eat a lot of oranges

Step two: Save the peels for drying

Step three: Dry the peels without them getting moldy

I'm on step three, and I don't have a food dehydrator. I'm trying to oven-dry the peel, and it looks like it's getting there, but they're not completely dry yet. I will report back with more findings! Currently, with the oven-dry method, I'm heating the oven to 170 degrees and drying them for an hour a day. I'm on day 2. We shall see! Update: 3 days. It takes 3 days of oven-drying to dry them out completely. As for air drying, I've seen blogs saying it takes 3 to 6 days, but I'm thinking it's closer to 6.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Editing and Getting Back Into The Swing of Things

My goodness it's been a while since I've written anything - but I've certainly been editing! And guess what it is that I've been editing....that's right, Fallenwood! It's going to be re-released, and I absolutely love the cover.