Little Joys Ch.47

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 16th, 2020

Books are doorways into secret worlds, secret lives created by the minds of people around the world.

Many books follow the same set of rules, they have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

But some books simply are.

They give us a glimpse into a small piece of someones madness, someones day, someones moment. They help us connect with that part of us is that is confused, lost, trying to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is our life and make some sense of it all and understand that we are not alone in our loneliness.

Everyone has a scared child running through mazes in our minds and being confronted with the fact makes you realize that we are all trapped in the same maze together, all we need to do is reach out, spill our truths, and we can connect on a deeper level.

I just finished up the slow regard of silent things by Patrick Rothfuss. Its my second read through, and it is just as beautiful and broken and poetic as the first time I explored its pages. For anyone who has not read Patrick’s work, I highly recommend it. His king killer chronicles are wonderful books, imperfect as all stories are, and perfect in their imperfection. The slow regard of silent things is a small 60 page companion book which shares a few days of one of the characters in his series, and it is truly a wonderful book.

It might not be for you, but if it is, it will sink into your skin and rest against your heart for weeks and months.

Remember to stay healthy, let your geek freak fly, and never forget that you are not alone in your brokenness.

GeeksnBarbells Podcast Ep.2-Creativity and the effect environment has on it

At GeeksnBarbells, we delve into the creative world and how healthy living and mindset can maximize our potential, as well as just geeking out on gaming, anime, books, art, and the world of fitness and nutrition.

In this episode, we explore the concept of creativity, and how our external and internal inputs, such as work spaces, personal life, and how we eat and move can effect our brains and our creative output.

GeeksnBarbells Podcast Ep.1- Intro to podcast +State of MMOrpgs in 2020(temtem, ashes of creation)

Big changes coming up! Just started a new podcast, you can check it out on youtube for the moment, with possible audio versions in the future. It’s definitely a rough work, as I am still wandering around Asia at the moment. I am hoping to get a fun intro crafted, perhaps even by yours truly if I can teach myself. I thought I would start off just geeking out on some general online gaming, but I will definitely be shifting topics over the coming weeks, really exploring and fleshing out this concept of the modern renaissance man, meshing geekhood with health and fitness ideas so that we can better enter into the coming virtual reality world with a more healthy mindset on taking care of ourselves, and really upping our creativity and productivity along the way. This is very much me sharing my own journey of discovery as I figure my own stuff out, so I hope you enjoy it and follow along as I develop this website, the podcast, and as I, hopefully, flesh out the book I am writing.  As always, remember to stay health and let your geek freak flow free folks!

Little Joys Ch.39

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 8th, 2020

The world of film and television has been bombarded by low quality projects with very little effort put into the crafting of story or characters. But every once in awhile something comes around that jars you out of the disappointment zone and into that joyous area of  wonder that new stories bring.

Of course, this is a very subjective feeling. Everyone has their own subconscious criteria that allows them to enjoy a show or movie.

I came upon a new Netflix series release over the weekend called Locke & Key. Based off a graphic novel series, it has been in and out of development for nearly a decade, until it was finally picked up recently, and I have to say that I find Netflix did a great job with it.

It was suspenseful, kept you guessing, left enough clues that you could make assumptions and there was a 50-50 chance you were right or wrong. The young cast did well enough to make you genuinely believe in them, and the magic system and story were good enough to draw me in again and again.

It was a bit frustrating due to many decisions not making sense, so much could have been found out by characters by simply using the magic properly, but that is to be expected in a show that is trying to keep as much mystery as possible so that you come back for more.

All in all, it was a nice change to have a show with magic actually turn out relatively well, which bodes well for the future of book adaptations, I hope they continue to make more.

I definitely recommend checking the show out.

Little Joys Ch. 37

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 6th, 2020

Passion is a fascinating thing. When it hits someone, or a group, it can help create the most beautiful, weird, awesome works that we have had the pleasure to see and hear in our lifetimes.

As I was re-watching whisper of the heart yesterday, one of studio Ghibli’s films, I was caught up in how beautiful every scene was, the attention to detail, the care put into each characters development, even if what they did or said was quite silly.

It was a double hit to the soul really, as the main characters of the film are two young children who are embarking on separate journeys in which they are discovering their passions and what they enjoy doing. For one, that is going to Italy to learn to create violins, for the other, it is becoming a writer, and developing her own story for the first time in her life. Intertwined through it all is a focus on discovery, on pushing themselves to see what they can do, to see whether what is in their head and hearts is real.

For many of us, passion ebbs and wanes. It is hard to maintain sometimes, because of the monotony of the daily grind, issues with family and friends, relationship woes, sickness and fatigue, the list goes on and on. We forget all about that joy of discovery we had when we were younger, when it was all about the journey, about testing our limits, seeing what we were capable of.

Part of my leaving home and traveling around has been a giant test run. To see if I was able to do this writing thing. And it’s been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, moments of furious creativity, followed by weeks and months of listless energy and a void in my mind so vast I felt like I was falling without end.

But then I come across something like whisper of the heart, and I remember why I started this, what the whole point of it all is. It’s the discovery, the journey, the beauty of trying to find a light in all this chaos.

One step at a time.

One little joy at a time.

 

 

Question of the day: Can book series get too long?

As the years have come and gone, I have had the pleasure to read a wide assortment of series. From fantasy to sci fi, action to philosophy, I have read and read.

I sometimes wonder if authors get a little carried away sometimes. They fall too deeply into their stories, and a series that should have been five books ends up as 13.

We all hear about this in relation to tv series, and films of course. But the same case can be made for a variety of book series that simply lose themselves in the minutiae of the world and forget the reason the story came into being in the first place.

Probably the best example I can think of is a series that I have to say is in my top five favorite novels of all time, and that is the wheel of time series.

Robert Jordan’s books are one of the greatest stories to ever be written down, ever. That being said, around book 8 it really, really starts to drag. Characters that serve no purpose start getting dragged into the light, main characters are pushed aside or simply put through similar situations that do not cause any significant character changes or development. Robert became too invested in the world, and got stuck.

Now as I said, I still consider the series to be one of the best there is, so it isn’t like there was anything particularly bad about what he delved into in the later books, but at the end of the day it did detract from the focus of the main characters, who were already quite numerous and needed a lot of time to develop due to the complexity of the story line. So adding more detail to other people and aspects that added little value to the overall plot became annoying, and I found myself skimming through parts on my second to third readings of the series because they seemed like nothing but filler.

I find this to be a distinct issue in series that have more than 2 or 3 main characters. Once you start expanding past that point you get really bogged down, and there are very few authors who have the capacity to handle so many perspectives, much less for 15 novels, each over 500 pages long.

Being in the process of writing my own novel, which at this point only has two central characters, I am truly amazed at how Robert was able to handle so many, so I don’t want this to come across as thinking I can do better, I definitely know I am nowhere near that level.

But I really wish that other authors would take this into account, more is not always better. I love complexity, I love deep, fleshed out stories, but slogging through an extra book or two that really didn’t add much to a story is not the best use of creative talent.

I am not sure exactly where I wanted to go with this rant, except to say that as a book lover, I am sending all the good juju vibes I can to authors out there and I hope anyone reading this takes it as constructive criticism aimed at making a big undertaking like a series of books and making it a little easier by adding more simplicity.

A minimalist approach often works wonders for big projects because our brains can get a little windy in their old age.

Food for thought.