Theoretical-Worlds #2

 Origin of Cappy

Origin of Cappy

Lately I will admit to being a bit lost in my own little gaming world. In that time I played a game I hadn’t even heard about called Hollow Knight. This game is absolutely bloody amazing! It is both simple in its execution and layered with difficulty that is brilliantly balanced. It got me to thinking of a comic to sort of commemorate coming to the Switch and this idea came to my head. Enjoy, and do let me know what you think. 

Tuning the skills and keeping in shape. (released a bit late)

This has been an odd week, mainly because it is the first time in over 6 months where I've had some time to myself. Enjoyable to say the least but at the same time it leaves me idle and trying to rebuild a new routine to take place of the one that I had before I went off to work like crazy. It is very much like trying to get back into an old hobby. Everything feels new and old at the same time, and I find myself jumping around trying to figure what feels right. 

It is simply the state of things that focus is all over the board. It is definitely not a time of stagnation though the trappings are there for life to become so. Though with all this one thing is clear, and that is the need to get on with some projects that have been left to the wayside since I got my last project. Which means working on both my book for next month and really hunkering down to get the edits done on my first book.

Before I had some good reason to let things slide, but while I will continue to do the ole job hunting fun time I can't let my well of crazy ideas sit idle while I wait. That is once again why I even blog like this every week, to produce something. It is pretty much biographical but it is something I'm doing with the thoughts in my head. We all should just let ourselves be creative more often, and I'm glad I've found one of many outlets to do just that.

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Alas the week has been so odd it got delayed a bit. Time to get this one uploaded, even without an image. A little bit of catching up to do with post and then see where things go. Really what I learned is that you shouldn't hold a document back hoping for some inspiration. Just go back and edit it later when the idea comes to mind.

Why be Sorry?

So recently I read about JK Rowling's revelation that she felt sorry for her choice to put Hermione Granger with Ron Weasley because it was a wish she had, now she seems to feel that it would have made more sense if Harry and Hermione had hooked up. I'm really paraphrasing here but the gist of the article is there. For me this is disappointing and I want anyone to slap this article in my face if I ever "wish" to retcon a book series I've written decades from now.

The real problem I have here is not that she said she was sorry but that she said she was sorry because it was the outcome she wanted at the time. We're people who tend to change over time, it is a part of life and I know she isn't going to change it but I don't get what is wrong with the choice. Now the article is likely somewhat sensationalized by the media but it is still laying out the claim that she made a mistake. I think it is odd for an author to feel they made a mistake that isn't typo related or character breaking. She made a choice, it could be good, bad, or neither. For me it is something that you make the choice you can when you have the option to make it. If you feel that you should have done differently, sure I can you can say that "objectively" it might have been better if these two were together, but to say something like "I'm sorry" admits to a wrong doing in my mind.

See to me the writing process isn't full of wrong or rights but choices that the author is in charge of governing. As how appropriate those choices are is debatable but if you have a goal that two people are suppose to get together and later on you feel that it was a bad choice then I'm at a loss for words. The goal of the outline was for them to get together, they grew in the writer's mind for this very purpose and for the writer to say that it was their wish for the story to end up the way it did then I would say they should feel happy about that choice. If she had Hermione and Ron get together because of her editor's demands that would have been a bad choice because she wasn't taking control of her characters, she was letting outside influences making major demands on her work. Then again in defense of editors they give such pieces of advice because they may see a problem with the story outline, in the end it relies on the author to make the choice that feels appropriate to them.

In the end I only hope that I can accept that the choices I make now are fine because I feel they are fine now. I don't want to be the person who feels the need to change an entire relationship dynamic or make "Han didn't shoot first." It destroys a trust I think a reader and an author share.

So Let the Musing Begin

Hmmm so where does one start when discussing their thoughts and ideas in a blogspace these days. Well first I could go ahead and introduce the "whys" that lead me to make this little part of the web my own. I guess that would be the most productive use of my time here. That and if you are reading this it means you probably would like to know as much as I would.

Well thing is that as an "aspiring" writer a lot of my time is spent writing about characters that I create and building a world around them and since I write in a very gun'ho manner that doesn't leave room to look back and observe much of what I'm doing there isn't much room for introspection, contemplating or musing as this article so aptly puts it. Instead I tend to talk my ears off to my friends about my writing and often at great lengths beyond the patience that most people have. So why not just make a space where I can hear my own thoughts out and post them down so in a couple of years the 3 people who would have read my book can come right here and realize who wrote the book they found fascinating.

For you three, I apologize, I'm a rambling buffoon most of the time. I'm being serious too, I have been one who can get lost in my own arguments throughout the day leading me to think it is some very astounding miracle that I ever found the time to be productive enough to write even this little article. Still I guess you did find this and had the heart to make it to the first post and for that I thank you.

Would an ending like that satisfy people? I wonder... for me it feels a bit short and unfulfilling but I shouldn't judge what others find interesting right? Nah still I was hoping to talk about the very concept of musing, it is something that I have stated to have spent a good deal of my life doing much like others who enjoy reading, writing, and creating in general do. Hell I think it can be a productive use of time only that it doesn't provide immediate results. Musing is one of those words with a very clear root, you know the one, the muse. Musing is interesting because as a word we have control of it but a Muse is an external resource and one that creative individuals can't access at a wimp. No instead they spend there time pleading and working out ways to get in tuned with their muse so that the creative process will flow through them. Yet musing is a very internal process that involves contemplating and working through one's own thoughts without the need of an outside resource.

Both are actually very apt terms, a muse in modern times can talk about the ways we prepare ourselves for constructive musing. The perfect coffee shop, or the cup of tea in the quiet part of the house. Being creative isn't as easy as musing about different concepts or ideas, instead we actively look for ways to get ourselves in the zone so that we can muse over what really is necessary for the task at hand, in this case my book. It is always about finding that comfortable space and building the habits needed to channel the energy to whatever the creative goal may be. It all comes together, even if your Muse is a goddess you still have a ritual to get everything setup, but if it has goat sacrifices I will simple shake my head at you. That muse is nothing but bad.