Last week, Jennie Sherwin interviewed me on her blog.
I talk a lot about my writing process, especially but not limited to how I worked on my recently released short story collection, Clairvoyance Chronicles Volume One.
A very inspiring post by Jennie Sherwin about feminism, how it has helped improving society and how it still has more to achieve.
Thanks to the young bloggers I follow, most especially Natacha Guyot and Jennie Saia, my attention has been drawn to a trend among young women, who are posting photos on Tumblr and other social media sites proclaiming, in effect, that they are anti-feminists. The first thought I had after seeing these photos was a question: Have these young women spoken to their mothers, grandmothers, or aunts about what they encountered as women in society or in the workplace when they were younger? I can’t imagine they’ve had those conversations. As a woman who lived through the decades of the push for equality in the workplace and encountered anti-equality attitudes at various points in her career, I feel compelled to address these young women who don’t know what it was like to pursue a career in an unequal and unregulated work environment.
We need to remember across generations that there…
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I really hope that I can go back to regular writing projects (besides the blog) around Mid May, as I miss it. I am glad that I have been able to take some notes about a few ideas I have for future writing though. That is always a nice feeling. I also plan to share some more TV reviews around this weekend, as I’m hoping to watch some of the TV episodes I have piling up, tomorrow.
Thanks to some of Rose‘s recent posts and our discussions, I have (finally) reposted an old Star Wars One Path video, Let Me Save you, which is still a favorite of mine. I remember having had the first ideas for it while waiting for my train to Paris, during a winter morning, in 2007 if I recall correctly. It shows how the Kenobis are always there for one another and never give up on Anakin Skywalker either. Music is Bye Bye Beautiful by Nightwish, one of my favorite songs from the Anette Olzon era.
Earlier today, I checked Lindsey Stirling’s new video, Shatter Me. I squealed when I found out Lzzy Hale collaborated to it, as I love Halestorm’s music. I can’t stop listening to it . I am in love with it and Stirling’s violin and Hale’s voice are just such a wonderful combination. I would love if they did more collaborative work!
Links: Star Wars, Writing, The Authentic Self, Joseph Campbell, Feminism, Fanfiction
As mentioned in my previous post, Science Fiction, Transmedia & Fandom got a Versatile Blogger Award thanks to Diana Gordon at Part Time Monster! I am very happy and honored, especially coming from someone whose contributions have been very inspiring and thought provoking since I made her acquaintance!
The rules of accepting the award are:
The fifteen bloggers/team of bloggers I nominated below are in no particular order. Some I have been following for a while, others much more recently. If you happen to be on this list but don’t “do awards”, there is no problem. Consider this a nod of appreciation for interesting posts!
And now for the seven facts about myself:
My latest post for the 7th installment in my romantic movie series was the 100th post since I reopened my website and officially started blogging, since the move to WordPress in June 2013. I really wasn’t certain I would be able to add new content on such a regular basis, but it seems that I am finding my pace and inspiration. I am very happy I joined WordPress and I enjoy the great interactions I have been experiencing since becoming part of this community.
Today, I received my second award nomination for this website as well. Thank you Jennie for nominating me for my second Liebster Award! I am honored by your kind words about my blog and I am looking forward to post all my answers and nominations. I already added the banner on the side bar of the website, but it will take a few days before I come up with the complete post for this award.
For the past weeks, I had been thinking about changing the layout of the website. I wasn’t satisfied with how the main page didn’t show the side bar. It was counter intuitive with all I have featured on it and how easier it can make the navigation. I finally made up my mind today for a new look. I’m happy with the result and feel more comfortable with how the layout compliments the content of the blog.
The title says it all. This is another mixed bag of topics and links. Since insomnia is striking me pretty hard tonight (hello full moon) I decided to use that sleepless time to write this post. I could have gone back to my chapter about Mother Warriors, but the brain and muse weren’t cooperating. I don’t mind though. I wrote 3,973 words out of the 15,000 planned for this chapter, in barely three days. The chapter is going really well and I even came up with angles and similarities I hadn’t though about when I wrote the outline.
For the past week, I have caught up with Angel season four. I am still enjoying the show a good deal, and the stories are good. Yet, I didn’t feel towards the fourth season as strongly as the previous ones. It has a lot to do with how Angel’s son, Connor, annoys me so much. He was adorable as a baby, but as a bratty teenager? He is more a pest like anything else. I am curious to see how season five turns out, for it is the last bit I have to watch, though it is a 22 episode bit.
I also recently tried out Person of Interest, upon a relative’s suggestion. I watched the pilot recently. The story is clever, the actors are good, but I am not going to watch further. I didn’t get really into it, and some of the visual style doesn’t sit well with me. I can easily understand why many people enjoy this show, but it isn’t for me. At least now I have actually sat through the pilot to form a more detailed opinion.
This month, I also managed to finally watch Thor: The Dark World. Once again, I feel like Marvel is sitting on a goldmine with the female characters, but not giving them enough development. I like how many of the male super heroes’s love interests are scientists, i.e. smart and well educated women. There are also more female characters who have a lot of potential, like Sif and Frigga (I am disappointed she died and not just because I like Renee Russo) in Thor. Yet, they don’t get enough in my view. It’s too bad, because there is so much that could be done.
I nevertheless enjoyed Thor: The Dark World a lot though Loki annoyed me. I thought he was an interesting character in the first Thor movie, and he was okay in The Avengers, but I got tired of him in Thor: The Dark World. I have to praise the visuals of this second Thor movie as well. I fell in love with the look of the first one, but Thor: The Dark World blew me away with its beauty. They definitely can bring on a third Thor film, I’ll watch it.
Speaking of Marvel characters, I highly recommend Rose’s post Iron Man, Acquired Injury, and the Biggest Missed Opportunity in Disability Awareness Ever. It sparked not only even more discussion between us, but also reminded me of some of the reasons why I like Tony Stark so much, though I still have to watch Iron Man 3. There is a lot of great points in the post, but the point below was one that caught my attention:
When The Avengers became such a big deal, I started imagining RDJ and Mark Ruffalo doing them together, because I’ve always seen the Hulk as more of a disability to Banner than a superpower.
I completely agree on this, and a few times during The Avengers, I actually wondered whether it was because of this that Tony and Bruce poke at each other so often within the group. In my view, it might be because on an unconscious level, they can relate to each other on the specific experiences they share.
On a final and different note, I’d like to share a couple of links about meditation. I rarely mention such topics, but I started following Jennie Sherwin‘s blog a few weeks ago, and two of her posts were of particular worth to me. I especially enjoy how clear she is. I have an interest in meditation, but most of the time, it tends to confuse me, even after having practiced yoga on and off for a few years.