room games and diamond rain

And We’re Back
May 1, 2009, 1:29 am
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Well, there’s something to be said about summer and creativity, flexing your intellect as you see fit without the confines of word counts. I don’t know what to think about these entries of yesteryear, they’re at times cringeworthy and ultimately not that substantial, but hey it’s something. Let’s go see what I’ve learned in a year.

No not outright. That’s just not my style. I’ll probably dance around personal subjects, probably still for the better. I’ll also continue to rock the comma splice, as I’m sure is going on now, and not risk three-percent-deductions (as instituted by a particularly harsh yet particularly fabulous modern lit prof). As a passionate hardliner for spelling, my occasional disregard for grammar is a little disappointing.

Yes, this more than a bit meandering. It’s a bit of a test run. Stream of consciousness at the moment. Later, I might subject these entries to greater scrutiny and editing but for now let’s just see where these words end up. I imagine you’re waiting on bated breath (another one of those phrases wherein the adjective seems meaningless without the noun) for the point. Do we stop now? I’m reminded of Willy Wonka leading the boat of delinquent children into the deep tunnel, singing tunelessly about its potential oblivion.



Publishing Woes
September 4, 2008, 4:25 pm
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No, not actual publishing woes. Truth be told, writing in this blog has come fairly easily of late but you wouldn’t know it. I’ve just been super critical of everything or too jumpy to actually complete a post. So I now have a plethora of beginnings of posts on language, social responsibility etc. saved and unpublished.

They tell me not to write about difficulties with writing – I guess I’ll just have to rebel

in and out of limbo
July 31, 2008, 1:48 am
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As a reminder to my itsy bitsy readership (a word far too prestigious-sounding, even when paired with diminutive adjectives), but more resoundingly to the blogger-in-me, I am still alive.

I may rant about political discussion. I may exclaim and explain my love for fake news. I may even bore you with the details of my scintillating urban escapade. There could be pictures. What a novel idea.

Sit tight. Tight!

Keeping The Cogs Turning
July 25, 2008, 12:48 am
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Summer is notoriously a time to essentially veg out, a time where your mind is left to deteriorate as you’re left unconcerned. I hate taking people’s word for that – trashy ‘summer’ books, for instance, really just irk me – and yet I find the enthusiasm for the online thought-pieces I once lauded (right in this here blog!) eluding me and I’m just more content hitting the random button at Dinosaur Comics and giggling away my nights.

However, that’s just internet and I’m more than happy to immerse myself in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay which is so, so good and unlikely to be thrown in the ‘beach reads’ pile. Which is perhaps some consolation, but still I can’t place myself back in the academic context again. Ew, academia – I have no excitement for you. Perhaps the ‘summerbrain’ as I’ve termed it is getting to me. Well hey, I guess I’ve got a month to sort that all out.

Humidity, Femininity
July 19, 2008, 5:33 am
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So I was indeed back Wednesday at my roughly scheduled time and our foray into a mosquito-ridden, vinyl-draped environment went pretty smoothly. However, given the insufferable, mind-draining heat and the nagging work hours I wasn’t really feeling The Writer, as such.

And now to dial down the excuses, I’ll just dive right into something with ever so slightly more substance than my defence of blathering about giddy exhortations of shiny movie love (speaking of which, why in hell have I not seen The Dark Knight yet?).  Gender issues are a touchy fucking subject – the kerfuffle begins first with declaring whether or not these are indeed issues which require mental or verbal wrangling. In recalling a headache of a pub visit with some naturally quarrelsome friends earlier this year, I know just how much of a thing that shit stirs in people. Whether it’s the seemingly unavoidable associations with insane radical bullshit or the fact that the slant of “gender issues” seems to fall inevitably toward women – it’s not something we’re going to agree on anytime soon.

I’ve always taken issue with the double standard that seems to so often emerge when looking at, for instance, gender-heavy court cases or day-to-day criticisms – often in a way where I want to investigate the embedded assumptions of men in a similar light. However at the same time, I appreciate and love the kickass woman image , especially having recently been engaged in a lot of bloggery, articles and interviews which purport that very image and are determined not to stand for anything less. And of course I hate the inane radicals. I think the point is… who doesn’t? As the Guardian article stressed – there are still serious issues to be dealt with. I know this doesn’t make me hypocritical one freaking bit, perhaps it just makes me an open-minded girl. I’m a hesitant labeller and ‘feminist’ is one I keep changing my mind about. Ultimately, I’m fairly sure it doesn’t matter but there are those positive that it does. Is attaching a quick, overloaded term to an issue really the only way to be heard these days?

Boys and girls, please be civil.

Wilderness Hiatus
July 12, 2008, 3:00 pm
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My mother is softly screaming at me to get into the car.

Back Wednesday.

July 10, 2008, 5:01 pm
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There you go, Josh. Condiments. Big Brother is gone, and there is nothing less surveilling than condiments.

c/o the strangely attractive Condiment Package Gallery.