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5 Things

(Yes, I am trying to post more often again, I am hoping at least weekly...)

1. "When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things." - 1 Corinthians 13:11
There is more to this thought. Mostly I have been highly impressed with the blogs I have been reading lately, mentalshaman.com, geekfeminism.org, calico_reaction and others. I also have been having an itch to write. Write what I have no idea.... Strong female protagonist living life is the best I got so far. :) Anyway, I am hoping more will be forthcoming...

2. What are video games? Are they still a unified media or have they become so fractured that there need to be new media designations for the traditional console/PC based media versus the newer "casual" games that are platform neutral (can be played on lots of different devices) and are not the in-one-sitting time sinks that the traditional video games have been known for. And should it even matter that women play more of the latter??

3. Just finished the book Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn. It was the story of how Post-Apocalyptic world environments could come about. It was awesome. The main character, Evie Walker is a Comic Book Writer who writes about a crack GI-Joe team that takes care of issues around the world in a high strung post 9/11 (and more) world, usually based on current events. However, we meet her as she is driving up to her childhood home because her father is dying. Except her father is the last in very long line of ancestors that have been tasked with taking care of some special items. Throughout the course of the story we meet some of those ancestors through flashbacks and other characters who had integral roles in how these items have found their way into the family's hands. Greek Myth is featured heavily, but even if you only know the basics, the story narrative explains everything pretty well.

I really liked it. It wasn't a typical Contemporary Fantasy, but also was not an Urban Fantasy (with Romance). Homosexual characters, Greek Myth, Fall of Troy, Mysterious Basement, World at the cusp of change, and a strong female trying to find her way again after being confronted with a changing role (Dying father AND Place in World)...This book has it all and then some in spades. There have been only a few books that I could not stop listening to, this was one of them. Yes, even had that stereotypical 10-15 extra minutes in the parking lot/driveway waiting for a "good" place to stop. I think having two narrators really helps books like this with a very specific female character point of view and everything else.

4. I wish I could write better book reviews. 

5. I hate Rich Text Editor on LJ.

Comments

( 1 Tummy Rub — Pet Angela? )
dannythecoder
Aug. 17th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Maybe write a script for a casual video game?
I think you would be a great writer, and I love how you are a strong proponent of strong female leads. Since you are in the mood for writing, have you thought about writing a video game script? I think that is one of the forgotten artistic outlets for writers, but it is one of the essential aspects of game development. Good games need Artists, Writers, and Programmers; mostly in that order :-). Casual games have definitely become more popular lately, and I am trying to think of new and clever ways to make them educational without the user noticing (like a Mystery game that teaches a *real* foreign language).

For some reason, most web-based Rich Text Editors are more frustrating than they are worth. I have been dealing with two lately, and here you've pointed one out :-).
( 1 Tummy Rub — Pet Angela? )