Man, has it been a while since I've posted anything here... and especially anything other than a top 10 list or a video I liked. Blogging has become a lost form, I think. Now it's just the Twitters & Tumblrs. Instagrams of my time. All of it funneling into Facebook, doubling up and probably annoying my friends.
Sitting down and working though a series of words & thoughts & ideas seems weird but I think I'm going to try and do this, just to get back in the rhythm of writing. I really need to do that.
Recently, I've been relearning US History. It's actually been a fun, engaging experience. I've watched John Adams, read through a Presidents App for my iPad, studied through Ken Burns docs... and even made a post it notes timeline:
I really enjoyed it. However, I have found that I have fallen trap to my own impatience. I find reading too slow. I can't seem to consume the words fast enough. And my brain tends to wobble back and forth into so many alternative thoughts that concentration is difficult.
I want to read Team of Rivals. The story of Lincoln's presidency, particularly the way he handled his cabinet during the Civil War. It's a chore. Not because of the subject matter but because my reading skills aren't as quick & compressive as my thirst for knowledge. The meandering, setting up of mood and story just isn't something I'm too into.
The same goes for Ken Burns. It's like - stop meandering... and what's with all these dramatic pauses!?
That being said, I do appreciate & respect the art of a Ken Burns documentary. Or the prose in which Doris Kearns Goodwin writes. Both of them recreate history in a beautiful, meaningful way. I'm just too damn impatient.
Beyond that, I've enjoyed a hell of a lot of great television. Game of Thrones - fantastic. Mad Men - great opening... not as strong as it started... but has picked up the pace in the last few episodes. The Killing truly made up for a weak second half of its first season (and kind of weak opening 2nd). And I've got Saturday Morning cartoons again with Legend of Kora. It's a great time to be a TV viewer.
Not so great on the video game front... with Mass Effect 3 & Journey being the best of... probably this year. There is Darksiders II and another Halo... but they aren't must play games. Prototype has been a nice surprise but I'm not sure it's anything more than a game to play between better games.
Writing... writing has been my worst. I've done almost no writing this year. I have a bunch of scripts at the 40 page mark & for one reason or the other, I hasn't worked them any further.
I think the main reason is that I really want to make Fear Between Vultures. I feel that's my next project but funding is this HUGE FUCKING OBSTACLE. And finding a producer who's willing to take the literal journey with me (it's a road trip flick).
But, things will happen. & at some point, an opportunity will rise... one in which I'll hopefully make happen.
Til then... I'll continue to consume, hopefully using it for future exploits.