Margaritas and Lucy

I decided to try out a bottled margarita today. I got Cayman Jack from Target.  It’s already I suppose.  I have probably had better though.  I think it is adding to my laughter though. I am watching episodes of “I Love Lucy” and I am tickled that I can laugh at episodes I’ve seen soooo many times.  I practically have these memorized yet I’m still amused.  Perhaps the Cayman Jack is working.  Of course, I haven’t watched “I Love Lucy” in a while now.  I wore myself out on it and this is the first time I’ve watched it since.  I just recently got Amazon Prime and saw that it was on there.  I guess I’ve gone long enough without watching it because  I almost feel like I have missed Lucy and her silly escapades.

 

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Can’t stand Found Footage movies

I am watching “The Gallows” on HBO Now and I am remembering how much I can’t stand Found Footage movies. The lighting tends to suck and I find all the camera movement distracting.  If it’s a good enough movie then I can eventually start to ignore the distraction as I get into the movie.

I just finished the movie. I guess it was decent enough but I still would prefer more traditional camera work. Sometimes there are scenes where people are running and the camera is facing up down and all around. I just have to sit there and wait for it to be refocused so I can know what the heck is going on.

Do you like those kind of movies?

I am about to watch “Godsend” now. Anybody seen it?

My brief thoughts on Jason Bourne *spoiler alert*

In summary, for an action movie I felt like Jason Bourne was pretty boring.

The first chase scene lasted forever and didn’t provide much thrill to me.  Maybe my Margarita dulled my senses. Or maybe I was just tired. I just couldn’t quite get interested in the movie even during the action scenes. It felt like something was missing.

What did you think of the movie?

 

 

Gen Y and Millennials

I know that it doesn’t really matter much what generation I am considered, but I was just thinking….

I still don’t understand why the Gen Y’ers are lumped in with the Millennials.  It seems like those born in the 80’s and maybe some 90’s should stay as Gen Y and then the next batch be called Millennials.  I say this because I often have conversations with people ten or so years younger than me, yet still in my “generation”, and I realize that we really grew up in different eras.  I used pay phones growing up.  I didn’t get a cell phone until college, before text messaging, and loong before smart phones.  I remember having to ask to use the phones in restaurants or stores or at someone’s house so someone would know where I was.  I couldn’t post it somewhere instantly.  Now, I hardly remember pay phones being a dime, but I definitely remember them being a quarter, or you would use those long distance cards (remember those?  lol).  Now pay phones seem more like vintage art.

I remember the annoying dial-up that you often got kicked off of so someone could use the phone.  I remember AOL and AIM being a huge deal and the abbreviated messages were limited to “LOL” and “BRB”.  I know there were more than those two but man, the text language is out of control these days.  I have to guess at what the heck people are talking about, FRFR!  So these friends of mine that are so much younger than me had phones by the time they were in middle school.  They don’t know how it feels to not be glued to technology in such a way.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Gameboy back in the day, but I wasn’t obligated to constantly stay plugged in.  Besides, the battery would eventually run out.

I remember my Tandy computer, typing on black screen, and even owning a typewriter.  I also remember watching tons of VCR recorded movies, no clue someday I’d be able to stream on this piece of equipment that fits in my pocket.  It’s mind blowing when I think about it from the perspective of myself back in the 90’s.

I know I sound like one of those “back in my day I walked barefoot in the snow” people, but I just get amazed sometimes at how different things are in such a short period of time due to technology advances.  And because those younger were born in this instant technology age, and I knew life slightly before it, I think we have completely different generational experiences.  And yes, I know that technology was alive and well before cell phones, so I’m not saying I lived in the stone age. I’m just talking about the vast changes since then.

One last thing, I was amused at a conversation I had with a friend last week. Her Mom wanted to get her nephew some building blocks.  She yelled at her saying that little kids don’t play with building blocks anymore, they need something electronic they can play with.  I’m not saying she is wrong, but crap, someone in that generation needs to know how to build things with their hands.  They can’t all be the engineers and designers and tech geeks when they run the world.  I feel like making a point to buy legos and building blocks for all my friends kids now just cus.

End Rant.

I Want to Write Fantasy

I like to create stories (although I’m not so great at finishing them).  I tend to create romance stories.  The inspiration is always in my face so that’s what comes out.  I’m always around people who are having a relationship or who want one.  Or at work I’ll hear about some sneaking around.  Even when a co-worker came out of the manager’s office crying, it made me think of a romance story.  I imagined that they had a heated discussion about their relationship or maybe they had a passionate encounter and she felt bad afterwords because one of them was in a relationship…not that I condone cheating, but it does happen.  Sometimes I’ll just imagine two unlikely people are having a thing or maybe I end up in some secret relationship with some guy no one would ever guess.  We keep it secret because we work together and don’t want it to get weird.  My point is, random romance situations pop up all the time so that’s what I tend to write.

Lately, I’ve been interested in writing Sci-Fi/Fantasy.  I’ve always been into the genre for books, movies, and TV shows.  Lately, that’s all I want to watch or read about.  I have been attempting to put a fantastical spin on my romance stories but I really have no idea how to write in this genre.  I know what I like but I feel like the world of creating fantasy and science fiction is a massive one.  I know that you have to be descriptive enough for people to be able to picture the world you a creating.  I love being swept up into a fantasy story, whether it is about dragons, wizards, or a cyborg Cinderella (Cinder).  I wonder if people take classes, just do a lot of research, or just write whatever comes into their heads.  I suppose there is a combination of all three. I need to figure out a good Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing course or website to look at so I have some direction.

The Fade

The color was fading fast and the black and white dullness was only steps behind me. I was afraid to let the Fade near me because I didn’t want to become as dull as the rest of the neighborhood.  My best friend, Kira, was a step ahead of me so I was thankful I wasn’t alone.  I saw a car that looked like it was painted with a psychedelic paint brush.  The Fade at the side of the car was stalled.  I wondered if all that bright color and personality kept it out. Kira jerked the door open and dove in.  A beat later I got in too. I cranked the car and drove through the Fade, passing all the blank faces that tried to make us like them. One of them, my brother, was still chanting “be like us, think like us,” like all those first touched by the Fade.  I kept driving, hoping to find other individuals who found a way to hold on to their own thoughts and personalities.

Written for: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge number 39.
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