Easter #facebookrants

22 Apr

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I spend a significant amount of time on Facebook–I know, I know. That’s regrettable, but…

It’s where I waste time. Whee I blow off steam. Where I peek into the lives of people I’ve known throughout my life.

On some rare occasions, I even connect with these people–and it makes me feel like we’re all in this crazy mess together, which is why I return.

But sometimes–things pop up that make me feel completely the opposite of connected.

Disjointed. Jumbled. Lonesome.

And one of those things was something circulating on Instagram, which popped up on Facebook, of course.

It was an image that examined the origin on Easter as being related to the goddess Ishtar–a symbol of fertility and sex. I googled this image and the first link was one that claims that isn’t true. Without doing an amount of research I’m not willing to do, I can’t say that either claim is credible. 

But that’s hardly the point.

Let’s skip past the fact that this is an image from Instagram/Facebook, one that contains information that has not been verified by anyone, an image that anyone at all could create.

Let’s skip right to the problem I have with the message/implication of this image:

1. It’s as if to say that the celebration of Ishtar is less valuable than that of Jesus’ resurrection.

I understand the knee-jerk reaction to that is: IT IS.

But if you’re me, or like me, you don’t value anyone’s belief more than any other (including your own). And you agree that we should not degrade, denounce or criticize anyone else’s belief–as long as that belief doesn’t mean hurting anyone else.

2. It’s as if to say the two (Ishtar/Jesus’ resurrection) should not be related.

But sex, fertility and renewal (read: resurrection) have been linked together for a long time and for good reason!

And anyone can drum up some quick facts to make a point, like in this article about research that shows the Greek god Dionysus sharing similarities with Jesus.

No one wants to have a/the conversation that we (people/Americans) desperately need to have–and there are so, so many we need to have.

Either way, my message is this:

Knowledge is dangerous in the hands of the close minded, because when you give conviction to idiots, there’s no way to fix their misconceptions. And then they spread their hate with the guise of love and understanding, resulting in a highly contagious and poisonous strain of ignorance.

What we really need is to be good to each other, to respect our differences and to honor the right we all should have to celebrate them as we see fit.

I would hope we could all agree to this.

People see me as trouble

22 Apr

You’ve got to respect M. I. A. for (seemingly) doing what she wants to do despite the restrictions/expectations people have on her. And she opens up many questions of discussion.

take a listen

Fight or Flight

21 Apr

My thesis, devourer of doors

8 Apr

The dedication of my thesis went to my mother.

It is one whole page for one important line: to my mom–the woman responsible for handing me the keys to innumerable multi-verses.

I didn’t know, when I wrote that dedication, when I completed the first (very lacking) draft of my thesis, how far away from true realization of itself I was.

Nothing but trouble… (#SFFSAT)

7 Mar

So, Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday: a mouthful, a blog hop, a hive mind of the most geek-tastic brains out there. Some guidelines, a little welcome:

Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. On the surface, it’s a web ring of authors who post snippets of their work for comment. In reality, it’s a close-knit group of friends and colleagues working together to support and encourage one another and promote the science fiction and fantasy genres.

- JC Cassels, 2012

Restrictions

  1. Absolutely no erotica or explicit content. This ring is for all ages to read. This is the founding reason for this ring, and any diversions will be removed from the final list on Saturday.
  2. Length of snippets:
    • Prose: 4 – 10 sentences.
    • Poetry: 4 – 10 lines.
  3. Any and all comments on the authors’ work are welcome, but please take care to keep them constructive.

I’ve been sharing snippets from a wip called Human: a tale about a detective who meets an android named Adelyn X. And can’t get her out of his head, which leads to trouble, of course.

I have also started sharing Young Gods, a YA wip about its namesake.

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Today I’m sharing more of Human. Last time we met Jack told Adelyn that he knew the most important thing her kind. She’s asked him just what that was.

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She pulled her shoulders back. She was ready for a fight.

“That they’re trouble.”*

She looked surprised to smile. “Yes, I guess we are. As far as being able to forget, yes, I can. I can do most things humans can do. It seems I get all of your strengths and weaknesses, along with a few special problems of my own.”

“Like glowing eyes?”

“Well, that only occurs in times of high emotion,” she said shyly. He watched her fiddle with a loose string on her borrowed t-shirt. “Is this a friend’s?”

“An ex’s.”

“Ah,” she said. She took another slow sip of her tea.

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I’m sure she’s totally casual about the fact that she’s wearing Jack’s ex’s clothes. But we’ll just see next week. Now, remember–if you’ve never tried out SFFSAT, you SHOULD. Because the contirbutors are awesome and supportive and great for bouncing ideas off of! And also–I’ll enter you into a drawing to win free books by the OGs of SFFSAT.

Until next time: more snippets.

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*Made me think of Phantogram’s “Nothing but Trouble.” Super great track. Perfect for Adlelyn.

Save the bloghop SFFSAT & win free books!

7 Mar

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I have found such valuable encouragement, support and networking via Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday. It’s a webring for sharing speculative fiction of all genres. And it’s been looking like a one-horse town of late, so the powers that be have decided on a bit a hiatus. A little breaky break, so that the site can be restructured, and hopefully–a few more faces may show up after having some time to write, etc.

Personally my participation has waned due to a waxing thesis. Kinda.

Either way, I feel so grateful for all that #sffsat has brought me that I want to help in anyway I can. And I’m hoping more participants will liven things up and keep things moving in a progressive manner.

That being said, I’m offering to enter any new shiny faces into a drawing to win a copy of any of the books I’ve reviewed by SFFSAT authors. That’s right–there are multiple chances to win:

All five books are by totes OGs of #sffsat and are definitely worth checking out.

Sffsat will reconvene on March 8th (tomorrow!), and I will then start giving away a book each week from the drawing of new/unfamiliar names & faces around! Hope to see you, then!

Sign up here and tweet me here for enter to win!

Wolf Children Tweet Review

7 Mar

I must say, though, out of Hosoda’s work, I found the characters/plot delineation in this particular film the most frustrating. I just could not sanction the treatment of Hana by her son Ame, and even to some degree her daughter Yuki.

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