Jun. 6th, 2012

Ambivalence

Jun. 6th, 2012 12:36 am
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I'm going to start using feelings as titles. Cause I can.

So my cat, at about 11:40 PM, decided that it would be a GRAND idea to, I suppose, grab the cable for the phone on my mother's nightstand and tug on it, causing the phone to fall from its cradle and knock the cable remote control and Mom's Sobe bottle onto the floor. A Sobe bottle which then lost its top and spilled onto the floor.

I blame myself for this. I don't know for certain (since this requires my absence to confirm), but I think that the cat only stays awake this late when he can sense that someone in the house is still awake. Since I'm the only one awake this late when I'm here (admittedly I don't know how late Mom stays up - apparently she has insomnia too), typically with a light on, he still thinks that it's time to be up and about, and, well... he's got all that energy to use up since he doesn't do all that much during the day (and really fails at playing with things, even though it REALLY shouldn't be hard to chase a toy on a string). So he runs around and knocks stuff over.

So he basically wouldn't be awake if it weren't for me.

So I volunteered to clean up the spill. I ran downstairs and got the paper towels. I threw them away when I was done. I pushed the nightstand back in place. I dried the remote and the phone. I put everything back.

So now I'm in my room, with the door open. So I have no light on. I'm now quite certain that I'm very good at typing without looking at the keys because all I can see is a big thing of white buttons. I was pretty certain before, but this just confirms it. Typos I'm too lazy to go back for to the contrary.

I apparently liked Game of Thrones (the novel) a lot more than I thought I would. Or else I just REALLY REALLY REALLY want to read Intruder... cause I have zero interest in reading Throne of Fire, The Left Hand of Darkness, or Green Rider. Or to finish The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, even though I've only got a couple chapters left.

The last is something I'm not surprised about. I really don't care enough to read that series. That's why I got the audiobook, so I wouldn't ruin my eyesight and waste time sitting for it. I could put it on with WoW in the background, or something else like the Internets.

I've been reading "The Left Hand of Darkness" instead of continuing "Intruder", because the former has to go back to the library. I can just take "Intruder" back to school. I really don't like "The Left Hand of Darkness". I know that it's Ursula K. Le Guin, but, well... I guess I need to reread "The Earthsea Cycle" or something because she didn't deal with gender and sexuality as much in those books. I know that this is SORT of the point (since it's a thought experiment), but uh... I think this should be rewritten. Or something. Or I guess this had a time and I wish it were written now? It's not just the outdated technological terms. It's the way the protagonist views the world. I completely understand that this could actually be legitimate for the world of today. It very well could. And the things it makes you think about are, well, the whole darn point... but I still think some of it is outdated. For example:

"women don't make war"

Some of the similes and comparisons and descriptions are just... well, anyway.

I find it amusing that I'm critiquing "The Left Hand of Darkness" for being outdated and insulting to women, when "Game of Thrones" was actually far, far worse. Like... a LOT worse. I don't think it's intentional on the author's part to be that cruel to women (otherwise he wouldn't write strong wom... you know, I need to think about that). I think it's just a "genre trait". No, I don't agree that it's NECESSARY for the genre. I think it's just a relatively common factor in the genre.

It would probably help if I cared about the story. But I really don't. At least it's short, anyway. I hope "Green Rider" is worthwhile. It's certainly lengthy enough.

And honestly, I do like "The Kane Chronicles". I think it's an interesting series, and who am I to pass up something this involved with Egyptian mythology? It's like someone gave me a birthday present I never got until way, way after the fact.

Now that I think about it, it's amusing that I started to read the series right after I read Sherrilyn Kenyon's latest Dark-Hunter book, which concerns a son of Set. Very amusing.

I beat Diablo this morning. Well, last night, but it was really this morning. Insomnia and such. First try, too. I was afraid I'd have to retry, but I pulled through.

Hate the ending. It's okay, but I still hate it. If you saw it, you would understand.

So I was bored and I was rereading through some stuff in my notebook, and I found a passage I wrote that critiqued "Inheritance". It made me laugh a lot as I remembered what I was reading.

Honestly, I don't feel bad critiquing stuff like that. Besides the fact that I'm an English major and it's KIND of expected of me, I want to be a published author. I don't think it will happen, but I'd like it to. Or I'd at least like to write a story that I am personally proud of, even if I'm the only one who reads and/or likes it. Learning about what makes a good story and what doesn't is very important, and when I critique stuff the way I do, it's a learning process. I actually learned a lot from the failures of the "Inheritance" series, so I guess I have to be thankful to Paolini. He's made me a better author through his extremely bad writing. But hey, he's got all the money (presumably) and fame, and they even turned his book into a movie (even if it was REALLY bad) and merchandized the crap out of it, so I guess I should just quit while I'm ahead.

Anyway, gonna go play some more Diablo 3. Ta.

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