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What's up everyone,
I like this story & I don't like it. There's some good stuff in it but it got...I don't know, too experimental? I just wanted to do a second person POV story because they're notoriously hard to translate and I just wanted to be the person. It COULD have worked but for reasons it didn't. I did still shop this one around a bit but no takers, and I have no hurt feelings over that because when I read it back to myself all these years later I'm like yeeeeah. I would have hard passed too. It's very Prince of Darkness, I can't remember if that was my intent or nah. But, there's no harm in sharing it with y'all. Learn from these mistakes! I tried to turn it into a full length novel too but, as Jud in Pet Semetary said, sometimes dead is better.
I've got a few regular posts left for the end of the month, however I got a little different content coming up in the next weekends. Different as in nonwriting related.
My birthday week is the first week of August and I have it jam-packed with some back to back events, a wrestling event and an anime con. I had already said I was definitely going to blog about the convention and that will entail my outfits, how long I've been going to cons, why you need to use coconut oil on your thighs, things like that. I'll hopefully have pics and DIYs and stuff too, because DIY or die!
As for wrestling, I may or may not blog about that show just depending. Don't get me wrong, as I have alluded to many times I fucking love prowrasslin' and this show is set up to be phenomenal but I'm very cautious about having a smarky-type blog. Because if you blog wrestling one time you have to blog it all the time lol. At the very least I will show y'all some pics. And if you're ever hurting to see my wrestling live tweets, you can follow @yungsidequest on Twitter.
So look forward to those in August, and the rest of my periodic blogs will probably be less short story shares and more behind the scenes stuff, fanfiction, music, and probably some new flash fiction. Good luck out there!
Welcome back to That's My Jam! If you were on the internet maybe back about 2011-12 I have no doubt you caught at least a few thinkpieces and hot takes on Zebra Katz, the man behind the sinister vogue beat of "Ima Read". Unfortunately I think what got lost in all that well deserved hoopla is that Zebra Katz is amazing. My preferred album from him is the Nu Renegade EP. Please check it out.
He's a fucking beast.
I enjoy the neo-doomed-occult soul vibe of this album and it actually helped me get through a short story I'm currently working on. The story is Lovecraftian in nature but set in the south and deals with a small sect of black Dagonites. That is probably complicated enough to explain why I was struggling with the (admittedly simple) concept but something about the title track and "Nina Simone" really jerked me out of my slump with this one. I was writing too much and saying nothing. I had no vibe. If I'm in a black church, why are there no hymns? What does an occult hymn sound like? Like...this. Not to mention "You Tell Em" is my actual jam in every sense.
Wow y'all, I really tried it with this story! I vaguely remember writing it and it was inspired by a lot of Turner Classic Movies and this Halloween banger right here, thus the title. If you read slow enough you can hear the damn yodeling in the background! I was actually impressed by this story because it was another total throwaway and I didn't care for it, but looking back on it now, I can't really roast it. Right down to that Tales From the Crypt ending. Okay, maybe I can roast it a little. I think this is the last time I would write a true horror story but I don't know, man, I might need to try it again.
Here we are again with another jam. My fascination with Porcupine Tree would best be explained with my fascination with the progressive genre in general. To be blunt, progressive rock & metal is made for writing. It's populated with speculative fiction dorks. I mean, look at Rush. Look at Yes. Math geeks writing songs about Lord of the Rings.
Don't get me wrong, metal in general does that as well (especially when you start getting in the Dio realms) but with prog it's...different. Every ounce of the music from vocals to drum beats is contributing towards the theme of the song. It's complex because it can be. Someone is trying to tell you a story. Porcupine Tree breaks off this a little by being a lot more personal and introverted. When someone asks me about them, I call it good time depression music because it IS. Songs about isolation and misery. Hey, I write about alienation and misery! Yes, "Way Out of Here" has made my soul cry and hurried me along on several stories. One of my first long form non-fanfic stories contains a direct reference to the first verse of the song and I am not embarrassed but I will not show you (probably). Please check it out.
I encourage you to hear the full song. As for Blank Planet itself, my actual introduction to PT was In Absentia, an entire concept album about...a serial killer! Yeah. It's probably their most commercial record too. That was so odd that it sparked my imagination. Blank Planet now is probably a little dated in that it deals mostly with man's battles against technology and, to an extent, himself. That theme aside, what resonates with me about this album is its plain language. The music is there and the textures are there but the language is actually fairly blunt. It helps me not write flowery words for the sake of writing them -- it says, "get to the goddamn point, E". The swells and climax of "Anesthetize" are so damn cathartic. I hear this whole album in my head a lot. It's interesting because the brain of PT, Steve Wilson, said this album was inspired by Bret Easton Ellis. Interesting because I don't really care for Ellis to put it politely. That might be why, admittedly, some sections of this album make me cringe. Especially when Steven starts shaking his fist at the kids.
Sadly, Porcupine Tree is over but Steve Wilson is still trying to make you feel the ennui in his kind of folky solo career. Which is somehow more literary than PT. Check that out too. If you're into fables and fairy tales about death it's right up your alley.
Ia! If you've come this far, you're either looking for weird or you know you've found it...