Wanted to say Happy Halloween! And please stay safe out there no matter where you are. Whether you're conjuring spells, hunting ghosts, finding your familiar, or just plain old trick or treating, you gut this- I mean got this. Below is some info on the holidays if you are so inclined :)
~I'll see you on the other side to celebrate my second favoritist holiday a little later~
So, there is many a sub genre of punk I have been unaware of. I assume this is to my ageing but I also contribute this fact to some of the sub genres not even existing in popular culture until a few years ago. This may be due to the uprising of Cos Play or Fantasy and SciFi entertainment, I don't know. But I did find cool stuff while digging around for my Nanowrimo project-SOOOOO I will share these little springs and bolts of info with you. Maybe you will think it's cool too, if you don't already freakin know about it :D.
My first inclination was to think Tank Girl or Mad Max- not so, not so. Think The Rocketeer, smooth metal lines, and prime WW II military costuming.
This one is kinda easy. The Matrix, Elysium, and the book series that sprang from Cinder are good examples.
This is one of my favorites. It can range from simple scifi to gothic-so it goes all over the place. I would think good examples would be Ready Player One, Hackers, The Matrix, Ex Machina, Ghost in the Shell, and Mr Robot. And the more you look at it, the more some of the genres tend to cross over.
This one has been around for a looooooooooooong time. I won't expand on it, except to say that the nuances of the genre are beautiful. Gods of the Genre: Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.
There were many reasons, but the main being I couldn't draw. My college drawing teacher also made sure to let other people know I couldn't draw. The art community, no matter what medium, has a slight problem with elitist behavior.
I went to Montevello, which is considered one of our top liberal art schools in the state. They had outdated equipment and teachers. I went in to learn composition and layouts so I could get a job in magazine design. They teach nothing like that. At all. I did have a great 2D art teacher that put up with us splendidly. She eventually found a job up north, probably at a school that would pay her more and appreciate her talent.
But all of that aside, I love Michael Parkes. He is sorta an early nineties surrealist/Italian Renaissance artist. When I found out that we would be doing short essays on a favorite artist, attached with some poorly copied pictures of their work, I promptly submitted his info before anyone could take it. The teacher had said he needed to check any artists he wasn't aware of before giving the okay to move forward. After all of our submissions he went to the back of the room where is office was and looked up some of artists. After a couple of minutes he stormed out with a glare in my direction, "Really?! That's disgusting." This was said in front of the whole class. Needless to say I turned red, and was unsure of what to be embarrassed about. He eventually pulled the "joking" card, but I could tell he was serious. I never really recovered from that moment. I still don't understand why some people are so weird and unaccommodating in the art world. People have preferences, even if it isn't what you would call cultured, or fine art.
Andy Warhol can suck a can though ;) (That opinion springs from the way he treated his people, not his art, but you can look into that and form your own opinion) .
Some things I wanted to say about this post:
1. Finding pictures of the CW boys with clothes ON was difficult.
2. British boys are more likely have sweaters on (I guess the cold?) and holding small animals.
3. Chris Evans was the easiest to find a sweater picture of (Imagine that).
4. Tom Hardy pictures were a mix (because he can do whatever he wants ;) )
The most alarming thing to me when I started digging around, for what I thought was going to be an easy post, was that the majority of pictures were super objectifying. It took me way too long to find pics of Padalecki, Ackles, and Amell with Fall clothes on (and as you can see some of the pics are older). So ladies, remember this when you get your panties in a wad over something stupid, like the lack of armor on your favorite video game character, the bar swings both ways.
I have committed to Critters which is a Critique workshop for Sci-fi/Fantasy writers. It's exhausting and fun. You have to crit at least one piece a week, so that helps you grow a little. Unfortunately, when your piece comes up it can be a little brutal, especially since you have people in completely different sub-genres critiquing your work. Needless to say, the story did need some work, so it has been pulled for now. Also, I got to go Rocket City Lit Fest this weekend and learned a ton on writing and genre specific clicks and clacks. I really enjoyed it. Gotta pick up and pull on. There will be work up at the end of November though ;)
I'm reading the Raven Boys Cycle right now. I have mixed feelings on it. The boy's relationships are realistic and natural, but when it comes to Blue I feel like the author has one foot out the door on how she is going to approach her romantic entanglements. Out of everyone, surprisingly enough, Persephone is my favorite. Maybe I'm getting too old ;) . (Noah, Okay? Is that what you wanted?!)