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A Post-Thanksgiving Ramble

Hello all!  My brain is still in vacation-mode coming off of Thanksgiving, so I’ve yet to regain any motivation to write a “real” blog post this week.  I’ll try to put something out in the next few days, but until then, here are some stream-of-consciousness rambles about my extended holiday weekend:

  • I had a wonderful Thanksgiving (and hope you did too!)  Had dinner at my cousin’s place, watched the Bears-Packers game (As a born and raised Cheesehead, it was pretty depressing), and played some Bang! and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.  Overall, it was a great time with my immediate & extended family.  I love them all dearly and was happy to spend time with them all on Thursday!
  • For the next few days, I stayed over at my brother’s apartment in Chicago.  We watched movies, played Rock Band 4, and just lazed around.  It was fantastic 🙂
  • While my brother played DOTA 2 at various points throughout the weekend, I read through several Image comics I had picked up recently:
    • Lazarus (Vol 1-3) – I had only recently heard of Lazarus, but it had been highly recommended and sounded to be right up my alley.  And boy is it!  I’m still very much a comics noob, but this series is already one of my faves.  The worldbuilding is just so great.  I’ll probably do a review of the series thus far after the fourth trade comes out in January as that book will finish up the first main story arc.
    • Saga (Vol 1-3) – I re-read Volumes 1 & 2 to read Volume 3 since it had been awhile since I first picked them up.  Saga is all the rage right now, and justifiably so.  Everything about it is fantastic.  I’ve been taking my time reading this series since I’m so far behind and a trade-waiter anyway 🙂  Can’t wait to get my hands on Volumes 4 and 5.
    • I Kill Giants – I picked up this graphic novel at the recommendation of the Image Comics subreddit. (I haven’t posted anything on that thread as of yet.  But nice try, would-be cyberstalkers!  😛 ) I didn’t know what to expect going in, but I definitely enjoyed it.  A truly unique and interesting read.
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Forever Carlyle from Lazarus  (Art by Michael Lark.  via Greg Rucka’s blog)

  • My siblings, cousins, and some friends have our own Turkey Bowl each Thanksgiving weekend.  We’re all pretty out of shape, but it’s still a lot of fun.  We played on Sunday morning, and as of today (Thursday morning), my leg muscles are still kind of sore.  I seriously need to exercise more 😛
  • Saw two movies in theaters this weekend and both were fairly disappointing.
    • The Good Dinosaur – As far as Pixar films go, this was one of their weakest entries.  It all just seemed so rote and color-by-numbers.  There was apparently a lot of trouble behind the scenes during the movie’s production, and it shows.  Though it tries really hard to convince you that it does, the film just doesn’t have that Pixar heart.  On the positive side, the visuals were stunning, and I liked the hints of the western frontier theme.  Now I wish they had doubled down on that and made a cowboy dinosaur movie.  At least that would’ve been something new instead of the bland film we got instead.
    • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 – aka Speeches: The Movie.  I swear, at least a third of this movie was spent by characters pontificating.  I remember enjoying Part 1, but haven’t rewatched it since.  Still, I imagine Part 2‘s failings could’ve been avoided by keeping Mockingjay as a single film.  But them’s the breaks.  Definitely the weakest of the series, which is a shame since it ended the movie franchise on a low note.
  • Watched the early-released pilot episode of The Expanse and loved it!  I’ll write up a formal review when the show formally debuts on SyFy in a few weeks.  But I just wanted to say that the show does not disappoint.  I loved Leviathan Wakesand the television adaptation seems incredibly faithful and very well produced.  (Also, they included a Belter version of Tighten Up by The Black Keys.  Amazing.)
  • I ate sushi twice this weekend.  I love sushi 🙂

Now I’m back at work, and with this post, gradually easing back into writing.  Alongside making progress on some other creative endeavors, I hope to get some more blog posts out by week’s end.  So until then… See you, space cowboys!

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Coffee Time with Wise the Simple

Soooo… I’m going to be late with today’s post again.  It’ll be up either late tonight or on Friday.  I have a half-written post waiting in my drafts, but my parents are visiting tomorrow and I’ve been rushing to do all of the spring cleaning that I have pushed off until now. But you’re probably sick of my excuses.  To tide you over until the post goes live, here are some things running through my sleep-deprived, yet-uncaffeinated brain:

  • Nintendo of America just hired a new VP of Sales named Doug Bowser.  I’m not kidding.  But despite the name, Mr. Bowser seems to be a nice enough guy.  That is, until the internet noticed something strange in this picture.  Well played, Bowser.  Well played…
  • While listening to a podcast recently, I heard a reference to Victor Borge (which delighted me to no end.)  Do you remember Victor Borge?  I was introduced to him via a PBS special, and have fond memories of watching and laughing along with my father.  Phonetic Punctuation, Inflationary language, and all of his wonderful piano-based gags…  So great! 🙂
  • Barnes and Noble just published an article going over the origin story of James S.A. Corey, the pen name of authors Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham.  I’m currently working my way through the Expanse book series (and eagerly awaiting the SyFy television adaptation), so this was definitely an interesting read.
  • Waffles are delicious.  Even just eating a freshly-toasted frozen one without toppings for breakfast.  Nom nom nom.
  • I’m severely behind on my television watching, so I only just saw the Person of Interest season finale.  Not gonna lie, this season was kind of hit-or-miss for me.  Especially since last season was a constant roller-coaster of awesome.  But that being said, though there were some lackluster episodes, the good episodes were amazing episodes.  Still one of my all-time favorite tv shows.  Good news is POI has been picked up for season five; bad news is it’s only a 13-episode order and we don’t yet know if this upcoming season will be its last.  Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman have previously said that they have plans for well-beyond season five; but if it comes down to it, I think that narratively speaking they are at a good place to wrap things up.

So those are some of my rambling thoughts over coffee this morning.  Time to get some actual work done!  New post will be here before week’s end.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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Welp.

It’s official: I’m the worst.

I know I promised to have three posts up per week — on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  But for the past two weeks I’ve completely missed the Friday post.

I feel terrible about this.  Not only because I personally feel like a failure, but because I feel guilty about anyone checking back to see if I’ve written anything new.

SO…

I am hereby reneging my promise of three weekly posts.  Instead, I will post twice a week.  You can now expect posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  When I get better at posting on time, I will look into adding more to the posting schedule.  But as it stands right now, keeping up the promise of a third post and not fulfilling said promise is not fair to my hypothetical readers nor to myself.

I am so, so sorry!  I really hope to get better at this as time goes by.  Thanks to those who have stuck with me; your patience is unbelievable and very much appreciated!

Until then,

See you on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

-Wise the Simple

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I’m Not Dead Yet!

Hey everyone!

Just letting you know that I am not giving up on the A-to-Z Challenge!  I’m just a bit behind on posting.  I’ve had a really busy week, including traveling on Thursday and Friday.  I’m currently in Chicago for C2E2!  As such, I will likely be putting up the next A-to-Z posts (T, U, and V) on Sunday/Monday.  Only a few more posts until the finish line!  I’ve hit a little snag, but will hopefully get everything up in time for the end of the challenge.  Thanks for understanding; I’ve really enjoyed reading other participants’ blogs and seeing everyone’s comments on the posts here!

Until then,

Wise the Simple

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Alpha Blog-o Charlie

I may have done something rash…

You see, I signed up for the A-to-Z Challenge.

What is the A-to-Z Challenge?

Great question, Boldy.

Thanks!

The A-to-Z Challenge is a blogging event wherein writers will submit a post each day (excluding Sundays) throughout the month of April with each post relating to a topic that begins with each subsequent letter of the alphabet.  April 1st will be about something starting with A, April 2nd is B, and so on… Sounds neat!

It really does!  And many people choose to write about a certain theme each year.  Many of which have been revealed today!

What’s your theme, Wise the Simple?

Well… I actually don’t have one.  This is my first year trying the challenge (and my first year blogging), so I figured I’d just write about whatever strikes my fancy.  Expect a lot of the usual stuff you’d normally see on wisethesimple — board games, books, tv shows, and random thoughts about life.

Cool beans.  Looking forward to it!

Well, don’t get your hopes up too high.  This may be a total disaster.  If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been pretty bad about blogging regularly.  So this experiment may crash and burn.

D’aww, don’t say that.  I believe in you!! 

Thanks, Boldy McInterviewer.  Even though you’re a fictitious entity, you’re a real pal.  🙂

I’m super excited for the A-to-Z Challenge.  It will be a fun experience, as well as a great way to discover some new blogs to read!  Last time I checked there were 1170 blogs signed up to participate this year.  Interested in being number 1171?  Sign up for the Challenge here!

Until then (er, actually, hopefully before… I owe you guys a new blog post.  It’s way overdue, haha),

Happy spring tidings to you all!

-Wise the Simple

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Six-word Stories and the State of the Union (between me and the blogosphere)

Hello all!  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!  Sorry that there has been a dearth of activity from me over the past month.  The holiday season is always so busy, and in my attempt to recharge, I lost all sense of urgency re: blogging.  That said, I have a few posts in the hopper, and hope to have something more substantial out within the week.  Until then, I’ve got some six-word narratives for you below!

As the story goes, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a complete tale using only six words.  He won the bet with the following:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

While the attribution of this story to Hemingway is under debate, the concept of a six-word narrative has become incredibly popular as an extreme version of flash fiction.  It’s definitely a great writing exercise; I find that sometimes I write something that is less of a story and more of an aphorism or mere idea, but it’s still fun to try.

Every month, io9.com puts up a prompt to write six-word science fiction.  Here are some that I’ve contributed in the past two months:

“The EMP disabled Rudolph’s nose!” Crash!

Cryo failed. Awake for years. (Coffee.)

The screensaver activated; the world ended.

Earth. Warning: Here there be monsters!

Help Wanted (Humans need not apply.)

Traded immortality for love. Worth it.

Have you ever written a six-word story?  Feel free to give it a try in the comments!