Posters, Nerds, and Tattoos

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What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?

Currently, nothing and I’m sure that’s bad. After living from tiny apartment to tiny apartment, I feel like posters and pictures make the space seem even smaller if that’s possible. I don’t have any children to put pictures of up and I’m not plastering the walls with pictures of me and my boyfriend. Yuck.

I did have a wonderful poster I got for Christmas from said-boyfriend. He bought it from and it’s a quote from John Green:

“…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”

I’m going to be honest here and say that I did copy and paste this in from Goodreads where it’s in normal black font and size. I guess you’re getting what the poster looks like! YAY?

Anyway, it was an awesome poster with John Green (whom I aspire to be) talking about how awesome nerds are. What else would I want? Unfortunately, my dog ate it two days later when he left it on the floor. Sad.

Let’s talk about what I would like for my writing room because that’s where I would most likely put up wall decorations. I would love to have a post-it note collage where I could write down my random ideas and snatches of conversation. I want my John Green poster up as well to remind me why I write. A Harry Potter one would be lovely to remember where my inspiration comes from. A big piece of my own calligraphy in Tengwar (elvish script) would also be cool.

That last one I have a small version of, I guess, but it’s cross-fandom. In Tengwar, I wrote Daenerys’s full name with all the titles. You know: “Daenerys Stormborn from the House Targaryan, mother of dragons…” and on and on and on. It was fun. I have odd hobbies and intense love for my fandoms.

I’m moving into a whole new topic but it links to a love for fandoms, so I guess it’s not new-new.

I do not have any tattoos mostly because I’m terrified of getting bored. I get bored with everything. If a book takes me more than two weeks to read, it’s discarded. I have no patience. My boyfriend has been working on the fifth Game of Thrones book for three months. I know the ending. It is painful.

And yet, I want some fandom tattoos. My body would become a showcase for all things I love. A Harry Potter quote on my ribs, a Tengwar LoTR quote wrapped around my ankle, a Buffy tribute (somewhere), a mockingjay on my shoulder blade, and maybe something to tribute Dany from Game of Thrones as well.

It’s a crazy time. I’m always looking for ideas and I’m always afraid I’ll change my mind. I used to really like Twilight and now I hate it. What if that happens with something like the Hunger Games? I really like the books and I found it inspiring, but it’s not to the point of the other books and shows I have watched.

This is my life.

Any tattoos any of you have to represent your fandom alliance? Don’t worry, I won’t steal.

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How Did This Turn Into A Rant?

I’m not doing the writing prompt today because I just don’t feel like it. I’ve been stressed about switching classes and not getting on Professor’s bad sides that the blog life hasn’t been looking fun today. 

I did manage to work on a novel. I was able to get into an Intermediate Fiction Writing class that I love and we were supposed to work on Story Premises. This weekend our homework is to expand one of them. I’m between two of them for the class, but one was a novel that has been in my head for a while and wanted to start. 

I’m one of those people who isn’t all that confident in my writing. I think I come up with decent ideas, but the execution is shaky. I’m getting better at looking at a book and figuring out what should be changed (I should keep a journal of these so I can remember what’s important). It still can be difficult to look at my own. I’ve had it honestly critiqued many times, but readers aren’t supposed to use qualifiers such as “it’s crap.” People have different ideas of what’s good. Have you seen Booksie? There was a book up as number one a year or two ago that everybody loved. The writer had each paragraph change color if there was another paragraph because dialogue between two people were within one paragraph without conversational tags. This was the most popular story on the site and I strongly believe it was because the title was “Emo Gay Sex.” 

Now, I have nothing against different ways of expressing yourself as long as it doesn’t harm you or another person nor against those who prefer the same gender. My issue was that it was a cop-out for the writing. It was lazy. There is no reason to not capitalize the first letter of a sentence and edit for spelling. its completely lazy and nobody will take you seriously. i mean come on? if i wrote like this all of the time is it pleasing to the eye? its ugly and alzy and i dont know how people can stand to do it. I can’t even. 

So, back on topic. Writing is one of those art forms where nobody tells you if it’s good or not. An idea might be bad, but the execution is still hard to say if it’s good or not. Some people agree with plot points and others won’t. I have to tell you, I love The Hunger Games, my friend does not. He likes The Walking Man by Stephen King. I did not. I don’t remember why I didn’t, but that’s the point. I had no interest. People have different tastes and if you want to argue about why The Hunger Games is great or how it’s just another Twilight, let’s go! I honestly love to argue. I should be a lawyer.

I have questions for you. How can you tell if a book is good? What turns you off from one right when you start? I can give you many examples, but I’ll keep that in my journal I’ll eventually buy. Seriously, comment though. I get likes, but I’m always wondering if you accidentally hit it. I HAVE NO CONFIDENCE.