In a bit of a silly mood today, mostly driven there by my students, so here are some terms you might like to know:
Category Archives: Humor
I’ll start with the standard Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers, and a Happy Thursday to everyone outside the U.S.
The following piece is a bit of a Thanksgiving tradition for me. I’ve posted the following essay every year in some way, shape or form every year since I wrote it, but before I get to it, a little backstory. In 2007 I was taking Creative Non-Fiction, and our professor tasked us to write an essay describing an event in our lives in which we had been evil, an asshole, or generally refused to follow Wheaton’s Law. Most of us had little trouble pulling it off (we were all college students, after all), though most of the essays were “justifiable” evil. My own, I’ll let you be the judge, but to this day, I still don’t feel sorry about it, and I likely never were.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
This is a story about pudding.
I came out when I was seventeen, the experience was rather dramatic in both the first instance of coming out and in telling my parents, but we’ll just leave it at that. This isn’t really an “It Gets Better” article, in my opinion it really only gets a little easier to live with yourself after you come out and it’s not going to get better for you unless you make it better (though suicide is certainly not the way to make it better, but that’s going off into a whole ‘nother thing, and this is supposed to be a lighter article). Instead, in the years since I’ve come out and been generally open about my sexual orientation, I’ve noticed a few things that I wouldn’t call up or downsides, but more “features”. FYI, you’re not likely to find any of these mentioned in an M/M romance. 🙂
As much as I try to de-romanticize the profession, there are still people out there who make the plunge and become writers, possibly because it’s been discovered you can make $1m a week by rewriting Twilight and swapping vampires for BDSM. Hate to break it to you, but your chances of breaking big on that level are about on par with hitting the Powerball. Twice. So, here’s another article that likely wouldn’t make Cracked because they prefer their testamonial be written by editors.
Recently, I managed to get into the Cracked.com Comedy Workshop and spent about two hours knocking around pitch ideas with fellow blogger David DeMar and generally asking ourselves why we still watch The Big Bang Theory…
And during that discussion the only thing I could think of was how tired I was of seeing the same things pushed by Geek Culture today that are already wearing a little thin, even if they’re well-loved. Back in the day when I still read magazines, Game Informer had (and still does, I assume) an annual feature article called the Sacred Cow Barbecue, where the most unassailable games of the past year or so would be skewered on their own faults. The point of it was akin to letting air out of an overinflated balloon, that fans had reached the point where they couldn’t even acknowledge the flaws and would vehemently defend the whole of the work to the death.
So, it’s with that in mind that I’d like to bring a few things to your attention.
It’s for your own good.