Archive for Randomness
It’s the time of year of when we express our thanks to those people and things we hold dear. Here’s just a few things I would like to publicly express thanks for:
Toaster ovens, paperclips, the donkey wheel, black velvet paintings, Piano Cat, dung beetles, the ampersand, two-ply toilet paper, plywood, wooden nickels, Action Jackson, cover bands, rubber bands, rubber gloves, The Gorgerous Ladies of Wrestling, TV preachers, the incredible edible egg, Colorforms, Shrinky Dinks, masking tape, shopping carts, dust bunnies, sporks, the Kardashians, turtles, catnip, Betamax, Wonder Pets, Wonderbug, ice, twist ties, Winnebago, Wiinie Cooper, the fiddle, Ann B. Davis, 404 errors, bacon, floppy disks, Pabst, marbles, parakeets, crab grass, septic mounds, leg warmers, WD 40, Babar, meat thermometers, the moon, pennies, verbs, paper cups, stir fry, the suplex, midget wrestling, hiking boots, paper AND plastic, barcodes, tube socks, tube tops, inner tubes, staples, AM radio, hot dog vendors, your mom, cock fights, seltzer water, Applebees, the Bionic Woman, hula hoops, glue, Burning Man, Chad Brock, canned air, polecats, ghosts, urns, wicker baskets, magma, speedboats, rubber bullets, the Log Lady, dental floss, casette tapes, ladders, meat tenderizers and go karts.
Sheriff’s deputies are closing in on suspects from a troublemaking Amish splinter group in Ohio who have broken into homes and cut off the beards and hair of other Amish men.
“This is very odd and clearly outlier behavior,” [Donald Kraybill] wrote to HuffPost. “Amish-on-Amish violences is extremely rare….”
In Holmes County, a posse allegedly broke into a home, lopping off the hair and whiskers of everyone inside, including a 13-year-old-girl and 74-year-old man.
(The 13-year-old girl had whiskers?!? – Mike)
The artist that I’m working with on “Mercury and the Murd” has been asking me questions about the characters. Very specific questions. Questions like “What is his favorite movie?” “Favorite band?” – stuff that certainly helps flesh a character out. And questions I can certainly understand wanting to know. If you’re going to draw something, it helps to know it. It allows you to add little touches of flair and present a character so full of detail that it looks like you’re drawing something/one that is sitting in front of you.
The only problem is that I don’t work that way.
It’s not that I lack the creativity (although I’m sure some of the smart alecks out there will disagree with that), it’s just that I don’t get down to the nitty gritty minutia of characters. I feel that that locks me into a pre-determined sort of path. However, I can and do set generalities for characters, but I let the specifics come as the story(ies) evolve. That, to me, is like a bit of magic. You’re watching a character grow as you progress and you get to know them a little more each step as you move along. For example, Fist of Justice was always a former Olympic boxer, I wanted him to get hooked on video games, he loves pizza, unashamedly liked disco music and was a huge Charm City Stallions fan. What I never said was his favorite game was “Call of Honor”, loves “Pizza Shack” pies, thinks “Night Dancing” by The Gee Bees is awesome and his favorite player of all time is Stallions quarterback John United.
And yeah, I have a weird fondness for altering real world stuff slightly for the worlds my characters inhabit.
Plus, I feel like getting too specific will almost force me into mentioning things for no real reason. I mean, if it’s there, why not use it? I’d rather the situation dictate that someone reveal bits about themselves and it keeps me guessing and on my toes. Say the story has Beck Mercury squaring off against some threat – his gun is gone, he’s stuck on top of a broken down school bus and he has no way to defend himself. The bad guy is getting a little cocksure and Beck notices a tall piece of pipe laying up against the side of the bus (maybe its in a junkyard). He thinks for a second and then says to himself “If I could reach that length of pipe, I could vault right over his head, land on that pile of old washing machines and duck behind them before he knows what happened.” Followed by “How hard could it be? Fred Ward and Kevin Bacon did the same thing on the rocks in Tremors to get away from those monster worms.” Just like that, I established he’s seen “Tremors”. From there we can assume he liked it and from THERE we can guess that he probably likes other movies like that. Is that the case? I don’t know. Yet. But that info is out there to play with however I feel like.
Is that the best way to approach creating and writing characters? Maybe not. But it works pretty well for me.
So I’m doing a search on Google for images of a not-so-happy leprechaun and can’t find a picture that doesn’t look like what I am seeing in my head. So I try different words like “scary”, “evil” and “bad”. Most of them came up with what you’d expect – pictures of drunken morons dressed as Leprechauns and Warwick Davis as THE Leprechaun.
Until I typed in “vile”. I got this as the first hit:
Now, while I’ll admit this chick isn’t the hottest thing on two legs, she’s certainly not vile.
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I just found an app that allows me to connect to my WordPress driven website via my spiffy new Android-based phone. I don’t think I need to say how much ads this kicks.
My Motorola allows me to now be the MASTER OF TEH INTERNETS!!
Slipped a little in the last three days – and I imagine Friday’s weigh-in will be equally as bad, but anyway…
Today was 284.4
That is a .7 lb increase for a total nine-day loss of 3.4 lbs.
Maybe I’ll start listing my weight in stones. That way I’d only be a little over 20 stone. “And in the blue corner, weight 20.3 stone – ‘Marvelous’ Mike Imboden!!!”
Of course, then smart-assed sonuvabitch would ask what kind of stones I was using to weight myself with – boulders?
Yeah – we’ll stick with pounds for now.
Next weigh-in will be Friday. Might need to lace my turkey and stuffing with Ex-Lax for that one.
Well, so much for keeping up to date here.
Honestly, in the age of Facebook, Twitter and what-have-you, it seems like having a blog or website is redundant. If you can keep up with me in real-time on other services, why come here?
I suppose I could rant on topics, but that gets kind of old and predictable.
So, what should I use this place for?