Sunday, 13 March 2016

Make-Believe

So the more I think about it the more I think I’m sticking to my guns on this relationship thing.  Are there people that probably want to date me.  Sure, but you have to draw the line somewhere.  My latest observation.  In the past few weeks I’ve regularly thought to myself oh he’s cute.  Gone out of my way not to follow people around grocery stores and the like while secretly hopping I accidentally bump into people.  Every, and I mean every single person that I peeped at some point or other their girlfriend showed up.  If this doesn’t happen then they have a ring.  I’ve gotten to the point where I almost actively and instinctively assume anyone I like is straight.  Saves me stress and I of course immediately stop thinking about them.

I just can’t be bothered.  I know what I want.  What I like and I’ve got too much going on to be bothered with fantasising about things I can’t have.  But I do it.  I’m chronically depressed and if I’m not living in the world of the characters I write I’m living in the world I’ve fabricated for myself.  I create imaginary scenes of being picked up.  My Grammy awards speeches.  Fake break ups and make ups.  And a life with the type of person I dream of being with, who is usually flawed hence even in my fantasies there is a vast amount of imperfection.  But the only difference is that in this world I ‘m happy with the type of guy I actually desire to be with. 

If you read my books, it’s very clear what type of guy I find most appealing.  Almost all my main characters are some sort of cultural mix ranging from Asian to European to Brazilian and of course Black.  I’m down with anything that isn’t the norm black on black white on white, stupid on stupid, hot on hot smart with smart, so on and so forth.  In my head there needs to be some sort of balance, chances are if English isn’t your first language the scales are already balancing in my mind.

But to the point of my subconsciously only like married or straight people, I wonder why sometimes.  But then I know why.  I live in a straight dominated world.  I’ve suffered the same conditioning that straight people do, what is the ideal type of person, and I’ve taken all of that and formed my own idea of what will work for me, and true to form its exactly what people tell me Isn’t in line with what I need.

Hence I’ve spent an entire lifetime, of rather good relationships wouldn’t trade them for the world. Accept for one, but that idiots a bit of a subtle narcissist as in the type you can actually bare to live with and just ignore their condescending self-importance.  But the point is I just did what was expected, gay boy bitching about being single if people want to date you date them.  I’ve clearly learned a lot about myself following this method.  And a lot about other people.  Clearly there are shit loads of people out there who are just dating because people desire to date them.  The need for companionship is just that strong.  And yes this can lead to the best love ever, but so can actually wanting what you want and going for it.

So I’m taking my superficial, in some people’s eyes, criteria and I’m going to totally and fully accept that I know what the universe has for me.  It is going to come, and I’d rather die alone miserable and depressed that to be in a relationship and still be alone miserable and depressed.  So as unhealthy as it is to spend more time living in the made up alternative lives I create for myself, I’m taking this dive and slipping further into insanity.  I just hate life too much and I at least deserve to have my make-believe times of happy.  To fall asleep and hope that I can dream about the lives I create for myself.  I have to believe it can indeed happen.  If not, I might as well not even write because that also breathes in my world of make-believe.


So I’ll look at random people, cry on the inside, wish that it could be me, and hate myself just because that’s what I do.  Then I’ll close my eyes and travel to a place where I’m not depressed where I don’t hate myself and the people I force myself not to check out actually try to pick me up.  In this world I’m a happy albeit imperfect human being who actually makes money writing and reads his favourite novels in the arms of his BF while they are playing Xbox on the Livingroom sofa.  Corny, simple and not the grandiose ideals of what I’m made to believe is love.  But it works for me.  Make-believe works for me.

Friday, 11 March 2016

No You Don't Need It

So if you are reading this chances are you know that I’m a writer.  Good on you.  So I wrote this suspense psychological thriller that you can check out here.  Yes, it has triggers and stuff so if you can’t deal with that type of thing, I totally get it.  But that isn't the point of this post.  I have one major issue with this book, and I'm going to post a video for this one to so you can physically see me talk about this, the fact that there is no backstory for my villains.  This was intentional and well thought out.  And this is why.

It is infinitely hard and sometimes impossible to undo something once it's been implanted into your mind.  Just think inception.  Once something affects the very core of your thought process it's there for say and in some cases you can't undo it.

The book is told from the perspective of the victim.  They whole point of such a novel is that it is told from the emotional well of the mind of the person revealing the story.  Anything outside of this realm should only be mentioned if it won’t change your view of the villain from their perspective.  If this were an open book where whatever opinion, you made of said villain was totally on you then fine.  But the point isn't for you to draw your own conclusion.  It's to see why the protagonist of the book drew theirs, how they got where they got, and what permeant or reversible damage they suffered because of it.

If I gave any reasoning for why the villains do what they do in this book it would ruin it.  Once you have a solid reasoning for what they did beyond what is tailored specifically for the book.  It's over.  I can't undo it.  The certain amount of empathy that you've created for them or understanding would take so much work to undo the book would become, in part, about them and the reality of the situation is I still wouldn't be able to undo it.  You just would not under any circumstances see them the way it is needed for you to see them to feel the emotional turmoil of the victims in the story.

This is a really big problem.  For example, I saw a meme that was all upset over the whole Lion king where we get to see it from Timon's and Pumba's perspective.  This meme creator wanted to see how Scar and Mufasa got to their bad point of brotherhood.   The reality of the situation is this will change your entire view of the first lion king.  It seems okay in theory, but what if it was Mufasa's fault.  What if Scar should be king.  What if he was actually some sort of favourite child and the parents just straight up disrespected scar.   Now, even though Mufasa was a super amazing and in fact perfect King and a great father, we now care that Scar got eaten by the hyena's.  This totally ruins the story.  We aren't supposed to care not one bit that he gets his comeuppance.  Besides, he gets the best one-liners and the Sarcasm just oozes out of him, one of the better Disney villains.  Why would we want to ruin that with knowledge of he and his brother's past?

What makes fiction work is imagination?  When you give people too much what is there left for them to fabricate on their own.  To discuss later.  To make assumptions for as to why things happened the way they did.  There's nothing.  Their brain isn't allowed to subconsciously fill on the gaps of the things you don't tell them.  Most people have friends, siblings cousins.  We can fabricate numerous reasons as to why the brother relationship went south.  These are things we can willingly take for granted and not even second guess.  Sibling rivalry.  Yup we get that.  Nothing else is needed.  Same with my villain.

See the thing is most people have run into bad people raised in good environments who are just bad.  The same as good people raised under horrible conditions that are just good.  However, in the literary field when someone is bad there has to be a reason for some reason.  Where is the why?  Apparently it's perfectly acceptable to just be yes people can be inherently good but nooooo they can’t just be bad.  I need back story!  I demand it!  But again this would totally ruin the book because the permanent thoughts place in your mind I won't ever undo in this lifetime.

People underestimate the power of actually not saying things.  In my last book here there are some things I exposition the hell out of.  That's because later on when it's important I’m not trying to go through pages and pages of all that show and don't tell nonsense.  I just want to actually write the scene knowing I’ve placed the info you need to make it work in your head even if you can't remember a single bit of what I said.  Your brain will automatically fill in what I don’t say with the info I gave you regardless of the fact that people are so anti tell and more show.  It serves its purposes especially for a writer who prefers as a reader that you just explain shit to me.  My brain will do the work for me.  I guess I believe in some cases it’s def better not to tell, and in others it’s definitely better to tell, but only if either of these serve the purposes of allowing the reader to subconsciously hypothesise on their own.  To create simultaneously while reading.

So as to my book.  Well again the character’s breathe   through every page though they get the least page time.  Only speak when being vicious or pushing their own agenda.  So ultimately they occupy your brain the most while having the least dialogue and the lowest amount of page time.  And it was intentional and I stand by that.

As I said in the beginning all the things you will feel, think, and draw conclusions for from some sort of back story are exactly the things that will go against the visual you need of them for the book to work.  And I very firmly stand by my opinion that if you can believe that people can be inherently good they can also be inherently evil.  I see no difference.  And I doubt that I ever will.