TED Talks on Creativity and Poetry

I’m working on my review of Guardians of the Galaxy in between doing actual work that I need to earn money that lets me watch the movies I want to watch and buy the books I want to buy.

Right now,  I’m a little bit nervous – it’s been a while since I last wrote a movie review. But I’m going to do it anyway, because I need to do it. I missed out on reviewing Captain America: The Winter Soldier because I’m a lazy doof; it would be a tragedy if I didn’t let myself write about another comic book movie that I liked.

Of course, that leaves me little time to hammer out a coherent post for today. Thankfully, TED provides!

I watch this when I need to inspire myself into creativity:

And I have this when I’m in a poetry mood:

I hope you guys enjoy these too! 🙂

Tomorrow I’ll Write About Writing; But Today I Give You A Graph

I promise to give you a more substantial post for tomorrow – I’m working on that right now. But due to certain circumstances – okay, I started to play FFVII for the first time and I can’t seem to stop – I’m having trouble getting my ideas to connect well enough to make a truly decent post about writing. So instead, I’m sharing with you this hilarious graph made by my genius brother Leo:

Informal Character Comparisons
I will NEVER stop laughing at “Orphanity”. (Image from Facebook)

I can only assume that this is his way of coping with that time in my life when I wouldn’t shut up about “Man of Steel” (I only stopped last week). If that’s the case, then maybe I should rant more often so he’d keep doing this awesome stuff with Microsoft Excel. Of course, the graph is based off of only TWO respondents – which actually doesn’t make this at all definitive. But since I want this graph to be more comprehensive (I DO THIS OUT OF LOVE, MY BROTHER!), I’d like to ask as many people as possible to help us rank Superman, Batman, and Spiderman on each attribute listed up there.

So, on a scale of 1-3 (with 3 being the highest and 1 being the lowest), how would you rank those superheroes on:

1. Orphanity


3. Awesomeness

4. Humor

5. Richhood


And, as an added exercise, I’d like you to tell me what attributes you THINK should have been included here. Because while I’m not so angry about that Superman movie anymore, I’m still trying to think of what makes a superhero story superheroic.

What do you guys think?

PS: I’m asking my brother if I could update his graph for him and post it here. Just because MS Excel is awesome.

The LitReactor Short Shorts Contest

And just when I thought I’d be pathetically unproductive today due to a dearth of (publishable) ideas, I ran across a LitReactor Short Shorts contest that basically challenges people to:

  • Write a 10-word fiction or non-fiction story
  • With a plot that has a protagonist, conflict, obstacles, and a resolution.

There’s no way I’m going to win this thing, but I thought I might as well give it a shot because apart from sounding fun, this also pushes me out of my comfort zone (which is NOT participating in this kind of thing).

So this is the fictional story I came up with and submitted:  Alone, she flicked up a thumb.  Hours later, she’s feeding.

Too trite?  Too obvious?  Is it okay?  Drop me a line to tell me how much it sucks/how much it doesn’t suck.

In case you’re interested in joining, the contest is open until Wednesday, March 29, 2012.  Even if you don’t I’d love to see what you guys can come up with.