Hatred

Lately, I’ve been feeling like the Internet is just way too full of hate. I’m mostly talking about reddit because that’s my biggest exposure to other Internauts, but this is generally true. People are always finding something to hate online. Authors, musicians, actors – hate hate hate.

Our lives are full of way too much hate. If you hate something, then why do you keep talking about it online? I’m not saying that I’m not guilty of this, but I’ve been trying to do it a lot less. I’m not talking about petty things like “oh, I hate celery,” either. This really involves people or works of art (songs, movies, etc).

I personally identify more with positive behavior than negative behavior.

Examples:

If you hate the president, then stop complaining online and instead start setting a good example to get people to understand your point of view, and then hopefully they’ll go to the polls with you and vote for someone that you do like.

If you hate Britney Spears, don’t attack people that like her. Just do your thing to promote the music you like and move on.

Why are people so geared toward hatred instead of toward things we like or love? I don’t get it, and I don’t like it.

I’m not perfect, and you’re not perfect, but we can all try to cut the negative garbage out of our lives.

-Philip

Twilight

Dear everyone that hates Twilight,

You don’t hate Twilight because the books are poorly written.

You don’t hate Twilight because Bella is emo.

You don’t hate Twilight because of the other 2,000 reasons you found on the Internet.

You hate Twilight because you were expecting a story about badass vampires, and instead, you got a love story that just so happened to incorporate a vampire in it that did not meet your expectations of what a vampire should be. You wanted action, and you got romance. That’s why you hate Twilight.

Now stop hating everything so much, find something you like, and talk about that instead.

Thanks,
Philip

Novel

I was off yesterday for Mardi Gras, and I ended up spending most of the day editing a story I’ve been writing for the past four and a half years. When I say “most of the day,” I mean about six hours; when I say “editing,” I mean ~35 pages of a total of ~124; and when I say “story,” I mean novel, as it is now over 50,000 words long. :D

This is something I’ve been trying to accomplish for a very long time, and while I’m still not done with it, I am so excited to have gotten this far. I suspect that I still have about 10-12 hours of editing left to do, and after that, I think I’ll be ready for someone else to read it. So, if there’s anyone out there that would like to read about 53,000 words and try to point out any errors (consistency, flow of the story, anything that doesn’t make sense, anything that sounds dumb, etc), please let me know.

For what it’s worth, the story would probably be appreciated more by a female audience, probably between 15 and 25. I think it could definitely have a wider appeal than that, but being realistic, that is the immediate group I think that would most enjoy what I’ve written the most.

This is something I wrote about it for my fiction blog a few months back:

“We Put the ‘Dual’ in ‘Individual’” is about the connections in our lives. It’s about chance meetings and about the people we love and what we do for them. It’s about the times that we share and the things that we can face together that we just can’t face alone, and, just as the title hints at, it’s about how we, as individuals, experience a dual existence: the life we live for ourself, and the life we live for others.

Just for clarification, it’s not a “love story” at all. It’s really hard for me to explain for some reason. I guess it’s because I’ve worked for so long on this, and to condense everything I love about what I’ve written into a quick summary just isn’t that easy. That and I really don’t want to give anything away, because there are a few weird surprises in the story.

Anyway, if anyone wants to read this when it’s ready, please let me know. I would expect honesty. If it sucks, I need you to tell me so. If something needs changing, I need to know.

Where have all the Tweets gone?

I recently made my Twitter updates private. I won’t explain why publicly (don’t worry, no drama), but you can be assured they will remain that way for a while. Sorry if you read them and can’t anymore, but then again, I’m pretty sure more people read my Twitter updates than anything else, and they all have Twitter accounts and follow me already.

I replaced the Twitter feed in my sidebar with a link to my fiction blog. I have been promoting it more lately because, as it has turned out, I now update that blog more than this one. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing to me; it’s just a reflection on what I like writing about more these days (fiction over nonfiction). It may be a bad thing to anyone that reads this blog though, since I doubt most people would be interested in the sappy crap I write.