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My Final Blog on WordPress

I’ve been writing blogs for over five years now.

My first blogs were on MySpace.

MySpace for crying out loud!

Writing blogs has been a help for me. It gave me an outlet, a voice to talk about my thoughts, opinions, stuff I liked, stuff I hated, and a bunch of stuff in-between.

I quit for a short time, and it was actually kinda nice. But for some reason, I came back, thinking I had more to say. And I do have lots to say, but is should be through my prose, my fiction (or super fiction, as I call it).

So, I’ve decided, again, that this will be my last weekly blog on WordPress.

Period

End of line.

 

One reason I’ll be shutting down this site is that my blogging is that it doesn’t feel like it is doing anything constructive. I knew these blogs weren’t going to change the world or anything like that. They have helped me with my writing skills. But in recent years, I have begun to notice the pointless negativity, pettiness, and unpleasantness that has become social media.

I wrote a blog touching on this, about how people take it personally when you have an opposing opinion, or you say something fairly innocuous, but they take it as an attack on them, or as someone once said “it invalidates my opinion”. Great line from a psychology book, but kinda fulla shit, especially if one comment by one person can affect your thoughts and opinions so harshly. We don’t all think alike. I have an opinion/ thought/comment, you have another. It doesn’t invalidate anything. It’s just different, or even worse, just a stupid comment!

It is these kind of things that have started to bug me. But if you try to talk to people about it, IE: an actual conversation, it usually reverts to a clash of opinions or some smart-ass  totally ignoring your thoughts so that they can post something they think is clever. It has been my experience, long before social media came along, that an open conversation, two-way conversation, with open-minded people, involves actually listening to the other person, not just repeating the same shit you said before in different ways. You may as well be talking to a wall.

Thankfully, the people who have commented on my blogs have been thoughtful and open-minded. Hopefully, I have responded similarly. But it is the mentality that has made me realize that, besides the people who actually follow my blog, and read, and even comment on them, for everyone else, I’m just talking to myself. It is the same thing with social media. It is becoming tiresome. The novelty of it may finally be wearing off. It is a tool to make connections, talk about what you are working on, and sharing something with friends. But otherwise, it is a place for people of all stripes to bash others and say terrible things about anyone opposing them. As much as I need to use social media, I’m becoming less and less of a fan.

The other reason, the one that is more important, is that I want to turn my attention to writing what I should be working on, the Infinatum. Earlier this week, I realized that most of my blogs were about 1000 words long. Probably too long for a blog, in hindsight, but I realized that those 1000 words should be put towards my stories. Sure some of my blogs are timely, or talk about current events or subjects that I think need mentioning. But sometimes, it would feel like I was just phoning it in. And if you heart isn’t in it, then you probably shouldn’t do it.

Also, I have a lot I want to write, and it seems I create more and more to write. I recently created a band of pan-dimensional pirates and expanded some Victorian Age heroes, both of which I hope to have appear in one of the many books of the Infinatum I have yet to start writing. Honestly, if I don’t starting writing them, I may never get them finished. And I truly want to write them. I have no idea if they’ll be good, or even published, but this is what I was always doing, from when I was a kid, to the present day. Making up characters and stories. But now, I have a little more knowledge and, hopefully, skill to do so.

Finally, part of using social media is to network, something I haven’t been doing as much or as well, as I should. If I am ever to do something with all that I’ve created, I need to put up or shut up. I need to do more to put what I’m working on out there, as well as meet others that are in the same boat, or like-minded folks to have one of those actual conversations with.

I am going to shut down this blog completely. But I’m going to go through the blogs I have posted and re-post them on my Facebook page. So for now, my blog page on WordPress will remain, I just won’t be posting new blogs on here. However, I may post blogs on my Facebook page. You can click the link below to go there…

https://www.facebook.com/Infinatum/

There are other links on my blog page to my other social media presence. So feel free to drop by there.

 

I sincerely want to thank all the people who subscribed to my blog, those who read it semi-regularly, and those who have commented on my blogs. I have been grateful for every visit, view and comment. Hopefully, if you like what I’ve written here, you’ll support my endeavour to make my novel “The Black Wave Event”, my shorts “Pry” and “Irregulars: Origin of the Species” published works.

Thanks for the you time, and as always…

Stay Tuned.

🙂

A few years ago, I wrote this letter about DC’s new “Man of Steel” movie…

“Dear Man of Steel,

I really wanted to love your newest movie. It had so much potential! Zack Snyder as director! Christopher Nolan as Producer! David S. Goyer was in there somewhere. It had a huge budget, great actors like Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, I even liked Henry Cavill from “The Immortal”

But… I just didn’t care. I wanted to care, but I just didn’t. Maybe whenever I watch the movie again, I’ll care.

Maybe it was the over-the-top promotion. Jolly Ranchers? Gillette? Dodge Ram? What the hell do they have to do with the movie? Supes didn’t drive a Dodge, or even use one to clobber the bad guys! And the question of how Superman shaves distracted me. And from what i can remember, no one was enjoying Jolly Ranchers. Maybe that would have made the movie more fun…

OH! That was it! The movie wasn’t fun! There was no wonder or awe! The movie was too gritty, too based in reality. Sure, Nolan’s reality worked on Batman, because Batman is just a rich kid who can’t deal with his parent’s death, thus training himself to be a vigilante. It could potentially happen. But Superman isn’t based in reality. He’s a superhero. The original superhero! Making the Man of Steel into the Dark Man of Steel was a HUGE misstep.

Then there was the ending.

Superman doesn’t kill. That is what separates him from the rest. He has a moral code that he upholds, regardless of who he faces. That’s what makes comic book heroes like him rare and precious. When most comic book heroes are out there killing left-right-and-center, Superman doesn’t, and shouldn’t! He stands for something. He, as the movie said early on, should be an example for others to follow. Snapping Zod’s neck doesn’t sound like the Superman people, from 4 to 74 idolize.

Hopefully, the sequel will politely push Mr. Nolan out the door, and allow a little wonder and awe back, cause the gritty reality doesn’t suit Superman.

Maybe DC/ Warner Brothers/ Legendary Pictures should take a page from Marvel. They seem to be doing their movies right.”

 

It seems like nothing will change with the up-coming “Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, especially when looking at the sneak-peek poster they are using.

dawn-of-the-justice-league-wb

 

Cool image… although it looks like they already lost. That’s probably debris from Metropolis blowing around them.

Now, compare the style of the previous image, to the following one, the way I got to know about the Justice League.

JLcartoon

 

Yeah, they’re cartoons, but they look a hell of a lot more heroic than the previous bunch of gloomy guses. I won’t even go into comparisons between anyone playing Superman and the guy who did it right, Christopher Reeves.

But here is my point (tada!). DC characters were the originals! The first! Superman! Batman! Wonder Woman! The holy trinity of superheroics! Those three alone have created iconic ideals and images that have stood the test of time, despite what some movie producers and writers think.

Wonder Woman is a feminist icon. She inspired so many woman by showing them they were just as tough, courageous and powerful as the men, more so! Batman was dark and brooding, but beneath it all was a guy who used his wits and intelligence to beat pretty much every superhero out there (especially if you ask many Batman fans).

But biggest of all was Superman. His was the typical story of someone from a strange land coming to America to make himself better and make his world better. He stood for something. He stood for an ideal that others should aspire to.  Sure he could be corny, simple, and a boy scout. But back when he was created, as today, maybe that is what the world really needs. If he was too complicated, he’d could be more easily corrupted and use his powers to obliterate the world. He would be feared and questioned… sorta like in “Man of Steel”.

For me, that’s the biggest problem with what DC and Warner Bros. are doing with Superman, and all of their forth-coming DC comic book characters. They are trying to make them realistic. Sure it worked for Batman, because he’s not really an overtly fantastical character. But Superman is an alien, Wonder Woman is a warrior/ demi-god, Green Lantern is an interstellar cop, Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, and so on. They are bigger-than-life beings. They should be treated as such!

Even Batman is The Dark Knight, a mythic being, of sorts. But with the recent rumour that in the new movie, Batman may go so far as to kill someone, that goes against everything Batman has come to be known for. He is human that walks that fine line between good and evil, the light and dark. What makes his character great is that he looks into the abyss and doesn’t blink. But if he starts offing people in this new movie, he’ll blink, and become just another vigilante. May as well paint a white skull over his bat logo.

In my opinion, breaking them down too much into gritty, realistic characters belittles them. Clark Kent has to deal with the reality of life. But as Superman, he rises above it all, becoming a beacon to others, showing that doing good, no matter the obstacles, is possible.

There’s hope that those behind the DC Cinematic Universe will remember the origins of these characters and do right by them, their creators, and the fans who truly love and admire these comic book icons. But if these early images, rumour, and trailers are any indication, it doesn’t look promising.

Chapter TK

Question Everything

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Kate Heartfield

writer and editor

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