I just got back from a trip and I’ve had a lot of things on my mind that I wanted to talk about but couldn’t due to an absence of keyboards (sorry iPhone, your keyboard and hilarious auto-correcting makes long-winded journals too difficult to do on the road). So this journal might be a little... scatterbrained? I’m not sure, but I will try to separate things into groups if I can, otherwise here we go!
I live in America and a lot of times I come under fire for my political beliefs not because they’re really controversial, but because they conflict with another countries political history. So I wanted to just reiterate that I am an American. I talk about American problems. You can frame pretty much every sentence I write with the addition of “...in America.” While I try to keep a level head about world politics I am not, and should not, be used as a credible source of information regarding politics or even history of other countries.
When I talk about the comic book industry, for example, I am referring to the American comic book industry which primarily consists of Marvel and DC with a smattering of indi-publishing and import companies. When I talk about LGBT rights, it’s in relation to American politics, which is (as I have so often found) far behind a LOT of countries out there who have already given rights to LGBT people. When I speak about racism or white privilege it is ENTIRELY centered on America’s role in slavery and the long-lasting impacts that has had HERE.
I would NEVER be arrogant enough to assume that I knew anything about those types of topics about other countries and if you get angry at me because of any of these topics, please stop and reconsider your argument if you live in another country.
Chances are, my beliefs and views don’t apply there.
How much is TOO much personal info?
This is a conundrum I’ve felt ever since SYAC started becoming popular. On the one hand, I want to update everyone on what’s going on in my life and keep y’all informed about key things because, well, it helps to connect with my fans!
But on the other hand, I jealously guard my privacy, especially due to how many hate blogs like to try and personally attack me. They take journal snippets from decades ago to use as arguments about what I’m doing now, mine them for personal information I may have accidentally let slip, send me e-mails, posts, come up to me at conventions, take photos of me when I’m not looking, etc etc etc.
I’m often accused of “putting myself out there” on the internet, therefor I shouldn’t be upset when people use that info against me, even if it was posted at a time when I never knew I’d have so many followers and fans. It’s even weirder when people yell at me for posting my own opinions or beliefs or rants... IN MY JOURNAL. Like, where else am I suppose to talk about this stuff, right? I do my best to not give out too much personal information anymore, but at the same time I do still feel the need to inform y’all if things come up that hinder my work or delay projects or whatever. But often times I can’t talk about that stuff because it’s... well... personal.
As of this writing, there’s something really big that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a long time now, but I am unsure if I really should. It’s primarily about my illness and my 6-7 month hiatus I took last year, and it directly relates to why I struggle so much to produce content on a regular basis. But it’s also incredibly personal and I don’t know if I should talk about it. I know my fans would really appreciate being in the know, but it would also mean letting my haters know and they’d clearly find ways to use it against me which could be... to be frank... disastrous.
There are also instances where I comment on stuff in the geek/nerd/gaming sphere and then get criticized for not being as energetic or as sympathetic as I should be to whatever the news article is. Case in point, when I commented on the new Smash Bros reveal Nintendo announced a few days ago, I got a number of people who were upset that I mentioned how unethused I was about Smash Bros in general. I mean... you guys realized I am not a journalist, right? I am not bound by this requirement to keep everything i say “fair and unbiased.” People ask for my opinions about stuff because they want to hear what I specifically have to say, not so that I can just chime in an echo-box and repeat what everyone else already has said. I feel like I should be allowed to express my opinion (good or bad) about any topic that generally relates or interests me.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this... I guess I just wanted you all's advice or opinion on how personal should an “internet celebrity” (which I guess I technically am for better or for worse?) be with their fans? How much is too much?
Like I said, this journal is a bit scattershot. I was away on a trip and I just have recommendations for y’all if you’re interested.
Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus ‘Notch’ Persson and the Game that changed everything.
I got this as part of the “Story Bundle” located here: storybundle.com/
It’s like the humble bundle, but it’s ebook related instead. This bundle is all about video games and the money from your purchase (you can pay as little as $3 I believe, though if you pay $12 or more you get the “bonus” books which I will be talking about) goes towards charity. Strongly recommend getting it if just for the Minecraft book alone since it’s a fantastic deal to get so many books for so little. The Minecraft book is around $15-$20 individually as an e-book and here you get it PLUS other video game related books too for half that!
This was a very good book. It follows Notch as he works through his jobs before he created Minecraft, how it was conceived, what his social and work life was like before the big change, etc etc etc. It’s extremely in depth and well researched but it never feels like a text book. It’s actually quite an amazing behind the scenes look of Minecraft. I know that doesn’t sound all that thrilling, but it is a VERY good book.
The Final Hours of Portal 2
Another bonus book part of the Story Bundle mentioned above, this one goes into detail about the crunch time strain of trying to finish Portal 2 on time. It details all the chaos, the fear, the pressure, the dedication to the craft, and all that jazz. It’s pretty quick and not nearly as gripping as the Minecraft story, but it’s still quite a good read and gives some insight on why certain decisions were made.
This movie was... WEIRD... to say the least. But it was a GOOD weird. This film has had a lot of controversy surrounding it, and it’s pretty easy to see why. It’s a brutal retelling of Noah’s Ark from the bible, with some of the more fanciful crazy Bible stuff front and center, a retelling of the creation of the universe that looks like it came from a Discovery Channel documentary, and an unexpected 3rd act twist that shades the whole story and characters in a veil of morally ambiguous grey. Since so many people are familiar with the sunday school highly sanitized version, it’s no wonder this movie is hard to pin down.
But take it from me, an atheist no less, it was a DAMN GOOD movie. There are parts that don’t quite work, and even some which are a unintentionally silly, but overall the stuff it does well more than makes up for it’s short comings. Strongly recommend seeing it, even if you’re not into Christianity or religion or whatever.