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  • LadyMysterio Oooooh
    Jul 18, 2024

    NadyaStatham nice!
    Jul 18, 2024

  • Politics

    Spoiler! :
    I don't like Trump or agree with his politics but to all but the people I'm seeing saying stuff like "Where's John Wilkes Booth when you need him", "JWB/Lee Harvey Oswald would never"

    Envoking the name of a Confederacy supporter and bigot (Booth) and criminal (Oswald) who made the US a worse place is not the flex y'all think it is. (I know Kennedy was a long time ago, too, but my grandparents were in college and they've both spoken to how people changed for the worse after that)

    Neither is celebrating the death of an innocent person who died protecting his family because you disagree with their politics. I'm probably going to dip and I don't want to start any arguments or discussions in the replies, but... it's not a good look.

    I'm on the left, but if you think it's okay to casually joke about how Biden is now up 1 in PA, I'm not with you. Goodbye.

  • I just watched The Matrix for the first time last night, and to be honest... I wasn't impressed. Even in the context of the time, there are other movies that portray the late 90s/early 00s disillusionment with capitalist society, even from 1999 alone . There is also better dystopian sci-fi.

    I don't think the Wachowskis are nearly as clever as they think they are. I understand the queer/trans readings and all of that and how this movie is really meaningful for that reason and I'm not trying to take that away from anyone. I'm just judging it as a movie. It's possible that I wasn't the target audience for it, but also... I should be, because I love all of the genres and storytelling movements it's pulling from.

    Spoiler! :

    1) For the first bit I wondered if I accidentally turned on the sequel because we didn't get any context for Neo's hacking, his life, or even his ordinary world, which threw me off from the beginning. This is a really big issue, imo because it prevents any kind of meaningful engagement with the characters or central conflict.

    2) Neo is a Gary Stu. Y'all know me, I don't throw that term around lightly because I think a lot of people do. Gary Stu =/= overpowered. Also, The Chosen One =/= Gary Stu/Mary Sue. But everything comes easily to Neo, he experiences no flaws or setbacks, everyone loves him except for the bad guys, he was just not an interesting or compelling character. The characterization across the board is weak too. Trinity is flat and has no chemistry with Neo, making the romance feel contrived, and I can say the same about Morpheus and Agent Smith.

    3) I wish we'd gotten some sort of explanation for why it's 1999 in the Matrix. Is it always 1999? How do people grow up? Do the years pass like normal? Or is it always 1999? I found that very confusing. Obviously, it was because it was 1999 in real life, but even one line would could have helped give an in-story excuse. Without one, it just comes across as convenient.

    4) Imo, the worldbuilding is where this movie really fails. We're never really given an explanation for why the Matrix is bad other than it's not real. Considering the "real world" is an apocalyptic wasteland and it seems like there is nothing left, no sign of society, a peaceful life the late 90s doesn't seem all that bad. The notion of "real" is challenged anyway. People are born, live full lives and die in the Matrix; does none of that better? It's not hard to picture a reading of the story where Morpheus is actually the bad guy here.

    Look, I'm purposefully being a little obtuse for the sake playing devil's advocate, I understand the message the movie is going for, I just don't think it's portrayed very well in isolation. What exactly is being fought for here?

    They've obviously taken some cues from Brave New World, except that book does a much better job of showing the dangers of blindly going along with the masses and never allowing for any kind of uncomfortable emotions.

    Anyway, in spite of all of that, I didn't hate it. I'd give it a 6/10 for entertainment value and because I recognize the ways in which it was revolutionary (mostly through its action sequences, which aren't going to compel me on their own). But I've spent all this time thinking it was one of the best movies of the past 25 years, and it's constantly placed on the same level as Star Wars, LotR, etc, and no... it's not.

    But I'm glad I finally saw it.

  • RIP Elinor's Facebook (2009-2024)

    It's a super long story I don't feel like getting into the details of right now, but I was hacked. I started to fall for a phishing scam, and as soon as I realized it was a phish, they'd already locked me out of my account and suspended me. I have no recourse because I cannot get into my account to file a complaint and explain the situation. For whatever reason, Meta has no chat support, customer service number or anything else, making it impossible to contact them. I spent about an hour on this before eventually giving up and accepting the fact that my account is lost.

    I'm mainly embarrassed for not taking a breather and realizing the obvious phish right away, but the lesson here is to slow down. But, it's also on Meta for not giving anyone recourse to fix this apparently common phish.

    Even though it happened a weird and abrupt way, I'm not upset about it. Tbh, it felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders, and the only reason I haven't deleted my Facebook ages ago is so I can post updates about my creative projects. I was thinking about it, and I'm not sure what I actually lost that's worth retrieving?

    The other frustrating thing is that they targeted me because I invested in an ad campaign (which I was very hesitant to do) so that's $30 down the drain.

    Anyways, it's been my goal to eventually go social media free. I deleted Threads and LinkedIn because they weren't giving me any value and mostly junk and attempted phishing, but only ones right now are Instagram, and even that is eh.

    Anyway, the social media free movement seems cozy

  • Weeeeee

    Spoiler! :

    Yesterday, I just saw something on Goodreads that I shouldn't have. I was on my page because I was actually curious if someone who reviewed and tagged on me on Instagram had cross-posted and then I saw the other one.

    The review was long but the thesis was basically that I lack the power to "tell a good story on words alone" and I should "stick to film". I might be mincing words a little bit, but that's what I got from it. They did say the story would work better as a movie and that did give me a little bit of backhanded encouragement for my ultimate goals.

    It seems like they just didn't vibe with my writing style, which is fine, but the frustrating thing is the recurrent critique seems to be that I don't describe things enough, but you guys...

    It's a memoir. She's not going to be remembering every single detail of her life, and she's going to be keeping some things for herself. Personally, as a reader, I HATE books that belabor the point. It's part of the reason I DNFed A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, because it was all just endless descriptions of the block they lived on and I kept waiting on something to happen. Everything is deliberate.

    On my page, I literally have opinions across the entire gamut and it's part I was talking to some other authors in a community I'm in, and they basically told me that this is all a part of the process. In some weird way, I think the fact that discourse is happening at all is legitimizing (I already have more reviews than Eagle Rock ever got). But I can't pretend this review didn't get to me, especially in the absence of anything else. That being said, it did motivate me to completely cut myself off and focus on sales.

    Sales are also... much lower than I would like, but the other writers in the group said I'm doing well, and they've been motivating me to get Fairytale out there because I'll do better with more books. I'm a mix between excited about that one and not wanting to go through this all agian. Hopefully it's all just... a process, and a good sign rather than the fact that maybe I wrote a mediocre book. Eagle Rock I was expecting to be polarizing. This one I wasn't.

    I feel like I'm heading in the right direction, it's just all so much slower than I would like. Anyway, just getting that off my chest.

    winterwolf0100 People will always find something negative to harp about. I’m really sorry about that review, but know it’s completely subjective, and that person doesn’t actually have any legitimate power to be judging your writing like that! Unless they’ve sold hundreds of thousands of their own books, I don’t think they can determine what good writing is XD and even then, I’m still not sure.

    Hang in there, you got this! <33

    Jul 3, 2024

    Isbah Seriously every single book has some negative reviews on goodreads. Remember everyone does not have taste. You're a great writer and there are always going to be people who love what you write <333
    Jul 4, 2024

  • I don't know how it took me nearly 28 years of life to discover the Brontës, but now that I have... I'm a fan. And now we are going to make up for lost time. 🩷

  • Lmao. So does getting one of these reviews mean I've fully arrived?


  • Isbah The cover looks really pretty. I love that font!!
    Jun 29, 2024

  • Just when I was wondering when I was going to get my "should have been YA" review (it's happened to at least 2 people I know):

    And she's from Minnesota, and this is literally in the blurb. But at least they gave me 4 stars. :D I have at least one paperback sale that I know about and hopefully more to come so let's go! We are in business!


  • Paparazzi, please just stop. I won't post the picture in this article. I don't know what this is about nor do I need to because it's none of our business. They really are the worst.


  • chrysanthemumcentury AHH!!! WOOO!!!
    Jun 26, 2024

    alliyah Congratulations!!! How exciting!!
    Jun 26, 2024

  • Happy release day!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳

    Reading it on my kindle right now!!

    Elinor Yay!!!! 🩷🩷
    Jun 26, 2024

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