Hi, My Name is Locke…

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And I’m an addict.

My primary addiction is caffeine. (Don’t roll your eyes, there’s more.) The vast majority of the population is addicted to caffeine and don’t even know it. It just takes a cup of decaf two or three days in a row to become chemically addicted enough to feel withdrawal symptoms when you go without.

And make no mistake, caffeine withdrawal is very real. I’ve been going through it recently. The headaches that start at the back of your eyes and work its way around your head to the point where it feels like you’re bleeding internally. The constant state of tiredness coupled with insomnia, and I’m one of the lucky ones whose symptoms stop there.

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Unreal

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If you’d told me last week that I’d find a Lifetime show I really liked, I’d have said you were insane. The network does re-air old shows from other networks that I liked, but their original shows always tend to lean towards being either soap opera-y, incredibly preachy, and/or just a bit too touchy feely. It’s a network for women and they play towards a stereotypical, overemotional female audience and I’m the furthest thing from their target audience possible. But then I saw Unreal.

No, I didn’t think “What’s on Lifetime?” and change the channel. (I haven’t watched anything on an actual TV in years.) I was looking around for a new series to get into and stumbled across a show called Unreal that started a couple months ago. I saw Constance Zimmer, a talented actress I’ve seen on Entourage and various other shows over the years, so I figured I’d give it a chance.

The show is freakin’ awesome. It takes the idea of dating reality shows and gives you a fictional, hyper-dramatized look behind the scenes.

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Happy Endings

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I don’t like happy endings. (I’m not taking about those “happy endings”, get your mind out of the gutter!) It’s not due to some morbid sense of emotional turmoil or Satan worshiping masochism. I just think they’re feel good copouts that do a disservice to their story.

Let me rephrase, I don’t like complete happy endings. You know, the stories where the hero gets absolutely everything he/she wants, the villain is thoroughly vanquished – until it shows back up for the sequel – and everything goes back to the way it was before the story began plus a few perks the hero picks up along the way. Those kinds of endings sicken me.

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2nd Person POV

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I have another story for you folks! It’s a lot shorter than the last one, but a bit more interesting.

Back when I started writing professionally I thought it’d be a good idea to major in English – which was a terrible idea because school will only rip apart the things you love, but I’ll get into that some other time. I decided to add a creative writing course to my list of classes even though I wouldn’t get any credit toward my degree because I wanted to see what it would be like.

The class was an easy participation grade as long as we wrote three stories and a few other pieces throughout the semester. I didn’t learn much technically as we pretty much just went over the basics, but I’ll never forget the class on point-of-view. Continue reading “2nd Person POV”

Stories… and an Afterword

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I like stories. It doesn’t matter how they’re told. Movies, television, books, music, word-of-mouth, etc, all that matters to me is that the story is interesting. Although, like most people, I have my own particular tastes and proclivities.

One of my biggest biases is towards particular settings. I’m not a big fan of westerns or anything set in the late 1800s/early 1900s. That doesn’t mean I don’t like ANY stories set during those time periods – a good story is a good story and can transcend personal tastes (for instance, I recently saw Blazing Saddles for the first time and loved it) – but I prefer stories that are either set way back in medieval times, the present, or the future.

Actually, if I had to pick, my favorite time period is more Victorian-esque – when firearms start to come to the forefront of conflict but aren’t widely used or even understood. You know, where you have the bird-looking doctor masks and gondolas. Take that setting, put a fantasy spin on it, and you instantly have my full attention. Continue reading “Stories… and an Afterword”