Something New – A Cook-Off

Today, for the first time in my life, I am going to put up some of my cooking in a contest!

I am participating in the 7th Annual Liberty Chili Cook-Off, and I’ve got everything ready to go. My chili is in my new crock pot keeping warm until it’s time for me to go, all the ingredients are set, it’s been tested and tasted by me and is up to snuff.

Obviously it’d be cool to win, but I am really just happy to get feedback on my chili from a wider audience of people who don’t know me. It should be fun, and I’m filming it so expect some clips on my YouTube channel next Saturday!

Hope everyone has a great week!

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Something New – A Cook-Off

Adventure Day 2

So today, as I’ve decided last week, is adventure day 2. I’m going to do these on Sundays for as long as I can, both for a bit of extra calorie burn and just for fun.

It’s cloudy, but warm so I don’t think I’ll have weather problems. My umbrella will stay in the backpack just in case.

I’m going to do a bit of writing, call my parents and head out. I encourage anyone not living in a winter wasteland (I understand that omits a lot of people, sorry) to get out and see what’s out there today. You never know what you’ll find.

Although I may have to not go out to eat, though. I have a check incoming, the penultimate one from my previous job but I’m not sure when. Could be any day from Monday to March, and since I have no way of knowing or influencing that I want to be very careful until it comes since I do need at least some money for this upcoming week.

Mostly to get an Uber to a job interview, but hey, I still need it.

 

Adventure Day 2

I Had an Adventure

So today was the Austin marathon and half-marathon. Since Josh Flanagan of Rooster Teeth was running it and said he would have a meetup afterwards I was going to head to that after the gym. It was at a cafe that was downtown, but when I searched it on Google Maps I was sent to a different one. It wasn’t that far, but it my progress was impeded by the marathon so I had to wander around.

After I found out it was the wrong one I shifted gears to just exploring. I left my apartment at 8AM and got back at 1PM, and I think I’m going to make a Sunday adventure a regular thing. Really burned me out but I might try to head to 6th, maybe. Not sure about that but I’ll figure it out.

Hope y’all had a great weekend! I did make a poem though about my least favorite holiday, though, just bear in mind it’s kind of brutal:

“Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I’m single on Valentine’s Day again,

Go fuck yourself.”

 

I Had an Adventure

Being Positive – Why I Want Diversity in Media

So today I had one of three things I originally intended to write. A mocking, derisive satire of what Gen-X sounds like when they punch down at Millennials. A scathing piece on the holdovers from gaming’s “We’re Totally Not An Anti-Women Hate Group” Anti-Women Hate Group still pretending they’re the beleaguered good guys in the argument over whether having representation of people who aren’t straight white cis males will ruin gaming forever (it won’t, dummies!), or a commentary on the pro-rape activists whose leader was, hilariously, humiliated by the Daily Mail.

But then I thought, why? With the exception of the first, most rational people understand how wrong those things are and while Gen-X’s imaginary construct of what us Millennials are like is a particular pet peeve of mine, how much purpose would it serve?

So while I probably will post eventually about that topic, today I want to be a bit more positive. I came up with two topics. One was a bit brag-y (although it’s related to Buff Buddies so I may put it up somewhere), and the other was a positive flip on the diversity-in-media topic. So here we go!

You might wonder, if you’re cynical like me, why I want diversity in video games, SFF and other media so much. I mean, I’m pretty much the poster child for what the sort of scumbag who uses “SJW” as an insult imagines is “normal,” their imaginary “default” state of human: I fully identify with my physical sex, which is male, I’m white, I’m straight and I have no physical disabilities. While I am prone to extreme depressive states, I have never been diagnosed and it’s entirely possible these states can be attributed as much to my circumstances as they can be to the chemistry of my brain.

So to recap, no disabilities, straight, white, cis male. Someone who only understands selfish motivation would have to ask why I want other people represented by heroes in our modern psyche-shaping mythologies, which for my generation are video games and popular fiction (and for my “tribe” as it were, particularly SFF).

(I know, right, another post by a straight white cis dude. But please bear with me, I do mean well)

Well, part of it is still kind of selfish. I’m a writer. And I write SFF. By having more representation, the genre will become more open, be given more voices, and be improved in general by more contributions from people whose experiences are different from my own. That additional boost in baseline quality will force me to write better books to keep up, and will add respectability to the genre as well.

The second is, well, if the collective consciousness is taking in perspectives from everyone, not just people like me, humanity can become more unified. People like GamerGaters will become less and less influential, and fewer in number. The divisions beloved of governments of corporations between ordinary people based on stupid bullshit like melanin will dissolve, and therefore most power held by governments and corporations – all too often based on pitting the governed against one another – with them. It wouldn’t be an overnight thing, of course, but if the common cultural parlance sees no difference in the humanity between a black trans lesbian woman and a white straight cis male en masse then I’d call that a win, and you teach people through stories.

Maybe that was rambling, as well-intentioned as it is. Oh well, it’s a Sunday, it’s sunny, and I’m done being serious now.

Being Positive – Why I Want Diversity in Media

I’m being published in the Arcanum compilation!

Ohey here’s Arcanum, it’s a compilation of retold myths and legends from around the world that I contributed to (my myth is Ragnarok, which is all sorts of fitting). Getting it into physical form is going to take money, though, and there’s a kickstarter to help make that happen. So please give a bit if you have a bit to spare, and take a look at the contributor bonuses!

I’d appreciate anything y’all can do to help, even just sharing this post if you can’t contribute financially is still a ton of help! The link to the kickstarter and a short trailer for another story in the compilation is above too!

I’m being published in the Arcanum compilation!

Went to a Vanna show in Austin

It was really nice to hear some live Boston music down here in Austin. Sad to say the only person who recognized my Actor|Observer shirt was Shawn Marquis, the bassist of Vanna whose brother is Actor|Observer’s lead vocalist.

In any case, my forehead now has a dent in it and it’s hard to put weight on my left foot. So that’s the sign of a good pit, I’d say. And I heard about some local bands so I’ll be going to more shows in the future! I’m pretty hype about that since going to shows is something I definitely miss about Boston life.

Spending today recovering, I’ll probably watch the most recent Dragonball Z movie to cap off my weekend.

Went to a Vanna show in Austin