Unlike photography or sketches from life, drawing from imagination requires much more discipline. You got to think very carefully of what you want to say, and add just that on a blank sheet of paper, because any extra detail costs you time and effort, nothing comes for free, and nothing is random. Much closer to refined symbols. Quite applicable for writing too. Cross-training in a way.
What was the last book you read, or last movie you watched, which described the world you’d like to live in? I found it difficult to recall one. Many interesting ones around, but living in it – no, thank you.
While the average internet users’ level of sophistication has mostly plateaued, the states’ desire to control the mass communication is far from being satisfied, so for the average users it would be a losing battle. There was just a brief period of total online freedom, until the government bodies caught up with the latest tech. The control is not the worst part of it—after all, it is just natural. The worst part is that we are steadily moving towards the algorithmic version of karma and retribution, which will inevitably re-instill fear. The very moment you or somebody you know will be banned, without any explanation, from doing something you used to do all your life, you will feel it. Humanity just recently has mostly got rid of the fear of God, but sadly, life without irrational fear didn’t last for long.
The human brain is the human’s biggest strength and also the biggest weakness. Same as muscles, you got to exercise it to get most of it. After I found out that the modern biofeedback solutions for brain are still very inconvenient, I decided to switch to something more traditional – doing something very different from what I usually do, to activate parts of the brain that are not much used otherwise. I picked drawing. I used to draw quite a lot up to late primary school age, then it gradually stopped – maybe together with a good deal of fantasies and imagination. It’s very interesting to get back to it now, focusing especially on imaginary things which do not exist – because for things that do exist there’s photography.
Finally, the first draft of my new novella is very near completion so the editing will commence in January, plus any possible queuing time – editors are so busy these days. So many people who write, so few people who know how to make it into a good shape (: Now the most challenging part is still outstanding – the title for it.
We now live in an era of permanently broken things and services. Nobody has the desire, capacity or incentive to get anything right any more. If you happen to come across anything different – treasure it.
What if euthanasia was legal, culturally acceptable and as easy as the famous suicide booth from Futurama? What is your guess, by how much the current 7.5 billion would reduce?
Thinking about the plot ideas for the next work.
By the time I became a decent human being, I already lost most of the interest in people and became decidedly antisocial, so nobody noticed that.
I generally like audiobooks, especially the Amazon’s ebook+audiobook combo. It allows me to continue enjoying the book in places where it would not be possible otherwise, like when I have to do something boring.
The only aspect I don’t like about them is the inability to adjust the tempo. With a regular book, I always accelerate in less interesting parts and slow down where it matters most, often re-reading the same passage a few times, and this freedom to change the tempo is important. So important, that sometimes I have to stop the audio version of the book and wait till I can read the text myself to fully enjoy it.
Read “The Woman in the Dunes” by Kobo Abe and feel mildly depressed now.