A change of focus

September 30, 2013

When I started this blog, I didn’t know what I would write about. I knew I wanted your help keeping me accountable – which you have done multiple times now – but in between that I didn’t know what I would write about. I just winged it.

Well, I’ve figured it out. I realized that I’ve been spending too much time writing posts for other writers, when I should really be writing posts for readers. Productivity tips and motivational posts are all well and good, but what I want to do is tell stories, so that’s what I should talk about.

Thus, I’m refocusing this blog around topics directly related to storytelling. It will become more like my My Way or the Anime posts at Random Curiosity, save with a more general bent.

I will still talk about writing from time to time, especially when it comes to my own progress or another challenge to myself. Just expect more explorations of the writing process and my own experiences writing and editing a novel, less general philosophy and inspiration.

Thank you for your patience as I flail about making all these mistakes in the public eye. I truly appreciate it.

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By Stephen W. Gee

Author of Wage Slave Rebellion, Freelance Heroics, and about two good blog posts out of a hundred.

2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Inoridoki

    Hi stilts, I’d just like to say I really love your articles and after reading your work on randomcuriosity I’ve now begun to look into your blog as well.
    Currently I am trying to right a persuasive essay on negative reactions to anime and manga and why, despite what some believe, they are both forms of art that do have substance and that there are things of value you can take away from them. Though anime can be extremely sexualized and crude (as well as down right inane), I want to try and convince the members of my class that there may be some anime out there, even if they don’t want to watch it, that would appeal to them and that liking anime is not all that different from liking supernatural or being apart of a fandom, as i don’t think anime/manga necessarily deserves the bad rap it has. I was hoping to find an article on your blog that had to do with the controversy over anime or manga just because you seem to have opinions on many artistic subjects, but I was unsuccessful. I was wondering if you had any idea where i could find a well written article on this. I have met many people who get riled up over this so I am sure such articles exist, but I guess I’m just having a hard time searching through information. If you had any links or information regarding this subject (even if vague) it would be a great help. I also wouldn’t mind hearing your thoughts on the subject if you have the time.
    Sorry for the ridiculously long message “^.^

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      Stilts

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my writing.

      I don’t know where you can find an article like that because frankly it’s not a topic that interests me very much. Most of the people I know are very tolerant about my liking anime and manga – even if they don’t quite understand it – and I don’t go around trying to convince people who don’t show interest because I don’t have the time for that. I will opine on the matter briefly though, if that helps.

      The first and foremost reason for the stigma among some people is ignorance. They don’t know anything about anime and manga other than the most vivid and publicized elements – which, like video games, are usually common elements that do not make up the totality of the form, see: ecchi in anime & violence in video games – and they have no desire to learn. When someone doesn’t care they’ll cling onto any reason they know of to give them a reason to not care, and anime provides plenty of those.

      Next, there’s a fairly high barrier to entry to getting into anime, which most people don’t want to spend the time to surmount, so they once again fall back on whatever reasons they know of why they “don’t like it”.

      Cartoons are also thought to be for children in much of the western world, so those of us who watch them into adulthood – even if they’re cartoons oriented towards adults – get flack for watching those “crazy Chinese cartoons”, as even some of my relatively well-meaning friends call them. The assumption is that cartoons and comics are for children, so we’re being childish to enjoy them. Contrast this with CGI animation which doesn’t have this stigma thanks largely to Pixar’s stellar storytelling in the genre’s infancy, which has somewhat prevented the same bias from manifesting. This despite the fact that there are no real important differences between CGI and “traditional” animation, storytelling-wise.

      There’s also the problem of culture. If there were a lot of high quality, young-adult-to-adult oriented western produced animated series then the prevailing attitude among westerners might be different. Since there’s not though, people who may be interested in animation are forced to also learn about Japanese culture to really get into the stories, so resistance against anime & manga could also be resistance against “those crazy Japanese.”

      There’s also the stigma against nerdy pursuits in general, but that’s a much larger topic which I’m similarly uninterested in. Nerds rule the world, so the opinions of the front men are largely irrelevant to me.

      Lastly, there’s a problem of imagination. Many people either don’t have or don’t wish to use the necessary imagination to enjoy anime and manga, sometimes because they’ve convinced themselves that they need to “grow up” and stop doing that, or because they never had it before. When the characters on the screen are drawn instead of real people, an extra leap to suspend disbelief is required, and many won’t even attempt it.

      By the way, I assumed you were talking about this from a western point of view, though I now realize I don’t have a clue where you’re located. If you live in a different society than my own then some of my points won’t apply, but then again I wouldn’t know which ones would, so you’d be on your own.

      Note: I wouldn’t waste any time trying to convert the nay-sayers if I were you. It’s a waste of time and unproductive. Look for the ones who are open to persuasion, or sit them down and just show them an excellent example of the form. That convinces people far better than words ever could.

      Oh, and in the future please direct unrelated questions to the post at hand to stiltsoutloud(at)gmail(dot)com. I prefer to keep these on topic : )

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