Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Random Day Wed July 4th 2018

We are 119 days till Hallowe'en.

Dear Spudguns!  Yeah I don't know what I'm doing?  I've hit another bit of writer's block, and if you've been following my movie blog the last few weeks, you can tell. My life has been busy, which is nice for a change, but it's left my mind blank. And my creative efforts are falling flatter than usual.

I was on Instagram just now, hoping some cooking gramers would inspire me, but instead I ended up just breaking down in a near batch of tears. I say near, as I didn't cry but came damn close.

When I started this bloggy blog, my original intention was to do recipes and crafts from a more Addams Family approach. You know, like a gothic Martha Stewart or something. But, as I learned, I suck. I've embraced my suckage at arts crafts and cooking, doing it anyways. Here's the thing, just between you and me; there are hundreds of others out there that sprang up over the last few years who are a million times better at it then I ever could be. Yeah, that nugget of golden silence was a slap to the ego I must say.

Put simply, I'm jealous.

Over the last decade and a half that I've been online doing what I've done, be it reviews for books/movies/wrestling, the recipes, the personal diaries/vlogs, the comedic posts, or the columns etc, I've done the one thing you should never do. Compare myself to those around me.

Bad me. Bad bad bad. I should never have done that. But, it's human nature. Sometimes we can get ahead of it and stop ourselves, and sometimes we fall into the pit of despair.

This is a big year of change for a lot of people. Astrologically speaking, this is a massive crossroads for half the people on the planet. Everyone will be feeling something, to some degree. But not everyone will be feeling the urge to do something about it.
As I stand at my personal crossroads of doubt and uncertainty; I can only assure myself that movement is good.

This became a bit of a ramble. Okay, I'll try to get back later in the week to this blog. With something. I have no idea what? Just, something. Hopefully, by that point I'll have written something for the week on the movie blog too. Keep your paws/claws/parts crossed that my writer's block is temporary.

And I guess this is the part where I tell you to not forget about my facebook page. (here)  Till later.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Random Monday June 4th 2018

We are 149 days till Hallowe'en on the countdown calendar. And I just spent an hour on facebook, searching for something I couldn't find.
Pretty typical as of late for me. Searching, searching, searching, looking but not finding. I've been having that happen a lot lately, I'm lost in the details of things. I will get up in the morning, decide that I want to post about something, and get so wrapped up in trying to create the right photo or hashtag or whathaveyou, that by the time I look at the clock again, it's just too late. Either too many people have beat me to the topic cause everyone live streams, or I just simply lost interest.

Like my videos. I promised you guys new stuff. And I did create some Vlogs and Video Reviews. Which, I in a timely fashion and totally not like my lazy arse at all, posted to my movie blog and facebook in May. Just by the time I did that, thought "why post them again?"  So they never made it to this blog.

I subscribe to a newsletter that I rarely get, and therefore always completely forget I've subscribed to until it pops into my emails every so often. And the crazy of it is, the person is local. Yeah, I have been brutally honest with my lack of local interest. Cause, well my city blows man. But, this morning, that newsletter reached my inbox, and the topic was about how we need to live in the details more.

Live in the details more. Ironically, it made a lot of sense. And the timing of it well...the universe is talking and I need to listen little closer.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Saturn and Pluto and me

As I look outside my living room window this morning, the sun is bright, there are birds on the lawn, mostly seagulls picking up the trash but birds none the less, and I am feeling the opposite of the weather. I don't feel bright and shinny. 
Part of that is just me feeling emotionally exhausted, physically in constant pain and plain old annoyed.

Saturn went retrograde middle of last week and will continue to be until July.  Pluto just went retrograde yesterday and will stay that way until August.
Both these planets deal with rewards, goals, and illusions/manipulation.  This means a lot of depressed people and situations for the next few months.  A good chunk of the world's population will be struggling to stay afloat during this time.

This equals an extremely busy time for astrologers and tarot readers. 

Okay, before this gets anymore depressing on my end, we're 191 Days till Hallowe'en. And I'll catch you in a few.

Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2nd 2018

Dear Bloggy-Blog:

I'm sorry I've been away. I miss you. I'm sure you miss me too? 

I was stupidly taken in by the flash of the rest of social media, can you ever forgive me? Our blogiversary is coming up and I just wanted you to know how much you mean to me. Those other social media meant nothing really to me, I was weak. They were flashy and flirty and I'm so sorry. Please, accept my whimpering plea.

xo-xo forever.


212 Days till Hallowe'en.

Spudguns! How's it?  I know, I've let everything go to dren and have been horrible at keeping anything going for longer than a month. The WWTGD? segment didn't do as well as I was hoping.

I did however, start a second story on my movie blog. Ironically, a movie blog that hasn't had many movie reviews in the last year. I know, my brains have been everywhere but where they should be lately. Let's call it a mid-life crisis and just move on.
I am editing a bunch of movie reviews for my youtube, so those should be ready soon. 

Anyways, just thought since I hadn't posted in the last two months, I would come in and slam out this note. 

Creeping Screams!

Monday, January 29, 2018

WWTGD? p7

It's time once again for another installment of my What Would The Ghouls Do?  Only, this time, I decided to flip the switch on it. We ghouls shouldn't have all the fun...right? 

Situation: I thought I was catering to one group of people, but that does not seem to be the case anymore. How can I pin down my real target audience?

Ghouls Asked for Advice: Guys Asked for Advice:  Dean and Sam Winchester

Movie Used: Supernatural ("Monster Movie" season 4 episode 5.  Episode 65 of the series)

plot: The guys go to Pennsylvania, to solve what they think is a "straight forward black and white case, but end up at an Octoberfest themed village, chasing down what ends up being a shapeshifter.

Quotes: "Big Pretzel" - Dean when arriving at the Octoberfest

"I'm a maverick, a rebel with a badge. One thing I don't do is play by the rules." -Dean trying to pick up the bartender.

"We have a lot of experience with strange." -Dean questioning a witness.

"You mean like a Dracula?" -Dean to witness

"So what do you think? Goth psycho vampire wannabe right?" -Dean to Sam after talking to witness.

"Definitely not our case." -Sam to Dean before learning of the second murder.

"Do whatever you've got to do. I'm going back to the room and get some sleep." -Sam to Dean

"Not weird enough." -Dean to bartender while talking about case.

"A werewolf? You're sure?" -Sam after learning about the second murder.

"First a Dracula, now a full on movie time wolfman. What's going on in this town?" - Dean to Sam as they enter the police morgue.

"This case just got weird enough for our department." -Dean to a witness.

"You're good here with the Mummy and the crazy?" -Dean to Sam as they investigate the third murder.

"No. The X-Files is a tv show. This is real." -Dean to the bartender.

"But I have a coupon."  -the villain of the week to a delivery guy

"Oh in the nick of time. Guy was about to Frankenstein me." -Dean to Sam as he's being rescued.

Favourite Scene:  When the villain, dressed as Dracula answers the door and the pizza delivery guy is there, and he starts asking if there is any garlic on it.

Quotes Used: "So what do you think? Goth psycho vampire wannbe right?"   and "Big Pretzel."

My Interpretation: You have to not sweat the small stuff, and be happy that you're alive. When you do what you love, the right people will start to enjoy your talents too. And if they happen to be outside of your intended audience, all the better for it. Diversity is strength, helps keep you from becoming stagnant and boring.

The big in joke is set up from the first minute with the first big line given by the character of Dean, as he comments about the black and white case. As this episode is entirely shot in black and white. I think it answered one of the biggest questions a show like this has to face; which is how do you do a Hallowe'en episode when your show is about the paranormal?  Going to the "basics" with this, having it be the creature feature of the week, and a tribute to classic monsters in general was brilliant. Other than a few lines about Dean having been rescued from hell by angels, there isn't anything to anchor it to the rest of the season, making it the perfect stand alone episode.
This is also a great way to tear down the idea of "what you think you know isn't always the truth".  Which, ironically, would become a theme over the rest of season four and most of season five. New layers and sub-plots would start to be exposed over the course of the next year of the show.

This is another example too, of me having a situation in my life that was starting to eat at my confidence. I have noticed a drastic change in my core audience in the last few months, and realized that as I waver on where I fit, it's reflected in what I do.

Check back next week, and see what kind of situation I've gotten into and whom I asked for advice.

275 Days till Hallowe'en

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22nd 2018

Spudguns! How's everything?  Groovy I hope. Anyways, it's a Monday, and if you've noticed, as of late I've been doing a fun, silly little segment called What Would The Ghouls Do? every week.   But, I don't have one for this week.  This last week has been a mess, and I'm realizing, I'm total crap at multitasking.

I'll be back next week, hopefully on time with the next segment of it. And in the meanwhile, don't forget to stop by my Facebook page for the quizzes, polls, quote of the week, and a few recipes. At some point soon, there will be some new comedy skits and crafting videos.

Today marks 282 Days till Hallowe'en.

Monday, January 15, 2018

WWTGD? p6

Situation: Every time I try to bake something, things go wrong. What do I do?

Ghoul Asked for Advice: Prue, Piper, Phoebe Halliwell


Movie Used: Charmed ("Is There a Woogy in the House?"  season 1 episode 15)

plot: After an earthquake, the sisters discover a strange smell coming from the basement. Because of Phoebe's fear from childhood about the basement, Prue and Piper tease her. But, when she becomes possessed by something in the house, they have no other choice but to turn to Prue's boss, who is a historian and knows more about their house than they do.

Quotes: "Just because I protect the innocent, doesn't mean I have to be innocent all the time." -Phoebe

"It was scary and it was real." - Phoebe

"I'm making Coq au Vin and I need that bottle more than you." -Piper to a rival in the store

"Don't worry, I can handle it all myself. It's me the culinary pachyderm." - Piper talking to herself after everyone abandons her

"Try cooking a feast when your own kitchen is attacking you." -Piper to Prue after the blender doesn't work.

"Sabotage. I'm being sabotaged." -Piper

"I don't know what it is but it's like the house is possessed." -Piper after yet another kitchen accident.

"I don't know, but I can't cook this mean in this kitchen." -Piper to Prue as the dinner guests arrive.

"Dinner has been changed. We're having it somewhere else." -Prue to the guests

"Our house has turned against us." -Prue to Piper after spending the night on the lawn.

Favourite Scene: When Piper is freaking out in the kitchen after everything has broken down.

Using the Quotes: "Try cooking a feast when your own kitchen is attacking you."   and "Our house has turned against us."

My Interpretation: Things are suddenly going horribly wrong, and it feels like a really bad supernatural joke. There most likely is a logical reason for the sudden craziness, but anything is possible.

This is the first time in the series where we're introduced to the idea of the Hollow/Nexus. Which becomes a major sub-plot in the rest of the series. This is also the first time we see them write in the book of shadows.
There isn't really a lesson here unfortunately. This was one of those episodes created just to get a lot of  "a character's back history" into play for future episodes. In this case, the history of the house itself. 

I have to admit, I rarely sit down to watch the earlier episodes, as I find season one extremely cheesy. I think the show really didn't become interesting until the fifth season.

I picked this episode today, because I actually have been having some crazy kitchen issues. After asking everyone I know for their advice; I decided to break down and use my own situation for the gimmick. Sad to say, not even the cheesy comedy of Charmed made me feel any better. Or help in any real way.

Come back next Monday, see what kind of situation I've gotten myself into and whom I turned to for advice.

289 Days till Hallowe'en
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