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Year-End Update

The conventional wisdom reads that 2016 sucked, and I’m not about to challenge that. It wasn’t great for me personally, wasn’t great for the world. I don’t think I need to elaborate about why it wasn’t great, so a few things before we cast this refuse off and proceed uncertainly into the future:

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I Am a Liar

So, the projected release date for “Building a Better Batman” was perhaps a tad overoptimistic. For one thing, the Batman vs. Superman review took a lot out of me. For another, most of my time’s been eaten up by work on a thing I can’t discuss. Probably it’ll be up by mid-May. (“Building a Better Batman,” that is. Though the thing could start by then also.)

Retool

…Not quite a reboot, not quite business as usual. Chasing the Rabbit will undergo some tweaks; just a heads-up.

I ^Still Ate’nt Dead

Yep, still here. Life has interfered. A few posts are in the hopper; I just saw Avengers: Age of Ultron a second time, so the review for that is due out soon while it’s still fresh in my brain. This summer’s slate should be up by the end of May.

Schedule of Posts-15-2-2015

Struck-through posts have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. All dates subject to change; I’ll keep you posted as situations develop.

Baseball Doubleheader–March or April; when’s Opening Day this year?
What We Talk about when We Talk about Sharknado–uncertain; review of Sharknado and Sharknado 2 to follow, if not integrated into the post itself.
It’s Your 65th Birthday, Charlie Brown–2 October.
Alex vs. the Golden Age of Television–TBD.
Star Wars recap/review–TBD, dependent on my finding a copy of the prequels and a special guest blogger’s availability
Star Wars, Canon and You–25 April
A Critique of “Heaven Is for Real”–TBD.
I Can’t Believe I’m Writing this Post–late February
Marvel Phase 2: A Retrospective–June/July
End of blogging on Blogger–spring or summer; ignore the WordPress site’s “March of 2015” because that was just me spitballing.

Schedule of Posts-22-1-2015

All dates subject to change; I’ll keep you posted as situations develop.

Charles M. Schulz: A tribute–13 February; probably one of the first I’ll put up on the new blog.
Baseball Doubleheader–March or April; when’s Opening Day this year?
What We Talk about when We Talk about Sharknado–uncertain; review of Sharknado and Sharknado 2 to follow, if not integrated into the post itself.
It’s Your 65th Birthday, Charlie Brown–2 October.
Alex vs. the Golden Age of Television–TBD.
Star Wars–probably a series of posts, TBD.
A Critique of “Heaven Is for Real”–TBD.

A New Direction

So, I’ve been thinking. Mostly about other stuff, but a lot about this blog and the direction I want it to take. And while I’m not entirely certain of what will happen going forward, I do have some ideas as to what I want to do with this blog.

The problem: Loss of momentum and desire for a clean start

I don’t know why, but I kind of lost all my motivation to move forward last year. Obviously, I did a lot of stuff—cancelling Diverged and starting Maple Street most notably —but 2014 honestly felt like a write-off in spite of all of the shake-ups and changes. I’d start a post, get caught up in revising it, and never finish or publish the damned thing. The upshot is that I have nine posts in various states of completion in various locations that will likely never see the light of day. I don’t know that I can finish these, let alone upload them; some I couldn’t say anything in, some were intimately tied to current events which have since vanished from the public consciousness, some just failed to cohere pending major revisions, two were topical and niche. I had a blast writing parts of them (in particular the one dealing with David S. Goyer’s idiotic, sexist comments about She-Hulk and the Martian Manhunter and his role in the increasing grimdarking [1] of modern superhero movies, especially those made by Warner Bros. about DC Comics characters, which I believe has some potential and relevancy in light of his involvement with Batman Vs. Superman), but I couldn’t finish any of them and I got bogged down in revision.

I turned eighteen last month, and that and the new year have ignited a desire to make a clean start of some sort. I don’t know what that start will look like, but it will probably take place away from this specific blog at this specific address in this specific part of the Internet. Some more specific changes:

  1.  A different workflow: This is a rather behind-the-scenes change and won’t affect this blog directly. However, I’ve decided to modify how I write the posts. Instead of multitasking and jumping between several posts at once, then wandering off to the Internet when I need to research something or get bored, I will focus my attention on one post at a time, working in as much depth as possible. I hope to move from occasional to monthly or biweekly updates in 2015. In addition, I switched to FocusWriter for my drafts rather than Jarte. This should help me stay on-target during the rough phase.
  2.  A move: This would be the major change—one of the “new directions” in this post’s title. I’m considering leaving Blogger and this blog altogether and switching to WordPress; I’ve already got an account and have started up a blog showcasing my fiction, though at the moment it’s more of a showcase  for the theme’s designers. I’ve been blogging here for five years, longer than I’ve lived anywhere, longer than I’ve gone to school anywhere, and frankly I’m done. I’m (probably) not done with blogging completely; but I am done with Blogger’s weirdness. Five years is a long time and I’m a different person now than I was in 2010 or even 2012. Most obviously, I’m a better writer and artist—better technically, more experienced, with my ambitions in a different place than when I started. I’m a slow and inconstant writer on top of that, and it’s against my religion to upload two consecutive posts in the same week, so I can never really become the daily content-spewing behemoth of the sort that dominates the blogosphere—not that I ever wanted to become such. The result is that this blog is no longer representative of the work I can do; it’s like my baby photos—Aw, look at the cute widdle bwogger getting all mad about razor bwades! Who’s passionately for LGBT equality? Yes, you are! Yes, you are—only the baby photos are on display for anyone with an Internet connection, so more like Facebook. Kids these days—no idea how hard they’ve got it. You try convincing your mom to hide the photo album [2] and even if she doesn’t agree that’s why God made attics. But online? Nothing ever goes away. Can’t even…
  3. Anyway, I’m in the final stages of resolving a dilemma, outlined above, about what to do with this blog. I’ll retain the URL and keep it as an archive, but I don’t foresee any new content on here after spring. I have a URL pinned down and a blog set up over on WordPress; it’s private, though, so you can’t see it yet. It should go live in March or thereabouts, and I anticipate some level of double-posting throughout spring.

 Oh, and one other thing…

I may also shake it up in terms of content. People seem to like humorous, linear reviews; maybe I can get in on some of that action. Also, should I start showing my art off? Thoughts? Opinions? Colorful euphemisms? Thanks for reading.
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[1] It is too a word.
[2] Photo album, you ask? Well, before Facebook—
You know, I hate this whole “explaining obsolete technology to kids” thing. It feels condescending and actively insulting to the reader’s intelligence. The landline isn’t dead, the typewriter hangs on, kids aren’t stupid, and the whole exercise is arguably an excuse to lord your superior intellect over someone. It’s the equivalent of yelling “your epidermis is showing!” but not funny.

Change of Address

 The new URL for the blog formerly known as the Diary of an Atomic Man and parked at that address for most of its existence is lagomorphslimited.blogspot.com. Please adjust your browsers and bookmarks accordingly. Thank you. [1]

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[1] Of course, it’s not as though anyone would notice the change–Blogger doesn’t redirect from defunct URLs…

Why I Won’t Talk about Ferguson

So, some bad stuff is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old black man, was shot six times and killed by police officers. This made a great number of people justifiably angry, and a protest movement of considerable size and volume has ensued. The police and state government have cracked down; last I heard before writing this, the governor had called in the National Guard. It’s a big, controversial topic, but you’ll have to turn elsewhere for coverage. Chasing the Rabbit will not discuss this.
There are a few reasons for this decision. First, I’m a slow writer and anything I say would be outdated by the time it made it to the blog.

Second, I’m a seventeen-year-old white guy from Washington. I’ve never had to deal with discrimination because of my skin color, gender, or sexual orientation [1]. My experience is rather tightly circumscribed, and hasn’t anything that would shed any new light on the situation.

Third, Ferguson is just the tip of the shit iceberg [2]. Robin Williams is dead, I’m in a funk, I just got back from vacation [3], and I’m feeling just a bit discombobulated at the moment. There’s a lot of stuff I’m working on at the moment–several blog posts, a webcomic, the back to school thing–and writing one of my signature long rambles about a topic as messy as this would just depress me too much. I’d rather finish something that I enjoy and think is worth my while and in the area of my expertise than tinker with a poorly-thought-out response to a complete mess whose ramifications and scope I’ve yet to grasp. This is a major, important story, one I’m entrusting to more skilled hands.

–Alex Adrian, 8/19/’14

                               
[1]Admittedly, that last one has more to do with my tightly closeted nature and timid, retiring personality than my actually being straight.
[2] Shit-berg?
[3] NOTE: In the original version of this post I called the vacation the worst of my life. I changed it because it was ungrateful and inaccurate.

I Ate’nt Dead

…in fact, I have two posts in the works, one of which should be up later this weekend and the other of which I want to put up on the Fourth of July. I think I’m done with the tweaks to the blog, though I think it needs a logo of some sort and I want to change the URL (though chasingtherabbit dot blogspot dot com seems to be taken–lagomorphpursuit, perhaps?).

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