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Thursday, April 29, 2010

research mode - cyborgs

It was pointed out to me recently that one of the characters in the story I'm writing is a cyborg... I hadn't actually associated that term with the character because I thought of her more as the bride of frankenstein mixed with supernatural elements.

But after reading this article, Cyborgs - How Science Fiction Failed Us, the author pointed out that really Mary Shelley's creation was like the first cyborg, Frankenstein existing solely because of the science involved.

I haven't worked on my story in a long while and I think perhaps because a large plot element was missing, possibly with this character. Thinking of her as a cyborg changes my perception of her and could also completely change her importance in the story... I already had her revealing a crucial piece of information in my mind at the end but I think I need to completely re-think who parts of her were and how it could affect her actions.

So of course I'm geeking out having just finished the entire Battlestar Galactica series & The Plan... Caprica is next. But I want to be sure that my character maintains her uniqueness because I don't want in any way for her to resemble what people think of as cylons. I started this story from a dream I had and it came purely from imagination before I had even started watching BSG.

My character does not have free will... it was not given to her - she is a forced companion and essentially a slave. I'm looking forward to exploring what she does with that...

and I think I might also have some more sci-fi to watch for ideas! and of course I draw from other sources like Supernatural & Buffy as well but I really want to aim for a new kind of character like we've never seen before...

yay research / scooby mode!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

changing your internal state

I came across an interesting theory and I want to put it into practice to see if it can work...

any frame of mind you're in, generally it's imagined. whatever it is that you're thinking about that has you in a bad mood is already in the past, you're not actually experiencing it right that minute - you're imagining it and re-living it.

so why not re-live the times that you felt most inspired, most dynamic, excited, happy and energetic? tap into those memories and feel that way any time you want to... that's the theory anyway.

the suggestion is to write down three instances in which you recall feeling that state and for each, do something distinctive with your body while recalling each.

for example, recall the event that made you feel powerful and excited and then breathe out with your lips puckered (or whatever you choose). then your mind-body creates that muscle memory to access that connection.

then when you get good at that, trying doing it in the middle of a lot of distraction (which is the real challenge and more like life) - like in traffic or at a hectic day at the office.

it might help to keep a personal journal of the past experiences you're working with to really try to tap into those memories.

hey, who knows, it might work... I'm curious :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

infinite source of wisdom by @LouiseHay

I find in my life I've said "I don't know" a lot. I thought surrendering to the fact that the mysteries of life are beyond my understanding was the ultimate wisdom. But in reading this blog post from Louise Hay, perhaps by taking this approach I have been limiting myself...

Magnify Your Vision of Life
by Louise L. Hay

Within each of us is a center of wisdom far deeper and greater than we’re aware of. Meditation is designed to help us connect with this center and magnify our understanding of life. When we’re willing to open our consciousness to new ideas and new ways of thinking about difficult issues, then our lives change for the better. The only goal I have is to continually grow to understand more about life and how it works. What do I need to know, believe, say, and do to make my life flow as smoothly as possible?

Within each of us is the capability to connect with our source, and therein lies the peace we’re all seeking—the inner knowledge that gives us strength in these so-called dark times. When we can see the larger picture of life, we realize how insignificant many of our smaller issues are. We truly understand the saying: “Don’t sweat the small stuff; it’s all small stuff.”

Every time we say, “I don’t know,” we’re shutting the doors to our own infinite source of wisdom. Within us are all the answers to all the questions we’ll ever ask. We do know past, present, and future. Among us are gifted psychics, and if one person can do something, we can all do it. We all have the potential to see more, know more, understand more, and envision the greater picture of life. Remember, in the vast infinity of life, all is perfect, whole, and complete…and so are you.