Last week I was house sitting for a friend in another neighborhood and I took a morning walk. Being Sunday morning none of the businesses were open and only a few people around. As I came up to Haight Street there were bubbles floating in the air.
I stopped to find the source. After a couple of minutes I found that the small orbs originated from a balcony that was above and behind me. A person was up there with a machine churning them out.
I love bubbles, so this small incident made me smile. It added some much needed wonder to my day so I tried to capture the moment, the result of which is to the right here. As you can see, or not see, as is the case, the bubbles are not visible.
While disappointing, it serves to remind me that life is best enjoyed as it happens and not after the fact. If I had not been focused on getting the shot I could have enjoyed the moment for a little bit longer. In our age of social media I think sometimes we forget to appreciate what is happening in the here and now for the sake of the perfect picture to post.
I am a big advocate of looking up, turning off , and actually participating in the things going on around us. There is adventure to be had if your're looking for it.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised but of all the new shows on TV this fall, eight of them are based of off movies and at least two others are based off of shows from other countries. People have been saying it for years, Hollywood is out of original ideas.
As an independent author trying to get my voice heard, I know a lot of amazing writers in the same boat but no one is listening to us, because we don't have a fan base all ready to go. I realize it's an idealist's dream to wish Hollywood was more open to new ideas, they are in this for the money not the art. So their choices match their goals, but I still need to vent about this.
It's sad to me that producers of movies or TV shows, and large publishing houses for that matter, are unwilling to take risks of any kind. As a writer looking for an agent you have to have a Twitter following and provide website traffic info as part of your submission package. I know it's a new era in the publishing industry but I have read more than one blog to break the news, just because it's good doesn't mean it will get noticed.
ASIDE: For the record, having a fan base doesn't mean it's good. Popularity is not a guarantee of quality.
But what about Buffy, Bates Motel, or even Highlander? There are a lot, I mean A LOT of shows based off of movies (and yes, movies based off of books) and many of them are awesome, but when I know so many creative people with really awesome ideas, it's a tragedy and a travesty that the powers the be are too cowardly to explore these new worlds and ideas.
Okay, rant over. I write for me, not them, so let's move on shall we.
In case you were wondering which shows, here is the Wiki list.
See Fall TV list from EW.com here.
Normally, I don't get involved in politics or activism of any kind but when President Obama appoints a former cable executive as the new head of the FCC I have to say something.
The internet is the one place that is a level playing field for everyone. If these laws get passed because Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are throwing millions of dollars into lobbying, those glory days are over.
If you get angry or passionate about one this this week, let it be this.
Isn’t it nice when companies tell you something obvious? Especially when they get on the current bandwagon of whatever fad we are trying to convince ourselves will make us happier, richer, or at least, reduce our carbon foot print.
Who is putting gluten in the chocolate and ice cream anyways?! Don’t tell me broccoli is fat free- that is half the reason we eat it (except for the butter part.) If it occurs in nature then you don’t need to mention there is no transfats.
That kind of stuff drives me nuts. It’s insincere to make claims for things that don’t truly pertain to your product. Ugh!
If something comes up, I'll put it here, otherwise find me on FB and Twitter.