• Life

    Happy Solstice, Everyone!

    by I’m going to be honest with you, I hate Christmas. Really. Oh, there’s the germ of several holidays still contained in it, but what our society has done to Christmas is more or less disgusting when you look at it with a little bit of objectivity, whether you want some version of the original pagan celebration, the Christianized version, the Roman Saturnalia, or some other standard that we’ve commercialized until all that’s left is that commercialism at a societal level, whatever anyone might think. Christmas is a financial transaction that dominates a full sixth of our calendar on its own and its aftermath pushes into the new year. We…

  • Life,  Music

    My Christmas Play List

    by Whatever you’re celebrating this time of year, I hope it’s good. I hope it’s everything you need to be. I realize a previous post may lead you in the direction of me not liking Christmas. Actually, I’m fairly certain I said that I kind of hate it. I also explained, which only matters if you took the slightly misleading title of the post to heart, that what I hate is what our society has made of Christmas. I do, however, mostly hate Christmas music. Even once you peel out all of the blatantly religious songs that do still seem to get play everywhere, the majority of what you have…

  • Opinion,  Philosophy

    I Kind of Hate Christmas

    by Confession time: I kind of hate Christmas. Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word. And I don’t necessarily mean the basic concept of Christmas itself. Whatever religious significance you’d like to attach to the holiday, to me Christmas is the gatherings of family and friends, a sharing of thoughts and time, a reminder of the important things. Whatever particular version of a particular holiday you choose to celebrate this time of year, I’d be willing to bet that those things are somewhere close to its core. Unfortunately, that’s not what our society is trying to force down our throats, and hasn’t been for a really long time. What…

  • Life

    I Think I Hate Christmas

    by Really. Christmas sucks in a lot of ways and I’m just about as sick of it as I can get. Writing that, I’m fairly convinced I’ll be even more sick of it next year. Hear me out for a minute. Major retail outlets start having a Christmas section sometime in August, more than four months before the actual holiday itself. I (like everyone else) am supposed to spend hundreds of dollars on decorations and thousands of dollars on gifts every year, plus whatever the annual holiday feast is supposed to cost. Spend, spend, spend. To get me in the mood, those same retail outlets move to a Christmas music…

  • Movies

    What I’m Watching for Christmas

    by On this edition of “What I’m Watching”, we learn what my favourite Christmas movies are. I love Christmas, although mainly in a Tim Minchin “White Wine in the Sun” sort of way. It’s a secular Christmas and I don’t really care about presents. I want to spend time with my family, nuclear and extended, even the ones I don’t get along with (in fact, a lot of the presents are selected with this in mind). I also want to manage to visit with as many friends as possible, in person, by phone, or virtually. The decorations are fun, but it’s about decorating as a family. Parties are fun, even when I have…

  • Life,  Writing

    A Quick Writing Update

    by So I haven’t blogged much lately, but I have been getting some stuff done. Christmas, mostly, but a little bit of writing and related activities as well. I’ve done most of the pre-writing I want to do for Dreams of Freedom and expect to start writing it somewhere between now and Christmas. The story is taking shape pretty well in my head and I hope that’s a good thing. Previous experience with detailed plotting has had me lose interest pretty quickly once I start writing. I’m usually better off only plotting three or four chapters ahead at most. Trying things a little differently this time, so we’ll see how…