Writers’ Block

October 15, 2021

Last weekend, during my soccer game, two opponents complained about my style of physical play to each other. They they said it loud enough, however, that my teammates heard. At halftime, my players informed me of how the other team thought I was “violent” – though their claims where vastly exaggerated. When we took the field after the break, I politely addressed both players separately during game play and apologized, explaining how my “style” could have been misunderstood. Each pleaded that they didn’t say anything of the nature and furthered by claiming they said I was really good and that was all.

This is where the issue is. These players were about 15 years younger than me. Newer generations, as in the ones fresh into adulthood (whenever that may considered) are very confrontational as long as they’re in their safe spaces – i.e. the internet or small circle where they can whisper to each other just loud enough that it becomes someone else’s issue and no longer theirs. When approached person-to-person, I wouldn’t even say challenged, their ego transforms from uber-strong to rather feeble. This, of course, isn’t the case for all people in these age groups, but it’s definitely something that is common in the modern era of being “social”.

October 12, 2021

Does the allure of a storied franchise create confidence? Does past failure create uncertainty?

After last night’s ALDS Game 4 between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, it’s an intriguing thought to consider. Tampa Bay was the best team in the American League all season, but the postseason is a different story. Yes, teams like the Red Sox and New York Yankees have historically won, or so it is assumed on the surface, or been present in the playoffs, but why should that matter? Each generation has different players, coaches, and front office personnel. Yes, money has something to do with it because they can afford the best talent, but, if that was truly the deciding factor then they would also be the best regular-season team as well. Also, some of the players who step up in clutch moments are not necessarily the high-profile names. Sometimes the stars falter, especially if they haven’t been in big situations.

Therefore, the mystique of “evil empires” in sports seem to play a role in building confidence for whoever dons a certain uniform. Of course, for teams like the Red Sox, this works in a positve and negative regard. Did the curse play a factor in their past failure? Probably. But when the curse was broken, confidence replaced uncertainty and it has shown, no matter the generation.

On the other hand, Tampa Bay, or “Champa” Bay as I like to refer to them as, could have used the city’s momentum in the sports world as a confirence-builder. The city currently hosts the NHL and NFL champions from last season, and the Rays were in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers last year. However, the aforementioned allure also is on the the mind of the opposition.

The psychology of sports is quite interesting.

October 8, 2021

To further on Raymond’s autobiography, closely relating to the below post, the author criticized critique before it became out of hand as it has in the modern era.

“This means that art has got to be controlled, and by the very people whom I wish to God had never ever heard of it – those terrible, negative, purposeful people who, like a child with a scab, cannot leave art alone. They ridicule and criticise it from a sense of drowned guilt, vaguely aware that what they are reading, looking at or hearing either embodies beauty, the opposite of the horrors they perpetrate or else, by presenting itself as extremely ugly, it satirises and underlines the state of the world as run by bores and so, naturally, the bores themselves. (p. 124)”

Something to think about and discuss if you feel the need to.

October 5, 2021

I’ve come across two vitally important quotes to share from Derek Raymond’s autobiography, The Hidden Files.

“It isn’t the language that’s dead; it’s the people who use it… A language that can’t be spoken can’t be written. You must be able to hear what you’re writing. If you can’t, no matter how much noise you make with it, there is somehow silence. (p. 62)”

Yesterday’s Facebook outage should make us think about this and how social media has created this “dumbing” of language and a reliance on something that is unstable.

“People will rarely if ever pay you for creating something they cannot understand, or can see no immediately profitable use for. (p. 63)”

More and more I experience the fact that people do not value the artist or their time anymore, but it has clearly been going on for a while.

October 5, 2021

Even if you’re in doubt of your talents or path, as long as someone still thinks the dream is a possibility, it remains alive. A friend said something like that to me the other day.

March 13, 2021

3vE by Jason DeGray

The highly anticipated cyberpunk novel by Jason DeGray, 3vE, is now available. You can find the ebook on Amazon and other retailers, or you can pre-order a copy through UB’s shop!

March 10, 2021

It’s been a while, but a rebrand is in place. This will soon become my main “social media” feed. I’m working on cleaning up the site, so please be patient! New things are coming and I shouldn’t be long.

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