Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Things I Enjoy

By way of introduction, I've stolen the following from my Tumblr. It serves as well as anything else as a first post on this particular blog. It is a few words on the things I enjoy, on the strengths of my better self.

Words They are my constant companions. They are my comfort, my weapon, and my toy. I ply them to whatever ends fit the moment, and with very little effort. They are the strength that others always recognize in me, and therefore, the strength I recognize most confidently in myself. There is a solace in confidence. Words give me that solace.

Books This is an extension of my love of words. But it is more than that. I love stories. I love the quiet pleasure of a tale well told. I love the development and interplay of intricate characters. Mainstream fiction, fantasy, Sci fi, Horror. Each has a unique and enjoyable flavor. Reading for the simple joy of the story, or reading for the symbolism that the author may or may not have intended (and who cares which, if it’s there for the reader, it’s real) or reading for social criticism and commentary. I read. And it has made me who I am.

Games Luck is not one of my strengths. In truth, I don’t believe in luck. I believe we make our own luck. However, an astute observer watching me play at dice will be forced to question any skepticism related to the power of luck over the randomness of a gaming table. Despite all of that, I love games. I love the social interaction inherent in board and storytelling games. I love the moments of “OH” when the dice force an unexpected result (either negative or positive). I love the strategy, the tactics, and even the randomness. The gaming table is the place where I turn off my persistent subconscious and truly relax.

Movies and Television In these, we go back to the words. My first loves in visual media are the shows with well crafted characters delivering well written lines. Aaron Sorkin, Joss Whedon [Edit from the future: Our heroes sometimes fall], these are the artists whom I will follow in whatever work they do. That said, I enjoy explosions as much as the next guy. Sometimes action is what is required, and I’ll happily watch Liam Neeson kick the asses of hundreds of bad guys as he cuts a path to whatever goal he has been set in the current installment.

So, it would appear that my primary confidences and my main interests are areas where I can allow others to entertain me. Also, they all relate directly to my love of words. Perhaps I’ll explore what all of that means at a later date.