Open Thread: Seasons

(by chris the cynic)



[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]


10 thoughts on “Open Thread: Seasons

  1. christhecynic September 12, 2015 at 4:46 am

    It’s not that I like freezing, but this heat we’ve been having up here lately belongs in Hell. It screws over my mind and body.

    Also, apparently I forgot the writers’ workshop thread, so I guess this goes here:

    On Thursday I decided to write a Cinderella story. I thought I’d write a few scenes, hope the reader could fill in the blanks, and be done not long after I started, hours at most. It is three days now and I haven’t even gotten to the part where I talk about this ball coming up and if I were to just release what I had you’d have no idea it was Cinderella related because none of the connections are there yet.

    So far it’s just a high school student (the Cinderella) who is being treated like crap (well, that’s an understatement), the fairy godmother (who is not a fairy, nor is she a godmother) trying to look out for the Cinderella, and a handful of scenes involving the girl who is to be prince charming.

    This isn’t the story not going how I wanted, by the way, this is just me not progressing things nearly as fast as I expected. Which is a common problem for me by the way.

  2. alexseanchai September 12, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Sounds intriguing, chris!

    I really hate the thing where stress caused by X being undone keeps me from working on doing X.

  3. genesistrine September 12, 2015 at 9:06 am

    It’s autumn. It’s getting cold. I put a lightweight dooner on my bed a week or so ago nights are getting chillier.

    So why has my oldest cat decided that NOW is the perfect time to carpet the house (and me) with shed fur? He’s ambling round the house leaving this sort of slug trail of creamy gold fluff, or clots of it wherever he lies down. I can pull handfuls of loose fur out of him, and more immediately appears.

    And of course he WILL NOT let himself be combed….

  4. lonespark42 September 12, 2015 at 9:46 am

    “I really hate the thing where stress caused by X being undone keeps me from working on doing X.”

    THIS A MILLION TIMES. (We have a relationship.)

  5. lonespark42 September 12, 2015 at 9:50 am

    speaking of fairy tales, Y’all should bug me to actually do stuff with the Tam Lin story I started on like two years ago. Because Halloween dammit.

  6. christhecynic September 12, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I really hate the thing where stress caused by X being undone keeps me from working on doing X.

    I know what that’s like, I offer sympathy, empathy, and any other pathos related things that might help.*

    So fork theory (so named because it was thought up with spoon theory in mind) talks about this kind of thing. Being stress free would be the “fork” it’s a thing that allows you to do stuff just like a spoon in spoon theory. You know that doing X will give you that fork, but you can’t do X because you don’t have the damned fork yet.

    While spoon theory is all about loss of ability to accomplish (you lose spoons thorughout the day) by spending that which you need to accomplish, fork theory is about how in certain cases you can actually gain ability to accomplish shit (getting a fork) but your lack of ability (lack of forks) right now may prevent you from doing those things that you know will gain you ability (get you forks.)

    It’s, in my opinion, a great addition to spoon theory because so often I know doing X will get me Y BUT I need Y to do X and I’m fresh out of Y.


    Ok, this came up at slacktivist a little while back:

    Telekinesis = movement at a distance
    thus telepathy should mean “pathos at a distance” and yet it basically never, ever does.

    Telepathy has the same root as the one shared by sympathy and empathy.

  7. christhecynic September 12, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I just thought of examples of pathos at distance.

    Disturbances in the force. Obi Wan suffers the deaths of the Alderaanians at a distance not just in terms of not near there, but also when in a different kind of space (hyperspace instead of normal space.)

    Luke suffers the torture of his friends even though Dagobah is not near Bespin.

    Also television could totally be used for the tele part of telepathy.

    However, in both of the cases I noted pathos at a distance was only possible because there was also empathy involved.

  8. alexseanchai September 12, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Lonespark: TAM LIN!

    I should finish my own Tam Lin, the one with a Firefly-like setting and actual people of Chinese ancestry. On that note, if you haven’t heard Tricky Pixie’s rendition of the ballad, you’re missing out. Free to stream on Bandcamp, I believe.

    chris: Fork theory. Yes. I remember that. Excellent bit of analysis.

    Isn’t pathos at a distance the thing that happens when something appealing to audience emotion is broadcast on television? I mean, your way’s more interesting…

    I hauled many boxes of media up a flight of stairs. I am wore out. Books = heavy. Why am I trying to do this “moving” thing all by myself, again? (Because, is the answer. Nobody Touches My Stuff.) I need to do more packing, but right now I need rest and water and food.

  9. lonespark42 September 12, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I have Mythcreants, and my family has often danced to TP’s Tam Lin. Not lately. Must rectify.

  10. christhecynic September 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Since it became extremely clear that I wasn’t going finish the whole story in one go, I figured out where to put a break and now have one section posted. The story is called Ash the section is called A Week In The Life.

    Right now I very much doubt that you’d be able to tell that it’s a Cinderella story if I hadn’t mentioned it.

    By the climax it’ll be crystal clear that it’s a Cinderella story, and well before that the character from drama club will be pointing out similarities, even ones that aren’t really similar at all.

    Originally I was thinking I’d just write disconnected major scenes, so it would go fast because I wouldn’t need to tell the whole story. Apparently the whole story wants to told.

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