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I've never read those books, but judging by online discussion I get the impression we can expect a lot of episodes devoted to braid tugging, sniffing, skirt smoothing, and weird gender wars stuff.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Viking mystic ritual - opinions?
« on: August 18, 2019, 12:21:56 AM »
The world tree's roots would be my second favourite - but again, I'd like to see her bring something back.

Well, it occurred to me that when facing Níðhöggr she would pick up one of his discarded scales. Now she has a piece of a primordial ultra-dragon, shaped like a knife, which cuts supernatural monsters like butter.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Viking mystic ritual - opinions?
« on: August 17, 2019, 11:15:55 PM »
Being sent to an impossible job (sorceresses don't like her) and getting the job done with an unexpected help seems nice.

Thanks for replying. But outside help kind of defeats the point. And the sorceresses would know, because magic.

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Writers' Corner / Viking mystic ritual - opinions?
« on: August 17, 2019, 09:52:21 PM »
(Or rather, "Norseman mystic ritual, because 'Viking' is a job title, something pop culture misses, but whatever")

I'm writing my Norseman fantasy, and there is a chapter where a young woman has to seek help from a coven of sorceresses (or seiðkonur) who are pretty miffed with her. So they make her prove herself worthy of help through a weird, psychedelic ordeal.

I'm torn between a few different ideas, and would appreciate some gut reactions to these different scenarios:

They make her walk off a cliff into the ocean, where she sinks and encounters Ran, the Norse goddess of the drowned. I have several different ideas for this:

-They throw an item into the sea which she has to fetch from the bottom. Meanwhile Ran comes and tries to tempt her away, and the challenge is to cling to life and make it back to the surface.

-She has to actually deliberately meet with Ran and win an underwater wrestling match.

-She has to meet with Ran and give her a polite peck on the cheek, which a mortal is normally not expected to survive.

2) A more brutal approach: She is given a knife and sent into a darkened forest where she has to fight a wolf that may or may not actually exist. Possibly while magically blinded, as a test of courage.

3) She has to journey for a bit before finding a colossal wolf, and putting her arm in its mouth. It bites down and tears the arm off, and she staggers back. Fortunately, it was an illusion and the arm is fine: It was a test of her courage, willpower, and willingness to sacrifice.

4) She is sent on a strange walk that leads her to the bottom of Yggdrasill, where dwells the primordial dragon Níðhöggr. He chews on the roots of the world tree and on dead oath-breakers. Her challenge is to meet his gaze without losing her mind. There's also some pointedness here, as she arguably broke an oath she'd made to the sorceresses.

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I would appreciate people's thoughts on the following... even though I realise it's lengthy.

Just a few days ago I posted about having learned a lot about how to live with myself. But what is more human than self-reflection, and isn't it ultimately healthy to allow a little doubt now and then? If you come to the conclusion that you truly are living the best life you can, then no harm is done and you may even appreciate it even more. But if you come to another conclusion, maybe you can motivate yourself to change that.

What I have learned, aside from not beating myself up for my shortcomings, is to keep away from the stimuli that my autism makes so difficult:

*I keep away from crowds except for in controllable doses.
*I don't travel much because all the unfamiliarity and prolonged discomforts really don't gel with me.
*I stay away from situations where I'm dependent on someone else's schedule to be able to get home.
*I've stopped tormenting myself by attempting to participate in "typical" social situations such as big festivals.

And so on.

I do appreciate what close friends and family I do have, but contact isn't always steady. I'm entering my fourth winter of university, but I'll graduate this spring and my plan is to devote myself entirely to writing for at least a year afterwards. University hasn't been much of a social development for me, but at least I'm around people, discussing, and doing cooperative assignments.

While I'm overall pretty comfortable I'll admit I get bored with my own company at times. A town of 20.000 people doesn't have a huge variety of social options, but I COULD start attending karate classes or something. Or I could spend my evenings at home, being comfortable with the familiar.

Then there's the fact that I'm now into the latter half of my 30's, and I'm still single. Romance is one of those things society incessantly tells us is necessary/mandatory, and I've learned to not take such "rules" seriously. But there are definitely times when I would appreciate having someone to share my life with. But as stated above I have a strong need to control my comings and goings and my schedule, and I would sooner saw off my leg than have kids. And I'm awkward and weird and I really don't know what I have to offer.

I sometimes wonder if I should continue living in my comfortable little world, or continue to try various remedies to get more involved, even though to date such attempts have only ever left me burned and disappointed.

I don't really know if this post got my thoughts across, but I don't know more to say.

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I watched the first half-hour of the extended version of 1984's Dune. I've never watched any version of the movie, but I have to say I don't feel compelled to watch the rest. It opens with an almost ten minute long exposition dump to static images, and once the movie actually starts there is a lot of clunky narration, explaining characters and lore. This is not how a visual medium is supposed to work.

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Do we have any Spaniards here on this site?

I'll be spending a week in Torrevieja in September, and I could do with some general advice. Etiquette, bewares, recommendations... that kind of stuff.

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I've been watching Forever Twelve on Netflix, and it's an interesting show. It's about Reggie, a girl who, along with her friends, has the ability to teleport to magical fantasy world of childish whimsy. Her fear of growing up is a big part of the show, and her use of the magic world to escape real-life annoyances usually lead to her having to face them in some other form and gradually maturing.

But a bit of a standout feature to me is Reggie's mother. I feel that usually in cartoons aimed at kids parents are either perfect or dopey idiots. Reggie's mom in some ways represents the negative parts of adulthood: She'd in bad physical shape, she's a divorcee with a string of failed dates behind her, she's not doing well financially and she has real problems connecting with her two kids. But she loves them and is clearly doing her very best. And she ultimately does know better than her twelve year old kid.

In short, she feels like a real person, and I rather like it.

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Wow, thank you for everything, @isos81, @ScarletBea , @Eli_Freysson , @NightWrite , and @Bender. I've always kept my emotions bottled up for as long as I knew it, and had always been encouraged by many sources to open up more. This is the first time I'm opening up like this, and I'm really glad that I did so, I really felt better from all of your kind words and encouragements. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who often felt wretched this way, and that there are ways out of it. Thank you so much guys. I'm so glad (I said that again, haha), that I have stumbled upon this forum and have found such great friends, whom I could confided in even more than most of my friends in real life.  :'(

Silence destroys people.

Trust me, I know. As badly as I felt a few years ago my teens were the absolutely worst part of my life, and I was in considerable denial about it, and got angry when someone tried pointing out that I wasn't doing well mentally.

So please, if you're feeling bad for an extended period, talk to someone.

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Shit. Apologies for the swear word. I meant just finished my novel but that somehow made me felt infinitely worse, for some reason. I guess it's just that I'm no longer possessed by that mad, gleeful trance I had during the time I was writing, and was now just reminded of how shit my story probably is. It's like I could just find a million reasons and imagine a million ways I'd failed.

Well, and why not, just like with the over 50 short stories submissions I've made to various e-magazines (with only one getting accepted), things probably won't change just because the story is like a hundred thousand words longer. I'm just ready to fail at this point and I don't even feel like making a half-ass attempt at writing a query letter or finding publishing agents anymore because I'd probably failed anyway. 

Ever since I got physically and mentally broken and quit med school I guess I just got into the "I failed.I failed.I failed.I failed.I failed.I failed.I failed.I failed" ideology for the rest of my life. Things just kept on repeating that I'd expect to fail in the end either way, no matter how hard I tried or how I went about doing things, and that just sucked. Not just because I'll fail anyway, but that I had came to kind of accept and expect it.

I'm not bipolar myself, but trust me when I say that I'm very familiar with feeling like a hopeless failure. Failure socially, financially, professionally and creatively. There were SO many times when I almost gave up writing, or when I just sat at home, wallowing in self loathing.

It was all nonsense, of course. My problem was in large part that I was measuring my life by some mythical "standard". I was trying to live a life that just didn't suit me, and would have brought me no joy even if I'd achieved it. I'm not some cookie cutter figure; I'm ME. And the only thing I SHOULD be doing in this world is living the way that work for me. Finding out what that is took some time and work, but it was worth it.

And I also know about feeling a bit empty upon completing a story. So I just start another one.

Don't focus on how much you've failed. I know one can get caught in a negativity spiral; I've certainly done it myself. Focus your energies on what will make you happy.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 11, 2019, 03:19:14 PM »
Have you considered that with power and influence might come the ability to fake his own death as in bribe enough people and have a doctor write a death certificate and simply walk out of the prison. Or someone equally powerful did the same and had him killed rather than risk being implicated by him?

While I would be inclined to say suicide is the logical answer there does seem to be breaches in protocol if he was on suicide watch.

Apparently he'd been recently taken off suicide watch. And while it's certainly tempting to delve into a grand conspiracy worthy of a spy thriller Occam's Razor tells us this was simply the result of despairing psychopath and incompetent officials.

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What are you going to use it for? Galaxy Tab models are a decent cheaper alternative. If only for reading, check Kindle.

Reading, both Kindle and just online material, and also to record the occasional video (I currently don't own any recording device), and also to have something to send emails with and browse my favourite sites while away from home.
All pretty basic; I just want a reliable device that won't lag, and is user-friendly for an ignoramus like me.

+1

If you know what you are doing, go for Android. If not, Apple will probably guard your safety better

I'm slightly confused by this. You give Bender's comment a +1, but still recommend Apple?

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So can someone advise me on buying a tablet?

I kind of want to get one, but I have absolutely none of the knowledge needed to make an informed purchase. I'm in my thirties, but when it comes to technology I might as well be eighty. I still stubbornly refuse to get a smartphone, though that is partially also because I like being able to escape the internet by stepping outside of the house.

IPads are the ones with the name recognition, I know, but they're fairly pricey. I can get another model for half that price, but upon me showing a friend the technical information he told me it's garbage.

Any advice?

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 10, 2019, 04:34:06 PM »
News the guy apparently suicided in prison.

Not one for conspiracy theories, but considering all the people he apparently knew... how convenient.

Oh, damn.

I wanted the man shamed and caged for the rest of his natural days.

And yes, this will certainly set off the conspiracy theorists, especially since he was apparently on suicide watch.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 08, 2019, 07:55:18 PM »
(According to the Expanse) He did give us the fusion drive though.

Sorry, what?

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