Smallish Bloggery, Day 22: It’s embarrassing but true

It’s embarrassing but true:  

I often hate popular things just out of spite.  

I get so tired of hearing about how awesome something is, that if I haven’t gotten into it yet, I’ll avoid it on purpose just for the petty pleasure of rolling my eyes.  I’ve never gone so far as to be one of those snotty “I don’t own a TV and I never would” types, but still, I can be a bit obnoxious.

Sometimes this turns out to be good for me.  Case in point:  Game of Thrones.  It got to where I wore it like a badge of honor that I’d never seen an episode.  I’d tried reading the first book long, long ago and it was definitely not my style, but the hype surrounding the show made me irrationally angry, so I made a point of being one of the People Who Don’t Watch GoT.  Now, I’ve seen a few episodes and I don’t hate it necessarily, but it’s far too gory and rapey and just overall…much, I guess? for me.  I might actually have liked it better ten years ago or whenever it first came out and I was less aware of how much I don’t like the whole “Wait, we have a female character who hasn’t been raped? How else will she grow?” thing in TV and movies these days.  

(Speaking as someone who has used that trope and since realized there are much better ways to go about things, I feel I have some authority to say it’s a shitty trope and we need to lay off it.  I wrote QoS the way I did for a reason, because I wanted it to be a survivor’s story, but looking back I would have handled it differently or possibly changed it entirely.  But again this was ten years ago and I knew almost nothing about the urban fantasy or paranormal romance genres, so I was just writing the story I wanted to write without considering the social context.  Needless to say social context is a much bigger deal to me now.)

In other instances, I screw myself over.  Case in point:  Harry Potter.  I wanted so badly to hate the hell out of that series because I was SO SICK OF HEARING ABOUT IT.  Right around the time the Goblet of Fire hype had hit a fever pitch I decided I was never, ever, EVER going anywhere near those books…and then for some reason I changed my mind (I don’t really remember why, but it was just about the time the first movie was coming out.).  I missed the build-up around half the series, and I would have really enjoyed the fandom back then, so I’m kind of sad I didn’t try it sooner.  But it ended up okay; I’m firmly entrenched in my Potterhead-dom and quite glad to be.

I really do try not do this anymore, and if I catch myself doing it I try to at least dip a toe into the series or show or whatever to make sure my feelings are justified, if for no other reason than so I don’t miss out on something great.  (I read the first Twilight book and saw the movie – that’s the kind of sacrifice I was willing to make to know whereof I bitched!) (shudder)

Being a fan and a writer at the same time can be emotionally fraught, especially when you have rampant jealousy issues and a good deal of bitterness just as a built-in part of your personality.  But I try not to blindly eyeroll things…usually.  Sometimes it’s just so fun to be an asshole about things.

 

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Smallish Bloggery, Day 21: The best thing about Summer…

…is Fall.

Seriously, in case I hadn’t made it clear,

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
*inhales* uuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
uuuuuuuuuuuuuck Summer.

 

(Sorry, I know this is a pointless post, but our internet is down again, and I’ve had a splitting headache all day, so I lacked the spoons to do a real post.  I’ll do better tomorrow – I’m still not sure why I even included a prompt about something I hate, maybe to force me to find a positive thing to say about Summer? But I’m definitely not feeling that today, so.)

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Smallish Bloggery, Day 20: A high and a low

High:

YAAAAAAY!  The cable guy fixed the wifi!  It’s still working two days later!  OMG!

Low:

(next day)  …fuck.

 

(Sorry guys. Our internet is broken again, and I didn’t have a chance to do any real writing for this post.  Tomorrow’s should be less lame. They can’t all be literary gold after all, heehee.)

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Smallish Bloggery, Day 19: Today the sky is…

Today the sky is a hazy blue warning:  Don’t go outside, don’t go outside.  The high is set to hit 108F (that’s 42.2C) in the next few days.  Parts of the state are already on fire.

It feels like everything is on fire these days. 

At times the world seems oddly foggy and extra heavy because the air is full of fine dust blown here all the way from the Sahara.

It’s poetic, I suppose, and a moment to ponder the interconnectedness of everything on our little blue planet spinning in space, but to be honest I’m too busy coughing and sneezing and itchy and feeling drained and exhausted from the heat and the glaring sun and the dust and the outdoor mold (also at a high level right now) to really think that deeply.  The gears in my brain are all gunked up with dust.

This is the time of year I absolutely loathe, to be honest.  When other people talk about Summer being so awesome, I look around at Texas and I’m like, “…are you HIGH right now?”  I can see being excited about it if you live somewhere with real seasons, or where the weather isn’t constantly trying to murder you, but…here?  Oh hell no.  

I’m an Autumn baby anyway. I don’t own any shorts except as pajamas; I don’t own a swimsuit anymore since I bought one for the cruise my BFF and I went on several years ago and it got lost somewhere (it was hideous and awful anyway, because fuck swimsuits, but still I have no idea where it went).  I don’t own any flip-flops (that’s partly because they make my feet hurt, though).  I have about eleventy billion scarves, though.

I apparently have a reputation for never going outside ever, but I actually do at other times of the year.  Not from mid May through late September, though.  Not for love nor money.  I used to say I was only a Pagan from Mabon through Ostara and the rest of the year I was an Air Conditionerfarian.  Still true!

Now if you’ll pardon me I’m going to dunk my head in a sink full of iced coffee and then lay down on the floor under a fan.

 

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Smallish Bloggery, Day 18: A recipe

I suppose I could do one of those “how to make a happier world” type recipes that are so cliche, you know the ones that go 

1 cup love
1/2 cup kindness
1 tsp fairy dust
2 heaping cups Impeachment

…and so forth, but I think I’d prefer to give you something you might actually be able to use before November.

Since it’s summer and officially hot as balls, let’s have something cold and refreshing, shall we?  This is my favorite iced coffee concentrate that doesn’t require any sort of fancy equipment, just a fine mesh strainer and a quart-sized jar.  

As we all know (okay, millennials and we millennial-adjacents know) cold brewing coffee drastically reduces the acidity and makes for a much smoother beverage.  Plus it’s stupidly easy, and you can use cheap coffee if you want; since you’re cold brewing a lot of the sharp weirdness of crappy coffee leaches out.  I’ve done it mostly with store brands, and it’s always been awesome.

This makes 2-4 servings depending on the people involved and how much creamy stuff they add. I usually cut it half and half with Very Vanilla Silk, which is my nondairy milk of choice, but whatever milk or coffee creamer type additive you like is groovy.  You can also double the recipe and make a pitcher instead of a jar.  And feel free to add more sweetener if you’re so inclined.  The brown sugar gives it a nice flavor, but I typically add a squirt or so of vanilla syrup too.  

Don’t be snooty about sediment here – unless you’re using an actual coffee filter to strain, which will take forever (trust me), you’ll probably end up with a bit of sludge in the very bottom of your jar.  If you pour with care it won’t make it into your glass.  Trust me on that too, I’ve made gallons of this stuff over the years.

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Gorgeous Cold Brew Concentrate
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 c coarsely ground coffee
  2. 3 c water
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/4 c dark brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a quart size or larger jar and shake the bejesus out of them.
  2. Lid up and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Run through a fine strainer and discard sediment.
  4. Pour over ice, cut with creamy thing of your choice, and add extra sweetener if desired.
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