The Green

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This green is what makes dreams soft. The grass, the leaves in crowns of trees, the vines that bind, all are green and shimmering as crystals in the wind. Green is the colour of everything being alright and at ease. It is nature’s smile, silence after noise, rest and return after a long time away from that happiest place.

Weekend Writing Warriors – A Story of Another

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This time for Weekend Writing Warriors, which is a great opportunity for writers to present their work in excerpts between 8 and 10 sentences long every weekend, I decided to test the genre that I have always admired, but I never actually realized it fully in my stories. So, I started writing a Gothic short story that is also based on some of tales told in my family and the mythology of where I come from.

Sometime after the dusk, the long, slow, summer kind, streets were suddenly empty and evening moths started dancing around the light from lampposts. All moths would stick to the glow calling to them every night. This light they strove to was intoxicating, but its source was not the sun or the moon. It was an illusion of warmth. It was a false beacon. One she-moth was especially enchanted by these particles and waves shining through the air. When and how the fascination began, she could not remember. After each transformation she knew even less about herself, but every time she felt the hunger was stronger. The she-moth distanced herself from the group and flew to a different beam that drew her, one that was dimmer but more inviting.

These 9 sentences are the beginning of the story. A Story of Another is a working title, so it may change. Also, in a way, I always wanted to write this kind of story and I will give my best to make it good.

Long Afternoons

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Sometimes, all that is needed for a long afternoon to slowly seep away through the pores of a purple sunset is a candy such as this. Town fair wonders are apparently the relief for all worries and noises of the world.

Impressions 74

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You know, I always rant to my friends how independent productions need to get more support and attention, and how we should watch them more. And then, I have a Darth Vader PEZ dispenser. Yes, I’m part of the problem.

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Nature, I love. The silence and peace of green, blue, yellow, and copper is irreplaceable. Humanity, I like. The idea of it is appealing and hopeful. People, I can do without.

Ink Practice for a Short Story

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Anything can be a short story. They hide in the least suspecting of moments. For example, when I came back from watching the new Power Rangers movie, which was everything you would want from it, I posted the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme song. The comments of my friends followed soon to form a lovely situational literary piece.

Friend 1: That good?

Me: That good.

Friend 2: That good!

Impressions 72

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Have you seen the movie Last Action Hero? It’s the one with a magic ticket, Schwarzenegger, and homage to everything action movies used to be. If you’re not familiar with it, I would very much recommend it.

It’s not really the whole I want to write about here. It’s actually just one sequence near the beginning of the film that kind of sparked my inspiration. Bored while watching 1948’s Hamlet in class, the protagonist fantasizes about Schwarzenegger’s character, an action hero, actually playing the prince of Denmark. Needless to say, Schwarzenegger Hamlet is not as indecisive as Shakespeare’s prince and even uses a machine gun to solve problems in the state of Denmark. Who wouldn’t want to see that version of Hamlet?

However, I thought about taking the story in a bit of a different direction. What if Schwarzenegger played an old Hamlet? This Hamlet would still delay his revenge, but he would postpone it so much that all members of the court against whom the prince plotted died of natural causes or old age. Hamlet is alone in his castle, contemplating how his indecisiveness led to him losing the one act that gave him sudden purpose in life. The only task he has is to constantly defend Denmark from Norwegian attacks led by Fortinbras, who, although also old, has never given up on his quest. Finally, Hamlet realizes that he cannot fight off waves of Norwegian army and remain a recluse in his melancholy and lack of agency. So, then we get Hamlet from Last Action Hero, the one that fights, delivers great one-liners, and doesn’t play fair.

This idea that I have had for a while was based on the fact that The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is such a well-known story, but it has never truly been approached from a more parodistic perspective. This would not be a complete parody, but it would point out some of the issues the titular character struggles with, and his reasons for it. The best part of such great stories is that they encourage reinventions. This is just a direction I thought would be fun, and I am sure you also have had yours.

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Perhaps this will be too long for Impressions, but I just had to get it out of my system. Another IWD has come and gone. All the statistics were presented, all the encouragements were spoken, but somehow after the 8th, the 9th turned out to be the 7th again. It seems as if nothing has changed. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve come far, but there is still a lot of work left to be done. There are a lot of problems in this world, but we need to deal with them efficiently and one at the time. There are no bigger or smaller issues, they are all important to discuss. So, consistent with the theme of IWD, in these Impressions, I will write about my perspective of feminism and myself as a feminist, about misogyny, and about representation. To be clear, I’m not trying to persuade anyone of anything, because I know that previously formed convictions are hardly changed or not changed at all. Continue reading