“To gain mastery over reality is to create a mythology worth living for. Your head is the space from which all meaning derives. It is the shaman’s – and writer’s/artist’s/musician’s [my addition] – role to shine light on that meaning in order, like a wind-up doll, to make you go.” – Thomas T. Hills
The Republican Party needs to do this to Trump:
Us writers need this, too. How many stories have one or more characters that have to stand up to an authority of some sort (legitimate or illegitimate)?
Excellent advice and techniques for getting around creative blocks of many more sorts than only drawing:
A necessary part of fiction is the reader’s “willing suspension of disbelief”. I think that part of writing an effective story is to convince your reader to suspend their disbelief.
Based on this article at Fast Company, there might be things we can do to enlist the reader’s own brain in suspending their disbelief:
So read poetry, write poetry, and be a poet. It’s OK. We’re big kids now!
According to my wonderfully-Aspbergian godson, New York City and Washington DC are two of the most popular strike points during Alien invasions.
I don’t keep much track of Alien invasions. But even I remember Marvel’s Avengers demolishing big chunks of NYC. And the aliens in Independence Day blasted Washington, D.C.
(A distraction: This article at VH1.com lists all the cities that Godzilla destroyed. NYC is #2 on the list.)
Let’s add some more cities, and other beings that seem to like to attack cities:
Attacked by Martians in all 3 of the War of the World movies
Attacked repeatedly by Terminators (being from Earth, they’re not aliens)
Destroyed by the Independence Day aliens
Attacked by aliens in Skyline
Attacked by Cylons in 1981’s Battlestar Galactica: Conquest of the Earth
The favorite of Godzilla and her other monstrous accomplices/enemies
Another of Godzilla’s targets (particularly the Golden Gate Bridge)
Attacked by aliens in Pacific Rim
Some other cities around the world destroyed by aliens: Rio De Janeiro, Toronto (Canada), Singapore, Beijing, Jerusalem, Tehran, Moscow, Rome, Berlin, London, Paris and many many others. (Thanks to this complete list of destroyed cities on Reddit.)
So why do movie makers seem obsessed with destroying or demolishing NYC and Washington, D.C.?
Movie makers want to appeal to the biggest audiences.
Movies are visual media.
Bad-ass aliens and monsters only really look bad-ass when they take down another bad-ass power.
Cities contain big audiences. 8.5 million in NYC. 6 million in Washington, D.C. 8.9 million in Mexico City, another city that’s been destroyed a lot in movies. 13 million in Rio De Janeiro, blasted by a meteor sent by the alien bugs in Starship Troopers.
But why NYC?
NYC is known world-wide. Set your movie there and most everyone in the world has heard of it.
Many people in the world see NYC as the symbol of American financial dominance. That was why Al-Qaida attacked the World Trade Center. According to the Institute for Global Analysis of Security, that cost $100 billion. Big impact for financiers.
Another reason to set alien invasion/monster movies in NYC is … skyscrapers.
The NYC skyline is nothing BUT skyscrapers. Destroying a skyscraper is an easy way to get the visual kicks movies require:
Chunks fly off to crash onto streets full of panicked, screaming people (and a traffic jam, of course).
Ignite one with your alien’s favorite flame weapon and watch the giant torch burn as terrified people jump to their deaths onto the streets full of panicked, screaming people (and a traffic jam, of course).
Have a giant monster topple one and trigger a domino cascade of building after building, toppling onto streets full of etc., etc., etc.
For low-budget film makers, there’s probably so much stock footage of NYC that you could make an entire movie using stock footage. Just film your alien/monster on a green screen, add stock background. (You’re welcome, if your next low-budget movie wins an Oscar.)
So since NYC is such a wonderful target, why target Washington, D.C.?
D.C. is chockful of politicians and lawyers, probably not very high on many people’s list of “Those who must be saved at all costs”. So destroying Washington, D.C., might be popular amongst some of the audience. But then, NYC is also chockful of lawyers, and something even worse: financiers. Many of us have not forgiven financiers for crashing the economy a few years ago.
I think we can really blame its popularity (as a target for destruction) on the USA itself.
The USA has been a world superpower since the end of World War Two. (Which it ended by inventing the ultimate bomb of all human war weapons, the atomic bomb.)
Washington, D.C., is THE symbol of American political power. also in the city is the Pentagon, THE iconic symbol of American military supremacy. Plus I’ve always loved the Washington Memorial: Tall, thin, just begging to be a target.
Want your city-destroying aliens to look like the ultimate bad-ass power? Have them destroy D.C. Specifically the White House and the Pentagon. Then topple the Washington Monument as a casual afterthought.
Or have your hero in his giant robot fighting suit grab it and spear the giant alien monster he’s fighting.
Have fun blasting movie cities!
Another year further from the high school freshman who had discovered writing the summer before and bravely started sending out his poetry and stories. Didn’t sell any stories, but won a couple of cash-paying poetry contests, so he managed a $400 profit that first year.
Advice to musicians, writers, artists and creative people everywhere: Pursue your dreams when you’re young. It’s much easier!
”Mistake, mishap, and disaster are socially organized and systematically produced by social structures.” – Diane Vaughan
“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers will bring us to Him. When it becomes really necessary (i.e. for our spiritual life, not for controversy or curiosity) to know whether a particular passage is rightly translated or is Myth (but of course Myth specially chosen by God from among countless Myths to carry a spiritual truth) or history, we shall no doubt be guided to the right answer. But we must not use the Bible (our ancestors too often did) as a sort of Encyclopedia out of which texts (isolated from their context and read without attention to the whole nature and purport of the books in which they occur) can be taken for use as weapons.” – C. S. Lewis in a letter to Mrs. Johnson, written on November 8th 1952
“I think post-singularity AI is more likely to keep us as pets than exterminate us. They’ll have been initially programmed to help and protect humans, and will probably pass that imperative down to their descendants as a part of their culture. Based on this reasoning I conclude that cats invented humans.” – CarrieVS (@xaade) at thedailywtf.com
“In the name of Jesus, go forth and piss off the wolves wherever they show up; in your home, your school, the streets, the church, in City Hall—or in the White House.” – John Pavlovitz, Stuff That Needs To Be Said
That came first, made using SimpleMind Free mind-mapping app for Android:
Then it was translated to text by Copy-Paste Translation Services, Inc:
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Hope you like. Took lots of jiggering around in Wordpress to make it look the way I wanted. Still learning Wordpress stuff.