For those of you who haven’t heard, National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo as we affectionately know it) is happening right now. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. It is a difficult challenge and one that has been occupying my time a lot as of late.
“The world needs your novel” is what the official website tells you. I’m sure that it’s true. The goal of this challenge is to promote reading and writing and above all to help participants discover the novelist inside. If you have an idea that you’ve been planning to get out, use this challenge as a way of pressuring yourself to do so. It’s been working for me so far.
I know that we’re already halfway through the month of November but don’t let that discourage you! I’ve been contending with my exam for this novel and many other people are too. Even more encouraging is the news I heard recently of a woman who was too impatient to wait for November. Catherynne M. Valente challenged herself to write her first novel in 10 days! This could be something you decide to take on yourself and race to finish in time for November 30th.
NaNoWriMo may show you a determined, thoughtful and creative side of yourself that you might never have thought was there. Despite the very short time still left in the competition, I would sincerely urge everyone to have a crack at it anyway. It doesn’t matter if you think you suck. If you write something that ends up being Eye of Argon levels of terrible, just remember this advice from Jake:
Failure is just a step forward on the road to success. You are writer. Hear you ROAR!!!
Find out more and register at nanowrimo.org. Registering allows you to reap rewards for your efforts as winners of the challenge will receive prizes! Don’t forget to support the great folks who run this event by donating too.
In Coburg, Germany, the Sea Star Aquarium a series of short-circuit, power outages has threatened the lives of it’s inhabitants.
In the effort to solve the mystery, electricians and some staff members decided to take shifts sleeping on the floor to find out what caused the mysterious blackouts.
A spokesman said: “It was a serious matter because it shorted the electricity supply to the whole aquarium that threatened the lives of the other animals when water pumps ceased to work.”
The mystery was solved in three nights. The culprit was none other than Otto, the octopus!
The spokesman describes how the act was committed: “We knew that he was bored as the aquarium is closed for winter, and at two feet, seven inches Otto had discovered he was big enough to swing onto the edge of his tank and short out the 2000 Watt spot light above him with a carefully directed jet of water.”
Director Elfriede Kummer who witnessed the act said: “We’ve put the light a bit higher now so he shouldn’t be able to reach it. But Otto is constantly craving for attention and always comes up with new stunts so we have realised we will have to keep more careful eye on him – and also perhaps give him a few more toys to play with.
“Once we saw him juggling the hermit crabs in his tank, another time he threw stones against the glass damaging it. And from time to time he completely re-arranges his tank to make it suit his own taste better – much to the distress of his fellow tank inhabitants.”
Ladies and gents, this octopus is AMAZING! I don’t condone chaos, but this was a beautifully orchastrated one. We need more people like this octopus, don’t you think?
In which silly faces, dancing in-costume and script gaffes abound! The Mary Sue first posted about this, along with urgent encouragement to watch “before it gets taken down!” from the host video collection site. We recommend likewise!
(If you’re having trouble viewing the video, check it out here.)
The 2013 box office hit pulled us into the world of giant robot ‘Jaegers’, created to lead humanity’s fightback against long-buried kaiju monsters. Pacific Rim delivered a fun and at times even riotous sci-fi adventure which was surprisingly uplifting for a post-apocalyptic flick. Personally, I was very pleased to see Australia finally get a feature in a genre which is all-too often solely America-centric. (Let’s face it, Striker Eureka was the best-looking ‘bot of the group!)
Pacific Rim is set for DVD and Blu-Ray release on October 15.
Doctor Who is a program about a time-travelling alien who saves the universe over and over again, often with the help of travelling companions. Not exactly the sort of thing which sounds like it could topple governments, is it?
And yet, the Chinese government banned the program, believing it would have a ‘negative’ influence upon the Chinese population. Apparently the fanciful nature of science fiction causes workers to spend their days dreaming of alternate realities, and so becoming unproductive and a burden upon society. Alternate realities which, presumably, did not involve living under an oppressive government.
Doctor Who isn’t the first work of science fiction to get itself banned. Literary classic like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s Slaughterhouse Five, and even Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy have all been prohibited at some point or another. Books are usually banned not because they are offensive but because they threaten someone’s status quo.
Remember kids, ideas are dangerous. (Never stop having them.)
[Doctor cosplay: noir photographer on flickr]
When we live in big cities we start to think that we’re different from those backward, traditional, country folk. That we’re progressive, cosmopolitan, cultured. That we’re not as racist as them, not as sexist as them, not as homophobic as them.
But it really is a lie. We’re so far from equality that it feels like it’s almost unachievable.
“You have gay marriage now – you’re equal in the eyes of the law so what are you complaining about?”
There’s so much wrong with that, but the one highlighted here in this video, I think, may be the most important one. We aren’t equal until we can walk down the street, expressing our love, without fear of being attacked and abused – or even killed.
Look at these men. They’re not weak and small and pathetic. They’re not easy targets that bullies might attack. And yet they are just as vulnerable as the smallest and weakest of humans. Just because we are men does not mean we are not targets for abuse. Even the strongest man may be overpowered by a gang of homophobic thugs. We aren’t safe. I don’t feel safe when I walk holding my date’s hand. I’m always alert, always terrified that the next person walking by will gather a team of thugs to come beat me up for it.
That’s not equality.
But I will not stop.
What they want is for us to stop. For us to go back to our closets and hide there. To “be who we are, as long as it’s not in front of them”. Not to “flaunt it in their face”. Well fuck you.
“I don’t even like it when straight couples kiss in front of me, so I don’t think you should either.”
Again, well fuck you. You may not “like” it when straight couples do it, but are there teams of thuggish men going around beating THEM up for it? For just holding hands and kissing in public? No. And until I can feel the same, I’m going to do it all I fucking like.
I won’t be cowed by your cowardice. I won’t be repressed because you can’t handle it.
I say it again, to you homophobic bullies: fuck you.
Excuse the language.
Seems like publicist Gary Miereanu is the one to watch for Justice League fans. Just over a fortnight ago in late August, Miereanu tweeted the first of two images so far from Warner Home Video’s work-in-progress, “Justice League: War“. The animated feature will follow the events of the JL comic’s first volume, “Origin” and is set for release in early 2014.
Fans of the comics shouldn’t necessarily expect a blow-by-blow replica, however, given the latest reveals from Warner Home Video’s representatives. Miereanu’s first reveal showed that (comic) Batman’s iconic cowl received a few adjustments for the movie, most noticeably the addition of a jaw-fitting chinstrap.
DC’s self-dubbed ‘Super PR Guy’ has since caused further stir with the latest promo pic, in which Wonder Woman appears to have undergone a complete makeover.
The star-spangled bodysuit we’ve come to recognise seems to have been traded in for a sleek new look, still with the general shape of the heroine’s old costume but with some new touches:
Diana now sports a colour scheme more like Captain America’s, replacing gold with metallic silver. Her arm guards remain relatively unchanged, but navy spandex now extends out from underneath, covering the backs of her hands and nearly her entire arm. The ‘V’ at her hips has sunk a little lower and we’re now missing the bold double ‘W’ on her chest, which is now a more subtle shape more similar to a thin plane or bird. Her hair, much longer than usual, has been wisely tied back – obviously to avoid the distraction in combat. Finally, the cleavage of her previous outfit has been ditched altogether in favour of a smooth high-neck collar.
The new outfit retains a sexy edge but is definitely a more modern, practical change for the Amazon Princess.
Excitingly, it appears that Wonder Woman has also upgraded her arsenal! Something not being discussed nearly enough is the nearly-hidden hilt and blade tucked away in the background of the shot. Subtly placed behind her, the sword at her hip seems to have evaded the inquisitive eyes of most – but didn’t make it past us! What could easily be a broadsword or a claymore now sits alongside her famous golden lasso – one part of Wonder Woman’s old equipment which we’re happy to see has made it into her modern gear. Given the powers of her trusty lasso, we at GayGeek hope that any fantastical properties of this sword will make it fit for a warrior princess.
Love or loathe the new look? Let us know your thoughts below!