2015 was a difficult year for my writing. I got a lot done, don’t get me wrong, but my output fell to a trickle after my injury and pretty much stopped other than my thesis after September. I’m rededicating 2016 now, about 5 weeks into the year, to improving and finishing my writing output. I have 3 novel projects in the works, including my thesis, and I hope to write a lot more short stories and articles this year.
Some of my short fiction output will be posted here.
Writing is a journey.
So is another passion of mine, roller derby. In 2014, after spending a couple of years admiring the sport from afar, I chose to take the plunge into roller derby. In 2015 this choice took me through a torturous injury and recovery, and now I’m most of the way back to full health – not all the way, yet, but I’m MUCH better than I was.
One of the interesting things about this sport is how fresh it still is, 15 years after the revival began. While there are certainly 10, 11, 12 year veterans still skating, I read somewhere that the difference between bambi-legged fresh meat and seasoned veteran tends to be about 2-3 years.
With my personal experience, I would say this is very likely true. I definitely look at the sport with different eyes now than I did nearly a year and a half ago when I started.
So for those of you who have been reading me consistently, I’ll see you here, and on twincitiesgeek.com, and hopefully sooner than later in print again.
Since I’ve been watching through Linkara’s “History of Power Rangers,” here are my favorite and least favorite team and individual (Sixth Ranger or Extra Hero) costumes. Keep in mind these are all my opinion.
Why am I writing this? Because I haven’t posted anything on my blog in weeks and this is as good a thing as any!
Favorite, Team: Majiranger/Mystic Force – the helmets are really nicely done and the costumes reinforce the season’s theme, having nice callbacks to the idea of a wizard’s robes as well as the traditional super sentai catsuit.
(honorable mention: Gokaiger/Super Megaforce, Kyoryuger/Dino Charge, Zyuranger/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Favorite, Individual: DragonRanger Burai/Tommy Oliver/Green Ranger, Zyuranger/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers seasons 1 and 2 – The original Sixth Ranger and the best Sixth Ranger costume. The DragonRanger/Green Ranger costume takes the already excellent Zyuranger costume and turns it up to 11 with royal gold accents and some really well-made accessories like the Dragon Dagger to summon the mighty Dragon Caesar/Dragonzord, which is a one-mecha wrecking crew that is DaiZyuJin/Megazord’s equal in every way.
(Honorable mention: Kibaranger/Mighty Morphin White Ranger (Dairanger/MMPR2), GokaiSilver/Silver Super Mega Ranger (Gokaiger/SMF), Kyoryu Gold/Gold Dino Charge Ranger (Kyoryuger/DC))
Least Favorite, Team: Megaranger/Power Rangers in Space – It’s a little sad that one of the three best seasons of Power Rangers has in my opinion the worst team costume in the history of the show. This is just a bland costume in all respects – the helmet doesn’t say anything in particular (how generic is the helmet? So generic that they reused it at least three times in Power Rangers series that had nothing to do with PRiS). and the bodysuit is just solid color with a band across the chest. The team’s main weapons are also nothing to write home about.
(dishonorable mentions: Kakuranger/Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, Goseiger/Megaforce, Boukenger/Operation Overdrive)
Least Favorite, Individual: Signalman/Blue Senturion – The Extra Hero costumes (unlike the Sixth Rangers, which tend to be pretty good) tend to be pretty hit or miss, but when you combine a bulky, robo-style Extra Hero costume with a goofy concept like “Enforcer of Traffic Laws,” the resultant costume is something that stepped out of my weirder nightmares.
(dishonorable mention: Ninjaman/Ninjor (MMAR/MMPR3), Bouken Silver/Mercury Ranger (Boukenger/PROO), Abarekiller/White Dino Thunder Ranger (Abaranger/PRDT))
Personally I am just beyond tired of the “good vs. evil” narrative embraced by the “anti-SJW” types who populate the internet (and what does it say about you when your conception of “good” is that which directly opposes social justice?).
What it comes down to for me is this: A bunch of guys went all Sideshow Bob (“Your guilty conscience may move you to vote Democratic, but deep down you long for a cold-hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king”) And SFF fandom responded, “The devil you say!”
The truth is, there are no SJWs – at least, not as the “anti-SJW” types portray them. There’s just a bunch of fans who got really fed up with somebody trying to tell them what they should want to read.
I usually have given matters a bit of study before I give a position on them in print, so I seldom print retractions. Last night I asserted that Best Fan Writer should have been a No Award because of Laura Mixon’s role in exposing the role of Benjanun Sriduangkaew as one of sf fandom’s most vicious abusers. I am retracting this statement now. Exposing community abusers is important.
At the late hour of 12:30 or so in the morning, I lacked the resources immediately to pull apart and critique what was being written. I should have withheld printed judgment until I had said resources. Using the shield of internet anonymity to spread abuse and tell people they should commit suicide is reprehensible and I strongly believe that people who do so deserve to be exposed.
So: Fandom 14, Puppies 1 (sorta. Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form looked pretty much the way it would have without the Puppies so calling that a Puppy victory is tenuous at best).