In My Leisure

True Blood
True Blood

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been watching True Blood. I’m aware that the show is old but I needed something to satisfy my appetite for watching vampire shows since I’m all caught up on Vampire Diaries. I admit, I thought the show would be incredibly disturbing but I was wrong. It’s a mixture of gore, comedy, drama, and suspense. I like it. However, there are a few characters that I find to be incredibly annoying. The main character, Sookie, is one of them. Not only is she naïve, at least to me, but she comes off as a bit of an imbecile. Sometimes she seems irrational and I find that to be incredibly annoying. I’m not sure if the writers intended for it to be this way but it’s annoying, nonetheless. Her best friend, Tara, is extremely annoying. Her irrational temper and rage is that of a child. I’m sure the writers intended to show her character to be the result of a life of neglect and mistrust, but her character can be overwhelmingly agitating. I suppose you could say that I don’t like the way her character is written. Black women, in particular, are viewed in society as irrational and angry almost to a point of being unbearable. To me, that’s what I felt taking in her character, but it was more or less exaggerated. There are points during the show when she would wig out on even people who cared deeply for her. Ugh.

Anyway, my next class doesn’t begin until August 22, so I have some time to relax a bit. I like the way my classes are broken up so that I don’t feel overwhelmed with too much in my life. My last class was an English course that, despite my love for English in general, I felt to be too much for me for no other reason than me simply not using good time management skills. The truth is, I like to do things at my own pace and when I feel like it because my life is just filled with enough routine already. However, if I want to do well, I can’t keep doing things at the last minute because it does nothing but stress me out. My next course will be an Introduction to Creative Writing and I’m truly looking forward to it.

Reuniting With My Passion

I have been absolutely terrible with keeping up with this blog and as always for no other reason than simply being lazy. To be honest, I haven’t been doing much of anything that involves any leisurely pleasure because of work, parental, and student duties. As I mentioned previously, I had to drop some classes but when the next quarter started, I made sure that I was ready to stay on track. I have been doing exceptionally well considering everything that’s been on my plate. My classes are online, which is convenient for a working parent, but of course the absence of the traditional social experience can be limiting.

As with most things involving the internet, you don’t really get a true feel for how someone is communicating. There is a term that has come into existence called “Netiquette,” which is basically a guide to communicating effectively online. While this “technique,” for lack of a better word, is encouraged when taking online classes, one still may never capture the tone of the person who is relaying the message. Nonetheless, as time continues, I’m certain that I will fully get into the swing of things. I have been an avid internet user for a very long time but I’m still not accustomed to online schooling.

When I first started school again back in October of last year, my major was Graphic Design. Graphic Design had practically been my life since 2005. It was just something I loved doing and was good at. Because of those factors, I got sucked into the belief that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. But after taking classes I realized that it was never my passion. I was always a writer. Growing up I wrote poetry, short stories, and short plays. After dealing with so many family issues I stopped writing. I didn’t have the time to write anymore and I most certainly didn’t have peace, quiet, or inspiration to do so. Taking courses and writing papers helped me to regain the motivation that I’d lost so long ago and I was surprised to discover that it was almost like I never put the pen down.

Now that I’ve rekindled what I’d lost, I’m finding my classes to be relatively easier and relevant. I absolutely enjoy writing, which really is funny considering I haven’t been really motivated to update this blog. In due time though…