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Weddings, Reunions, Dental vists, and SHAKE UPS!

So you may have noticed someone has been missing a lot lately. You may have even noticed when he goes missing he doesn’t always explain why. Well…yeah no real explanation, sorry for that.

 

In other news I have been gone meeting old friends, getting massive dental work, and being best man in a wedding. Shout out to Superfans Chris and Ania Moncrief(aka Superman and Lois Lane) who celebrated their love in the classiest of weddings this past weekend.

 

You crashed both the wrong and the right wedding.

You crashed both the wrong and the right wedding.

But that Shakeup word is here again for good reason. 

 

Things are about to get interesting. Not only has WDDIJ been dealing with the …well Hilarious nature of advertising negotiations, but as you may have noticed we’ve lost a few authors. These things are not points to worry over. Trust me. In fact, the very way you view WDDIJ is about to change for the better.

 

In a short explanation, we’re doing an overhaul.

Why?

Because at 5500 views, we are little less than halfway to the year two viewership goal, and its only been 3 months.

In short, I’ve been short sighted.

 

To remedy that, I had to get to work.

And believe you me, the work is paying off.

Launching this fall is our interview series “Imperial Dreams”

Launching sooner rather than later this summer is a new format to the website

And Look for some shake ups in the staff as well.

Nothing drastic folks, but we want you to have a great experience.

And we want you to come to us for more of your daily content.

SO we need to be a place you want to come to.

And since I’ve been slacking on that. It is time to pick up the pace.

Of course I could tell you so much more, but as you know…

WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

The Wrath of Ruthless: Birth of an Empire!

Matador

The editing issues are over and I can finally say that the personal show of Words Don’t Do It Justice’s THE Ruthless Wonder not A Ruthless Wonder is ready for your consumption. For the inaugural show The Ruthless Wonder was joined by WDDIJ R Revolution member Reign for 3 topics. It’s a 2 hour show, but we’ve also provided links to the first and second half of the show. This time he’s taking on the Gods of Egypt film controversy, as well as 2 other topics. Listen and enjoy via download or via the WDDIJ media player.

The FULL Episode :

WoR Episode 1 part 1:

WoR Episode 1 part 2:

Weekend With Ruthless On Relationships: A sub culture divided

The title is long but this won’t be. Frankly once I get passed my point on this there really isn’t much in the way of venom to spew or analysis to bring up. I want to talk to you about a subject I know will somehow become a target of hate emails, and unfollows, and unlikes, and unsubscribes, and I’m sure more than one or two long conversations about how it should not apply to the person on Facebook, that I will ultimately remind the person I don’t care.

I want to talk to you about why it seems like I’m going to have to date fewer black women.

Troll bait aside this is loaded as hell to talk about so let’s get to the explanation of that sentence above. As i discussed last week I’m an Ex-nerd. I don’t have as nerdy habits as I once did, and the label itself is misapplied. I have far transcended what I once was. But I have a very large attraction to Smart women. So much so that beyond just looking for intellect I look for women who like Doctor Who, and/or anime, and/or video games, and museums, and classical music, and Opera, and independent films, and films that aren’t easy to understand, who have or want to read intellectually stimulating books, as well as fantasy, and a lot of other stuff. While the last parts are relatively easy to get, the first 3 are very difficult. This has been made all the more difficult by my recent understanding of a trend in my online dating I strain to call alarming…alarming is too strong, let’s call it curious, weird, odd,  wait I know the best word…quixotic(go look it up).

While talking to the ladies who helped with Ex Nerd, I didn’t really notice a full on trend, but there was an interesting line of thinking from the non law school ladies I contacted. When we got done talking Nerd stories, we briefly talked relationships. Most were currently single or casually dating. All of the ones who were single were ones who also tended to not have a lot of boyfriends who share my amount of melanin(look it up, dunderhead). But I didn’t really pay attention to that until I was on my two favorite online dating sites. I say favorite because they provide me with validation of my dating rules, a quick way to see if I want to slow down the grind for a nice night of cool adventures in KC, and from time to time, fuel for this blog and a great laugh.

Kind of a combination effect happened this time though. I got a laugh and some ragey fuel for this blog. While on one of the sites I ran across a profile in my matches. I wasn’t interested in the woman romantically, but the info she had up said to me that I would be giving a friendly message for some of our mutual interests. But near the bottom I saw the infamous phrase that I don’t know exactly why I react so strongly too(I do, but we’ll get to that later). “I only date white guys.” Now I will admit that the part of my brain that has 90 minute arguments about scandal, and picks fights with anyone who hates interracial relationships was incensed. But I told it to calm down with the tried and true, “you didn’t like this chick anyway.” And I kept it moving. 5 or 6 profiles later, I hit a woman I wanted to contact for amorous purposes. Slightly nerdy, very intelligent, detailed profile, bunch of Doctor Who references, Tech N9ne fan(^S^!). Buuuuttt, what was in the end of her dating profile? “And before you start messaging me, I don’t date black guys.” Needless to say I was from an objective standpoint pissed quote “the fuck” unquote off. But subjectively I was about to say next and keep it moving but the conversations with the ladies before popped up in my brain.

SO I did some mostly unscientific research. Taking POF, Chemistry, and Match, and for my control Geek2Geek(Yeah I took it there in the name of psuedo-science) I went on a look to see how often this applied to the demographic I was wanting to view. Since some of you haven’t caught on, the ex-nerds and these two profiles were black women(Address all hate mail to THE Ruthless Wonder @ yourruthlesswonder@gmail.com). So after approximately 57 unique profiles because some were on all 4,  45 had similar language to the effect of I don’t date black men or I only date white men. I call that odd. My boss calls it curious, because he believes odd is slanderous in this case. But we agree that it is an interesting thing. Logically that doesn’t make a ton of sense. If one is part of a sub culture why ostrasize part of that sub culture arbitrarily and capriciously for the one element of their lives that they have absolutely no control over? Isn’t that just having the same bigoted attitude that would look down on them for dating inter-racially?

We had a long car ride to talk about it and a bunch of off shoot conversations. But that brought me back to this odd topic for a blog. If you’re a black intellectual who considers themself a nerd or geek, and all of these women did, and you won’t date people who look like you, or only date one race of people, you’re just as bad as the black women who have, do, and will hate and email me for my enjoyment of dating more than just black women(You kiss one 5’10 blonde near one group of black women and everyone loses their minds…okay more like 3, and some red heads, and a couple Japanese girls, and Brazilian, and an awkward moment with a Filipino friend of a friend.). I might even feel comfortable enough in my position to say these women are worse than said black women haters of all things interracial. That is self hate, that is close minded, and for someone who is part of a sub culture, it isn’t logical, rational, or progressive to think that way. I’m not everyone’s cup of tea(but am I your shot of Whiskey), so I don’t mind them not being into me. But to assume every black guy who will contact you will be the same as the metaphorical, stereotypical version you made up in your head is just as racist as the non black women who’s profiles say No black guys, and start with something like “I’m not racist but…” Just the reality of the situation. And why I can see fewer black ex and current nerds/geeks on my list of women to enjoy amorous endeavors with. And should this continue, I can see my give a shit meter falling about it.

SO if you feel like I’m talking about you. And yeah I probably am, feel free to present your side, feel free to send your hate emails, and feel free to make another facebook status where you try to stealthily not name me but talk about everything I said in some stupid attempt to keep your friends from reading. Newsflash, they may be telling you okay I won’t read, but they are the ones who have become our super fans. I’d say more but clearly…Words Don’t Do It Justice.

-THE Ruthless Wonder

Allow me to digress a moment…or twenty

I was going to do the funny POF post for today, but well I’m being nice to someone…she better appreciate this. Anyway instead of taking today off, I’m going to once again make the comics/manga fans of Words Don’t Do It Justice happy. Today’s topic?

Does A Hero(Superhero) Really Need An Origin Story?

 

We’ve been inundated lately with the attempt of DC Marvel and a few others to make Superhero flicks a normal sub-genre of Action movies. More on why that is something that is good in another column. For me, this brings back up a topic I’ve talked to friends about for some time. Admittedly this may be the nerdiest of nerd conversations, but I’m curious what the film heads and major fiction readers and writers think. Do we really need to keep making origin stories for the hero of a movie/comic/tv show/cartoon/manga/anime?

Here’s the base thing I’m talking about. Yes people exist who have never heard of Black Panther. And somewhere out there people exist who have never heard of Superman, Batman, The Flash, Wolverine, Green Lantern, Blade, Punisher, and Ghost Rider.  But with these characters do you really need to go back to explain how the powers came about? Furthermore, is the origin story concept even a good method to introduce these characters? They are basically known concepts, or had recent films. Whether the films are bad or good(I’m looking at you Ghost Rider and Wolverine), you basically know already how these folks got powers. And in the case of The Flash, do you really care? Are you really watching The Wally West(yes that is an official endorsement of using him instead of Barry) Flash to see the intricate nature of the science experiment that makes him become the embodiment of all things speed? Of course you don’t. And yes the crimson speedster is partially a bad example since he is often written to be more interesting after he has the powers than beforehand, and all of the men who have been The Flash seem to be the same personality wise before and after gaining the powers.

But let’s look at the origin story. What does it do for the hero? Many would claim it is used to show why they are the person they are and give the audience reason for the person’s mentality or decisions. The other reason being as a way to show the Hero or Superhero failing or working to become good. While I can understand both, they aren’t needed. And you want to know what proves they aren’t needed? Batman. And yes I’m surprised you just now realized I was going to use Batman to prove a point about Superheroes.  Anyway, The Batman as you and I now love until 1989 had been a campy LSD trip turned TV show/TV movie played by Adam “FREAKING” West. in 89 we get Tim Burton, Prince, and Micheal Keaton’s Man in Black Batman. But can we say that movie truly has batman’s origin story as its arc? No infact we can’t We get glimpses and exposition about Bruce’s past, We get the origin of the second greatest Joker ever(RIP to number 1 “Mista J” Heath Ledger). But we never see Bruce Wayne learning to become Batman.

Why? Arguably there was more need to introduce him to the audience then than there was when Christopher Nolan takes over in Batman begins. We don’t have to see Bruce designing the tools of uberness lovingly referred to as the batmobile, batarangs, The bat plane(or the Batjet if you prefer), the batcave and its awesome bat-computer, the suit, the symbols, and the(pardon the coarse language) muthafucken utility belt. Rewatch that if you have time. Keaton doesn’t learn to be Batman. he just IS Batman, doing cool Batman stuff to Prince music up against Jack Nicholson chewing the scenery as The Joker played by an even more deranged love child of Jack Torrance from The Shining and Mac McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest(Yes you need to watch both of those). That wasn’t an origin story. That movie has flashbacks to the motivation of the hero, but the legend of the Bat has already begun by this point.

Knowing that the Bat, who has arguably the longest, and most heart-wrenching origin of the Pantheon, and the easiest to film why was there no origin story film back then? Because you don’t really care. Look I care about what happened to batman to make him who he is. I care about the rule of not killing that he doesn’t break until The Dark Knight Returns(Which has been animated, go cop that.). But as much as you and I both love Morgan Freeman I couldn’t give less of a shit about the months of making the tools, the researching and finding of some of the toys. Why? Because he’s Batman. He doesn’t need that. And if his origin is interesting and we don’t care, what makes you think it is needed for the majority of the heroes? Unless the origin itself, not the history of the person, is needed to explain the powers of the person, or the sum of the material on the character, this is a waste of a movie.

That last part was loaded, so let me explain. Chronicle is a great film. And it is a Superhero origin story. But the movie is about the origin because the material was about the origin. You really can say Chronicle is complete. There doesn’t need to be a sequel. Seriously, if Max Landis is reading this. LEAVE IT BE BRO! But most heroes are being used to run franchises. And were known quantities before that. They don’t need a laborious analysis of the opening few months of them as training to be a hero. This ain’t Rocky people. You care about the person because they have the powers. Did you need to see young Han Solo to know he was a badass? No you didn’t. Han shoots first, pipes down princesses, has some shady deals with huts, and sometimes works with rebellions. And you are good to go with that. Knowing that Indiana Jones and his father James bond had an interesting relationship that built him into who he was made for a great movie. But it wasn’t an origin story. You saw Indiana Jones being Indiana Jones first. You get flashes of young Indiana in the Last Crusade. And you were damn happy about it.

All in total you just don’t need it do you? The Origin Story I mean. Look at them, and talk to me about it. Leave comments and all that jazz. I’m all for learning about heroes. I’m all for getting the information that goes into their motivations, but do we need to see them struggle to become the hero they are? I submit to you people that we don’t.  Conflict in a franchise, much less a single film does not equal need of origin. Monty Python said it best when they said “GET ON WITH IT!” Can’t we stop with this and use the sudden surprise of the hero using the abilities they have to make things interesting and start the story there? Can’t we just get on with it and make things more fun for all as we don’t have 40+ minutes of brooding, powerless hero learning to become the one we know? Or worse, can’t we stop so we don’t have whole movies of non-hero where they finally become the hero 20 minutes before the credits roll like this is some perverse Superhero or hero version of Pursuit of Happiness? Smoke all that over a few ticks. I’ve got work to do. Some more columns to drop. And a new poem called Grey Dreams to finish up. I’d tell you about that last bit, but Words Don’t Do It Justice.

 

-THE RuthlessWonder

Notes From Your Favorite Super Villain: The Territory of New Kemet

The Territory of New Kemet

The Future?

The Future?

Normally I reserve this rant platform for something I hate. I’ve been holding back since Words Don’t Do It Justice started to be sure that I didn’t alienate everyone right at the beginning but after this particular post I’ll be getting a lot more specifically vicious. This post though is your favorite Super Villain offering an option to a certain segment of our readership. I haven’t forgotten about you. In fact I’ve been saving this up for you. Because if you recall I used to be a lot more like you. You know exactly what I mean. So I’m going to hypothesize something that should be right up your alley. But I know you won’t agree with it. Why? Because I know deep down this isn’t about progress for some of you. The ones that it is about progress will find this idea very intriguing. The ones that don’t well when did I ever stop calling you out and calling you knaves, charlatans, and fakes, giving but lip service to the ideas you speak of to get the attention of those around you or your hilariously flawed amorous pursuits?

The idea today is of a place you think is impossible that I’m going to present as entirely possible. The creation of a new actor on the domestic stage. A new state? No. A forcibly made US territory. It actually isn’t that hard to do. US Territories can be created at any time. And by properly suing or petitioning for such a status. So let’s not talk about how to do it. Let’s start with why and go from there.

The case for New Kemet being a US territory

This really comes down to logic and reason. While many folks scream about how much they wanna go back to Africa and reconnect, something I generally applaud, I don’t see a lot of them saving up. The idea of having a place they can connect with is something they want. The idea of reconnecting with their long-lost and stolen roots is what they want. But the reality of it is a lot more dangerous and expensive than they want to deal with. Not saying Africa is all Warlords and bushmen. In fact most nations in Africa have cities on par with most cities elsewhere. And the key reason that it should be made of current US land as a US territory is conveniences. There is a need to be in an area easy to be moved to so that we eliminate the “That’s too far away.” “I ain’t moving to hot ass Africa” line of comments.

The other reason that deep down you really want this to start as a US territory is this. Who in your position doesn’t want to stick it to the US government? They provide you the land, they have to cover you in case of some upstart conquering madman(Let’s face it, me most likely) decides to march his private army into New Kemet to take over things. You better have the worlds most expensive Military Super Power as your backup to keep them in check(Seriously, if I wasn’t involved in a place like this I would be using it to prove my Super Villain cred). If your doomsday forewarning of the fall of America is right(it isn’t), then better to have them backing you up and then getting a chance to break free post than be the stepping stone for whoever comes to raid America. Instead they might find your plight compelling and free you. Then you too get to loot American’s wealth.

Okay back to reality again. A territory of the US can have a separate government and so long as it does not restrict US citizens from relocating there, has very broad powers over the immigration policy of the territory. So the rule of law, and who gets to come in and hold office are fair autonomous. Right up your alley right? I know it is. It is after all why I suggested this. So let’s talk about what such a place should be built as next.

Development

The idea of a place like this is good. Knowing it could be both part of and not part of the US is good. but how would such a territory on the path to being a country work? Well number 1 rule is don’t bit off more than you can chew. The initial land purchase should something in the range of double the size of San Marino. It is officially 24 miles square, so we are talking about 48 square miles. Dimensions wise you’d want to front a water source so a river or the ocean directly. To increase the space taken up by the territory, it needs to be longer than it is wide so say 40 by 10(the math may be a tad off) fronting on said water source. The genius of something this shape and size is that it is easy to accommodate more than one major city within the structure and basically everyone gets near water property.

So since the place is going to be packed with people if we don’t go at things sensibly, let’s talk about city developement. Two cities only people. Just two cities. Why? Well first off you really don’t have the space to do multiple cities beyond that. At some point the two cities would likely be right on top of each other. If you are as hardcore super black as you claim you don’t want it to be called Alexandria after all. So why not Buto and Nekhen if you are wanting to get real legit here? I would personally go with Waset and Alexandria, but we’ll save that for when I come to power okay?

So the next point in developement would be who gets to rule? If you really want to be hardcore about it there should be equal chance for Kings or Queens to come to power. But being a US territory to start you’ll need a democratically elected government. So call your Governor Pharoah if you like, but until you have someone willing to beat the Americans and their money away you’ll be bending the knee to the POTUS like the rest of us. And let’s face it, y’all ain’t prepared for armed rebellion. We don’t believe you. You need more people.

Now let’s finish out development by talking about something important. Business. Yup those corporations you hate coming in to the territory you want. There is a lot of good news here. being a territory means the government can’t force a corp on you. You would only let in businesses that you chose to. And even better you get to set things like taxation rates and the like. Of course the downside is without being business friendly to even those companies you produce in your territory they are going to leave or of course fail constantly. So much as you hate all things brought to you by the white man. You need businesses of decent scale.

The Arts

This is short for a reason. There is little to no reason to worry about the arts being supported so long as it is Ratchet Poetry and hip hop music…Sorry I was a bit harsh there. Let’s back up. It has never been an issue to get Artisans and creative types among black people out of the woodwork. The problem often is the audience. So in your new territory the problem will be the balance between the 50 million hip hop record labels and the Amazing Opera voices moving to your territory from Julliard, and the Shakespearean actor from Cambridge coming to set up his theater company. Which brings us to the next problem. In fact the big problem.

Random Ninjas doing random dumb ninja sh!t

In the end the damage to anything uplifting among our collective ethnic classification is the segment that is seemingly dedicated to being problematic. Because you can’t keep out American citizenry, you can’t keep out idiots who share that ethnic classification. So you’ll still have thieves, thugs, junkies, and the like to deal with. Unless you want to sacrifice by making massive territorial systems that deal with these issues. So you’re going to need money for that, which of course goes back to corporate overlords, taxes, and that army following The Ruthless Wonder himself, Lord Maxus The Prime who plans to subjugate you to his will for fun. You have  to account for the people being allowed to join this territory you don’t control.

And they will come. Because some of the people who first come and invest will need a workforce. And the workforce will need somewhere nearby to live. And eat. And hang out. And loiter. And be annoying. And cause auto accidents. And traffic weed. And traffic women. And steal because you don’t pay them enough to buy Jordans. And boycott the light-skinned guy who owns the apartment complex in the Ritzy part of town because it costs too much for them to live there. And the Dark-skinned woman who is head master at the private school. Get my point?

The Big Left Turn

You really brought all of this on yourself. You had to know I was building you for a crash right? The left turn here isn’t as insane as it could be. I mean I did just lightly show why this needs to be a US territory and grown into an independent country slowly. You didn’t think that would come without consequence? If you were thinking this would have a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention. So Theon here’s the inconvenient truth. You can do all of this that I described now with a decently permissive state and a county filled with your own political power. See that’s the thing I think you missed.

What you want is going to take uniquely American power, so why not get the benefit of the American system in the first place? You would have to come together and agree on a constitution, legal system, and governmental structure anyway. Think of how difficult that would be to begin with. Not to mention the influence of the major religions in our particular community. Without going that route, you could find the land somewhere in the states as they exist now. With a small time county that you could flood with development and political power by getting people moved there. With that base of power you could then change the state laws as they govern that county and build like you want. Because as I said, the reality is that you aren’t going to set up in a another area of the world because you couldn’t get people to move there. And there aren’t enough people with money to move there to build it all. So you’d need cheap dehumanizing labor to build it up. Which would make you like the white man you so malign.

So in conclusion, there is your blueprint. There is me reminding you why I can be a force all on my own. That was the totally opinion based version. I could easily sit down with a set of people and of course explain where, what investors, and do city planning. The fun thing about my position is. I’m a Super Villain. I don’t have to help you. I can point at the idea and let other people see how ironically flawed it is. But I’ve given you a plan. One if you chose to ask for my services could work. I can’t promise I won’t turn the place into the beginning of my own country. But you could rest easy knowing I share your ethnic classification. You could feel secure that i would conquer in our collective name. That I would be “YOUR” personal and favorite Super Villain. Being so Ruthless, all others would be left to Wonder. For you merely adopted my Ruthlessness. I was born in it. Shaped by it. I didn’t know mercy until I was already a man. I could go on about this, but Words Don’t Do it Justice.

-THE Ruthless Wonder

Entertainment and You

Entertainment and You

Is entertainment a form of control used to keep us dumb? First let me say ‘get that tone out of your voice’. This is not a conspiracy theory that I’m stating here, though really i could see how it would all tie into the evil plot used by those shadow organizations to keep the masses in line. No what i’m suggesting is something simpler, but the meaning carries the same weight, if not heavier. Take a list of your favorite TV shows, the ones that you watch faithfully. The ones that you record, watch on NETFLIX, HULU and random streams all across the net. Now add up the ‘time’. You’d be surprised how much of your ‘time’ (if your like some people i know) is being wasted on programs that hold absolutely no real significant meaning in your life.

Everyday i boot up a game and play it for a couple of hours. None of these games have taught me much of anything. The argument for hand eye coordination might be valid, but there have to be more physically demanding ways to improve such a thing without slouching on a couch yelling at  people over a tiny microphone. But still i do it. Still i sit and play my games, marveling at the story, the graphics and maybe even the gameplay when i find something interesting enough. But that does not change my opinion of this subject, out entertainment comes at a heavier price than money.

Perhaps i am being too harsh on such things, maybe just a little too tightly wound for my own good so I’ll elaborate my opinion.

Bioshock. Now there was a game worth its salt. The story was solid, the gameplay had a small but potent twist on first person shooters and the world was vibrant enough to such you in with wonderfully dark character themes. I would dare say that out of all the games i can remember playing; Bioshock was by far one of the best when it came to story….well at least with FPS types. But what did i get out of the disc? Have i gained any knowledge that would benefit me? I didn’t burn enough calories to warrant sitting on my but for a good six hours. I didn’t earn any sort of real achievements  (XBOX Achievements don’t count). The sense of accomplishment was minimal, it wasn’t like i did something that made me better than before, nor was it a task rumored to be impossible. Infact, the whole point of playing the game, of making the game, is so that you can hear/experience the story. Failure in that regard will never be the end result unless you simply give up. Could you imagine the game with no checkpoints, no do overs, and no redemption feature? The chances of success would be so small that only a few would reach the goal, and that my friend would not do for the companies.

So here are the pros of playing and beating Bioshock, at least the pros that carry over into the real world. You witnessed a stimulating story that sparked a small part of your creativity, and now have been introduced into a concept you might not have ever thought possible before. Pro, you’re problem solving skills are still sharp. Nothing else matters. Not the difficulty (unless it effects the ending in a drastic way), not the completion rate(again unless it effects the story), and definitely not the in game achievements. So with three pros we naturally move onto the cons.

Now i can’t say that these cons are the same for everyone, that truly depends on you (just like the pros i suppose) but this is based off of me, so I’ll just use my own list. Con, i just gained excess fat from not burning the calories necessary for the food and drink I’ve consumed. Con, my eyes are just that much more stressed from staring into a screen for a prolonged period of time. Con, i gained no relevant knowledge that will serve me well in my day to day situations. Con, i believe that I’ve simply wasted what is perceived as time.

There could be more cons, and arguably more pros, but i don’t believe the pros will ever outweigh the cons. Sometimes, i understand, entertainment is needed in order to deal with the stress of life. Perhaps the true enemy here is over indulgence, a trait it seems most Americans share. If we limited the time we took to play around in our hobbies or stress reducers we could more than likely live with a better sense of balance. Like all things it seems, balance is the key to true happiness. Take some time and think about it, yea?

Motivation versus Inspiration

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The above video has nothing to do with today’s post, I just felt like posting it. Hopefully after that verse he dropped Jay Rock is ready to drop another LP finally.

Also before I get going I want to take a moment and let you know the first post from the new 3rd R, Rufus, is coming THIS THURSDAY! So be on the look out for it. I dare say we have the Superhero to balance out my Supervillainry. A Silver Surfer for my Thanos. An Ollie Queen for my Lex Luthor. Holy hyperbole Batman! Exactly. Come read more by this guy. He’s great. He’s an awesome addition, and with the circle complete be on the lookout for a 3R segment coming soon. Now onto my post.

Motivation versus Inspiration

I think a lot can be said for motivation over inspiration.  Despite a lot of people’s thoughts to the contrary I feel the two are vastly different. Personally I’ve long since stopped trying to write via inspiration. I would even go so far as to say that none of my poems are inspirational after a certain point in my writing career. I don’t dig on or off of inspiration anymore. As I was once told, “For poets, inspiration is for suckers.” At the time that seemed like a harsh critique of our art. It seemed cold. Almost robotic. And I never dreamed of this thing I do with lines and stanzas becoming like that. But that was an emotional response. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I saw the underlying bit that makes that line genius. Inspiration is a passive state of mind that occurs during a point of stagnation. I don’t say inertia for a very specific, science reason. You are usually not doing something and then “inspired” to do so. But writers need to keep writing because otherwise our “muscles” atrophy and we lose skill, or become boring, or just fall off entirely.

This is far different from motivation. Motivation spurs us on to doing something like inspiration yes, but usually we are not at rest. We are dealing with inertia. Constantly going one direction with no external force to cause us to change direction. Motivation is the change in direction. For my writing this was something amazing. I found a creativity I didn’t have before. I stopped waiting on the inspiration to write and just wrote. There is a very marked difference from the works I made before that day and the ones after. Maturity as a person is part of it. Life experience is part of it. But I owe a lot to the idea of motivation being my guide instead of inspiration. The same goes for my non-poetry related writing. Characters are easier to create when you aren’t trying to pull from somewhere out in the ether the moment you need to create them.

And that brings us to everyday life. How often are you subjecting yourself to the whims of inspiration instead of having motivation? Waiting for that one special someone to walk into your favorite coffee shop, bar, club, church, job, supermarket, produce stand, beach,  doctor’s office, best buy, whatever instead of getting motivated to do the things you know make you more noticeable in a good way? I know I have fallen victim to that. How often is there something you are waiting on to happen to be your “sign” to quit that job you hate and start doing the thing you love? I’m not telling you to quit what pays  the bills, but I am saying get motivated to start researching, and investigating the things you need to do what you want, and start doing the ancillary things that should lead up to you leaving that job for a new career doing what you want.

That in the end is the difference between Motivation and Inspiration. Inspiration is so fleeting, so fragile, so impossibly flighty and flaky, not to mention beyond our control, that we do ourselves a disservice by waiting on it. Inspiration can come, and when it does it can help make decisions clear and ideas crystallize. But to wait on it is to lose out on the dreams you have for yourself. To wait is to be stagnate. Stagnation not sleep is the true cousin of death. where you are nothing because you do nothing. Ah but motivation, motivation leads to momentum. Momentum leads to accomplishment. And as you continue to accomplish, you continue to build that personal empire I talked about a while back. Imperial Dreams become motivation when you wake up and start moving. The fuel to press you ever forward towards your goals.

But what do you think? How do you feel about motivation and inspiration? Leave a comment. Like. Share. email me at yourruthlesswonder@gmail.com anything you don’t want here, or questions you might have including topics you want to hear any of us at WDDIJ handle. Be sure to check out the column by our newest on Thursday. We should see a new piece from The Ronin tomorrow. And for now I’m going to get back to other matters I can’t discuss because Words Don’t Do It Justice!

– The Ruthless Wonder