Let’s Talk About…Nostalgia-driven Streaming: Baby Yoda & High School Musicals

Hi, so, can we talk about the rise of nostalgia-driven streaming entertainment and the genius that is DisneyPlus?

See, in a very real sense, my eyes rolled at the announcement of DisneyPlus. I looked to my brother in exacerbation. My mind had instinctually arrived at the conclusion that taking all of their movies and shows from other streaming services and putting it behind, yet another paywall was entertainment suicide. If not from pure frustration of, surely people would be limited in their consumption, or maybe they would simply turn to those alternative pirating avenues.

But then something interesting happened: they boosted their launch with the announcement of original shows. At that moment I sat intrigued because, sure, they would still battle the pirates, but in all honestly, that didn’t really matter. They had something better, the balls and good sense to appeal to the parts of us that can’t help but hang on to the fuzzy memory stores of our brains.

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Let’s Talk About…YouTubers

For more than ten years I have watched videos on YouTube, and over time, as creators and the platform evolved, I began using the website as a source of entertainment on par with more traditional mediums. But, last year, it became something more. See, there was a point when I was at the height of my anxiety. In most aspects of my life, I was content, happy, excited for the future, but when it came to my academic work, I was stuck. I was so close to the end it ached, but then like a snowball turning into an avalanche, I lost all logic. My heart hurt to think about my thesis, about emails that may or may not exist, about endless scenarios that played over and over in my heard. I was at a standstill sponsored by anxiety. Seemingly without warning, I fell into a personal prison of crippling anxiety and panic attacks. I found myself in need of metaphysical council with myself. What I mean by this, is that I felt this overwhelming need to reflect internally and figure out what my heart and head needed on my own and without outside input. While retreating inwards, I found strength and inspiration in people I had never met – YouTubers.

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I Published a Book!

Fantasies of Grandeur

This anthology series is a combination of fictional short stories with a lean towards young adult, science-fiction, fantasy and adventure.

Each story brings excitement, intrigue and the occasional cliffhanger.

Taking you on a ride through different genres, the characters in Part I have no defining names, unlike those in Part II.

Let your imagination join you on this journey through fantasies of grandeur.

It’s available in paperback and ebook on Amazon and Kindle here and on your local Amazon site.

This was a passion project with more to come!

Short Story 33

Olive and Lachlan

Olive’s grandmother used to tell her the story of how her grandparents met. They were in a crowded room. He was in a band and she was dancing to one of their songs. They locked eyes and the rest was history. But, Olive never really believed her; It was a fairy tale, a story to entertain bored children. For some reason, the elders liked to create magic in a time when everything was based on algorithms and duty. Love wasn’t real, and the world relied on everyone playing their part in the society they were privileged to live in. Without the socially constructed systems in place, violence would become the standard again, and humanity would cease to exist. Olive and everyone else were lucky to be alive, and lucky live in a utopia.

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Short Story 32

Ash, Ezra and the Round Table

Have you ever thought about how strange it is that everything in life becomes a memory? As the years go by, your mind might begin to play tricks on you, making you remember events differently than how they were and fixating on negatives. Sometimes though, you find that nostalgia’s a nasty bitch who convinces you to put on those rose-coloured glasses when you’re taking a trip down memory lane. The world seems indifferent to the mundane moments of your life that your brain has decided were worth remembering. Continue reading “Short Story 32”

Short Story 31

Zane in the War

Sometimes, it’s life and death.

There’s this moment, where you know, without a doubt, that it’s the end.

You’re helpless.

But until your last breath, all you can do is fight. Fight for your pride because you refuse to be one of those assholes who give up and leave the battle.

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Short Story 30

Jack and Conor

Have you ever found yourself staring at the clouds in the sky? Or maybe you’ve looked up after catching something in the corner of your eye, but suddenly you can’t remember what or why when your eyes eventually scan the heavens. There has never been a cloudless day; when the sky is clear in one city, it’s cloudy in another. Think about it for a second, really think about it – you know something isn’t right, but as soon as the thoughts enter your mind, you start convincing yourself that the idea is ridiculous. Despite what you are led to believe, there is a reason you have that feeling deep inside that something isn’t quite right about the weather. So, I’m here to put your mind to rest…or maybe just open a giant can of worms. There is a secret in the sky, but most people forget as soon as they have seen it. The thing is, being completely unaware is exactly how it must be for humans to survive (depending on who you talk to). Continue reading “Short Story 30”

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