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The Movie Reviews Writing Break

Been writing movie reviews all day. Or trying to. Trying to keep my discipline going.

I took a trip to the grocery store first, and then another trip for a package since I shopped too much food to fetch it on the same trip, then I lay out on the terrace and tried to get some sun before the (predicted) rain came in, reading a book while I was there. Sublime multitasking moments.

The clouds came in, the rain came in, and I went in.

At 18:00 the rain was supposed to stop and hold for about an hour. It stopped, so I went out for a by-now-way-overdue jog (life in Stockholm seems to turn into some kind of self-destructive sleep-deprived martyr-like style of life in which I eat too much, buy crappy food, move too little, fuel my days with distractions and get stressed over petty things way too easily), when halfway through the rain set in.

It poured. The thunder crackled in the distance. I took refuge under a pine tree and thought about how you're not supposed to stand under trees when there's thunder - but it wasn't that close by.

I thought I'd meditate a bit. De-stress. I put my palm against the crude bark of the pine, trying to tap into its inner energy. I listened and watched the falling rain. I leaned against the tree as it closed in and the room for shelter shrunk. I punched the raindrops a bit and jumped around, but stopped since I feel like I'm in pretty shit shape right now. I am not actually in that shitty shape... yet, but it's not improving. I ate a bag of chips for lunch.

Then I got impatient and jogged home in the torment, took a shower for fear of the thousands of ticks I might've brushed up against on my wild run through the wet grass, though I'm not sure they like to sit on wet grass, and here I am typing up these reviews again. The rain's stopped now.

Or rather I'm: finishing, publishing, and revising retrospectively. A simple but time-consuming and wrong-order process.

The sun sets outside, coloring the sky red and purple. I try to take some pictures through the blinds but it's hard to capture. I take a bundle anyway. I manage a few really good ones. I then sit down again with the intention to keep going with the reviews. Hope to finish at least six more, and then maybe I can watch a movie. Just felt like writing something betweentimes.

Just learned a new word there thanks to spellcheck! There you go.

Fixing The Lose Ends

I was editing a review, and noticed I'd written lose ends instead of loose ends. It's obviously loose ends... right?

*quick Google*

Yes. Yes it is. I never doubted. I fixed the error, and did a quick search on the blog just to see if I might've made it some other time...

119 posts. Full of lose ends. It's not a loosing fight yet though! Time to losen up some joint muscles and make ends meet! End: fixated.

I fixed the lose ends.

Backward Smileys

They bug me.

I just want to get that out there. They've done so for a long time too, though it just struck me why, so here's a post on that.

It's because they're the wrong way. Literally.

You read text from left to right, right? If so the smiley should read LTR too. Visual and Asian smileys work both ways as they read up and down, but these other ones are just wrong!

I'm all about open standards too. Norms. Like English - a language that we all understand, that makes it so much easier for all of us to communicate.

I understand not everyone writes in English; not everyone writes in a LTR language, but the backward smileys I stumble upon are definitely always written in language where this is the norm. For you RTL writers out there: this isn't aimed at you. Keep writing as you usually do. If I happen to learn your language and read your text and the smiley isn't written the way I'm accustomed to I'll just have to change my customs, because I suppose that's the custom for you. Ditto, right?

So please, whichever way you type: type your smileys facing the right way.

That is all.

'Inbetween' Or 'In Between'?

I've always typed these two words as one, and so I often get a red marker on these two words when spellcheck kicks in and tells me they shouldn't be. Sometimes I've honored the suggestion for correction, yet sometimes I've ignored it, feeling like it really should be one word after all.

So today I decided to look it up once and for all, and guess what: I'm alone in my wonders. There doesn't seem to be a single result for 'inbetween or in between' on Google, and the results for both the separate and combined terms show the same amount of results - with the compound version asking me if I didn't mean to search for 'in between or in between instead'?

Ouch. That settles it then. Though it still feels strange to separate the two words I guess I'll need to do start doing so from here on out. Inthefuture...

Better Blogging

If you want to know how to become a better blogger... you'd better ask someone else. I've been blogging for twelve years but I still don't know what I'm doing. I've posted blog-related things like:

...but I don't follow my own advice half the time. I know the secrets, but I don't want to conform. I could turn this into a business, but I'd rather keep it personal. I'm not greedy. I'm tempted, but when I look at the world and what the capitalist approach has done for it... I think I'll take a different approach.

You probably hear the confidence-booster affirmation I'm worth more or I'm worth this a lot, but that doesn't apply to material wealth. It applies to choices. How you live. What you are. Care about the world - because you're worth a better future.

So on this rare topic of blogging, let me give you some solid advice that no one else will, because I feel like selling out today:

  • Be yourself, readers will appreciate you for you.
  • Don't limit yourself; don't confine yourself to a single topic. Evolve. Open your mind. Don't fear controversy if it helps you grow.
  • Stay true to yourself, and as such also to your viewers.
  • Care for your blog. Even if it is a business: a good business is like a second home. Make it your second home.
  • Write for yourself, even if no one reads. It's easy to start thinking about what everyone else wants, but if you just do you soon others will want to do you too.
  • Persevere, because Tukalue wasn't built in a day-

But most importantly: make sure this is what you want to do. If not: do something else. The goals may seem a bit selfish, which is why you probably won't get them elsewhere - because it makes you seem selfish, and giving a selfless impression seems to be the recommended thing to do if you want your blog to prosper. It seems to be working too.

But for who else would you start a blog if not for yourself? If you choose this route it'll be a big part of your life before you know it, so you'd better be ready for a long term commitment. If you do make it a business: make it a business you want to run. When designing a race: design a race you'll want to run yourself, and others will join in.

Make your world, and the world is yours.

It's Y'all Not Yall

It's short for you all. It's not yall! Not ya'll! It's y'all! I've been using just plain, simple unapostrophized yall for way too long. Time to step my grammatical game up.

Just making this clear once and for all. Right now y'all.

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