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Josh Benton
Springfield, OH
Sometimes I write things, but mostly I just drink.
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The older I get the less helpful I find the idea of maintaining some sort of status as a passive observer to life. I'm far more likely to engage with a book or film that way - trying to figure out why I do or don't like it, or what does or doesn't work - but observing and cataloging life can only get you so far. Sure you can make note of how people talk or an interesting conversation, the way they walk or hold their bodies, you can even catalog the sights, sounds and smells of a place. But none of that tells, or more importantly shows, what it is to be that person, and to be in that place, and for me one of the most important tasks of the writer is to illustrate "What it means to be human." I don't mean that in a Platonic sense, but in a phenomenological or existential sense. The goal of writing, again for me, is to show what it is to be this person in this place, and to, at least on a good day, say something about the human condition in general. So while observation can help teach us the mechanics to describe something, we really need to do less observing and more learning - learning about other people and what makes them tick, as well as learning about ourselves. Because ourselves are ultimately the way in which we know and experience being in the world; so when we're experiencing something firsthand we're doing primary research of the best kind when it comes to creating the world on page or stage. Of course we don't all get to experience every possible scenario and sensation in the course of our lives, which is why we observe others, and learn about others, and why we ask ourselves Stanislavsky's "Magic If." Or not. These are after all simply the ramblings of a guy who spends too much time thinking about philosophy, and who tells aspiring writers that step one on the path is to acquire a drinking problem.
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I generally don't think of myself as getting attached to animals. They seem to annoy me more often than not. That said, it's never easy to lose a pet, particularly not one that's been around a while. Around these parts we had to put our scraggly little mutt of a dog down this past New Year's Eve. That's most of a year gone by at this point - yet I was eating a piece of underdone pizza earlier today, and thinking I'd give her the crust, (she was a spoiled scraggly little mutt) and was even getting ready to call her until I reminded myself that she wasn't around anymore. So maybe I'm not as gruff as I think I am.
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Due to moral and financial destitution I shall not be there. Don't mind me, I'll just be here in my dark corner... crying.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2009 on announcing THE AWESOME HOUR!!1 at WWdN: In Exile
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This amused me. I needed that right now.
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Had there been a chance of scoring a date out of it, I think you might have voluntarily worn a pumpkin-colored sweater. I don't really have any evidence to base that on, but considering both your age at the time and your gender (which appears to be the same now as it was then, hence mentioning it after the phrase "at the time") I think this is a fairly safe assumption.
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That sweater should be against the law. I've never been particularly frightened of clowns, but after being exposed to Killer Klowns from Outer Space one too many times at a young age they make me homicidal. Sweater aside, I dig the haircut.
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I never had Star Trek iron-ons, though my mom did used to make cool dinosaur patches to sew over holes in my jeans. Yeah, I've got nothing to add to the topic, really... so I'm just going to sit here and be sad that it's no longer considered socially acceptable for me to sew cool dinosaurs all over my clothes.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2009 on Q'Plah! at WWdN: In Exile
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Hmm. I just posted a comment that pointed readers to a number of sites where they could find pictures and how-to articles of terrain made from packing materials and any number of other things. I'm presuming that I must have added too many links, and it got blasted as spam.
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I've always liked pretty terrain, on the other hand I've had mixed experience using terrain and minis for rpg sessions. Sure they can help you keep track of things, but they can also become a distraction. I was also soured on it by one group which was basically like playing a crpg, only there were other people in the room. Roleplaying was pretty minimal. Admittedly I've played in games where they were just there as an aid, but even then I didn't really feel like we needed them. Maybe I'm just bitter that I fail at making pretty things.
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How do we know it was you and not your evil, yet handsome, clone?
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2009 on the clockwork century at WWdN: In Exile
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That was very odd. Amusing, but odd.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2009 on everything's drawn and super 80s at WWdN: In Exile
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