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  1. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 2 days ago

    Thought you would have dropped in by now, but I guess too much else has gotten in the way. Or maybe no access, or both. Just a few things, when you can come by again:

    I hardly think that your anecdote constitutes ‘bad form’! On the contrary, it illustrates how a story can illuminate, by making us understand something about other people or ourselves — and how, by your own admission, such truths can be discomfiting. To me, that kind of insight is worth sharing, in contrast those who shamelessly indulge in shock for its own sake, and make you want to shower afterwards.

    I too saw (and favorited) the C&H strip that you referenced. And your mentioning it instantly reminded me of the May 28, 2014 strip; both dovetail beautifully with the theme I have been threading throughout this hiatus. Earlier, the family had taken an overnight trip to attend a wedding, only to return and discover that their house had been burglarized. Calvin’s father was especially shaken, and before going to bed, he reflected:

    It’s funny… when I was a kid, I thought grown-ups never worried about anything. I trusted my parents to take care of everything, and it never occurred to me that they might not know how. I figured that once you grew up, you automatically knew what to do in any given scenario. I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach adulthood if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.

    So there you are: Growing up does not mean that everything suddenly becomes certain. You don’t always know what to do, or what the answers are. And that chronic uncertainty makes me think that growing up does not culminate in any one point of destination, but instead constitutes several of them. Even when you think you’ve finally arrived, guess what, you still have a long way to go…

    That’s one way of looking at it, at least. And I could say more about that, but I’ll give you a break (which I could use myself, anyway). Do hope to ‘see’ you soon, even if you have just enough time to pick up another carton of Slynderfell’s.

  2. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 8 days ago

    “I wish we could sometimes love the characters in real life as we love the characters in romances. There are a great many human souls whom we should accept more kindly, and even appreciate more clearly, if we simply thought of them as people in a story.” ― G.K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America

  3. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 16 days ago

    Maybe ‘inadequate’ was putting it too strongly; what I really meant is that LSoS is the reason that everyone is here, and that my comments — however much some may appreciate them — aren’t a replacement for it.

    Sorry you couldn’t reach the links I posted. Is that a problem in general with the borrowed iPad, or is it limited to those posted in the comments section of GoComics?

    I think Kory would be very appreciative to receive any assistance in spreading the word, whether by word of mouth — or business card.

    Speaking of which: the moment when Slynderfell handed that card to Kreelit, and there was much speculation as to whose name would be on it, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you whom I was hoping it would be. And, by golly, when it turned out that it wasOMG, it gave me such a rush that it made me giddy. I had so hoped that Blyme would play a part in the story and I was finally getting my wish. And as they say, careful what you wish for, considering what occurred soon afterwards, in one of the story’s most cataclysmic episodes. And that made me feel very conflicted and uncomfortable for a while there.

    I’ll get into that later, and more as well, but I’ll pause for now, or I’ll be here all night.

  4. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 16 days ago

    I might have read that about DA once, but if so I had forgotten. But I’m not at all surprised! As for the quotes, I just went looking for them one day out of curiosity; that last one I posted reminded me of this latest hiatus that threatens to go on with no end in sight. (Must — try — not — to — whine.)

    As for your reaction to the latest Dr. Who, that reminds me that those who let us down are not those from whom we expect little, but those from whom we expect a lot.

    And falling short — it seems many of us understand rationally that it is normal and to be expected, yet we react very irrationally in that we find it hard to forgive ourselves because we can’t hit it out of the park, right off the bat. Reminds me of that saying about an ‘overnight success’ being years in the making. And that’s a great part of the problem, I think, that leads to such feelings of inadequacy and discouragement: We only see someone performing at the top of their game without knowing anything of the trials and tribulations that person underwent in order to reach their present excellence. So you get it into your head that they’re extraordinary, and you simply suck, never stopping to think that at one time, they probably sucked as well. Worse, you start to fear that no matter what you do, or how hard you try, you’ll always suck. Yeah, it really sucks to think that way.

  5. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 22 days ago

    That’s at least twice now that you have mentioned Dr. Who episodes that sound particularly engrossing, though it’s a little disappointing to learn that most don’t approach that standard. But then, even with the best shows, some moments will be greater than others, and you’ll favor some episodes over others (and what one thinks of as ‘best’ is often is highly subjective in any case), so the variation in quality isn’t that surprising.

    Still, it’s gotten me curious enough that I may yet check it out eventually. However, I have not had a TV for several years now, and I’m not sure when or even if I’ll get another, so if I really wanted to watch Dr. Who, I would have to do so through streaming services. According to Beeb America, Hulu Plus carries the most complete collection of episodes, in case anyone else here would be interested. I had once considered subscribing, but at the time decided that I could do without it for now. But if I ever do spring for it, then Dr. Who will probably have something to do with it!

    In the meantime, I went back through past entries of a blog by someone who writes about Dr. Who on occasion, and was particularly intrigued by the following entry:

    It’s What’s in the Dark – It’s What’s Always in the Dark

    Something tells me that it wasn’t a question of “bizarre definitions of science fiction and of fantasy”; I’m pretty sure that the author of the memo was quite clear on how those genres were (and are) defined.

    No, I’ll wager that it was a matter of trying to avoid using those labels out of fear that the show would be perceived negatively. Yes, I know that the scifi and fantasy genres are often disparaged, so I suppose that such an attitude is somewhat understandable. Still, it’s rather dismaying that someone who worked on the show would be that cowed by potential disapproval.

  6. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 23 days ago

    Last week it occurred to me that we may be in for an even longer break than usual. I had really hoped that ‘Cork’ would return in September, but evidently not. So now I’m hoping that we won’t have to wait beyond next month. And even with a surfeit of other reading material (comics and otherwise), well, it’s just not LSoS.

    To quote Douglas Adams yet again: “For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”

  7. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia 27 days ago

    “Reading books can change people and thereby change the world. And yes, those changes are not always good, but they’re not always bad, either. Reading dark books doesn’t turn you dark. To the contrary, a dark book can be the light at the end of the tunnel that someone needs to survive, a message in a bottle letting you know you are not alone, a signal that there is something more out there. Something worth it. If only you can hold on just a little bit longer.” —s.e. smith

  8. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 1 month ago

    I know what you mean, but the absence of LSoS wouldn’t bother me so much if we at least knew when it would be back. But my guess is that Kory doesn’t set definite dates because he doesn’t want to make promises that he might not be able to keep. So I just try to console myself by continuing to contribute commentary, and enjoying the occasional responses. It’s my way of trying to keep LSoS going even in its absence, though I know full well that I’m hardly an adequate substitute!

  9. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 1 month ago

    I somehow sensed that you would want to continue calling me Blymie — and that’s fine with me. For some time now I’ve wanted to change my GoComics name — for my own quirky, oddball reasons that I would find hard to articulate — but had trouble settling on one. Then my thoughts started turning once again to Anya Seton, a number of whose novels I first read a few years ago. The title of one of those novels is, yes, Green Darkness. And even without having known anything about it, the name itself evoked something ‘mystastical,’ as Slyndy would say. Besides which, although I hadn’t planned it, it perfectly complements the image I’m now using. (FYI, here is where it comes from.)

    I really hope that you’ll be able to dress up as The Grin for Halloween, though I quite understand if it turns out that other things must take precedence. But oh, I can just imagine the reaction it would generate; Blyme would be hard to surpass for sheer visceral creepiness.

    And speaking of ‘creepiness,’ I have some thoughts on that too, but as usual I’ve run on far too long, so I’ll save them for later, hopefully not too much later. In the meantime, in keeping with the theme I’ve pursued lately, I offer the following article that serves as a resounding rebuttal and rebuke to the maturer-than-thou who sneer at those of us with ‘childish’ tastes in reading:

    ‘It’s pretty good, for a children’s book’

  10. Green Darkness GoComics Pro Member commented on Lost Side of Suburbia about 1 month ago

    I know I’ve heard that before, though I can’t remember where or when. But now that you’ve mentioned it, it made me think of a passage from Gone With the Wind, which might not have occurred to me if I hadn’t been rereading it lately. While I can’t say for certain whether it’s necessarily due to having a common enemy, the ever insightful Rhett suggests that there is often a strong affinity between alternate generations:

    “… Make up your mind to this. If you are different, you are isolated, not only from people of your own age but from those of your parents’ generation and from your children’s generation too. They’ll never understand you and they’ll be shocked no matter what you do. But your grandparents would probably be proud of you and say: ‘There’s a chip off the old block,’ and your grandchildren will sigh enviously and say: ‘What an old rip Grandma must have been!’ and they’ll try to be like you.”

    And a bit further on, after revealing that his paternal grandfather had been a pirate:

    “I daresay he made people walk the plank if there was any money to be made that way. At any rate, he made enough money to leave my father quite wealthy. But the family always referred to him carefully as a ‘sea captain.’ He was killed in a saloon brawl long before I was born. His death was, needless to say, a great relief to his children, for the old gentleman was drunk most of the time and when in his cups was apt to forget that he was a retired sea captain and give reminiscences that curled his children’s hair. However, I admired him and tried to copy him far more than I ever did my father, for Father is an amiable gentleman full of honorable habits and pious saws—so you see how it goes. I’m sure your children won’t approve of you, Scarlett, any more than Mrs. Merriwether and Mrs. Elsing and their broods approve of you now. Your children will probably be soft, prissy creatures, as the children of
    hard-bitten characters usually are. And to make them worse, you, like every other mother, are probably determined that they shall never know the hardships you’ve known. And that’s all wrong. Hardships make or break people. So you’ll have to wait for approval from your grandchildren.”

    While I can’t speak from personal experience, I can only say that as long as grandparents and grandchildren pull together, and say to haystacks with their stuffier relatives, then all is not lost!