My name is Charlie, but if your looking for my work, I go by C. E. Dorsett. I write scifi, fantasy, and a touch of horror. I like to play with gothic, steampunk, decopunk, epic fantasy, and wuxia. I love to tell stories and talk about books, movies, series, and music.
I need More than Star Wars
I feel like a heretic even thinking this, much less posting it, but I just can't hold it in anymore!
I need MORE scifi on TV than Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
That's a bit better. Just saying it helps me out, but I am not sure exactly what to do about it.
I am a Space Opera junkie
Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, SG-U, Babylon 5, Firefly, Space Above and Beyond, Lexx, Star Hunter... I even watched Battlestar Gallactica even though I never really fell in love with it.
I love a heroic group on a space ship going out on adventures and facing amazing odds. I just do. I grew up on them. They are like crack to me.
They are not cheap to make, and difficult to make well... and the conventional wisdom is that people will only watch Star Trek and Star Wars. That is a lie, but recent history doesn't help.
Defying Gravity was just recently canceled, and I am sure it will reinforce the conventional wisdom, but it shouldn't.
Defying Gravity's Sins
- It took place in a world too close to ours and didn't differentiate itself well.
- It tried too hard to be a drama, and fell into the melodrama trap.
- The mystery behind the scenes felt forced.
- The main character was a joke, and extremely unlikable.
- The few moments of golden content highlight the crappy nature of the rest.
- It felt like watching a show in a library. It was so quiet and muted that you felt like you needed to keep silent or someone would shush you.
- The plot was too amorphous.
- The characters were wooden stereotypes.
- The camera work was sub-par.
- At the end of every episode you just felt like, "Well, that just happened... What was it?"
It was a flawed show that could have been retooled into a good one, but it was not given a chance.
My real problem
I have been working on a fantasy novel that I really like, but with the dearth of space opera to watch or read, I really want to write another Space Opera...
Ugh... I suppose that is why I got into writing originally, to entertain myself, but I feel like I am being drawn back into it.
There may be a way out, but it would be a lot of work for me. Should I do a Space Opera for the site and a fantasy novel for the Publishers?
I have struggled with whether my next book should go out to a traditional publisher or if I should put it out myself. This path would allow me to test both models and to see which works better. On the other hand I would be writing a Space Opera series and a Fantasy novel at the same time.
Help me dashPunks, you are my only hope!
I would love some feedback on this. Shows to distract me, or votes for the plan I just explained. What do you think?
If I Close My Eyes Forever
It's funny how music can touch you in such a deep way. I was sitting at my desk listening to music, and "If I close my eyes forever" by Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne came on. I know what the song is really about, but it resonated in me intensifying my feelings of confusion, and focusing me on the future.
Is it love that's on my mind or is it fantasy?
Baby, I get so scared inside and I don't really understand Is it love that's on my mind or is it fantasy? Heaven, is in the palm of my hand and it's waiting here for you What am I supposed to do with a childhood tragedy?
The future is the topic de jour at the HQ lately. We have a lot of plans, hopes and dreams, and we are trying to find ways to make them a reality.
I have written stories since I was in the second grade. In fact, when I was in the third grade, I wrote the third and fourth grade plays. I even wrote the commencement for my fifth grade graduation. In sixth grade, I started my first novel. I wrote my second and third in high school, and my fourth after graduation. Liquid Sky was my sixth.
I know what I want to do with my life. I always have. I know a lot of you feel the same way. We talk in email about your dreams and ambitions, and how to achieve them. That is the real problem.
Heaven, is in the palm of my hand
That line is literally true for me. Writing is my heaven! I fall into my stories. I feel the characters highs and lows. It might be impossible for me to call myself a great writer, but the letters I get about my books show me that they do the most important thing: They connect with readers.
Isn't that what we are all wanting?
- To connect with others.
- To feel like we are alive.
We need to find ways to help each others dreams come true. To keep our dreams alive!
Sometimes, its hard to hold on
Sometimes, its hard to hold on, so hard to hold on to my dreams It isn't always what it seems when you're face to face with me Like a dagger you stick me in the heart and taste the blood from my blade And when we sleep would you shelter me in your warm and darkened grave?
It isn't always easy to hold on to our dreams. The reality of what it takes to achieve our goals can be daunting.
If I had known when I started writing I would be plunged into convention politics and foisted into a position of leadership in a GLBT fan group, I probably would have stopped. Honestly, sometimes, the thought still overwhelms me.
I have to remember: this is about more than just me. The group needs an advocate, and if it is not me, then who will it be?
Realizing our dreams/following our bliss is a full-time job. Most of us already have one of those, and it is not easy to add on a second. We have to remind ourselves that we are worth it.
Taste the blood from my blade
The harder it is to live our passions, the more important it is to do!
Life thrives on the survival of the fittest. When we get knocked down, we can either stay down, or bounce back fighting. Stand up, laugh at the pain, taste the blood on the blade! That is your life blood. No one can take it from you without a fight.
Be proud of your dreams! They course through your veins for a reason. Passion is life. If you feel like you have lost your passion, you are wrong. Someone took it from you. You need to take it back
Would it all remain unchanged?
If I close my eyes forever Would it all remain unchanged? If I close my eyes forever Would it all remain the same?
If you close your eyes, and leave your passions to the mercies of others, don't be surprised by the vacuum it leaves in your life.
Wake up! Find some friends who have opened their eyes too (or help them to open theirs) and start moving forward.
The one who leaves the pack is always the one the predators come for, so build yourself another pack. If your friends put you down, find new friends. Find a community where people will support you. You deserve the best life has to offer. Hunt it out!
Wipe the cobwebs from my eyes
I know I've been so hard on you I know I've told you lies If I could have just one more wish I'd wipe the cobwebs from my eyes
Standing strong, we have to move past the lies we told ourselves. It is time to walk forward. We can get where we need to go together.
With eyes wide open
- What is your heaven?
- What challenges do you face?
- How can we help?
5 Songs that Saved My Life
Life is not always easy. Early on, I learned that I could find the catharsis I needed in music. There are many songs that I use to vent various emotions, or even celebrate. Luckily, certain songs have been with me at those darkest moments to pick me up and carry me through. These are songs of defiance, strength, and hope.
5. Crucify by Tori Amos
What can I say about Tori Amos that her voice doesn’t. I used to be one of those people who had to make everyone happy, even if it meant that I was miserable. It was tearing me apart. Inside, I was little more than broken glass jangling around, and then I found Tori.
I used to listen to this song on repeat. I learned to stop Crucifying Myself, and to just stand strong regardless of whatever people might think about me.
4. Under the Gun by The Sisters of Mercy
This song will forever be with me. For some reason, this is the song I turn to in times of chaos and confusion. The refrain, “Are you living for love?” has become a mantra for me to keep me centered and going forward.
3. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
I will forever love Alanis Morissette for this song. The first time I ever heard it was on one of those nights that just ended badly.
I had been dating this guy for years, and I really loved him. He picked me up, and we went out for dinner and a movie. We had a very romantic evening, and if it had ended there it would have had everything a perfect date should have.
As he drove me home, he broke up with me. I was devastated, so I turned on the radio to end the awkward silence. This is the song that came on the radio. For the rest of the ride home, I just looked at him and listened to “You Oughta Know.” I will forever love Alanis Morissette for that.
2. Pictures of You by The Cure
As I got over what was the most devastating break up of my life. Robert Smith always made me smile.
1. Reason to Live by Kiss
Kiss is one of my favorite bands for so many reasons. One of the biggest has to be that in those darkest moments, I had this song running through my head.
This is a new time for us all, and we need to keep our heads up. These are some of the songs I use to keep my head. What songs do you rely on?