Passengers: Review

Passengers is a movie starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora and Jim on board a spaceship traveling to a new planet to start a new life. When their hibernation pods malfunction and they wake up 90 years too soon, time is against them as they race to find out what went wrong and save the 5,000 souls on board.

I didn’t know a lot about this movie when I watched it. There was some dissatisfaction about the movie towards Chris Pratt’s moral choices in regards to Jennifer Lawrence’s character and I wanted to watch it for myself and make my own opinions. Visually, the movie was stunning; everything seemed perfect and precise as many space movies try to showcase.

However, I found the story line to be flat and the characters more than a little boring. Jim (played by Chris Pratt) makes some decisions that wouldn’t have been tolerated on earth and when Aurora (Lawrence) calls him out on it, another character that is shown briefly defends Jim’s choices. This set me off a little bit because it seems like everyone is okay with Aurora getting shortchanged over something that shouldn’t have happened.

The beginning and end of Passengers had the most intrigue because Aurora and Jim are fighting to save themselves from a failing spaceship and you don’t quite know if they’re going to survive. However, there’s not enough intensity throughout the film to keep me on the edge. By the end of the movie, I felt like I didn’t see anything at all.

And…that’s all I can say about this movie. I can’t even make a proper opinion of it, because there wasn’t anything there. If you just want to see it for the pretty backdrop, then this is the movie for you. But if you’re looking for an in depth story, then this one is more than a little lacking.

Say You’ll Be Mine Forever.

Over the weekend, I discovered a new musical artist named Derek Ryan. He’s from Ireland and sings country and Irish music.

From all appearances, he’s fairly well known in the country of his birth, but I didn’t know who he was until this weekend when my mom and I were watching a Daniel O’Donnell PBS special. O’Donnell had allowed Ryan to share the stage for a few minutes to sing a few songs and even sing a duet that the two had recorded together.

I found him to be a wonderful singer, one that made me feel peaceful and content with the world around me. When the segment was over, I kind of forgot about Derek Ryan and went on with my evening, but when they aired the special again, I paid more attention. He really is a good singer, I thought. I went online and listened to more songs that he posted on YouTube. I then went on Twitter and saw that he had an account and followed him. I tweeted to him that I discovered him and that I loved country and Irish music and thought he had a great voice. To my surprise, he liked my tweet and even re-tweeted it onto his page. He even followed me back. I’ve been walking on air ever since.

I’m not the kind of person who spams celebrities pages in the hopes of getting a response back. I follow certain people because I truly enjoy their artistic works and when I do send out a post to them, I don’t hold and illusions or expectations that they will notice or give a reply back. On the rare occasions that I post to them, it’s because I appreciate what they’re doing and if they happen to read it, then that’s great.

But like most people, I also get excited when people I admire take notice of what I said, and in this case, Derek Ryan. He probably doesn’t know how happy he made me in that one moment of re-tweeting and following me. Sometimes it takes the smallest thing to turn a person’s night into the happiest one ever.

If you’re interested in Derek Ryan, take a listen to “Hold On To Your Hat.” This is the song that turned me on to him as a musician. I hope he becomes more popular over here in America because he really does have talent.

Where to Go From Here

To be honest, I’m not quite sure if I want to continue blogging at this site. I’m starting to feel like writing here is more like a chore than it is something I look foreword to writing at. I don’t want to delete it because I put a lot of work and years into it and there’s some pieces that I’m really proud of. But I’ve also noticed recently that I’ve only blogged maybe once or twice a month and I don’t want to do that to myself or my readers. I want to write more regularly and with more quality.

I’ve also been thinking about focusing on one topic. I might create a new blog for that or I might start up again here. In the meantime, I think I’m just going to take a break from Ordinary Travels and see where I want to go from here.

Thank you for everyone who’s been reading my blog faithfully. I hope I’ll be back soon.

Being Authentic in My Writing.

A few years ago, before I created this blog, I told someone I knew that I wanted to start blogging again. She immediately told me that if I wanted to have a blog, then I needed to get out and do more things in order to have anything to write about. I laughed and said “Even for a book blog?” “No,” she said, “not for a book blog.”

In spite of her good intentions with giving me advice, the conversation shook my confidence a little bit. Several years later, I can still hear what she said whenever I sit down to write a post. I haven’t gone out and done anything to make this post interesting, I think to myself. What I want to write isn’t interesting enough because it’s only the fruits of my mind rather than reporting on my experiences.

This is the problem with starting or having a creative outlet: Everybody wants to tell you how it should be instead of seeing all the possibilities of what it could be. When I created this blog, I was very afraid of what direction it was going to take. I started with short, creative clips. Then I tried going a couple of places and writing about it, but that soon got boring and tiring.

I began reading other blogs, trying to glean any knowledge of what made their site work. There are thousands of blogs out there that just focused on one topic and that worked for what they wanted to get out of it. But I was also happy to see that there were writers like me who didn’t necessarily want to go out and write about places and experiences. They were content to sit down and write about their thoughts, feelings and stories without having to go anywhere to get them. They were content to just write. And in that, I felt a sense of relief. I don’t have to be someone I’m not.

I eventually settled in and just wrote about whatever I felt like writing about. Sometimes it was about a movie I saw, other times it was a thought I wanted to explore, other times it was just plane creative prose. Once I stopped trying to fit myself into something that everyone else expected me to fit into with my blog, I felt much happier. I could do what I want and not worry that I might be disappointing someone with my work. And of course, there might be someone out there who doesn’t like a post, but that’s just that person. I’m only here to write for myself.

Sometimes (okay, maybe a bit more than that), I still get a cringe of uneasiness that I’m not doing this write. I feel bad for not telling you about the little tea shop I went to a few weeks ago or the annoying voice of the woman of a HGTV show that I just finished watching last night. But you know what? I didn’t want to write about them. If I tried, I wouldn’t have sound genuine and authentic. I would’ve sounded like someone who was writing an essay for class rather than for a blog she created for herself. If I wanted to, I would have. It just depends on what catches my creative fancy.

And in the end, that’s all that matters.

Protecting Children.

It’s getting harder and harder to get on social media these days. I hate getting on there, seeing the strong, opinionated posts, the arguments, the violence on the streets, the hate spewing from both sides. It’s so frustrating to see. It makes me feel so drained. I mostly avoided it yesterday, much to my relief and I was only on for a few minutes when I did and I only commented on mundane, every day things, mostly.

This morning, I got on for a few minutes and I saw a post about how people were taking shots against Barron Trump, Donald Trump’s ten year old son. The things that have been said about Barron have been disgusting things really, and the boy’s only ten years old. It makes my heart sad for him. He has no control about what his father is doing. He has no control that he lives in the white house. He’s ten years old, a little boy, really. I’m sure he’s heard the things that people have said about him and I’m sure it’s having a huge impact on his psyche. No matter how you feel about Donald Trump, you have no right to have a go at a little boy who doesn’t understand the adult world that he’s living in.

What if he was your little boy? Would you want someone to tell him he was going to grow up to be a murderer? Would you want someone to tell him that he’s not going to amount to anything because he was born you? I don’t think you’d appreciate it very much. I don’t think any parent would want to hear others saying their children are terrible, horrible beings. They can’t help who they’re born to, where they’re living, and how their parents are viewed. Taking stabs at people’s children should be off limits, especially to those in public positions. It’s just not right. Have you’re opinions about Donald Trump, but don’t take your strong opinions and throw it against the innocent. Who knows how our words are affecting him.

The Inauguration.

The Inauguration happened today. I don’t think I need to elaborate on what inauguration we’re talking about. For whatever reason, I thought it was happening tomorrow (Saturday the 21st) instead of today (Friday the 20th). I don’t know why it would be on a Saturday, I don’t think it’s ever been on a Saturday as far as I know? But anyway.

I had to work this morning, so I missed the whole thing. Some people would tell me that this is a good thing as the majority of people didn’t like the man. Others would probably be disappointed that I didn’t get to see it, I’m sure. All I know is that the country will face a lot of unrest in the next four years regardless of which side you’re on.

I feel like I’m the brink of history here, you know? I feel like I’m about to witness some history that will talked about for many years to come, just like the 60’s civil rights movement, or any of the major wars, or any major point in human civilization. I can just feel it upon me. I think all Americans can feel it and even people around the world in other nations.

So. I hope for the best. In the very least there will be a lot of stories to tell.

Creating a new audience venue.

A few months ago, I create a YouTube account. As of this writing, I haven’t posted anything to the channel. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what I want my channel to be about, thus why there’s nothing on there. This is my problem: I want to try these things, but I’m not quite sure how to go about them.

But I have an idea. I think.

I’ve been mulling it over in my head for a while now.

I think I want to have a YouTube channel where I read poetry, stories, urban legends, fan fiction, creepypastas, and other tales. Maybe even something similar to Rob Dyke, Caleigh Elise, and Matthew Santoro. I even want to do an occasional review of a book or movie. I think it would be original (somewhat) and something people haven’t tried much before. Obviously not the creepypastas and unsolved mystery type stories, but the other things might catch some people’s eyes.

It’s a little nerve wracking to even think about trying to start. Is it okay to read fan fiction stories? Would my original content be safe. I guess I could always say “all rights reserved” in the description for my original stories and fan fiction stories say “based off the books by X author.” How do YouTubers do the things that they do? I want to know all their secrets.

I just need to take that first step, you know? Just go for it. Write a few things down and then record and put it all together in Movie Maker or something. It’s a start, at least.

I’m not making sense again. I just thought I’d write it all out again, see what others thought of it. And if enough people encourage me, maybe it’ll get me going (even though I asked some friends a few months ago and they said me creating a channel would be awesome! So…we’ll see).