Millennial Intermission

I wonder how many of my fellow Millennials realize the vital times we find ourselves young in. A large influx of change has been made within our society – all beginning around the time of 2000 – that has really left us in a sort of cross hold of eras. Much like that of 1960’s America, we are pushing society into a new direction. Though, it’s undoubtedly an uncertain direction.

To consider all the factors that are triggering these changes would be too much for any single blog post. With the Trump administration, the rise in power of social media, and the endless stream of activists, you could write an entire book series on what we’re living through. Being that I speak to Millenials specifically, we’re truly the entities that will have to carry out the future of this confusion. Personally, I believe this has a large sufficiency to the rise in mental illnesses.

Regardless, if you ever find yourself caught up in the emotion of society’s uncertainty, I make one suggestion and one suggestion only. Take a break from the chaos. An intermission, if you will. I do it quite often and find it’s the only way I can stay sane.

With this intermission, meditate on the fact that we’re the ones to foresee the future. Therefore, we’re the ones who will inevitably decide what is to come. And with so much distrust and separation we place amongst ourselves, I do worry as to where it will decide to lead.

At least the hippies had some sense of unification.

From Novel to Film: ‘Lolita’

From Novel to Film: ‘Lolita’

Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita has been the center of controversy for over half a century now. For those unaware, the simple reason being his story entails of an older man obsessed with younger girls – or as he calls them, nymphets – and pursuing one of which he nicknames Lolita. It’s understandable why such a concept will even today receive certain backlash.

The summed up reason for Humbert Humbert’s (the older man) fixation on juvenile gals is his past experience with a ‘nymphet’. At a pre-adult age, Humbert fell in love with a premature girl and had deep, passionate desires to marry her and – of course – do the dirty. However, before either of those was possible, she fell ill with typhus and passed away. Since then, Humbert has been unable to control his urges of recreating the relationship with another ‘nymphet’.

The story goes on to tell of him moving to America in order to pursue his writing. There he lives with Charlotte Haze who has a young daughter named Dolores. Soon enough, Humbert’s imagination begins running wild over Dolores. The two relate over how much they hate Charlotte. Ironically, Charlotte’s in love with Humbert and he marries her to stay close with Dolores. Through this time, he writes all his sexual thoughts into a diary which is eventually discovered by Charlotte.

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Hidden Talents

Hidden Talents

I’m in a sort of disputation right now with the future of my career. To sum it up, I have a strong desire to start broadcasting myself on YouTube for the sake of my writing. With this, I contemplate whether I should focus on my writing rather than leading myself to believe I have any value in that field of entertainment. I wonder if there are any other writers out there with similar conflictions?

Here’s the catch. When I was young and brainlessly egotistical, I put myself up on YouTube without a second thought. I’d say what I felt like saying and do what I felt like doing, all with a camera recording. It led me nowhere and eventually became a huge insecurity. Something still makes me feel very unsure of the fact that my behavior can be uploaded via video for the world to witness.

However, as a screenwriter, I have this knack for cameras. This is for two reasons. 1.) My obsession with movies. 2.) My never-ending attempt to solidify the present. In my opinion, there is no better way to look back at one’s life more fondly than through the eye of a camera. I could write a whole memoir, but a picture speaks louder than a bunch of words scribbled together.

Earlier, I mentioned what was once my brainless ego. I remain egotistical, no doubt, and it always comes with its cons. Yet, I believe in my sophistication so strongly now that I want to make the attempt of presenting these brains in platforms beyond the page. I guess what truly worries me is the notion that people just might not care.

I have the feeling every writer feels this way about their craft at some point or another. But I wonder if any have ever felt these convictions while deciding on another craft to take up.

We live in an era where manipulating social media is key to becoming successful in whatever sort of career you choose. My strong desire comes from wanting to manipulate any piece of social media and my filmmaking impulses.

If you too have felt yourself in a similar dispute over your career, I’d love to hear about it. Better yet, I’m in a state where I need to hear if you were able to overcome it.

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The Future of This Blog

The Future of This Blog

I’m going to make this short and sweet. In my humble opinion, I think journalism is going to a shit. And journalists either need to change their methods or their approach. I, for one, never considered myself capable of this line of work. Rather, I particularly enjoy fiction writing. Yet, after a publishing on High Time‘s website, I am starting to look at the matter differently.

From here on out, I plan to use this blog as a way of heightening my journalism skills. What you will find here is a cluster of events I partake in, random news-related opinions, and some history-driven pieces. This is something I have considered for a while and would like to put it to the test.

If only building an audience wasn’t as difficult as it has to be. When I first created this blog, it was for the sole purpose of my freelancing career. To give potential clients another place to absorb more of my work. After getting some feedback, I found the motivation to expand. Now, I question how to make that expansion.

As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, everyone wants to be read and no one wants to read. Well, to be honest, I hold some of this characteristic myself and I believe it is one of the biggest faults I have in building an audience. Either that or I’m just a fool with social media.

Regardless, I hope for the best and I hope you’ll join me.

-Paul James

Down and Out in the Middle of Nowhere

Down and Out in the Middle of Nowhere

Written on July 4th, 2017

I currently sit in a car I’ve been cramped in for too long. Making my way from mid-state Maine to the coast of Connecticut. I must say, the experience was out of my ordinary.

With no disrespect, I never expected to find myself in one of the northern most redneck counties. People riding on quads to get to the only gas station within a fifteen-mile radius. Endless fields of crops and pasture that often smelled the car of sweet country manure. Random gunshots ringing out from the deep forest. Not a trace of phone reception to be found.

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Pornography Psychology

Pornography Psychology

Introduction

Modern pornography has manipulated society into a clash of irresistible pleasure and moral dilemma. The problem is there is no problem with porn in itself. Rather, in the way society intakes it.

The overall concern lies in how the youth is developing their perspective of sex through porn. However, the promiscuous behavior it evokes isn’t what we should worry about. Instead, we should look into the emotion that drives this promiscuity. Though it may be a dying idea, the feelings of lovemaking are what we’re missing through modern pornography.

The goal of this blog is to clear up that emotion porn gives us. To understand why it makes us feel so compulsive. Differentiating the good and bad of this compulsivity. And to bring a new idea to love making. An idea I could only imagine through watching pornography. Continue reading

How Literature is Changing in the 21st Century

How Literature is Changing in the 21st Century

Introduction

Within our age of the Internet, literature necessarily isn’t dying as some people insist. Instead, it’s shaping itself in ways to appropriately accommodate modern technology. Blogs have given independent writers and corporations the opportunity to publish whenever they desire. Newspapers and magazines now hold completely digital subscription services. Likewise, novels are finding their way from the page to the screen.

Social media is only fueling a new literary trend. Web sites like Twitter allow for publications in 160 words or less. Though this might seem like an insufficient means for receiving information, the use of the hashtag has only made more convenience for web surfers. A hashtag unites many publications together, offering a variety of opinions and voices for people to read. Likewise, social media uses online forums as a way to connect people on the issues they wish to discuss.

However, when it comes to traditional-based publications such as novels and playwrights, we are seeing a diminish in interest. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the most notable are that people want to receive information at quicker rates. The internet allows for readers to digest stories within a matter of minutes (or even seconds).

Let’s say someone is scrolling around online publications for an hour. Within that time, they will have overviewed a wide diversity of information. This is becoming the preferred method for one simple reason. People are finding more interest in having an abundance at their disposal.

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