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A World Without Technology: Can You Imagine It?

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“It is said that a picture can say a thousand words. Well, so can a thousand words. They are the keys by which we can unlock new and amazing worlds, some of which ascend beyond the imagination, and it all begins on the first page.” – BookNerd

 

Having grown up on a farm out in the middle of the boonies, I know what it feels like to be technologically limited. The house was heated with a wood burning stove in the basement, the grass was cut using a hand held scythe, the water was pumped out of a well, and the closest grocery store was very small and took twenty minutes to get to by car. When it came to watching television, one of my favourite pass times, we were lucky if we could get five channels, and that’s only if the weather was nice and we turned the antenna until it was in just the right spot using the rotor [for those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘rotor’, it was basically a device that had a nob that you turned in order to get a better TV signal… my how things have changed]. Then there was the dial up internet, which would often take up to an hour to load anything, and was incredibly frustrating when someone else wanted to use the phone, and were met instead with the familiar dial up screech upon picking up the receiver.

This may sound like a horrible way to live for some of you, but honestly, it’s a way of life that I miss sometimes. It may not have been easier, but it was definitely simpler in a way. It felt like I was living in the kind of close knit community that doesn’t really exist anymore, where people helped one another unconditionally, where parents went out of their way to run programs for the kids of the neighbourhood, and we were more afraid of the coyotes howling at night than we were of other people.

It’s also a reminder that there is so much that the youth of today who take for granted. I wrote an article once about how many of today’s children know next to nothing about cooking, food and nutrition. They think that it all just comes from the store and that there will always be plenty of food to go around. They have no concept of sustainability, of how it gets from the farm to their plate, and how pre packaged or ready made meals are not only less nutritional, but are also depriving them of the joys of cooking. It’s a shame, really, and it’s only going to get worse as society continues to make great strives towards making life ‘easier’.

I started thinking a lot about this after reading this passage from                           9780515147483_p0_v1_s260x420                 The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind, which I will hopefully get to the end of in the next week or so. For those of you unfamiliar with this title, The Law of Nines is part of the same universe as The Sword of Truth series. I won’t say too much, except that you learn quite a bit more about the world that Richard ‘Rahl’ Cypher grew up in, and how it might not be all that different from our own…

Anyway, there is this one part in the book where the two main characters get into this deep discussion about what our world would be like if we suddenly no longer had access to the technology that we have come to rely upon so heavily for everything:

 

“Well, imagine life here without technology. Imagine life without the technology that heats your buildings, helps grow food in abundance, makes your lights glow. What would life be like without your phones, your trucks, your medicines and cures, without the means to supply the people in your cities with goods and services?

Imagine all the people in cities deprived of every kind of technology, technology that they use every day to survive. Imagine everyone suddenly having to find a way to grow their own food, to preserve it, to store it safely.

[…] Without your technology the fabric of civilization itself would come apart within days – if not hours. Everyone would be on their own. One city wouldn’t know what the next is doing, or if they were even alive. There’d be no plans or cars or anything else. You couldn’t travel to other places unless you walked. Do you have any idea how long it takes to walk just a few dozen miles? A distance that in your cars takes a brief time would be days of hard travel on foot.”

      It goes on for several more paragraphs, and the more I read, the more I realized just how hopeless many of us would be if we could no longer rely on the convenience of our technology to get by. Growing up, I thought it was normal having to walk almost half an hour to get to a friends house, until I visited some of my friends in the city who literally just had to cross the road. It seemed unfair at first, but then I thought about all of the beauty of nature I got to enjoy on my long walk, a beauty that my city friends were being deprived of.

      Having to work harder to get something makes you appreciate it so much more, and I fear that that’s something else that might be lost on the next generation of youth. Having worked in a grocery store, I’ve seen all sorts of different family dynamics. It always warmed my heart to see children who were eager to help their parents carry the groceries, as if it was the most exciting thing in the world. There was even this one kid who really wanted to pass me all of the groceries by himself. Those were the days that made me smile.

Then you had the children on the other end of the spectrum, the ones that made you feel the same pain that the parents must be feeling as they watch their child throw a full blown tantrum in the middle of the store when they could only have one chocolate bar, or when their teenage child is too busy text on their phone to bother helping out when their parent is struggling to pack and carry all of the groceries by themselves.

Where has their sense of responsibility gone? Their respect for those who raised them? Their appreciation for the things that they already have? Everyday, it seems to only get worse and worse, and I fear that future generations will be completely unequipped to handle even the simplest challenges should they no longer have technology to lean back on.

What are your thoughts on this quote? I’d love to hear what all of you lovely BookNerds have to say, so please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below, or on my blogs Facebook page. Happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd   

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An Inspirational Quote from Brandon Sanderson’s “Mistborn Trilogy”

“It is said that a picture can say a thousand words. Well, so can a thousand words. They are the keys by which we can unlock new and amazing worlds, some of which ascend beyond the imagination, and it all begins on the first page.” – BookNerd

“It is said that a picture can say a thousand words. Well, so can a thousand words. They are the keys by which we can unlock new and amazing worlds, some of which ascend beyond the imagination, and it all begins on the first page.”BookNerd

Greetings Fellow BookNerds,

As I continue to read my way through the Mistborn trilogy, I have come to the realization that these books contain what I think are some of the best literary quotes… heck, the best life quotes, of all time. With every page I read, my own yearning to write grows, in the hopes that I can tap into the deepest recesses of my imagination and pull out something as brilliant and thought provoking as what Sanderson has managed to create.

This quote, from Sanderson’sThe Well of Ascension“, really spoke to me as someone who has chosen to follow the writers path, which today is highly competitive and difficult to get into. At times, it feels a lot like drawing lots; sometimes you’ll get lucky with a big break, and other times you’ll encounter failure after failure after failure. You pretty much need to have a will of steel, otherwise the continual rejection could become a rather daunting, impassible wall.

However, if we were to succeed at everything on the first try, then we would be missing out on the thrill and satisfaction that comes from giving something our all until we finally succeed. This feeling is summed up very well in the following quote:      

“It’s easy to believe in something when you win all the time…The losses are what define a man’s faith.”

                                                                                                                     ― Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension      

As I read this quote, I’m reminded of when I used to play badminton with my siblings when I was little. It was, and continues to be, one of my favourite sports of all times – yes, it is a sport, all of you out there who don’t see it as such – but there was a time when I wanted to give it up altogether. Whenever I played against my siblings, I did pretty damn well, and when I found out that my school was holding tryouts for the badminton team, I was convinced that I would be able to get on it, no problem. My own confidence surprised me, since I’m probably one of the least confident people I know, yet I had a pretty good feeling about my odds.

As I’m sure you can guess, I didn’t make it. In fact, during the tryout matches, I lost every single time, and I was shocked. How could that be? What did I do wrong? Am I really not as good as I thought I was? All of these questions whirled around in my head as I dragged myself back to class, my shoulders slouched by the weight of my failure. It was one of the worst moments in my life… and yet, I have absolutely no regrets.

The following year, I decided that I was going to tryout for the high school baseball team, but unlike with the badminton fiasco, I worked hard to hone my skills, practicing every day after school, and not making the same mistake of putting the cart before the horse. I reminded myself that there was a chance I wouldn’t make it onto the team, but that I wouldn’t know unless I tried. This time, I achieved my goal, and I honestly believe that I wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for my failure to make it onto the badminton team.

I know it’s a rather simple example, especially when compared to the context in which this quote was uttered in the novel – I won’t give away any details, for those who have yet to read it – but I think the meaning is clear: our faith in something, even our own abilities, is strengthened more by our failures than our successes, because if we fail yet our faith remains intact, then that is a testament to how strong that faith truly is.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this quote. Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on my blog’s facebook page, and if you have any quotes of your own you would like to share, I would love to read those as well. Comment away, and as always, keep on reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

Words of Wisdom: Inspiring Words For Aspiring Writers

I read to live and I live to read. That's my circle of life.

“I read to live and I live to read. That’s my circle of life.”

Greetings Fellow BookNerds!

Writing is one of our oldest, most dynamic and inspiring professions, an art form capable of  bringing to life people, places and the world they exist within, through the use of a limited number of simple markings on a page. The fundamental concept of story writing really hasn’t changed all that much, in the sense that people do it with the intention of creating something based on either fact, fiction or both. The style and methods we use, however, are in a constant state of change, evolving in a way which reflects the very mindset of the society at any given time. What people consider to be a good read changes almost as quickly as fashion cell phone trends. Once day, it’s all about the vampire/human/werewolf love triangle, and the next day you have to be following the fight over the iron throne. The problem is that there is always a new book coming out, and as much as we would like to read them all, there are just not enough hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a month… well, you get the picture. We basically have to pick and choose what we figure would be worth putting the time in to read, and cross our fingers that we won’t be disappointed.

Going back to the changes in writing styles, what I find to be the most impressive aspect of modern writing is how talented authors have become at creating the kinds of characters that we can’t help but fall head over heels for, to the point where we feel their pains and happiness as our own. That is not an easy thing to do, because you not only have to create a character people would find interesting, but who is also believable in the sense that the things they do and say are realistic, and not like the cheesy overacting you find in soap operas.

It’s a great skill, but that’s not all modern authors are good at. They’re also good at creating characters who may seem like they’ll be around until the end of the series, but then they go ahead and kill them off in a way which breaks our hearts and rips open our tear ducts. I would provide some examples, but I would hate to give away any spoilers. I’m sure that anyone who has seen or read Game of Thrones understands what I’m getting at. Those are the kinds of stories where even if a seemingly insignificant character gets killed off, the impact it has on our emotions is surprisingly powerful.

Before I go on rambling for too long, here is the quote which inspired these thoughts of mine. It’s a quote by the infamous horror writer Stephen King, whose ability to continuously pour stories out on paper no matter how many books he has already written will never cease to astound me.

 “I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”

I must confess, I have read very little of the works by King, but I am familiar with his style based on the movie renditions of some of his more famous work. He is definitely one of those authors who can create some of the most memorable characters, and even though some people may not be too happy about it, he won’t hesitate to kill them off, or turn them into something that turned your love for the character into hate and anger. The mark of a good writer is being able to manipulate our emotions; knowing in which direction to take the story in order to evoke a specific thought in the readers mind.

In light of this weeks quote, here is my question for all of you lovely booknerds:

Question: Which author do you feel is the best at this style of story writing? 

Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or on my blogs facebook page, and until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

Words of Wisdom: Inspiration for Aspiring Writers

I read to live and I live to read. That's my circle of life.

“I read to live and I live to read. That’s my circle of life.”

Greetings Fellow BookNerds!

Looks like Word of the Week isn’t the only thing that’s making a comeback on this blog. For writers, the biggest obstacle is ourselves; our doubts, our second guesses, our writers block and our inability to see the end result of our labours amidst the cutthroat competition and our own self deprecation. I have started and stopped many stories, most of which I was certain would be my greatest masterpiece when the words first began to pour out of the creative recesses of my brain and onto my computer screen. There are many reasons why I haven’t been able to see any of my creations through to the end, but the most prominent of them all is lack of self-motivation as a result of the afore mentioned obstacles. However, this has not stopped me from continuing to pursue my dreams of becoming a writer. Why? Because every time a pick up a new book, it’s impossible to not be inspired. Every single one of those authors had to start somewhere. No one is great at what they do from the very beginning, and in order to become great, you cannot avoid the blood, sweat and tears that comes with the territory.

Todays quote is from one of my all time favourite authors, whose literary prowess and clever wit still have me coming back for more. His style is unique in a way that cannot be described by words… although if I did have to slap a label on it, I would have to say it’s unorthodox, satirical and clever. Who else could I be referring to than the infamous Neil Gaiman. Ever since one of my childhood friends read Good Omens to me during our morning bus rides to school, I have found myself helplessly ensnared by his imagination.

This quote is one that I only stumbled upon recently, but I shall forevermore use these words as my eternal inspiration for everything I do…

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” 

I’ve always wondered why my heart swelled with happiness whenever I made something with my own two hands. One of my roommates recently taught me how to crochet, and when I held that bright red scarf I made all on my own for the first time, I honestly did feel like the world had become a fraction brighter. It’s a small thing, I know, but not everything we do has to change the world on such a grand scale. If each and every one of us put our dedication into making one thing that wasn’t there before, then the world would be filled with over 7 billion new things. It’s really inspiring when you think of it like that, which is why no matter what, I shall continue to do my best to bring something new into this world.

I don’t usually hear back from you lovely booknerds, but I’ve always gone by the philosophy that it doesn’t hurt to ask. That being said, if there are any quotes that you would like to see shared on my blog, I encourage you to post it in the comments below, or on my World in Writing facebook page. I look forward to reading what motivates you to write, and until next time, happy reading! 

Cheers,

Booknerd

Inspirational Words from Christopher Reeve

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

It’s amazing how the Summer can appear to be four months of free time when longing for its arrival during exams, but then it disappoints you by being just as much stress and work. This is my beat-around-the-bush way of saying that I haven’t had much time lately to post anything, which you all probably noticed without me having said anything. I would like to apologize for me prolonged absence, and I am going to try my very best to get back to a more or less consistent posting schedule.

To kick start my new resolution – which will hopefully go better than the others I’ve made in the past – I thought it appropriate to present all of you lovely BookNerds with an inspirational quote that will get you started on that list of summer goals.

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Christopher Reeve, 1952 ~ 2004

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

That’s all for today. As you all know, I am currently working on another blog, which is dedicated to covering news stories ranging from major headlines to what’s new in the world of health, science, space and entertainment. Due to this multitasking effort, I’ve decided that I will alternate between posting here and on my other blog; in other words, I will only be posting here every other day, unless something really mind-blowingly unbelievably fantastic happens. Also, my third blog is still in a state of purgatory, and may be see for quite some time unless a window of time suddenly opens up and gives me a chance to jump through it ^_^

Enjoy the gorgeous weather which seems to finally be blessing us this Summer, and until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

Words of Wisdom: Ray Harryhausen

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

Yesterday marked the passing of yet another brilliant mind, whose vision was not limited by the tools and technology available in his time. Ray Harryhausen was first inspired to try his hand at stop-motion animation after seeing the original King Kong. He was captivated by its surrealism, and that captivation eventually lead him to bring creatures to life on screen such as Medusa from Clash of the Titans, and the army of skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts.

Today’s wisdom comes from one of the last words spoken by this man, who took a simple story and made it extraordinary. Hopefully is work and his wisdom will live on through the ages, for he is a pioneer in animation, and we would not have some of today’s greatest films without people who possessed his vision and his passion.

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(Ray Harryhausen, 1920 – 2013)

I’m very happy that so many young fans have told me that my films have changed their lives. That’s a great compliment. It means I did more than just make entertaining films. I actually touched people’s lives — and, I hope, changed them for the better.”

I find that this should be the goal of every film; entertainment only lasts but a fleeting moment, but touching someone’s life and inspiring them to achieve greater things can last a lifetime. Harryhausen will be missed, but hopefully his wisdom will live on through the ages, even after we learn how to construct holograms and virtual realities.

That’s all for today. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, and as always, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

Words of Wisdom: Ken Follett

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

Before we get to today’s topic, I just wanted to make sure you were all made aware that non other than Nathan Fillion will be making an appearance at Ottawa Comiccon. From Captain of Serenity to Novel Writer/FBI consultant, Mr. Fillion has made quite a name for himself, and his addition to the guest list is a wonderful gift. Also, keep in mind that there may still be more people added to the guest list, so be sure to check on the official Ottawa Comiccon website at least once a day.

That being said, today’s segment will comprise of a quote from historical fiction author Ken Follett, who has written countless novels and series spanning from the Middle Ages, all the way to World War II.

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(Ken Follett, 1949 ~ present)

“I like to create imaginary characters and events around a real historical situation. I want readers to feel: OK, this probably didn’t happen, but it might have.

This is exactly what comes to mind for me whenever I pick up one of his books. The characters have so much depth to them, and even if they only make a brief appearance in the storyline, you still can’t help but wonder whether they’ll come back into the story later on. The historical details, from what I can tell, are very accurate, although you would probably need to consult an actual historian to be certain. Even if they were slightly altered, though, they are written in so much detail, and incorporate this kind of undeniable logic that it could have dragons and magic in it and you would still believe it. This is the mark of a truly talented writer.

That’s all for today. As always, I encourage you to leave your thoughts and any questions you may have in the comments, and until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd