WRITER’S NO MAN’S LAND
For the first time in weeks I began to type words onto a blank screen again. I went on to write five pages! As time passed since I had written my last anything, I started to think to myself Have I lost my ability to write? The short answer is no. When you’re given the gift of any talent by God, it’s always with you; if you feel as if you’ve somehow become untalented, you’re not. It’s a mental state we put ourselves in. We’re locked in place. Inspiration, creativity, ideas, thoughts… nothing is flowing. Even the things we love and are passionate about don’t provide the same safe space of comfort.
I was in this limbo, purgatory or whatever you’d like to call it. Those pages I was able to gush out onto digital paper reassured me that all I needed to do was write, no matter what it was and regardless if anyone reads it. It’s deeply personal and something I’d love to share with you, but in due time. Now’s not that time. Only a couple of my friends have read it. I’ll hold onto it for a later date. In its most granular form, the post is about how my resolution for 2017 is to be true to myself. I don’t want to delve into what that means just yet. Soon. Sooner than you might expect.
Any-who. When 2016 wound itself down, I noticed almost everyone posting there top lists of this, that or the other. I want to do the same because I love these mediums we all devour just as much as the next person.
___ OF THE YEAR
- Suicide Squad
- Captain America: Civil War
- Rogue One
- Doctor Strange
- Star Trek: Beyond
(Honorable Mentions: X-Men: Apocalypse, Finding Dory, Independence Day: Resurgence, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Before I’m skewered by the masses for ranking Suicide Squad ahead of Rogue One, know that I have my reasons. SS was a movie that I went to see multiple times in theaters and would pay to go see it again. The performances by Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis as Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Amanda Waller, respectively, were each standouts. It was simply a ton of fun to watch too. The action was done well, including the more dramatic scenes. Now, as for Jared Leto’s Joker. He was good. Was he Heath Ledger? No, of course not, that’s not fair at all to him or the movie. He was his own Joker and I liked him in the role.
- The Flash
- Star Wars Rebels
(Honorable Mentions: Penny Dreadful, Luke Cage)
It’s probably going to be a shock to those close to me to see Rebels so far down. I still genuinely love and care about the show, it just hasn’t been able to hit its stride in season three. I hope when it comes back Saturday it returns with a blast. As for Supergirl, ever since around the midseason finale of its freshman season the show has been nothing less than great.
- Titanfall 2
- Telltale Batman
- Uncharted 4
- Battlefield 1
(Honorable Mentions: Far Cry Primal, The Division, DOOM)
I don’t like multiplayer games. I much prefer a heavily narrative cinematic point-A to point-B experience rather than playing with a ton of other people online. Overwatch surprised me in that regard. There’s a deep underlying lore apart of each unique character and map. I’ve sunk over 40 hours into a game that has no purpose other than to have a load of fun, some laughs with friends and never ever feel bored because it’s that good.
Never been so emotionally consumed in a song in my life. Thank you @nbcsnl . Thank you guys for getting me here❤️
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) December 4, 2016
Really…? There’s no competition here. If you just follow me on Twitter and aren’t remotely a friend of mine at all, you’d know how, one of friends described it as, obsessed I am with Shawn Mendes. He’s hot, sexy, uber talented, awe inspiring… I could go on. Part of that “deeply personal” post I mentioned at the start goes into detail of how much more he and his music means to me than simply jamming out in the shower to some fantastic tunes. Shawn is an idol.
To give you an idea, read the following:
‘WERDY’ NERDY ‘TIL THE END
This is new for me to share my favorite stuff I’ve written. I saw a lot of journalists I follow on Twitter doing it, so I figured why not give it a shot? I was blessed to cover Manhattan College sports for four years for the student newspaper, The Quadrangle, and continue to be as I do the same over at A Daly Dose Of Hoops for Wagner College.
These are a few articles I wrote this year that I’m particularly proud of: