Happiness vs Pleasure

In which RVA jaws about Buddhist principles…

So I’m quarantined like everybody else.

As I write this, the nation-wide stay-in-place order is in effect.  By the time this is published, I’m not so sure what the state will be (which is really, really dumb).  But that’s another matter.

Somewhat unrelated (but only a little), I’ve deleted my gacha game a little over a week ago.  Gacha games are what most people think of when you say ‘mobile game’.  They’re simple little games that are meant to be played in bite-sized sessions throughout the day.  I was playing a really good game that really fixed a lot of the usual complaints about gacha games.  For anyone else, I would highly recommend it.  For me?  With my history of gaming addiction?  As well-made a game as it was, it was still too overwhelming. Continue reading “Happiness vs Pleasure”

Self-Learning

In which RVA talks about learning at home…

Home-school and isolation are hot topics right now.  As I write this, they’re kind of mandatory, but a lot can happen between typing on a keyboard and hitting ‘post’ on a social media page.

More than a few people have been relying on the syllabi provided by scholastic programs.  And that’s a perfectly valid way to go.  No fault at all in going with a pre-made program.  But keep in mind there are more options available to you than merely grade-specific programs. Continue reading “Self-Learning”

Addicted to Hate

In which RVA contemplates white supremacy’s popularity…

Somewhere online recently, someone wrote to the effect of ‘historically speaking, white supremacy has always been popular.  That’s why we keep having to fight against it’.

Initially I dismissed the comment because I generally ignore white supremacy except when it comes to disdain, in which case I am happy to pile on.  The historical origins of bigotry don’t interest me.  I get why they interest some people, and I don’t doubt the importance of studying those origins.  But for me, I’m comfortable with saying ‘Nazis are bad’ and leaving it at that.  I have little interest in differentiating between Nazis and KKK and other white supremacists.  Choosing between poisons still ends with you dead. Continue reading “Addicted to Hate”

Current Issue

In which RVA talks about self-imposed deadlines…

As I write this, I’ve completed one of the last projects I was ‘behind’ on.  I put that in parenthesis because the deadline which I fell behind on is one entirely of my own making.

I work closely with a publishing house, Caffeine & Ink, through which the Rhest novels and RocKaiju are released (as was Samifel).  But the short story anthologies and the Proton continuity are my own creation and production (for better or for worse).  This means that everything about them falls to me.  I set the production schedule, I contract the artists to do the covers, I edit and copyedit (which probably explains a lot to my readers).  So if I control the deadline, how can I really fall that far behind? Continue reading “Current Issue”