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Old 05-24-2015   #21
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Re: Your Other Passions

In fact, Walpole comments on the whole question of 'other passions' in this quote:

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The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
More of his quotes here:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quo...Horace_Walpole

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Your Other Passions

I like what qcrisp said regarding doing "nothing" - this is also a favoured activity of mine. The meandering of thought, and the destruction of any objective self are comforting to achieve in such states, even in the most minuscule of fleeting quanta.
I also enjoy esoteric subjects; matters of the occult - particularly the works of the stellar cults; liminal gates, empathic nodes that unleash the ultraviolet states upon the seeker. I'm more interested in the traditionalist writers than the modernist, or new-age, which I try to avoid.
Other past-times include programming, mathematics, cryptography, and composing electronic music.
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Re: Your Other Passions

I'm glad this question comes up, I've been meaning to ask it myself. Other than reading and listening to music, I don't think any hobby has captured me; though reading and music are clutches to stabilize me, sometimes they make me even more nervous/anxious/excited. Especially lately... I've a new habit of checking out this serial killer subreddit, and I would worry about my friends, family, or me getting murdered and tortured.

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Walking in the countryside and seeing the changes through the seasons. Finding new paths to walk is exciting.

Comfortable long socks.

Cranberry/Raspberry drinks.
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Walking through the woods. Taking unfamiliar backroads to see where they go. Walking at night in the snow. Swimming in streams with pools and waterfalls. Flyfishing when I get the chance. Reading like a horned devil.
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Frequenting nearby cemeteries after nightfall, and stretching out atop a grave—while staring up at the stars—imitating the dead.
I'm jealous of people who have the courage to do this (or maybe I won't...since many serial killers hang out in cemeteries and woods too)

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Re: Your Other Passions

I don't have the courage to venture outside my loathsome tomb very often, and I become quite frightful among crowds or on transport, but I do quite enjoy strolling through the woods or along the lakeside in an obscure enough hour so I am not disturbed.

I usually listen to music whilst walking (Gabriel era Genesis being my largest musical fascination), and when not I like to imagine I can hear the calls of dark faery elements in the restful trees. This is a surely a land with dead blood secrets, and I am an intruder.

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Re: Your Other Passions

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(Gabriel era Genesis being my largest musical fascination)
I saw "The Lamb" tour back in the day. It was transformative.

You're my pal, James.

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Re: Your Other Passions

I am of course, inflamed with jealousy. I wasn't born until the tail end of the following decade.

Unfashionably, I am also a big fan of the very first Collins era album (A Trick of the Tail), which I think holds up to the Gabriel era standard, as well as Seconds Out and Duke from his era also. Nothing beats Gabriel in full on enigmatic mad hatter mode, but Genesis still still did some fantastic work after he left, I feel.


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Re: Your Other Passions

Agree 100%

I saw the 'Wind and Wuthering' tour as well. Supper's Ready!

Yes, 'Trick' is first rate in every way. Love it!!

You've got awesome taste, young James. Well beyond your years, ha ha.

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Re: Your Other Passions

I'm an aspiring independent filmmaker. I've had several short films selected for our larger festival here in Kanas City. No real breakthrough of any sort, but it's still rewarding. I dream of adapting a Ligotti short story. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to reach the man to somehow seek out permission. I think I could do something every bit the quality of The Frolic short film that he signed off on. I have a talented team, but I don't dare pour my heart and soul into something that may not ever be seen for legal reasons.
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I'm an aspiring independent filmmaker. I've had several short films selected for our larger festival here in Kanas City. No real breakthrough of any sort, but it's still rewarding. I dream of adapting a Ligotti short story. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to reach the man to somehow seek out permission. I think I could do something every bit the quality of The Frolic short film that he signed off on. I have a talented team, but I don't dare pour my heart and soul into something that may not ever be seen for legal reasons.
I knew there was something different about you. "Kanas City," eh? A proud place to be, or be from. It lost it's "Bumpkin" status decades ago, and is now just cool. Make that film, Mr. Mask. With Kansas City as a backdrop.

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I'm an aspiring independent filmmaker. I've had several short films selected for our larger festival here in Kanas City. No real breakthrough of any sort, but it's still rewarding. I dream of adapting a Ligotti short story. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to reach the man to somehow seek out permission. I think I could do something every bit the quality of The Frolic short film that he signed off on. I have a talented team, but I don't dare pour my heart and soul into something that may not ever be seen for legal reasons.
I knew there was something different about you. "Kanas City," eh? A proud place to be, or be from. It lost it's "Bumpkin" status decades ago, and is now just cool. Make that film, Mr. Mask. With Kansas City as a backdrop.
Although I prefer the Rocky Mountains of Colorado or the gloomy beaches of Northern California, Kansas City is still a fine place to call home. Thanks for the encouragement Kevin, I'm hoping this project will find its way to the screen.
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