“And with both of us it will be and then it will not be” – William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
When I read As I Lay Dying, this line stuck out to me. It’s simple, yes, but the cadence makes it feel otherworldly. Faulkner thought he was a failed poet, but this line proves him wrong. I have it as a homemade poster in my dorm.
Per the prompt from The Steal Like and Artist Journal, I wrote it 5 different ways.
- And with both of us it will be and not be
- It will be. Then it will not be.
- And with us there is change.
- We will change from what we are now.
- We are opposites.
You will notice that I marked it with “A” instead of “Your.” I find it hard to pick absolute favorites. Which leads to me my digital synthesis with the prompt. A “decision” maker. It likely already exists. There are yes/no generators. Coin toss generators for when you don’t have a penny to your name, or it’s all on a debit card, but this decision maker will tell you what to do based off of variables like severity and category. The only problem will be if one has a trouble deciding the severity of the decision they have to make or its category. If one is overestimating the severity or the category, the user is likely to get bad results.
- Reading about alchemy
- The film Mortal Kombat
- Dirty jokes
- Being a bitch
- Junk food
The way these guilty pleasures relate to digital media is that I indulge in most of these guilty pleasures through digital media. I procrastinate with the Internet. I watch Dateline on the Internet if I can’t find a good documentary. I read Carl Jung’s “Psychology and Alchemy” on the — you guessed it — Internet. The Internet is a cruel mistress.
Being a bitch is easy to do online. Just ask trolls. I think I am more of a bitch in real life than online, though, in conversations with friends where I have Lewis Black-outs (I go into comedic rant and forget myself and common decency for a while. Junk food has yet to go digital, but I do enjoy watching short baking videos for deserts that I know I will never actually make.
- Ceniza Espalda
- Joan Kinsey
- Rebecca Rubin
- Cendre Arriere
- Zadni Popel
- Yunalesca Romanoff
- Harriet Sherman
- Riley Harrison
- Margot Rocco
Inspired by a prompt from The Steal Like an Artist Journal
If I could I would do a series of videos where each pseudonym is given its own six seconds, treating the pseudonyms as alter egos.
Ceniza Espalda – thieving villain in the vain of Carmen Sandiego
Joan Kinsey – Sex therapist
Ashtarte – Reincarnation of Ishtar
Rebecca Rubin – Music producer
Cendre Arriere – Poet and vegan
Zadni Popel – Peasant girl from Slovakia
Yunalesca Romanoff – Russian model turned con artist
Harriet Sherman – Pianist and possibly mute
Riley Harrison – Roadie and really into astrology
Margot Rocco – In between jobs, but lives well above her means
I think I would make it funny, but I would want it to look like music videos, just to go with the glamour of some of the alter egos. Ceniza’s favorite colors are green and purple, so her video would use a lot of those colors in the lighting. Her video would have a neon, 80’s quality. Think the “Starboy” music video or the film Drive. Joan would have a lot of warm browns and light beige colors, and the sets would have a lot of cherry wood. Ashtarte’s video would be like the scenes from the Cranberries “Zombie” music video where Dolores O’Riordan is Cleopatra painted in gold. Cendre Arriere’s video would look like a nouvelle vague film. Zadni’s would be like a PBS documentary. Yunalesca would be shot like a reality show. Harriet’s would be shot like a music documentary. Riley’s would look like Almost Famous but the color palette and costumes would be inspired by tarot cards. Margot would be shot with an iPhone.