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Benedict Cumberbatch, Grinch, Naps to the Writing Mind and Characters

In January 2017 I wrote on the greenYgrey site that I was on the road to Benedict Cumberbatch, due to arrive when I’m 60 . I am now in that dimension: 7 B.B.C.
Meanwhile, B.C. seems to be going in the other direction, becoming the greenYgreyish Grinch, including background design, and advocating naps as a way to stay sane, as I was then!
As reported on MSN.
I was going to add he’s different because he’s a parent to two children, but then I thought maybe it isn’t totally different, because the greenYgrey became
an important creation to me
beyond humanity…

Learners Cross Paths with Teachers

It’s probably all a coincidence, and I doubt Benedict Cumberbatch has even heard of me; I haven’t paid much attention to him, and nearly wrote Cumberpatch before checking it!

I was thinking about fictional characters earlier funnily enough, in a hypnagogic non-comedy way, and how we relate to them, people thinking they are vampires and wizards like the characters they read about. Most of us travel parallel with the characters, but some unfortunately cross the road into the fictional world and characters; which is okay if they are positive and harmless.

Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker

Once you learn more about fiction and philosophy you learn that those characteristics have been studied and written about immemorially, with most writers and readers sharing being more introvert than extrovert, because they take the time to write and read, so they are relating to the writers of Frankenstein and Dracula rather than the characters themselves.

I watched a documentary about Stephen King recently, and it said all his characters, many of whom are very negative indeed, are all extreme examples from his mind; not the majority controlling characteristics, but there all the same. Writing his fiction at the rate it did drove him to the edge of sanity, and drink and drug addiction.

I kept the greenYgrey trilogy light, and my consumption too,
it led me to name it coffilosophy, surviving the protagonist for you…
and me
sanity.

Swans of Fighting Grace All Watched Over

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Sorry, yesterday I/we got a little mixed up in our blog, and ended up rushing one out from amongst quite a few ideas and a big amount of text. The young wolves should have been called pups or whelps; ‘her’ cubs/pups should have been ‘their’ (proof of my male mind leaving child-rearing to the women for eagle-eyed feminists?); and the title of the Adam Curtis documentary should have been All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace, rather thanĀ All Watched Over By LovingĀ Machines. The three-part documentary is on Vimeo, and an interview with Adam Curtis about the series (that I/we haven’t watched yet) is on YouTube.

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Describing Swan Fight without Prejudice

Funnily enough, when I/we went out I/we saw two swans ‘fighting’, like many humans were probably fighting that Saturday around the world; I/we guessed it was two males over a watching female, but that could be presumptuous, and show signs of sexism or homophobia.

I/We thought I/we might be safe mentioning their colour, but have thought twice about it, what with me/us being greenygrey. They did look beautiful from afar, as if dancing in the sun with necks entwined. It was only when I/we got closer that I/we saw they were actually biting each other, with feathers flying, showing how initial looks can be deceiving… and how even nice swans are not that different to demonised wolves… or humans.

Swan Fight 4
Swan Fight 4 (Photo credit: Fulla T)

We were going to have another thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz, but have just run out of time, so it’ll have to wait ’til tomorrow. Until then…

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