My Blogging New Years Resolution

Any stranger to 4therace should know that I am a lover of films. I hope to complete a minor in film at my school and continue film studies into graduate school. My dream is to become a film critic and possibly a screenwriter one day. 4therace is extremely special to me because I not only get to connect with so many awesome readers but also get to the chance to strengthen my film review and analysis skills outside the classroom. I’m aware that I struggle to keep up blogging throughout the semester but I really want to push myself in 2018. Life is going to get busier for me but it never should be too hard for me to practice what I love doing. So I’ve made a promise with myself to write about every movie I watch this year and post my words here on 4therace. I’m already three movies behind but at least it means I have some content to talk about! I’ve got a review for last year’s Ingrid Goes West and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It on the way so do stick around!

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Life Question #2

Having social anxiety can hinder your ability to interact in casual conversation and can make it difficult to even interact with those who you may consider close to you. Do you tell the latter that despite being the few people you feel comfortable around they still make you anxious or do you forever keep to yourself?

 

I’m 19-years-old and I’m Scared of the Movies…?

Yesterday I turned 19-years-old, really not that old, but still older than I’ve ever been before. Every year I face this sense of melancholy after being shocked at how close adulthood is approaching – it’s practically here now. It isn’t until a couple years later, through the ability of hindsight, that I come to realize how young I really was. When I turned 14, and I didn’t think that was really young until I was 17, and now that I’m 19, 17 seems really young as well. Maybe it’s my anxiety that results in me constantly worrying about how I will be ‘later’ and how I was ‘then’ rather than focusing on how I am ‘now’.

This time around my biggest fear about the days after September 2nd, 2017 is my ability to immerse in my favorite form of escapism, movies. At a young age, heroes like Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, and even freaking Naruto – who were all older than me – lost me in their fictitious worlds, encouraged me to be kind-hearted, a hero, and most of all never give up. I couldn’t help be feel like my imagination and connection with fiction would weaken as I grow older, and it freaking scared the hell out of me. Stories and movies are my everything and I feel like, somehow, I’ll let go of them over time.

But today I say FUCK THAT!  I’ll only be 19-years-old 364 times until I fully depart being a teenageer and then it’s off to the twenties.  So this year, officially, I’m done with going through this feeling of pensive sadness and just learning to just live in the now and appreciate the blessing that is life. There is no reason to fear getting older. My imagination, as long as I live, will never fade away. And movies will always be movies. Happy belated to me!

What’s on your mind?

2 Year Anniversary on WordPress!

It seems like every month this summer was a milestone here on 4therace. June saw my 3000th visitor and July was a record setting month for visitors, views and likes on my blog as well. Today I am happy to say that I have been a blogger on WordPress for exactly 2 years now!

4therace has also changed drastically in these 2 years. I’ve changed my theme twice and expanded the content of my site to include entries on, music, anxiety, politics and even started to write a couple of short stories.

I thought it’d be really fun to share the first post I wrote The Pessimist’s Optimistic Way to Obtain World Peace and my latest post Life Question #1.

My favorite short story I wrote Why Can’t They Hear Me Screaming?

And the most important post I ever wrote The Greatest Person in the World Sat Next to You

Once again, I want to thank all my followers and visitors who took the time to read the content I work really hard to create on 4therace! 

 

Against the Crowd Blogathon

Against the Crowd is a blogathon hosted by Dell on Movies that entails participants follow these simple instructions:

1. Pick one movie that “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of 75% or more on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.

2. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of 35% or less on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.

3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.

4. Use a banners from the announcement post, or feel free to create your own.

5. Let them know what two movies you intend on writing about in one of the following ways: 1) Comment on this Mettel Ray post 2) Comment on KG’s Movie Rants 3) Tweet @ @w_ott3 or 4) Tweet KG @KGsMovieRants1

6. Publish your post on any day from Monday August 14 through Sunday August 20, 2017.

So this is me going Against the Crowd

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July was a Record Setting Month on 4therace!

Wow! 577 Views. First off I would like to deeply thank every single person who took time out of their day to read the ramblings of an 18-year-old nerd. A lot of readers here on 4therace leave extremely enthusiastic and positive comments that build my confidence as both a person and aspiring writer. All my viewers encourage me to keep writing and, even if it may be implicitly, follow my dreams so I am deeply thankful to each and every one of you.

On top of this, I had a record setting month for visitors (385), likes (139), and comments (36)! These analytics aren’t jaw dropping but do show that that my audience is progressively increasing. I wish to be a long-term blogger, and perhaps even make this an occupation one day.

As of now, however, I’d just like to thank, once again, all those who took time read, like, comment and follow my blog!

Have a blessed week everyone!

Blog Milestone! 3000+ Views

Today I realized that my blog has reached over  3000 views, 3 030 to be exact, in the (nearly) 2 years it has been running! This is so incredible and I’m extremely thankful to all of those who took the time to read my posts. WordPress is a community that I have a deep love for. In the real world, people may often neglect the opinion’s of others based on their status – be it social or financial. Some may refuse to hear the words of others simply because of their race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and  or nationality. But in this digital world, everyone has a chance to speak up and share their thoughts. There are no boundaries. There is no prejudice. WordPress is a place where truly everyone is equal. We are all bloggers. We all started with 0 followers, 0 views, 0 likes and 0 comments. I am so grateful to be part of a community that, unknowingly, is so open, kind and motivating to one another. Thank you all for the views and I can’t wait for the journey ahead here on 4therace!

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Fictitious Future Fridays #3

If you haven’t already, feel fread to read the Fictitious Future Fridays #2 in order to participate in this week’s……

Now that you’ve chosen whatever location that magic spark has taken you and you’ve selected your tour guide, it’s time to face a crossroad in your journey. Whether you want to explore the galaxy with Han and Chewie, I’m looking at you Michael J. Miller, or you  simply want to visit a snowy park at nighttime, like me, your journey is now asking you to make a decision. A sign which writes “road to success” directs you to turn right. Another sign which writes “don’t go right” directs you left. The navigator, your trusted person you chose to explore your world with you, urges you to go right. Which direction do you go?

My answer: Given that my navigator is my late grandmother, my gut would tell me to listen to her and go right. But given the ambiguity of the sign going left that literally tells me “don’t go right”, I’d want to go left. Why shouldn’t I go right? It promises me success so what can go wrong? What’s there? On the other hand, the leftwards sign tells me don’t go right but doesn’t promise me anything if I choose to go left!!!!! The paradox …..

Please feel free to leave your response below…..

Fictitious Future Fridays #2

If you haven’t already, feel free to read the last Fictitious Future Friday in order to participate in this week’s

The magic pink spark has taken you to the place you wished for last week. Not only does it have the ability to transport you across reality, space, and time but it also can tap into your conscious. In order to explore wherever it has taken you, the spark has selected someone that you know/knew to be your guide in this journey. Who is this person? Why do you think you have selected them.

My answer: I think it would be my late grandmother. I have slept with one of her bed sheets almost everyday since her passing (it’s been 7 years) and her spirit is somewhat a form of protection. She would be the perfect person to guide me in this journey….

Feel free to leave your response in the comments below…..