Like the first part of the title said; Welcome to Outwardbounder. A blog where big ideas are tackled by a fresh-faced wannabe writer who is (in all fairness) completely under qualified. The goal is to keep those seemingly insurmountable limitations at bay with a mix of enthusiasm, creativity and a whole mess of respect for what is undoubtedly a very large and complex pocket of what we call reality. Because I’ll admit it right here in the first paragraph – as much as I’m in absolute awe of the front row seat we’ve been given, (access to an ever expanding knowledge base of the universe’s inner clockwork! Are you kidding me?!) I still have this nagging tendency to reach out further into the vastness that I know I can never fully comprehend and just lose myself in the inescapable wonder of what else we might be missing.
Believe me; I’m far from unsatisfied. There’s so much here that generations to come will be mulling over the particulars! Disciplines spanning entire cultures will be wrapped up in this ever-unfolding mystery for centuries to come. And I for one am completely content to realize that we probably will never know it all. Yet at the same time, we all know it’s fun to give that endless game a shot. For many of us, it all begins with an upturned chin to that familiar night sky.
But enough of all that reverent crap; this is just a blog after all. And as first posts go, I want this to swing more toward informative than expository!
So: What’s all this, then?
Simply put, Outwardbounder is a space for like-minded people to get together and ruminate on topics that the not-so-like-mindedly inclined might say “will never happen, could never happen, should never happen, or have already not happened.” Ah, but we know better.
- An alternate history where there was no other white meat!
- A grim and distant future where meerkat-like creatures have enslaved us all!
- A time and place where a galaxy spanning corporate empire plies the spaceways, yet never cracked the nut on cordless phones!
I aim for Outwardbounder to be a place for open discussion on a variety of topics. As long as they’re “mostly interesting”, and more or less “decidedly cool.” If you deem them worth a read, I’d be more than happy to write about them. Expect everything from musings on popular media like film, TV, and video games, to personal takes on not-so-popular media like eBooks and their soft/hard cover brethren. I would eventually like a place to post some of my own fiction: as long as it falls into those relevant categories of cool and/or interesting-ness. General appeal is always a plus.
Above all else, this will be a blog about conversation. I want it to be as open and friendly an environment as I can make it, so please feel free to pull up a chair. In the end, I hope you go away feeling refreshed, entertained, or mildly amused. Your concerns, criticisms, and input are always appreciated, so please feel free to join in the discussion.
There are many places to go from here, so the first thing I’ll ask…
Where’s your destination?