Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Trains Through Tokyo

May 19th, May 19th, and also May 19th.

It has been a while since my last post here, hasn't it? (Don't count the days.)

Before you drop a ten-ton weight on my head, I've got a valid excuse! Lucky me, I've been sick for about a week and a half now, since the 8th. Not one of those fun illnesses either where you near the brink of death and they pump you full of powerful drugs so everything seems wonderful. (Upon further examination, those aren't really fun illnesses either.) Instead, I've had one of those lovely persistent stomach viruses that make it very hard to eat much of anything and leave you feeling tired, sore, and weak. And subsisting on crackers, cereal, and water doesn't make for much in the way of necessary nutrients to fight said illness, or avoiding losing weight, either. At this point, I'd just like for my stomach to stop hurting and to be less dizzy so I can finally get back to eating normally again, fix the whole nutrition thing with a more varied, balanced diet again, and actually get back to writing more often.

As you'd expect, illness can inhibit one's desire to be creative. Especially when you're malnourished, have been for over a week, and just want to collapse most of the time. Doesn't help when you have days when you feel like you're finally on the up and up immediately followed by a day or two of feeling terrible again, either. I've missed way too many good meals and desserts in these past eleven days. So let's hope I get well soon so I can pour a lot more time into novel work, the upcoming third round of agent queries (June's not far off!), and babble here some more. And also eat normally again and enjoy the whole good health/able to leave the house thing.

On a more positive note for this blog, its main focus. (This is your cue to make the jump to the main entry itself by clicking the title.)

Inspiration. I don't write about the things that inspire me all that often, and I'm keeping this post particularly short because I'm still unwell and need to get some more sleep. I just wanted to do a post to finally share a couple of videos I enjoyed upon their initial discovery a couple of months back.

A nighttime trip through Tokyo by train, set to an ambient Rei Harakami soundtrack.

Everything about these videos is an overwhelming source of inspiration to me. Reminders of my love for urban landscape of night, the atmosphere made even dreamier by the well-chosen accompanying music. At this point, I can still only yet dream of living in a landscape so impressive sometime in the future. And all the little details of the lit up buildings keep me completely enthralled - I'm especially fond of the little blinking red lights legally required atop all of Japan's skyscrapers. And there's a few distant glimpses of the Tokyo Tower in there too.

The natural world is full of undeniable magic unto itself, but these videos remind that the manmade world isn't devoid of its own magic either.


*T-Abby* said...

Nice post, that's so weird, i've been sick too, only i've been that way for a few weeks now. I owe you a blog all about my homeworld though. i'll definitely be done with that this week :)

Benjamin Fennell said...

Glad you enjoyed! Yeah, what a time of the year to get sick. I've been sick for over two weeks now, and I'm closing on nearly all month - not that this would be the first time I'll have been sick for a month, but I think I'll be well before I hit the full month mark. I've basically beaten the virus now, but ended up with a sinus infection immediately after, so now I'm just trying to keep breathing while waiting on some antibiotics over some tea and a humidifier. But yeah, I'm looking forward to that post! :)