I mean, Google isn’t really a villain in the sense I want to mean. The just-tied-a-woman-to-railroad-tracks-while-twirling-a-handlebar-mustache kind of villain is the kind I want to mean, by the way.
What I do mean is Google is the purveyor of information that can, and often will, make you feel a little unoriginal. I’m almost 100% sure this isn’t just my standard, run-of-the-mill crazy rearing its ugly head (or heads, because I’m fairly certain that much crazy can only be contained in a hydra). For every amazing, fun, new, whatever sort of idea that crops up, there seems to be something almost identical (even if only in name) somewhere in Google’s search results.
Surely, Phil, you must have an example in mind…right? Right indeed, me-asking-myself-a-question-to-elaborate-on-my-point (side-note: I’m not sorry for all the hyphenated phrases in this post; not even a little). A good deal of my creative efforts and energies will be going towards Joshua’s Nightmare, or that novel (that needs a better name, I think) that resulted in this blog becoming a thing. I’m finally coming up with bits of a world I feel is a bit better than its original incarnation of “all the stuff located in your dreams”. That could get awfully Freudian awfully fast, and I’d rather keep this from becoming some sort of erotic horror.
However, I feel like the only possible solution to this is to push past the urge to accept any similar results on Google as being defeated as completely unoriginal. Mainly because it’s possible to argue that no idea is truly, completely original (no, I will not go into that, thank you very much), but also largely in part to knowing it’s possible to take something and make it my own anyway.