Volume 2 Number 2 – Post 16

So, I’m back.

“But Paul, it’s only been a week since you last posted.  I didn’t expect to hear from you for another six months…”

Touche.  Well played.  I deserve that.  Historians will look back on this as my ‘prolific’ period.  <sarcasm>

Here’s the thing.  I don’t really have a great topic today, but I’ve re-committed to writing.  So here I am.  I shared in an earlier post that most of the time, for me, I get an idea, and let it percolate in my brain for a few days, and then, the words just sort of spill out through my fingers, to the keys, and to the page here.  I try to guide and shape the prose, but the thoughts and ideas are mostly done.  Right now, not so much.  I’ve got a few competing ideas that may turn themselves into something, but they haven’t yet become fully formed.  I’m seeing a pattern develop around the phrase that it doesn’t matter what, but it matters that…  In this case it matters that I’m writing.  I know I’m not supposed to compose at the keyboard (Call back to American Thought and Language at Michigan State University circa 1983-84) but it’s how I do this.  And also, to confess, the only time I have a pen in hand these days is to sign a credit card slip.  I would like to be able to write in a paper notebook, journal, etc.  they are more portable that this laptop, and more ‘romantic’ if you will.  But, will, in the years since I left college, I’m completely dependent on the keyboard if I want to read my own writing.  There’s another practical consideration too, this blog isn’t scripted, or pre-outlined, other than in my brain.  I just rather sit down, and …well stream of consciousness share my thoughts.  I think that if I wrote in a paper journal in that fashion, one of two things would happen.  1, the words you see here would be less powerful; strong, I’d have another opportunity to edit/filter fix…whatever.  The second is I simply wouldn’t transcribe them (more likely).

So, this is what you get.  Me.  Raw, Unfiltered.  Genuine Draft.  Sorry for the last one, and apologies to Miller/Coors.

I re-read the first post I made here, and was reminded that when I started this, I did not have the intention of making this the story of me, and I am committed to that.  I have an idea for a work of fiction.  I don’t really know how to write fiction, but I am going to give it a go.  We’ll see if it meets my standards of quality, and I can post it here.

More words to follow.

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