Moving On

With the return of Moose Droppings I feel more compelled than ever to blog. Moose is a friend, and far busier than I am, but if he can blog on his non-wow blog, than I can do the same. Go give his blog a read. It’s totally worth it.

I used to use this blog to reflect on a number of concerns I have. Lately, I’ve neglected every blog I frequent as I’m too wrapped up in “thinking” about the work I have to do. I’ve decided to move past thinking and to start doing.

Speaking of doing, I have resolved myself to vote for most Dems this election cycle. I’d prefer to vote Green, but with things in the balance both city, state and federally, I’m gonna have to be practical with my vote. Given that concern, then, I have only one solution: I am going to have to start making sure that my elected representatives are held accountable for their votes.

Now then, you can expect me to do a fuck ton of blogging for NanoBlog Month. But I’ll be back tomorrow…

Saturday is the new Friday

We have 6 showings tomorrow. This means that after a quick dinner, we’ll be cleaning the condo from top to bottom. This also means that from 11:00 to 4:00 we’ll be out of the condo doing Something Else.

If tomorrow is a brilliant spring day, being out won’t be a problem. If we get an offer, this will all be worth it. Otherwise, it’s just another day of work.

Given that extra work time, I’ll have another post up tomorrow on my feelings of Build a Better Blog in 31 days.

Friday fiction, for this week, is over at WTT:RP. Enjoy your weekend folks!

Slow

On occasion, my brain slows down so I can properly address the stresses of modern living. Some people call this slacking.

Those people aren’t necessarily wrong.

I’m working on a variety or projects at work (and at home). The most important ones are completed (evals, logs, the condo staged), but the ones I want to finish are no where near done (writing, blogging, a clean desk).

Ask A Bastard is one of these products. It’ll be done when my slow ass brain says it is done.

Axiom

The Writer’s axiom, “write what you know,” led me to the question: What are the Blogger Axioms? If the rule was, “blog what you know,” then I think there would be far fewer blogs posts. One axiom I did read was, “don’t blog anything that would embarrass a potential employer.” This axiom has no flair. I recognize that an axiom is supposed to be self-evident, but it does not have to be bland.

There is something provocative about writing what one knows about. It implies that the writer has some sort of special knowledge, or a gift, that they are imparting to the world. Ignore the potential for pretension in this. Instead, think of some kind of writing–fiction, nonfiction, poetry, whatever–that made you sit up and say, “Holy shit. This is good.” Writing that set your brain on fire. You don’t have to actually share the list you come up with (although I’d appreciate it if you did in the comments), just recognize what makes those particular stories so fantastic.

Even a good research paper, or journal article, can have that effect. These scholarly works aim to inform the world with some new bit (or twist) of information, including HOW they came across this new knowledge. In essence, this is just the story of how the knowledge was discovered. The best of the papers, in my opinion, share this information and bring you into that research.Granted, it has been a long time since I read a journal article, but I do seem to remember being blown away by Field Theory and Cognitive Dissonance papers.

When one writes what they know about, they can impart some of their own experiences. They can create, or recreate, their story in a method that makes the reader a participant, not an observer.

Good blogs should be able to do this as well.

So what do I know? Not much. I know a lot about juveniles and delinquency. I know a little about music. I know more about scifi/fantasy than I care to admit, and I pretend to know more about Irish history than I really do. I don’t know nearly enough about Chicago to write novels about–but I do know enough to post about my city.

There is another interesting facet about this idea: The more one writes, the more one learns. Part of this has to do with reading and researching a topic; however, when writing a story, or a scene, characters begin to develop their own sense of self. What a writer starts with begins to morph into something else. The same holds true for blogs. Blogs change over time, especially if the writer blogs about what they know about.

There are books that I need to read–books on writing, specifically–that I think supplement my point. However, I’d rather hear from readers about their experiences with reading and writing.