What to write

So I really want to write fiction, you know, like a novel.  But I seem to be having a hard time getting started.  I know I can write non-fiction since I wrote a dissertation (Ok, mostly non-fiction) and I have various non-fiction ideas floating in my head … I mean I can even see the table of contents etc. etc.  BORING!  Damn.  The non-fiction stuff might even make some money.  Fact is, I know I can write as well as a lot of the crackpots with their own infomercials.  And at least I have common sense.  When you boil most of that stuff down that’s what you get anyway (if it’s any good).  I’ve also noticed that I tend to think/write in ellipses a lot.  Most likely that’s because the voices in my head are always second guessing me.  What?  Like you don’t hear voices???

Golden Nuggets

So, there’s a lot to learn about the blogosphere.  As one training site put it, it’s not that there’s not enough information it’s that there’s too much and the real challenge is how does one sift through it all for the golden nuggets.  Of course, what appears golden to one blogger may turn out to be mere fool’s gold for the readers.  Alas, who knows what mood you’re in today?  Dear reader, do you want to learn something?  Are you hungry, horny, or just bored?  At least, there does seem to be something in this vast digital universe to suit whatever mood one is in.

Then there are those who are depressed, suicidal, or lonely who perhaps are looking for a connection more than anything else.  Perhaps that’s what we’re all really seeking … connection.  Authors want to connect with readers, teachers with students, businesses with customers.  The digiverse should at least be good at that.  Then, why dear reader, are there so many people seeking connection but seem somehow … disconnected???

Can the digiverse really satisfy the need for connection?  It leads one to the debate between e-books and print, you know, “real” books.  Can one really be as satisfied with the e-book as with the rustle of pages?  The ideas are the same but … somehow … maybe we feel a little less connected with the e-book.  Even though the e-book can be read on almost any device, can be accessed almost anytime, and can be read in almost any conditions (insert argument here about iPads and e-ink).  That’s not a placeholder for me, you’ve already heard it just replay it.  There’s probably a whole YouTube channel devoted to it.

The really neat thing about blogging is that right now I don’t feel the pressing need to answer the question.  How about you take a shot at it in the comments?

Bad Writing Advice

Yet more “good” advice about writing!

Julianne Q Johnson

Like all professions, and especially in the arts, when you participate there is always a plethora of people and even masters of creation who have loads of advice to give the uninitiated.

Veritable loads of advice.  Some of it useful, some of it heard so often it sounds like a rule, some of it completely wrong.

There is no shortage of advice for writers.  There are well known truisms that, on closer inspection, are all wrong, or all wrong for you.  I’m here to tell you that’s ok.  You don’t have to follow specific bits of wisdom in order to be a good writer.  In fact, there’s some I recommend you ignore from time to time, or even completely.

1-   Write Everyday!  If you want to be a “real” writer, you must write every day!  How can you hone your craft if you don’t flex those writing muscles in a…

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50 Shades of Blue: The Use of Profanity at The Green Study

Well, fuck…

The Green Study

canstockphoto8636729A friend of a friend was directed to my blog. Her first comment, after reading one of my posts, was, “she uses a lot of foul language”.  All that writing, all that effort and her takeaway was the occasional swear word?

I’ve wrestled for years with my propensity towards the profane. As a parent, I managed to go the first 7 or 8 years of my daughter’s life without swearing in front of her. Lately, that’s been slipping, as I’ve struggled with health issues and exhaustion – just too tired of trying to do everything “right”. So a damn or shit or hell slips out. Then she and I have a discussion about language and I do penance by wondering how much her therapy bill will be in the future.

It’s not as if I don’t understand some people’s reactions. As a teenager, I was prim and proper and pious…

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To Write or Not to Write

Sorry Shakespeare.  🙂 How many denizens of the blogosphere are not too sure of the pun in the title?  But it IS a valid question.  I mean, so many of us want, desperately, to write.  We know not what, we certainly are unsure of how, and we candidly don’t think anyone will listen … but still the Muse drives us.  She won’t go away. She won’t be silenced.  So, as so many bloggers seem to do, I’m driven to read, and to write, about writing.  Since it’s so obviously painful … WHY do we do it?  Most of us who want to write are pretty apt candidates for treatment … you know that whole insecurity / voices / need for approval bit.  Why not just do some unexpected chores at home?  Acceptance, if not praise, is much more likely.  Ahhh, but the whole time spent mowing the grass we will be dreaming of that perfect novel, blog post, ((poetry????)) that is just dying to leap from our fingers.  

I must say that the blogosphere is encouraging to we budding Hemingways.  🙂 No matter how poorly some of us write or how ill-prepared we are.  At least I should get some comments offering high-priced assistance in response to this post.

Oh WordPress, oh Automattic, you are such cruel mistresses.  


Pocket and WordPress.com: Saving and Sharing Made Easy

There’s some really good stuff on this page. I learned something new about the settings on the WordPress Dashboard from this posting as well.

The WordPress.com Blog

Working with our pals at Pocket — a service that lets you save articles, longreads, and other media like videos that you find on the web — we’re happy to announce you can easily save content on WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered self-hosted sites, which you can enjoy later on your computer or touch devices. You can also share saved content on your sites, right from Pocket on your iPhone and iPad.

Save WordPress.com posts to read later

With our Pocket and WordPress.com integration, you can send WordPress.com posts to Pocket, and make it easy for your readers to file away your posts so they can revisit them when they have time. Under the Sharing Buttons section on the Settings → Sharing panel in your dashboard, you can enable various buttons so your readers can share or send your stuff across the internet, from Google+ to Path and more.

To activate the Pocket button…

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First post ever

Well, how’s that for a unique title?  I just read Scott Berkun’s book, The Year Without Pants which is his book about Automattic, the company behind WordPress.  I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for some time now and Scott’s book motivated me to dig into WordPress and take a shot.  I’ve read some great material about blogs from Glen Allsopp www.viperchill.com and Copyblogger www.copyblogger.com.  🙂 and just jumping in I’m probably violating all the rules.  Oh well, that’s one of the encouragements from Scott … and apparently one of the main ways that Automatticians (interesting that word isn’t in the WordPress spell check) operate … chaos.  It’s interesting to me that I started typing “controlled chaos” but I just searched the book (yeah, Kindle edition) and I don’t see that Scott ever used that term … he just said “chaos”.  I suppose that we management types do have issues with that concept.  Actually, I think we have issues with anything not qualified … like “unlimited freedom”.

This should be an interesting journey.  Expect to see stuff about information technology, philosophy, law school (I’m thinking about taking a shot at that again), writing, business, and business management.  Oh yeah, and people, and love, and travel, and maybe some mention of food I like and places to eat it.