Sunday, May 16, 2010

Electric Worry

I’m starting to think I need to tone down my information intake. I know as a writer that this probably sounds strange, but I am too connected. Currently, my phone delivers every facebook and twitter status update that crosses my account, as well as lining up dozens of RSS feeds. At all hours of the day, I am bombarded with information, and it drowns out the crucial silence that is needed for ideas to brew.

We live in a society so inundated with useless blips of data that it devalues crucial information. Inspiration is buried under the tedium of 5,000 posts about what celebrities are having for breakfast. My day isn’t made better by knowing a friend got hammered this weekend, nor is depth added to my friendships by reading the 30th straight post about how awful Colorado’s spring time weather is. I am an astute observer. I know it just snowed 14 inches. Get a truck, and get over it.

The only problem with all this is that I am a hypocrite. I am not in a position to shun social networking, and in fact, I am complaining about it over a rather large social network. I will say that I think it is time for me to shut out some of the noise. Maybe get rid of a few of my phones features, and not be informed of every goings on in my circle of friends. Maybe I should also stop reading blogs for literary agents. Not only are they demoralizing, but most are pretty smug. They for sure aren’t helping me write.

I want to get back a little bit of serenity, even if it is the type that comes with waking up to the smell of coffee rather than the pulsing of electronic input.

Monday, May 10, 2010

In Lieu of Inspiration

As my recent post count suggests, I have been tied up with work and school. Along with this, inspiration for new stories, as well as the will to force writing has been lacking. I decided it was time to try something new. I hadn’t yet started revising and editing my book, mostly out of fear I will be disappointed with its content, but now I feel I am ready to start.

I suppose I should apologize to a few trees, the little checkbox that prints on both sides of the paper evaded me. Just seeing this tome printed out is enough to get me excited about it again. I have too long kept my writing entirely digital. I think having a physical copy makes me better appreciate the work that went into it, and the waste it would be if I never really finished it. So, wish me luck. I have many hours with a red pen ahead of me.
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