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Thu Jul 31, 2003
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses...
Some people go through life standing at the excuse counter. People say they'd like to do this or that, but... then they offer all the excuses in the world why they can't do whatever 'it' is. No matter what the excuses are, the only thing usually limiting them is their own self-perception.
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Wed Jul 30, 2003
Mid-Life Crisis ?!
I'm sitting here in front of my 'personal confuser', as Mr Laporte of TechTV fame would put it, without the slightest inclination as to what it is I intend to write.
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Let me quickly run thru something I jotted down. My main concern with attempting a novel is I've always been told you should write what you know. I know alot but, but it mostly consists of bits and pieces of many different subjects. Alas, I lack proficiency in any one subject. Maybe I should start by plotting a course and researching. Most of what I read and get the most enjoyment from is courtroom, investigative-type drama, law & order type stuff,...Tanenbaum, Grisham, Patterson, Deaver, Harris...or Clancy-like action...Higgins, Crichton, Cannell... But, unfortunately, any expertise in these fields is presently beyond me. Jack of all trades and master of none. Thinking creatively instead of analytically has always been a problem for me. Give me a subject and I have enough talent to sway you in one direction or another, but without the safety of a topic, I'm hopelessly lost. Find a subject you would enjoy learning about, research it, then let the words fly. Write it...
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Tue Jul 29, 2003
Explanation In Order?!
Reading over my last post, I guess I should explain who Dan the Butler and Boomer are. Dan the Butler is my e-mail notifier for my Incredimail e-mail client. He strolls onto the screen to announce "You have mail, Sir", and politely excuses himself only after you have acknowledge you have received the message. At first, I had chosen the Babe notifier, a bouncy bombshell that sprang from a pool to announce "Mail's Here!!". But after she jiggled her way on to the screen while my youngest son was using my account, I considered Dan the Butler more appropriate, which bring me to Boomer. That's the nickname I've given my oldest son, Drew. Bug...my youngest son, Rece... and Pumpkin'...my daughter and the oldest of the brood, Crystal...round out my stable.
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Cruelty to Animals
Man, I thought I had really screwed the pooch! Thank goodness for System Restore, else I would have lost all the delectable morsels I had penned previously. In all my wisdom, I tried to clean up my My Documents file and preceded to delete my TexNotes files...Bad Idea!!! Especially when you're beta testing the product!!!... Never again will I try and fix something that's not broken. Life's too short and my heart can't take it...By the way, Three Nights in a Row! A new record...
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Mon Jul 28, 2003
I watched a fantastic movie today, Finding Forrester. Hopefully, it may spark the fire I need to regain my desire to write. The soup question I hope will stay with me the rest of my days. The purpose of a question is to increase knowlege in how it pertains to us. The question you asks fails to meet the criteria as to how it pertains to you. Writers write so readers can read. One of the lessons in the movie was to not think, just write, A Nike commercial.
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This Shdarn Ain't Easy...
I have been quite busy as of late incorporating pMachine into my site as well as trying to recommence this weblog. So, in pursuit of content, I've resurrected from the depths of oblivion a few of what I consider my 'Greatest Hits' from my blogs of old...such as Download Blues and I'm Not Concerned...
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Sun Jul 27, 2003
You've most likely heard about people going shopping when they're feeling blue, or perhaps you've done it yourself. Shopping takes their mind off their troubles and gives them an emotional lift. I believe I have uncovered an unique web variant and am wondering if I may be the first to identify this phenomena.
What if you lost your internet connection? Would you suffer withdrawals? Would you copy or move files back and forth between folders, trying to emulate the euphoria of downloading?
Perhaps there is a need to start a 12 Step Program for download junkies. I'm sure the government would fund it, after all, it's only OUR money, not theirs. It would be just another way to buy votes. Politicians like that...
"A sympathetic Scot summed it all up very neatly in the remark, "You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.""
--Sir Arnold Bax
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Sat Jul 26, 2003
I'm Not Concerned
I'm not concerned with what you look like.
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Offhand Review of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince
After putting it off as long as I possibly could...ya'll should be used to that by now..., I finally wrote my "Offhand Review of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince ". I have to admit it is probably the sorriest piece of crap I have ever penned. Though Mr Wilde's work itself is quite good, the whole time I was writing, all I could think about was how the instructor kept alluding to his sexuality... he was convicted of homosexuality and served two years hard labor... and how it may have played a roll in the alliteration and substance of his writing. She actually instructed us to read the work from a homosexual's viewpoint...Huh?!... and discuss how it may differ from a straight's interpretation. The audacity was absolutely numbing. Though in this day and age of political correctness a little controversy can be refreshing, prejudice and stereotyping is not. Whose to say how anyone else views anything? Needless to say, any assignment dolled out by such a narrow minded nitwit has become quite a chore. I've always prided myself in the fact I've always been able to adapt my writing views to accommodate what I thought might be the instructors...results in higher grades...but I am at a complete loss here. So a brief narration was all I could muster, but it follows all the rules, so though the content suffers, she can't help but pass me...
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Fri Jul 25, 2003
DO Over, Do Over...
I call a misdeal. Thanks to the wonders of pMachine, I decided to scrap all my former excellent prose over at Blogger and start all over. I had way too many incomplete link errors and most of the eloquence was cut to nothing....like midsentence(edit)... I do promise to do better. For anyone interested, I plan to use this journal to help refine what little writing skill I may have...for I am in search of the Holy Grail, my own novel...Hopefully by scribing here occasionally I will be able to develop the habit of at least journaling everyday. I plan to blog a few short stories,...mostly family anecdotes...develop a few characters, and just a bit of utter mayhem...more like nonsense...I hope you don't find the italicized comment to pithy or annoying. They help to organize my thoughts. Come by my website, and let me know what you think. Oh btw, look for some of my favorite quotes at the end of each entry...finally I can put that daily quote newsletter to use...
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Thu Jul 24, 2003
Grand Opening August 01, 2003
No, I'm not new to blogging, but i've decided to re-dedicate myself to writing. This is here as a spacer...
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