August 26, 2004
I am going to wax (or wane) philosophical for a moment. I want to talk about writing.
Did you ever see those ads in the back of comic books for vanity press publishers who asked, "Do YOU have the restless urge to write?" I remember them well because I always HAD that urge. I don't know where it comes from, but I've been writing stories since I was in elementary school. If I had a penny for every word I've ever put on a piece of paper or on the internet, I would be a wealthy man.
I sometimes wonder how the words come. I can be half-asleep, sipping pineapple juice in the morning when I find a link that I want to write about. I start, and the words and ideas just flow, as if someone else is whispering in my ear. Other mornings, I sit at the computer and GRIND, because the muse is out with her friends that day and I have to do this shit the hard way.
And I'm not talking about just the blog. I write a lot of stuff that you DON'T see.
If you've paid attention, you'll notice a pattern in my posts: I start with a topic, empty my belly in the middle, and finish with a tag-line. I believe that it's good structure and a part of my style. I had someone cuss me out via email a few days ago because of that pattern I deliberately constructed. He said it was nice at first, but "too cute" after a while.
I told him to go fuck himself. I write the way I write because THAT'S THE WAY I WRITE!!!!
And I freely admit that I don't know where it comes from.
"If you've paid attention, you'll notice a pattern in my posts: I start with a topic, empty my belly in the middle, and finish with a tag-line."
That's why the name 'Gut Rumbles' is so appropriate for your blog, bud. That's yer style and it works. Keep up the good rumbles.
And your regular readers appreciate your style. That jack ass must think you write for his benefit and not because you FREAKING LIKE TOO!
One writes for 2 reasons:
1) A head filled with ideas waiting to take
2) A teacher (mentor) in one's childhood
(usually high school) who understood
and took the time to "make a difference"
by encouraging the budding talent
You've obviously had both.
Hey, it's YOUR STYLE! No one has the right to call you on that period. Had a great chief who was my boss/editor when I was assistant Public Affairs Officer for the Navy Recruiting Dist. Chicago. She would check for errors on spelling (many!) and grammer . Then she would address the over all quality of the piece. And she was almost always right. The one time she out and out said "This stinks" I had to agree...it was not something I would want to read so how could I push this on someone else. I re did the whole thing ...she thought it was off the wall, but was willing to admit it was much better than the poor first effort. The one thing she didn't do was try an change my overall style. We would have locked horns. And you IMHO, are well within your rights to tell any one to pack sand if they are not comfortable with yours.
As your notices says "If my blog does not meet your standards, then LOWER YOUR STANDARDS....:" Hell, I have to raise mine *grin*.