Blogging is a community. As much as it may seem solitary, a lonely typist, lost, and confused, having suffered enough solitude takes a chance at being heard. And in some cases it might start that way. Sooner or later, though, if you stick with it long enough, you will find kindred spirits. And then blogging will change, and so will you.
For years I wanted to write a novel. I had the seeds, of a weedy, rambling story rolling around in my head. A beginning, a middle and an end, characters, scenes. But, putting them together was daunting, frightening. But, as my blogging circle grew, and I "met" some real authors, I learned, by reading their posts that much of writing is a nuts and bolts craft. And I wrote a novel, and it stunk!
So, I am rewriting it, with the same story, just a little more emphasis on the story, and less on the words. And, to me, it seems a lot better, though, there may be too many explosions, if that is possible.
From +Adele Archer, +S. Bradley Stoner, and +Richard G. Stevens and others I learned that writing is more about telling a story, more about communicating with a reader. It is a bargain you strike with a stranger. An agreement to entertain. Not a series of typed words..
There is an art, yes. And if you read any of their blogs or books, you see that. But, more important to them is the craft of telling a good story.
So, I say to all of you, in my circle of bloggers, thank you, for reading my words over the years, and forgiving my self indulgences. You have all been family. And to those of you with an idea. Fire up your keyboard and let it roll, we are all waiting to hear it.
Until next time, don't forget to drink water, eat your vegetables, and floss. Trust me on this.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Blogging, A Gateway Drug?
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.