Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reflections on My Archive

One day in the recent past, I had the realization that I have a blog. It came on me suddenly, like I would imagine some memory would return to an amnesiac, shocking and poignant. I wondered what I had written. I only had the slightest of impressions as if I were catching a glimpse at some previous life. I decided to read back through.

The experience shocked me. Such a roller coaster of experiences, insights, and digital over share. I also found that my ability to recognize commonly confused words, grammar, and punctuation issues has increased significantly since the days of some of those early (and not-so early posts).

In the valleys of the tour, I found that a lot of past readers and encouragement givers are gone; not just absent from my annual courtesy posts, but no longer with any blog presence; web sites deleted. Reading back through the Word Count Buddy floggings and assorted other comments reminded me of how much inspiration I took from those friends, family members, and fellow writers. It is a shame they are gone. I don't imagine that they will be reading this, but I wish them all the best and hope they are well and just moved on to Twitter or something that better suits their needs.

I also discovered that my constant publication reports (i.e., "I didn't get published again") were quite annoying. There were just way too many of them in proportion to posts of actual content.

At the peaks, I enjoyed seeing what amounted to an online journal that loosely demonstrated my attitudes and interests over a period of years. I've tried to keep a journal before; this blog truly is the longest and most continuous record of my existence, recent absences notwithstanding. I also found some great posts. Like my wife likes to say, no one can crack up Riotimus like Riotimus. Here are a few of my favorites:

I hope you enjoyed your journey through the best of Write On and that you'll stick around as I dust it off and restore its vitality or whatever adjective you feel best describes said blog.

I am considering re-purposing Write On, mainly by giving it a point. Once I decide what that point is going to be, I may clear out the fluff from the archives. I know others have done this: was it worth it?


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Boycott Black Thursday

For the record, I'm not opposed to Christmas shopping. I'm opposed to wage slavery. I'm opposed to employers telling their employees, "Your holiday doesn't matter as much as people who get paid enough to buy these Black Friday deals."

It pains me to think of the shoppers, oblivious to the situation that they are condoning in those kept up all night to serve them. If there must be Black Friday at all, can't we keep it on Friday?


Choose empathy over apathy. 

Friday, August 03, 2012

Houston Shooter Preparedness Video

I read about this on a news site and looked it up. It has some valuable and what seems to me common sense suggestion, but considering how these things keep going, maybe not.

Hope it is enlightening or something. R.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Why, Zombie, Why?

It's a lame thing to end my hiatus over, but I want to know what I'm missing.

1) Zombies are flesh-eating undead, always on the prowl for tasty people, and they especially like the brains.

2) Zombiehood is like the clap and can be acquired through any normal or abnormal exchange of bodily fluids.

So . . .

If a zombie devours my flesh, what is supposed to be left to turn into a zombie? Is there a simple answer to this, or do I need to start reading the massive and growing body of zombie fiction out there?

Give it to me straight.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bats and Stuff

"Cowboy? You're no more a cowboy than you are a little leather-winged bat." -- Kaylee Felts from "The Mud Below" by Annie Proulx

I'm getting ready for some pretty heavy revision to my novel. I think the changes I'm going to make will be good ones. I'm also getting a feel for teaching, and I'm planning on graduating in April with my MA. That's my writing report for now. One day I'll have time for a real post. Surely.


Saturday, January 08, 2011

Revising Aloud, Anyone?

My recent posts reveal my secret identity as one who goes through their days helping others to write coherently. I can't help but get peeved when professionals publish the kind of things that I expect from my ESL and developmental English students. Like this snippet:

"The Giants also were able to shake off Kevin Boss' early fumble and kept the woebegone Seahawks from gaining any life from it." — From an article by Vinny DiTrani in The Record(Bergen County, NJ), November 9, 2010

I know weird things happen when we write. Isn't that why we revise? An out-loud reading of this demands, it seems to me, keep instead of kept. That's how I feel about it.