Sunday, September 26, 2010

#5--Books and Ideas

Isn't it amazing that we each have thoughts, our own avenues for how a story would go if we were responsible for writing it.

We can think about multiple things at once. We can think about one thing and physically talk about another.

We can pulverize one thought and forge another. We can splice two thoughts together into an entirely new idea. An idea or a thought can change and morph into something more complex and reinforced.

Or it can be broken down and paired with other, smaller ideas, and form into multiple strong ideas that eventually reunite for a more completed whole.

But here I am babbling on about ideas and thoughts when I could be expanding upon my own ideas and thoughts, and generating them all into a workable story, a tale if you will, that goes from journal-level to novel-level.

And again. I strive to make something significant for myself and for my writing, and I wonder if I'm achieving that or not as I write.

But I'm trying.

And I suppose it all depends on what one deems as "significant." Is it significant to fight for political rights, animal rights, civil rights, human rights, immigrant rights?

Its a digital-eat-paper world out there, and even I am participating in it. But I can tell you that I still prefer those "old" books--the ones made from real paper, not like the iPad, or the thing that's been sold through amazon, what's it called? I can't remember. Some fancy thing that you can download books to, and that isn't supposed to hurt your eyes as you read it.

Coming back around to what I was attempting to say previously, which is basically, let's not forget where we came from, the technology (or lack thereof) that preceded this moment. We shouldn't put aside these items and claim that they do not matter, because they do. You cannot have what you have now without some thing that you had before.

Do not forget; remember.



  1. There's a sweet article by William Ong that discusses writing itself as a technology. The cool thing is that the same basic protests surfaced at the invention of writing (versus rote memorization) as did at the invention of the printing press then the computer/word processor. Writing is an evolutionary beast but I don't think our good old print will ever truly disappear. Also, maybe there's a story idea within your ideas about ideas. Also, I love ya!

  2. I did read that article by Ong... In Dr. Smith's History of Rhetoric class. I found it VERY interesting. I'm sure I have it laying around here somewhere,, or else I could very easily find it online. :D

    I like your idea about a story idea for ideas within ideas. That could become very complex very quickly. MUAHAHAHHAHAHA.

    ahem. excuse me. I'm a little free with my evil laughs these days.