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Grammarly’s #IDoIt Writing Meme

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , on November 13, 2013 by Human Being

#IDoIt for Writing, Female.

This is where I do it, #Grammarly .

GrammoWriMo’s NaNoWriMo Title

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2013 by Human Being

GrammoWriMo’s NaNoWriMo Title Contest

I’m contributing a wee bit (along with hundreds of others) to a community-sourced novel organized by Grammarly. I also thought I might as well enter the title contest.

Any writer can tell you that choosing the perfect title for any work is nearly impossible. So we’ll just have to see which suggested title attracts the most votes.

Vote, maybe?

GrammoWriMo’s NaNoWriMo Title Contest

So Here’s A Thing:

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2013 by Human Being

I don’t really have anything substantial to reflect upon or articulate by means of written word, but these last two weeks have been a little busy. 

I will be working at a film and animation summer camp in Winnipeg starting one week from today. Making arrangements for this has taken up a considerable amount of my time. I am quite excited and anticipate the very best of times.

Perhaps I will dedicate a faction of a sub-blog to this specific facet of my adventures. To this adventure in the middle of Canada for two and a half months. Yeah. A good excuse to keep track of the things I do so I can reflect on them later and chronicle the escapades and hijinks to come.

Stay tuned.

If I Wrote Down Everything That I Thought About Writing Down

Posted in Stream Of Consciousness, Uncategorized, Words, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2013 by Human Being

Then I don’t think I would have time to stop writing.

It’s so much faster to play out a conversation in one’s head concerning a topic upon which an individual has been ruminating. Easier than putting pen to paper, or typing. The thought process moves so quickly that conclusions are reached and new questions brought up before the key points and revelations become solidified or recorded. This is a stream of consciousness. I propose this addendum to the Stream Of Consciousness: the intangibility and fluid, fast-moving nature of thoughts. Maybe that has been the conventional meaning all along and I just never quite put it in a sentence. 

I’m sure someday there’ll be brain-recording devices that can capture our thought processes for faster and more thorough records. This would come quite in handy for dream recollection. It would also lead to more tangents having the chance to be explored more in depth. Do you see the potential problems that might arise? With so much content, such a vast volume of raw ideas, one might find it difficult to filter through every single thought to the elements meant to be retained. Similar to the problem one faces when one wishes to do multiple things at once: they cannot all be done, thus neither can the mind-essays be written.

So instead of choosing between the great ideas I’d accumulated for today, I wrote this.

Reading Into Reading

Posted in Reading with tags , , , , , , , on April 17, 2013 by Human Being

I was such a bookworm as a kid. And as a teen. And the in-between part, too. I could elaborate on that but it would be redundant. At some point around the end of high school or the beginning of university, reading became a bit of a plodding, onerous task that no longer brought pleasure and took enormous amounts of effort to achieve the right level of focus.

It could have been hormonal, it could have been the books I found myself reading (not exactly my first choice) or it could have been a brain-development chemical interaction thing. Emotional fluctuation, mental distress and lack of motivation all played a part. Regardless, I had little or no desire to read, trouble making myself read what I had to read, and didn’t really enjoy reading what I read. I recognized this change pretty quickly but couldn’t reverse it. It was sad.

I sort of got used to it being that way, but continued to read casually; mostly non-fiction or works that I could apply to some other aspect of life. I mean, so much of what we do online is technically reading, right? Social media, Wikipedia, comments, research…just about everything that isn’t audio-visual requires some word interpretation. So I was still reading plenty–technically.

Maybe the upsurge of popularity in these technologies during that time had an effect on my enjoyment of the written word. Maybe it’s affected the way many of us think and feel about reading. Books are faced with the prospect of becoming digitized as audiobooks or ebooks and this is not a bad thing, but it’s a different thing than turning pages, feeling and smelling them, placing bookmarks and making sure pages don’t stick together. 

So I don’t know: is reading so different in the era of social media that many of us can’t recognize it for what it is anymore? Does it detract from the value of the ‘old’ modes of reading? Does it matter? 

I am able to enjoy books again now, though not all of them and not as fully as I did as a child. I read a graphic novel today (Matthew Sturges’ House of Mystery volume 5: Under New Management), the whole thing in one sitting. I ordinarily take my time reading these books and I’ve never finished so quickly before. I found it to be a pleasant experience akin to the exploits of my past reading self. I enjoyed myself.

This is writing for the purpose of reading. Huh. Hmm…

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