Monday, October 4, 2010

Writing versus Writer

So, I had tried to remedy my sentiment-je-ne-sais-quoi, the general Frenchman's malaise (sorry Frenchmen; Sartre's fault) that afflicted me the past few weeks, by perceiving and actuating a conflict between "Writing," and "Being a Writer" (obligatory serialized philosophy joke: and Being and Nothingness). For a long while, I have Written to Be a Writer, and I thought that perhaps I had been putting myself under undue stress and would profit from a philosophical rebellion towards "Writing As End-in-Itself."

No! cried out my primordial self. Apparently, I can't really do anything without Stress. By demanding of myself to Man Up and Be a Writer, I can write; otherwise, I just connive strategies to ambush Nazi armour--a skill several decades too late to be of any use.

Besides, I lack bazooka or PTRD.

Anyway, on Saturday I finally re-submitted all eight of my un-re-submitted tales. Look out, world! One of them, actually, had to wait until this morning, because Canada Post are a bunch of lying stinking filthy rotten government employees who can't list the correct opening hours for their Dalhousie Street location.

(Disclaiming aside: I'm allowed to knock them, because I'm also employed on the public dime. Do I have any more professional pride than Canada Post's web administrators, you ask? I will not deign to answer such a leading question!)

I'm also working on a new short story, because the novel known only as "Misty Cleareyes" has gone into the vat to ferment--and will hopefully exit it a strong, hearty ale. This new short story involves bugs, space, flamethrowers, and asteroids, so I'm really not breaking any new ground. But I'm pretty down with it.

-bn

4 comments:

  1. You should Write for the express purpose of being nothing but a Writer. Because that's a stepping stone to just being plain awesome.

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  2. Good luck with your eight submissions, Ben.
    But don't throw away your Nazi-invasion talents--you never know when they may come in handy once more.

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  3. Thanks for the motivation, friends. And yeah, don't worry, I'm still prepped for invasion. I actually really want to write a story involving an anti-tank ambush, except in the far future on some distant planet and tanks that drop to the surface in "pods," but I really can't find a good excuse to create an entire story out of that... although, admittedly, the idea originally was going to account for an entire novel!

    -bn

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  4. Nazi-invasion talents are particularly helpful to anybody who might find himself thrown back in time (or writing a character who has been.) There's no reason not to keep those sharp!

    Good job getting your work back out! I always feel like a load has lifted from me when I do a batch of those (until one or more comes back waaay to quickly, that is.)

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