Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Benilius Godbilius, Philosopher-for-Hire

I'm sick of writing about writing.

I've been trying to keep this blog on the straight-and-narrow, "writer talkin' about writing" path, but I don't think I can keep it up. I pretty much don't have anything new to say about the fundamental craft writing, or any writing tips or tricks I haven't stolen from professionals, or any zany methods for developing inspiration and documenting it. More importantly, though, I'm just ill at the idea of writing about writing. I'd rather just write.

This might change nothing. Tonight, something may happen, that tomorrow, deserves to be blogged about; and its subject matter might be writing. This is fine, since I've for some months now espoused a Philosophy of Hypocrisy - which is not an active searching for hypocrisy, but rather the mental agreement with oneself that you can be a smarter, more interesting person if you hold conflicting beliefs rather than attempting to reconcile the disparities in scaling, perspective, and values that inevitably mar any non-positive argument. It is, actually, a philosophy representing the "positivication" of all arguments and knowledge, since it relies on the "thus-is-thus" - or, when more subtle, the "thus-is-such" - and nothing more. So, from now on, this-blog-is-this-blog.

Of course, this is the kind of philosophy that no academic philosopher could believe in, since - like my science fiction - it lacks rigour. Thank Buddha and falafel pitas I already graduated.

The philosopher's stone.
This proposed revolution - what by now is the "thus-is-something-or-other" revolution, as we devolve more and more away from any point worth making - is also without rigour, since I, in effect, have no idea what I would blog about if not for writing. I don't do politics, I don't do religion, I don't do community. I do geeky things, I write, and I have a good time. So, I guess you can expect to see me write a few articles about drinking beers and playing Runebound. That's the kind of activity that binds my interests like a powerful transmutive spell. I've avoided a "free-for-all" blog until now in the name of "speaking to an audience," "building a base," "preparing the ground for my inevitably illustrious auctorial career," but I'm sick of it. I can't keep writing blog posts about writing, not because I don't like the audience or the mission, but because I don't like writing about writing.

And I'm still writing, of course. I'm just sick of talking about it. The other day I set about reading a pair of excellent blogs in sequence - viz., China MiƩville's and BoingBoing - and, in a snap-moment of eureka, realized just how much more to life there is than my silly stories.

Anyway, this might be a once-off revolution. Tomorrow I might be blogging about "making the most of your free time to work on your manuscript" as if Kevin J. Anderson couldn't tell it to you better. I'll be keeping the Thursday Thieves' Guild alive without a doubt, and I'm considering adding a weekend feature by the sublime title, "On Weekends I Party," focusing on root-tootin' heavy metal bands. Other than that, I have no idea what's next.

Except, I really ought to get back to writing.



  1. Yeah, I knew I wouldn't be able to come up with something writing-related every day for my blog, so I gave myself a couple other topics somewhat associated with writing (book reading, anime/manga) and decided I'd just try to alternate between the three somewhat.
    But sometimes I still end up posting random stuff, when all the homework starts piling up to the ceiling. >_>

  2. I wonder if that could be a factor in why I haven't blogged much lately either. I, too, have my "other topic," parenting, but I never really wanted my blog to turn into "look what cute thing my kid did today," day after day--I thought that might turn away the writers (at least the non-parents ones) with whom I'm most interested in communing--so even there I don't always have things to say. Life's been on an even keel lately, except for the holidays, so there just isn't much to say. I don't know yet whether I'll expand to other topics or just keep the ones I use.

  3. One reason I was blog jumping so much the past six months was because I *thought* I needed to post on a regular basis. At the end of November, I realized that my blog wasn't going to get me published, and either was twitter, or anything else -- except writing story after story after story.

    But I wanted to have a blog. I like the strange virtual community that blogs (and twitter) give. So I just decided that I was going to post and tweet whenever I felt like it. So that's what I do.

    However, I limit my blog to writing. I could write about religion (I have two degrees in theology, after all) but that would just confuse everyone. Besides, I don't like blogging about religion. Not very nice people show up and leave comments.

    Anyway, blog when you want to blog. Those of us who like your blog, will stay subscribed and comment when we feel like it ... and others will come and go.

    And you're right -- writing REAL fiction for PUBLICATION and MONEY is really what you're about. So do it, and don't let this distract you.

    Okay, now, I'm stepping down from this soapbox. Please step back in case I trip ... I don't want to injure anyone.

  4. PS -- I, for one, would be interested in reading about your writing goals and dreams for 2011.

  5. Don't stress over a blog. Mine is my way of keeping on track, and making myself accountable. I've discovered it's also a way to make new friends. John Scalzi's blog reminds me to put someting nonwriting up there so people have a reason other than writing news to visit. :) Man is that ever an entertaining blog.

    And yes, goals! I love seeing what people are up to.

  6. Ah! Excellent points, everyone.

    There is that clever balance between "this blog has a point" and "this blog serves only my own ends." I wouldn't want the focus of this blog to completely devolve, but, alas...

    Anyway, maybe I'll do something about me goals in a few days.