Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Internet Rules Are Meant To Be Broken. Aren't They?

I've been tagged! We all know the internet is full of all kinds of awards, games and memes designed to spread like digital STDs. I've gotten my fair share (by the way, if you've stopped by here, you may want to get yourself tested. Just sayin') and thanks to Joe of Mostly Harmless Drivel, I've now been hit with a new strain: the "My Writing Process Blog Tour".

By the way, you should really go check Joe's blog out. He's a talented writer and I find his fictions are always thought provoking - especially his "700 Hoboes" posts. I'm posting this one a day late, I'm afraid, so I'm offering my apologies as well.

I'm already off to a bad start with following the rules.

I blame it on my slow return to being enthused (or stimulated in any way, to be honest) about-well-anything and everything in general. I was down. I wrote about it here (the one where I swear a lot). I was actually going to post this yesterday but stuff happened at work (I'll share that later) and it threw things off.

Anyhoo, excuses aside, let's get to the matter at hand. Shall we?

First, I answer four questions:

1. What Am I Working On?

Um... I got nothing. I post when something hits me (of course, I'm sure it would make for an interesting story if someone hits me as well). I already questioned whether or nor I'm "writer" enough to try writing a book but the jury's still out on that one.

There has been an idea nagging me for some time, though. Something fiction, something funny. I'd say more but  I don't trust you all not to steal my idea is still in a pretty raw and undeveloped state right now. Maybe I'll stop procrastinating long enough to get it started and we'll see how it goes from there.

2.  How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?

Easy. Mine sucks. Next question. What? More? Okay.

To be honest, I never really thought about it. I just write whatever comes to me. It could be funny (at least to me anyway), or just something for me to vent my frustration (link already provided above). I do draw, on occasion, but that's not really original either. Truth be told, I've never really compared myself to other writers out there. I just do my thing here in my little corner.

I'm not being of much help here. Am I?

Moving right along...

3. Why Do I Write What I Write?

Because I have a natural ability to find the humor in things. I like things that make me laugh and I like telling people things that make them laugh. I have to get this out and, since I'm not much for socializing, casting my words into the void of the internet will have to do. If I'm lucky, they may even catch someone's attention.

4. How Does My Writing Process Work?

I have a process!?! Kidding! I guess you could say it starts with something catching my attention. It can happen anytime, anywhere. Once it plants itself deep within my subconscious, it grows and starts taking over most of my waking thoughts until I expel it onto paper (read as: screen). Usually, my best stories get completely written in my head well before I sit down to hammer them out.

Now comes the part where I break more rules...

I'm actually supposed to tag three people at this point so the infection can continue to spread but I spent more than a week in a funk and never got around to asking anyone.
Again, sorry, Joe. Also, sorry, internet. I'll be more compliant next time. 'Kay?

Alright, that's it. Bye!


  1. Congratulations on your award/infestation! Interesting information. I like your writing, it's funny, it's real, it doesn't try too hard. Hmmm that was supposed to be a compliment but I have no process for writing or thinking.

    1. I definitely take that as a compliment. "Never try too hard" has always been my personal motto.

  2. The only part that bothers me was that you said, "First..." and then no other listing followed. It's like when I am in charge of meetings and purposely try to enrage participants by saying "A) we check the numbers. 2) We make reasoned adjustments. #) We find and murder the competition."
    See? My message is lost with my weird numbering scheme! This is why we have never completed our murders! This is why the competition wins! EXCLAMATION POINT!!!!!

    1. Failing to follow-through is also a part of my process. I forgot to mention that.

  3. Rules? Where we're going, we don't need rules. Or something.

    Thanks for playing along, Vinny. Sorry I caught you on a bad week. But you fought through it and gave us all a glimpse behind the curtain, and for that I am grateful.

    Also, it must be said that your blog is a fun place, and you tell a helluva story!

    1. Thanks. So when are we going to [insert relevant center of government here]?

  4. Dammit! I was going to modify that quote from Back to the Future but Joe beat me to it. I guess I will just have to go with "Are you telling me that you built rules out of a DeLorean?"

    It's just not the same.

    1. It's obvious what needs to be done. Christian! We've Got to Go Back! Back to before Joe made his comment!

  5. Writing is thinking on paper and I like the way you think (and make me think). I also like your voice. It's gentle and funny and kind and it loves boobs.


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