The 'Net is a waste of time, and that's exactly what's right about it.
William Gibson (1948 - )
The amount of time I have wasted on the web has mildly paid off! (Or rather, I have become absurdly excited over something small again.)
Anyway, dkducky.com has kinda gotten attention from someone other then my younger brother! Yes, itís true, my random rant at the world earned some attention. That's right, the top Disney song vote! Okay, now I will show you what I am talking about. I think its fun; someone else has linked to me! Maybe I should rethink my web actions, even someone is actually going to notice them . . . That's one thing about the web, you can put something out there for the world to see and no one notices it . . .
A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.
Alright. I've been put down to this, writing in my blog over break. I guess there are worse fates, but, to be honest, I have come to dread writing in my blog. An attitude that I'm hoping will change when I don't have so much required writing involved. Anyway, back to what I was saying before, I was pushed into this by Tiffany, that is right Tiff, you.
Sidenote: how the title plays into this - Tiff is one of my roommates this year : )
Hopefully by this point I haven't driven everyone away by being roundabout and not getting to the point. The point, if there is one, must be this: I'm requiring myself to get a start on my writing. Believe it or not, I want to be a novelist once I get out of school. In part, I have to thank Dr. Arnzen for this sudden move to want to actually get a start before I put on my cap and gown. In his Writing of Poetry class he told us all the benefits of getting published early on.
So I figure I might as well take some well-given advice. As anyone who has had even the most mild contact with me can tell you, I'm not the best with deadlines. In fact, I can't usually live with them until after they have passed. So I've set up some really simple goals (or rather, I hope really simple goals.) The first of my goals is for this nice long break I have right now. I want to come up with an extremely basic plot outline for my first novel. (Example: Crime and Punishment is about a man driven insane with the guilt left behind by a crime.)
In order to actually get a move on I need a lot of advice and honest criticism. I think I have an idea of a basic plot outline, which I will write down in a minute, but I need to ask for some feedback. I haven't been very good with this in the past on this blog, but I figure what the heck, I'll try again. TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK! Here it is: A character writes journal entries to a named audience. (For example: I name my journals, hence this idea, go figure.) Anyway, the character meets their "journal." (My journal is named Kevin, so I'd meet "Kevin" who knows these stange quirks about me that I journal about.) Okay, I know that this idea is EXTREMELY raw and unpolished, but I need to know if it sounds even mildly interesting. If it is, I'll work on it, if it isn't I'll ditch it for another.
To make my title work, here is a shoutout to my amazing roomy of last year!
I have not lost my mind - it's backed up on disk somewhere.
Well, well, well, today is December 16th. I had my last final this morning, you think that means I'm done, don't you? wrong. I'm cramming in all those assignments I should have done earlier now, and yes, that includes my blogs on the great works of American Literature I've read over the past few weeks.
Even though I readily admit that this is the fourth blog I've written today, I still think that since Pulling It All Together I've done a much more effective job on my blogging portfolio. My personal favorite of the most recent blogs has to be on "The Yellow Wallpaper." However, this blog entry was in a close race with "I've Been Workin' On The Railroad," which I actually put into my Seton Hill portfolio because I like it so much. I will say that my most original blog entry though was on Huckleberry Finn.
I also worked towards pulling my audience (that would be you ;) into my blog entries. The best example of this is "The Differences" - which is basically a series of questions about how people view their beliefs. Then again in "One Golden Chick-Flick" I work to evoke some kind of response from readers. The entry where I did the best job getting some response was in "Mr. Richard Corey," which I turned into a paper.
Overall I have to say that I really did manage to make even this late look at life meaningful.
Did the devil make the world while God was sleeping?
Little Drop of Poison (Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan 1997)
When it come to the creation of the world there are at least as many theories as there are types of expression. So I can't say that I was extremely interested in the differences that the Native American Creation Myth we read presented.
Instead, what the text did for me was make me wonder just how people manage to choose what it is that they believe. I don't know at the moment what creation myth I believe, I think a combination of the evolution theory and the story found in Genesis. My reasoning is that I was brought up Roman Catholic and I also have taken science classes since kindergarten. So what rational do other people have?
Also, does there have to be solid fact or reason behind our belief in certain creation myths? Can I choose to suddenly believe the world was created in the way presented in this literary work now simply because I like the idea?
A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.
P. J. O'Rourke (1947 - )
Girl of the Golden West, a play that jumps at the dramatic, or rather, the melodramatic. To be honest, I didn't like reading this play. It reminded me of a chick-flick. You know the movies I mean, Maid in Manhattan, Sweet Home Alabama, etc. (Never fear, I'm not putting these movies down, I actually have both of them in my room.)
The point is that I tend to think of literature as an aspect of finer culture. I'm sorry to say that chick-flicks don't fit into my idea of finer culture. When I read Girl of the Golden West, I realized that this genre is a part of literature, despite what my judgement tells me.
The entire time I was picturing this as a classic girl's night movie and I really didn't enjoy it. Reading this played changed the way I thought about literature because in an American Literature class you really only have time for the cream of the crop, but Girl of the Golden West made the cut. I may have to go throw in Princess Bride (one of my personal favorites) and guess at what aspects of it may be studied in future classes.
Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast.
Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
I've decided to take a slightly different approach to this novel. My theory: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is pretty much the same as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Lets think. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck is wondering around with Jim before he runs into Tom - which is where the book truly resembles Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. While together, Tom and Huck go through everything and then some to pull off a terrific rescue, rather then a practical one, of Jim - then they add a few more tricks just to get some style points.
In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the two main characters wonder around in a constant drug high. Nothing the characters do seems to make any sense at all to those not under the influence of the massive amounts of mixed drugs (including, hopefully, the audience).
Now the connection doesn't seem so random, does it? The details of Tom and Huck's rescue of Jim don't make sense to anyone, including Jim. The rambling of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas don't make sense either.
Can anyone else see the connection or even more of one, or have I gone nuts?