Friday, August 26, 2005

Cat and Girl (and me)

As with most of my writing I've read over older entries of this blog and have found them to be lacking. They don't feel complete, missing a sense of a larger image in which they fit. As I read two ideas slowly crept into my head. The first: "Man I want a falafel." Followed almost immediately by: "Gasp! The imitative fallacy."

The first is pretty self explanatory, Falafel=Goodness. The second I'll take a moment to explain. For the unaware, the imitative fallacy is a trap many young (and even older) fiction writers fall into. The presentation of the plot imitates the themes and story, completely unintentionally. For instance, if you write a story about a race, where everything is speeding by, you might find that each paragraph is short, the sentences choppy, and the characters jump from one idea to the next very quickly, and none of it was planned when you started writing. The imitative fallacy is especially problematic if said style is bothersome to the reader (as stories that fall into the imitative fallacy often are).

Now how does this apply to my blog? I'm very glad you asked. I am unemployed drifting around aimlessly in a small suburban town. I have very little contact with my friends outside the phone and e-mail. No face time. I don't do much, as I said, I'm just sort of drifting trying to find a job (I had a job, I mean a good job, a job I'd like, not just a job but a Career). I'm 25 and I think it's time I started growing up. I don't want to get all stuffy in a suit and pants (pantsless employment=fun job or porn star, and I don't have the...ehem, body to be a porn star - nor do I think being a porn star would be a fun job, but that’s niether here nor there and this has become far too long of a parenthetical break) and just worry about money, and marriage, and children and all that other crap adults are supposed to worry about. But I also don't think I should still be bumming around working in a simple retail or coffee shop type job, not three years out of college with a nice (and expensive) degree.

I’ve looked back on my blog and found that the posts mimic my life. Drifting, aimless, self-contained, and searching for meaning. And really, that's just not good enough.

I just read the newest installment of my favorite web comic Cat and Girl and there was a line that really struck me. To quote, "If television's a babysitter, the internet is a drunken librarian who won't shut-up." I realized I didn't want to just be another voice of an endless "drunken" cacophony. So I'm taking some time off from this blog. I don't want to be profound (who really can be profound all the time, and those that are, man they're annoying), I just want to come up with a greater context.

I am still going to read all the blogs I read, because I like those blogs (noodles is posting again; I've said it before but I really, really dig her prose, both smart and funny - it doesn't get much better than that), but I'm refraining from posting until I find my context.

Or get really really bored, whichever comes first.

uh... carry on then...

5 comments:

E.B. Noodles said...

>>(pantsless employment=fun job or porn star, and I don't have the...ehem, body to be a porn star - nor do I think being a porn star would be a fun job, but that’s niether here nor there and this has become far too long of a parenthetical break)<<

Ha! Wonderful.

I, too, are plagued with the thought of needing to grow up, line up that "worthwhile" job or career plan or whatnot. I like to think of growing up as something I'm trying, a role to play and see if I'll like, not something one has to do. Denial?

>>I’ve looked back on my blog and found that the posts mimic my life. Drifting, aimless, self-contained, and searching for meaning. And really, that's just not good enough.<<

As long as you mean good enough for you and not good enough for a nameless standard, then Godspeed to you. (Or get really really bored quickly.)

You will be missed.

LB said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooo. Don't stop. You put boxes like me to shame with your writing skills. Everywhere I blog today people are taking breaks. Sure I'd love to stop. I've got KOTOR 2 and Splinter Cell 3 collecting dust on my XBOX but I must continue. Hurry up and find a job or a muse or something. Also, please plan on attending my Blog Flash Mob today. Details at the site.

LB said...

Dude! Snap out of it! Get back to blogging ASAP. We miss you in our little corner of the world. I'm doing another Blog Flash Mob. I know you want to participate. Just listen to the voices. They know what their talking about.

Lady K said...

amichai,

I got your message on LB's blog; you should see how many times he comments on mine! That's just our way of communicating throughout the day, for now. I read your latest "untitled" post and LOVED it. You are truly talented, and I DO agree with you about 13 year old girls being mean, as I was a superfreak ugly duckling. KEEP WRITING.
Oh and BTW, Lady Hearteater is merely an expression of love, as I've recently taken the name of m'Lord Hearteater, the love of my life. I don't eat hearts, but he can have a vicious side that is properly channeled. Thus, in loving him, I am His Lady Hearteater.

LB said...

Dude, thanks for coming. Big disappointment again! I give up. I guess the rest of the world isn't ready for blog flash mobbing. Have a great weekend!