Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Inherent BS #1: Writers Part 3: Being "Rational"

So, having gotten over my own inherent BS, I've come back to this, the third and final part of my first attempt to explore...other people's inherent BS (and my own).

And what's left for me to cover? Well, I've already hit the people who are way too casual about the job and the people who are just a wee bit too intense about it. And really, all that's left to cover is...well...rationality.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Can't sleep, clowns'll eat me...

One of my favorite songs, for reasons I can rarely understand, is "Be Human". It's a little tune from the soundtrack of Ghost in the Shell that often drifts to mind whenever I find myself worrying too much about whatever may be. I guess it's strange that, from time to time, I relate better to the mechanical people that the song represents. But one section of the song, more than any other, sticks with me almost constantly.

I analyze and I verify and I quantify enough
100 percentile no errors no miss
I synchronize and I specialize and I classify so much
Don't worry 'bout dreaming because I don't sleep --


It's the part that always springs to my mind first, which is good, because it's the first part of the song. But I've always felt it represents me and my near lifelong battle with insomnia. Sometimes I wish I could shut it off, just, turn it off and make it stop. I try to sleep and I end up face down in a pillow for over an hour while worrying about things that shouldn't be a problem. I know everyone has problems sleeping when they worry, but not as many people keep the hours I do...

I can't help it, I just can't sleep.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Paper Cranes

So, I was going to update on the next step of BS with writers, and I still will, but in the meantime, I have a personal update that I figured was amusing and required attention.

Today I got a rejection letter.

Now this in itself isn't uncommon and I'm totally cool with the concept of it. Aside from bad timing, it was almost expected and I'm happy to send this story that was rejected somewhere else. But as I stared at the form letter they sent me, I came to wonder one thing: What do I do with it?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Inherent BS #1: Writers Part 2: "Writers are Unstable"

So the second aspect of BS in the general perception of writers both inside and out is that they're naturally unhinged or on the brink of some horrible fate. It's not even strictly outside the writing community, writers buy into this one too from time to time. And really, who can blame them? There's been enough history of big names going out of whack and enough experiences in personal chaos to make anyone start to believe it. As many a wannabe writer has said to me (including when I talk to myself), "I start to understand why so many writers drink".

Still, this issue has two polar opposite positions with equal levels of BS to them.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Inherent BS #1: Writers Part 1: "It's Easy!"

So, after what I think was a successful stint of regular posting, I came to realize I should have always fallen back on my strengths. You see, I have long been and always will be a master of BS. Not just laying it out, but also identifying it. That's practically what I did before with the New Sci-fi posts. It's a useful skill to have, being able to tell people something completely fabricated with such conviction that they'll believe it while still being able to tell when someone else is doing the exact same thing. I could have been a politician were I to have had sufficient brain damage. But for now I'm simply a guy with intact gray matter and enough time on my hands to point out other BS.

Ironically, after that statement, an idea I got from someone else.

I was asked to submit a bio of myself to the anthology I got into. Keep it under 100 words and tell us about yourself. Wow, they managed to find my kryptonite so effectively. I'll admit, I've been putting it off because I really don't know what to say about myself in short form since, as far as I'm concerned, there's nothing interesting about me. Really, all I've got is:

"I'm a writer!"

But just that in itself got me thinking about the inherent BS involved in just about everyone who calls themselves or considers themselves a writer. In one way or another, we all have a touch of BS in our lives. In fact, for the unsuccessful or rookie writers, there's three clean cut categories of our BS. Let's take a look at these, shall we?