Lying Media Bastards

May 16, 2007

Circles. Or Possibly Spirals

Today, I have learned a lesson that I think I have learned many times before. There are many lessons of this type, valuable wisdom about living one’s life, or about how one’s brain or emotions work, and that wisdom just erodes out of your memory over time, and you forget until you re-learn it.

I really haven’t done a ton of writing on this site for the past several months; thankfully, this lesson tells me why, and what I have to do to get back into writing. Basically, to do any significant writing, I have realized that I need to let myself get absorbed into the act of writing, to the point that I really lose my sense of place, time, or anything outside of the words and the thoughts and the keys on the keyboard. But for some time now, I’ve been distracted by real and imagined concerns, pulled in multiple directions, and haven’t let myself get sucked in properly. Therefore I don’t get much writing done, and when I do spend time writing, it doesn’t feel very satisfying because I’m already thinking about what I’m going to do a few minutes from now. I’ve gotten so good at multitasking that I started having trouble with monotasking.

But now that I know (or re-know) that, I know that to get some writing done, I need to mentally set that time aside, stop doing other shit like checking my email or downloading music or washing dishes or playing Guitar Hero, and just fucking write.

And, eight months from now, I will forget this again. Somebody bookmark this entry and remind me.

Oh, I also recently realized that this blog had its FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY last month. I’m old.

Posted by Jake on May 16, 2007 9:09 pm

3 Comments »

  1. i think gutiar hero is your main problem.
    that game makes pepeople into zombies.

    try a REAL guitar (if your so inclined) and then you may get a creative spurt that can be applied to writing AND music. i find that plaing music helps me be creative in many ways, not just musical.

    just an idea….

    anyone else feel this way about music and inspiration in life?

    Comment by Matt H — May 17, 2007 @ 8:25 am

  2. Amen. I get into the same non-functional, non-productive space all too often, and I forget just how fucking good it is to let the words flow.

    And I turned 10 online last month, so get off my lawn!

    Comment by John Anderson — May 18, 2007 @ 10:30 am

  3. dagnab, kids these days are so gowrsh-darn ownrey these days….
    wither’ i-dods and darn-tootin’ spider man….

    Comment by Matt H — May 19, 2007 @ 9:48 am

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