BlogPants ’12: the Quickening
OK, so this is the first official blog of BlogPants’12, my campaign to kick myself in the ballsack and actually write some shit down this year. I’m sure I’ve already talked about how I want to write some fiction at the end of this year and how I need to exercise my brain muscles before I can run that particular marathon (or Snickers, for our friends across the pond). This is the official start of it. I aim to write at least one blog post per week, preferably more, to get myself in academic shape. (Coincidentally I also aim to get myself in physical shape this year by eating and drinking a lot less and being not quite so much of a lazy bastard, but that is another post, quite possibly for next week.)
14 years ago I was awesome at creative writing. I won a competition at college for creative writing. I went on to do part of my degree in creative writing. I pretty much owned it, and I may well post some of my old stuff on an irregular basis to let people know just how bloody good I was at writing poems and stuff. But then my degree fell on its bottom, I started working full-time, other stuff went down, and the shitty parts of life basically got in the way. There were sporadic efforts to start blogging, but by “sporadic” I mean “pathetic”. So I’m pretty much starting from scratch again. I need to learn how to do it almost from first principles. Parallel to this blogging effort I’m working on an outline for a story I might write, but that’s all to do with the functional and structural parts of a narrative and not the actual putting of words one after the other, which is what writing really is, when you get right down to it. On that front, this blog is going to get me a bit of practice in. Not vast amounts, but hopefully enough to re-ignite the fire which used to burn merrily away inside me before other poop got in the way.
And I need to do this, because writing was basically the only worthwhile thing that I was actually good at, before I stopped actually doing it. I want to be good at doing something again, something that isn’t anything to do with being an operations supervisor in a shop but being an actual human being who can contribute some small bit of culture back into the pot every now and again and not just be a sack of meat that can move itself around and swear a lot. So I may write about my politics, or my (lack of) religion, or the fact that I like boys, or more likely I’ll write about what films I like, or what songs are making me tap my feet at present, or why I need to swear so much at work. I’ll be writing about anything that makes me put words into my computer and makes me have to think a bit about what order those words go in and whether other words would be better than the words I’ve already put down and whether these words can be rearranged into a better order to make them flow more trippingly off the tongue. I will be good at something again.
BlogPants ’12 – there can be (more than) only one (per week).