Monday, September 26, 2005

Writing is not like riding a bike

A wise man speaks because he has something to say. A fool speaks because he has to say something.

So, which am I? Wise man or fool? Sadly, I believe it’s the latter. At least I have Mr. T’s pity. Good old T, always there to help when I need him the most. Fortunately, fools don’t have to stay fools forever.

You see, I used to consider myself a writer. In fact, there was a time when I thought I was pretty good at it. So, when I decided to jump on the blogwagon, I thought it would be easy. Blogging is just writing, and I’m a writer, right? Wrong. A writer writes, which is something I haven’t done in a while. Those muscles have atrophied. Somewhere along the line, I went from writer to guy with ideas that he never follows up on.

It wasn’t until after my first post (well, technically, my second post) that I realized I had forgotten how to write. I mean, look at it. It went nowhere. I have no idea what I wanted to say when I sat down to write it, but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t it. My next post was a little better, but I still needed to figure out what I was doing. After two and a half weeks of soul searching, ruminating and meditating, I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t know what I was thinking when I started this thing.

I don’t know why I started it, but I know why I’m here now. I need to stretch. It’s time to develop a little discipline and start exercising my writing muscles. And you, my friends, are invited to the workout. In fact, you can even comment on it. That’s the beauty of this medium. It’s collaborative. You can give me all the feedback you want. If you agree with something I say, that’s great. If you think I suck worse than a variety show co-hosted by John Tesh and Dr. Phil, that’s OK, too. At least I’m writing. And that makes me a writer.

Mr. T, you can go pity someone else.


At 9:46 AM, Blogger Chindialeader said...

join chindia or face death

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Brook said...

Chindialeader, I appreciate your comment. I visited your blog, and it made me feel so much better about the quality of my own.

I have to be honest with you: I was completely unfamiliar with the term "Chindia" and I had to Google it. Now that I have, I need to ask you some questions before I can join.

1) Are you officially a representative of the Chinese or Indian government? If so, which one?

2) When you say "join chindia", are you talking about citizenship? If so, I really don't think I can do that. I'm sure there would be a lot of paperwork involved in renouncing my U.S. citizenship, and I'm kinda lazy. And relocation is out of the question. The U.S. may not be perfect, but all my stuff is here.

3) If you're not talking about citizenship, then what is this about? Is it like a club? If there are membership dues, you can count me out. I've got a bad track record with that sort of thing. You can ask the fine folks at BMG or Columbia House. I'm sure they'll confirm this fact.

Anyway, thanks again for the invite. Feel free to stay in touch. Looking forward to that whole "facing death" thing you mentioned. I've never actually met Death, but I've always been curious about him. I hear he's a great chess player, and I haven't played in a couple of years. I could definitely use the practice.

P.S. The most recent post on your blog is titled "Pictures of the Chindian Army", but there are no pictures on it. Was there some sort of technical difficulty, or are you just a tease?

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy the blog and commend your site design .. particularly drawn to your comment responses .. snarkiness is always attractive. Keep writing .. we’re interested.


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