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August 28, 2003

A Window on my Imagination

Creative writing, to me, is about exploring my imagination. There are an infinite number of infinite worlds that exist in our minds, and writing gives me a window through which I can peer into my own imagination.

This morning, I woke up feeling a little sad. I felt sad because I realized that no matter how richly I developed the characters in my writing, they would still forever be but fleeting wraiths in an ethereal fantasy. Despite coming from within me, I will never meet these people.

It's a very strange feeling, and I'm not yet sure what to make of it. On the one hand, I feel like I have some vested interest in these characters and their lives, as though they were children. On the other hand, I realize that I also play God on their worlds. Are authors of fiction gods in the worlds of their creation? Certainly I think so. Is this what makes writing attractive to some? Perhaps. I' not sure where my thinking is on this yet.

Regardless, I'm beginning to realize that the real motivation to write comes not from some audience, but rather because I feel an obligation and duty to the characters. It's as though beause they exist only in my mind until I write about them, giving them a window through which to show us their lives, it's up to me to bring them to life, so to speak. After a while, I think that becomes the true motivation: if I don't conclude their story, they end up in limbo. And I wouldn't want to do that to my characters.

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August 27, 2003

On Women in Literature...

"If they're not hot, they're not worth writing about."
-- Klar's Housemate

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August 15, 2003


I-80 west of Tooele until the Nevada border is some of the straightest road out there. Punctuated only by a freak sculpture in the middle of nowhere...

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August 1, 2003

Flat Peaks

I just read an awesome article on the recording industry's incongruous mantra of louder is better. This article is somewhat technical in nature, but the author has written it in terms that everyone can understand.

Of the many, many principles and trends that infuriate me with the recording industry, this is probably one of the more technical. But it is only another symptom of the general malaise that plagues the modern music industry: the record labels have only their own best interests in mind, not the artists', and not the consumers'.

I've already mentioned that I very rarely buy recorded music anymore, and there are many reasons for this. I cannot in good conscience support an industry so afflicted with myopic greed. I cannot support an industry whose technical trends make me sick (their rejection of new technologies, the louder is better mantra, etc...). I cannot support an industry that insists all of their problems are caused by their own consumers. Their profits are being hurt by the fact that they have done nothing to improve their product. The fact that some people have resorted to piracy is a symptom of a greater disease, and the unwillingness of the industry leaders to look inward to solve these problems and embrace change.

Eventually, it is my hope that the record labels and their industry will implode due to their own negligence and disregard for their consumers, artists, and market trends. In the aftermath of this implosion, I hope to see a brave new world where artists are able to directly reach their audiences, and where artists and their audiences are able to interact with each other and give each other input on their art.

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I'm pretty impressed that St. Louis has set up a downtown WiFi network. This is living the dream, my friends... being able to travel around the world with a net connection as close as my laptop. Now we just need to get all the cities to do something like this, plus the interstates, airports, train stations...

I haven't had a chance to head down there to check it out, but I'll probably give it a whirl sometime this weekend.

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