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August 09, 2004
Notes During The Day

#1 I just received a receipt for another year of hosting for my blog. It happened while I was still debating whether or not to keep this up for another year, but I guess that's what I get for procrastinating, isn't it?

Two years is a long time, people. That's a lot of missed walks in the park, a lot of movies not seen in the theaters, a lot of plays unattended, and a lot of books unread.

On the plus side, of course, it's a lot of television unwatched and at least three really bad dates* not experienced.

(* You can just tell, okay? After a number of years of experience in the dating pool, you don't even have to go to know when a "fix-up" is a disaster in the making.)

#2 I have to say, I can't remember the last time I took a day off just to write. I'd forgotten how much fun it is to spend the day with a pen and paper. I'd forgotten how much easier it is to write during the day, before my poor brain is worn out by a day of paid employment. (I'm not dissing paid employment. I'm very enthusiastic about the idea of someone giving me money on a regular basis.)

Granted, today's obsession with spouting opinions on subjects I barely understand isn't really like the olden days when I used to write fiction, but I find more and more that writing is writing. It all gives me the same pleasure.

Yes, I'm a little concerned that I've done nothing but complain about the world for the last two years and there still seems to be no end in sight to the whining, but I did a fair amount of whining about bad writing before I whined about bad politics and policies, so I guess it's not really that much of a change, is it?

#3 It's also a lot of fun to have the time to read the blogs on my blogroll and the news sources I usually just have to scan at the rate of 200 wpm*.

(* As always, citied statistics are imaginary.)

#4 "Thank You" to the kind reader who wrote asking if I had a "tip jar" but no, I don't. As I hope I've made clear, I write more out of an endless fascination for listening to the sound of my own voice than anything else. The fact that this blog turned into a dialogue between me and readers smarter and better-informed than I am still astonishes me.

Granted, I don't always agree with me and sometimes I take me to task rather severely, but I'm also there to help with the gloating when I think I've turned a nice phrase or kicked someone kick-worthy in a particularly creative fashion, and that kind of shared experience just can't be replaced. I trust you'll understand when I say that I'm still my favorite audience.

The point is, I'd be complaining whether anyone else was listening or not. Thanks for the offer, but no donations required.

Besides. I want to keep my amateur status in case I decide to compete in the next Olympics.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:24 PM


Anne, you are making me nervous. Maybe you are thinking too much? Just relax, get something nice with lots of calories and whipped cream (I don't think that counts as 'doping' in the Olympic context), enjoy and keep on "whining" if that's what you think you are doing. Over here we are happy for every sensible voice we hear from your side of the Atlantic.

Posted by: Bengt O. at August 9, 2004 02:51 PM

Actually, Bengt, I was just babbling randomly. I do that a lot. :)

I don't know about official Olympic restictions on whipped cream, but I'm not worried.

I'm much more worried about a potential violation involving Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Truffle Core premium ice cream. :) It's caloric enough to make whipped cream superfluous.

Posted by: Anne at August 9, 2004 05:21 PM

Glad you sound like you're going another year. I was sad that Jeff quit at Notes On The Atrocities. Messes with my blogroll when people quit.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at August 10, 2004 11:19 AM

Great meta-post, Anne! For what it's worth, I echo a lot of your feelings right on down the line.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at August 11, 2004 09:27 PM

Was I being meta? I thought I was just babbling. :)

Sometimes I fear my readers take me much more seriously than I take me.

Maybe I should have a picture taken with my eyes crossed and my tongue sticking out, and post it on my blog?

Of course, that wouldn't always be appropriate to my mood...but I could have half a dozen pictures taken, all expressing different moods and change as appropriate.

Or, I could just just keep babbling and trust to the (proven) intelligence of my readers to figure things out for themselves.

Posted by: Anne at August 12, 2004 09:25 AM