OK so this blog was started as an experiment... to see how I felt, and my regular readers felt, about a different format for my semi-regular rant-like e-mails.
I confess that this wasn't my only motivation. Part of my motivation was to just get some practice writing, putting things up, getting things out...
The practice helps, I"m sure, and it helps me get through the duller moments of my days. I kindof like it. I just don't like the crap that I'm spewing out.
Comparing this stuff to my e-mails, I've noticed a few things:
1 the grammatical quality is much better here
2 the depth is much lesser here
3 the practicality and reality is much greater here
4 the personal insight and significance is much lesser here
At this point I don't really think there's a way to combine the two, effectively. So what's my real goal, now?
Part of me strives to one day write for real, i.e. for money. In all practical terms, this is far greater of a practice session for that purpose. It provides regular outlet, and more rigorous structure, as well as more commonly consumable crap.
I like my other stuff better. As impractical and indecipherable as it is. The grammar and structure can be fixed, cleaned up... but unfortunately the market probably can't.
Or can it?
I'm trying to think of authors past who have truly bridged the gap of what they like to write about, what style they prefer, and made it actually successful. My first thought was the intellectual libertarian satire that appeals to the masses: P.J. O'Rourke and Dave Barry. That's, um, as far as I get. Someone help me out here?
More thoughts on this later. I'm going to go to a book signing by Orson Scott Card. I think I'm bringing a dog-chewed, beaten up, smelly paperback copy of Ender's Game. Probably a faux pas, but dammit, that was the first copy I ever picked up and read.