Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, May 15, 2015 7:11 pm

The posting drought

Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 7:11 pm
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A couple of times in this blog’s 13-year life, I have taken more-or-less planned hiati, a few weeks or months off to recharge and/or focus on other things that needed immediate attention. Lately, though, something different has been going on. In the past four weeks, including this post, I’ve posted just four times. Part of the reason is that I’ve been incredibly busy at both jobs. (April through Commencement is the busiest time of year for me at the college, by far.) But part of the reason is that when I’ve had the opportunity to blog, I’ve chosen to do other things.

Why? Any number of reasons. For one thing, I’ve been binge-watching “Mad Men” on Netflix, which I’m enjoying a lot because it’s a well-written show and I’m old enough to remember some of that culture while still seeing enough new to keep it interesting. Also, a new season of “Longmire” just dropped.

For another, we’ve had some of what will likely be the year’s best evenings for sitting on the porch. And when I’m out there, I may futz around on Facebook or Twitter, but I don’t do research and I don’t write at length. Just the wrong place: When I was in grad school, I associated inside with homework and the porch with not-homework.

For another, I’ve got my Kindle, plus two new actual physical paper books, to read.

But there’s something else going on, too.

God bless

I’m usually this guy, but not lately — at least, not enough to blog about it.

For the first time in a long time, stuff just doesn’t move me anymore. I still get entertained or intrigued or outraged by stuff I see/hear/read, but at the moment I no longer feel obliged to write about it. There’s no shortage of stuff to write about, from ISIS and the (dear God) 2016 presidential race to the Amtrak crash and the disintegrating Antarctic ice shelf, from the latest legislative outrage in Raleigh to our City Council’s absolute, bumbling inability to get anything like a coherent economic-development program going. Normally, I can’t not write about stuff. But not now.

In the past, this feeling has been attributable to my depression, but not now: By my standards, my mood actually has been pretty good.

And it’s not like I just need to put my butt in the chair and write; I’ve been doing that quite a lot in the day jobs.

So I’m guessing this will last however long it lasts. History suggests it won’t last forever, or even particularly long. But I figured I owe the regulars an explanation.



Wednesday, September 1, 2010 10:22 pm

In which I begin to suspect that Hooper’s career as a speechwriter is off to an inauspicious start

Filed under: Hooper — Lex @ 10:22 pm

Hooper: So, what do I say in the first paragraph?

Me: You could start by restating the question.

Hooper: OK. Then in the second paragraph I can give my answer. And in the third paragraph I can give a reason for my answer and in the fourth paragraph I can give another reason.

Me: Sounds good so far.

Hooper: But what do I do for an ending?

Me: Well, you could rephrase your answer in a slightly different way.

Hooper: Why in the world would I do that?

Me: Because sometimes, when writers are trying to get an idea across, they say the same thing more than once in different ways.

Hooper: Well, I don’t want to waste time on that. I think [teacher’s name] is smart enough to get it the first time.

Me: Well, it’s not a question of whether he’s smart or not. Saying things more than once in slightly different ways helps people learn and remember things better.

Hooper: What? I”m not buying that. If you have to tell ’em more than once, they’re stupid.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:18 pm

Whom do I write like?

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 11:18 pm

Well, according to the I Write Like writing analyzer, both on this blog and in the last article I ever did for the News & Record

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Great: a guy whom way more people claim to have read than actually read, and a suicide to boot.

For grins, I also submitted my recent letter to my elected officials regarding torture and I got back Harry Harrison, whom I’d never heard of but whose work I will try to check out.

(h/t: Jamie)

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