September 15, 2003

Chestnut serving

Well, my good friend Phutatorius is still serving up his chestnuts. But, if I may be so bold to say it, I think he has things completely backwards:

I thought that my unemployment would be the font from which brilliant, imaginative, and insightful blogging would spring. Maybe Day Two will go better.

My experience has been that the blogging (reading or writing) that one does, rooted as it is in fine arts of procrastination, is directly proportional to the amount of other work you should be doing (and inversely proportional to the amount of time in which you have to do it). I believe this holds for quality as well as quantity.

I predict that as soon as you have some new task to avoid, once the novelty of your free time has worn off, your spumy font will flow again.

Posted by richard at September 15, 2003 09:47 PM

Probably true, as you say, that exigency generates collateral or incidental brilliance, in much the same way as pizza dough curls out between your fingers when you try to squeeze it.

The converse, also, is true — when your primary enterprise is creative (as I hope mine to be over the next three months), your energies of distraction are channeled into the mundane and administrative.

So I got up, washed the dishes, ran a laundry load, cleaned my room, paid bills, ripped a few CDs, and thought quite a bit about how I should be working on the novel.

Anyway, what I meant to do was write to celebrate your blog launch, which I anticipate will carry some of the weight of actual thought on this Internet of ours, as opposed to the at-best smirking material that has been my stock in trade to date.

Keep your rhetoric high and your standards higher. I look forward to reading this every day.

Posted by: phutatorius at September 15, 2003 10:38 PM