The weather this past week was absolutely brutal. And my Muse and creative brain went off somewhere together to cool down. They’re almost wishing we had some of this stuff around. Almost.
So today’s post is shaping up to be a bit of this and a dash of that.
What’s on the iPod?
I’ve never talked much on the blog about personal interests outside of my writing, even when I make it a point to try. I might slip something into my comments on other posts, but I don’t write about my favorite music or hobbies, for example. Have you ever wondered why? Well, probably not, but I’ll explain anyway.
For starters, I’m a very private person, despite this blog. Then there’s the fact I’ve always thought that everyone else is far more interesting than I am. But the biggest reason may be that I always seem to be out of step with current culture. And current culture says to put everything out there for everyone to see and don’t give a damn if it’s the smart or right thing to do.
But I’m someone who cares about the feelings and sensitivities of others. I give a damn about doing the smart and right things. I don’t want to hurt, anger, or insult people or force my opinions on them as the only “right” way to think. I enjoy a good laugh, but not at the expense of others. You’d be right in thinking I don’t watch much TV or go to many movies these days.
As for the iPod? I’m sure iTunes would tell you that U2 and the Clash are played most frequently. And for a random fact about me, how about this one? I’ve never listened to a podcast. Seriously. Never.
The Lost Art of Subtlety
Our world is a hyper one, with demands for our attention coming from all sides. Change is the only constant (well, along with Death and Taxes). Our collective attention span is probably shorter than the average toddler’s. It’s harder than ever to get noticed and then keep an audience’s attention.
I’ve always had an eye for small details and subtle shifts and a love of exploring hidden nooks and crannies. When I penned my first manuscript, subtlety featured prominently in the story—although maybe that’s an oxymoron…. And it’s one reason why the story failed the beta test. I have to find a way to make subtle points clearer without hitting the reader over the head. I’m slowly learning the lessons of good writing.
But I still like subtle, and I’ll never be one to make what others would see as “bold” changes. Of course, not many people then notice the changes I do make. Who has time for that? So it’s always a nice surprise when someone compliments me on a quietly made change or explores some clues I’ve hidden in a nook or cranny. And if no one notices, that’s okay, too. After all, I made the changes for me and hid the clues for fun.
We All Make Mistakes
We just hope no one publicizes them on the web….
Entering the 21st Century
The decision has been made. A smart phone is on the horizon. But which one? Which plans are good, or at least decent? This will be a single phone that gets used mainly for photos and web/email tasks. Would any of my US readers like to share their opinions on the best phone? Best (or least objectionable) plans and carriers? I could really use some advice on this!