Hello beautiful, beautiful people!
A brief update today. I'll have something cooking for you soon though. Promise.
Let me start off this blog post by referring you to The Tsaritsa's blog. Click here to see my recent guest blog there. It's a video blog, which is unfortunate for you all, 'cause that means you have to hear my weird voice and look at my weird face. Well, I guess you don't have to. She also posted a transcript of my words from the video. So I suppose you could read it if you like. I'm still learning about video editing and how to perform in front of a camera. I do much better when I am before flesh and blood people than I do when I am in front of a cold sterile camcorder.
The topic of the video blog is the #OccupyWallStreet Movement. It is my first public attempt to weigh in on that situation. Some of you probably already know a little bit about how I feel about #Occupying, but I think that my views on it are atypical. If you #Occupy or support #Occupiers or despise #Occupiers, you ought to give it a shot and leave a comment on Haight's blog. She is awesome! Thanks, sister!
So, I don't know if y'all have checked out my other, newer blog. You can find it here. It is a "tumblr." Tumblr is a micro-blogging infrastructure. The setup is such that it pressures the user into writing shorter posts than one normally would on a normal style blog. It is also much more visual than normal blogs. I think the appeal of tumblr is the simple fact that people don't like to sit and read a lot of text a lot of the time, so it's easier when people post photos or short little paragraphs rapid-fire. The stream of content is constant (if not always original) and the layout of most tumblrs is aesthetically pleasing. My tumblr is almost all original content, and the theme is that of love and peace and poetry. While I still consider "In Review" my primary blog, and a place where I can write about anything, from politics to spirituality to all the various times I have pooped my pants, I am really enjoying the tumblr thing. It keeps me a little more focused. I post there at least once per day.
That said, I have to tell you all that I am super stoked on the fact that I have felt almost endlessly creative of late. I have felt like writing or creating or learning (an act of creativity, in my book) almost all of the time. I am not exactly sure where this new-found energy has come from. One factor that I am fairly certain has aided me here is my persistent attempt to minimize my lifestyle. I've written about this here, and I talked about it on the video guest blog, and I've been writing about it quite a bit on the tumblr. I feel that the more things I remove from my life as far as destructive behavior patterns (drinking, spending money on credit, over eating, purging, shop-lifting, etc) and the more I focus on physical self-denial, the more potent my mental energy becomes. I think that some of that energy is being corralled into my creative life. Which is a good thing.
Since I have felt so much like writing lately, and since I enjoyed so much the experience of guest blogging for Haight, I want to take this opportunity to tell you other bloggers out there that I want to write for you. I know that I have, in the past, told various bloggers that I was going to write this or that for them. I have usually not gotten around to it, mostly for lack of creative energy. I feel differently now. So if you write a blog, and struggle to come up with something to write every day or every other day (or however often), my offer to you is simple: give me something to write about, and I will write about it, and you can post it on your blog. But you must assign the topic. I do better when someone tells me what to write. When people don't tell me what to write, I tend to get a little heady, or I end up writing about shitting my pants. :-/
Also: if you work closely in conjunction with any kind of publication, online or otherwise, I am more than willing to write in that capacity too. I know it's a long shot to think that anyone like that is milling around my blog. But on the off chance that they are: I'm willing to write for money or publicity in order to advance my goal of world peace and total love.
Furthermore, I want you all to know that I am going to begin work on a book. It will be a shortish (I hope) text that will attempt to summarize some of the most important revelations I have had about the nature of the world and the way that I see myself and other individuals fitting into that world. It will not be fictional, and probably will only be partially auto-biographical. I really dislike writing fiction. I prefer essay, auto-biography or poetry. So I'm gonna start on this book, and I don't know what I am going to do with it upon its completion. I may submit it to publishers, or I may just self-publish and distribute it online. Who knows. The writing comes first.
I think I'm going to go start on that right after this...
If you want to help me, link to me. Mention me on twitter. Tell me what you want me to write about and I can guest blog for you. Tell me how you make money writing, and how you increase the visibility of your writing. I am completely unwilling at this point to put advertising of any kind on my blog, because I loathe advertising.
If you want to help financially, you can donate to me now by clicking the "donate" button on the right side of the page. I promise, anything you donate to me will be used to pay off credit card accounts (which I will promptly close) and to buy beans and rice or things like that. No new phones. No booze. No prostitutes. So if you wanna kick me a ten spot, that would be totally cool. If you're wealthy and bored and want to see if one dorky writer can change the whole world, then send me a few thousand dollars to free me completely from my debt trap. I'll buy a tent, live nomadically, and spread the message of peace. You'll see. It will be awesome. And if you just want to talk to me, that's the very best way to help me. So please, talk away.