There was some uncertainty about what to write about for the Syracuse New Times when the blogging began with them almost month ago. The advice given was to keep my voice, which is very cool. It’s a fun challenge, blending whatever this blog is about into the Syracuse alternative news source… a dream come true, actually.
The fourth post was released to the world this morning. It’s the longest piece so far, a menacing 2,000+ words, and the post it was actually self-edited and cut down. What goes through a person’s head in one hour? What can? There are a series of different routes. There are many different routes anyone can take, decisions, interactions…
However, after re-reading the post, it’s still the tip of the iceberg. For me, the post doesn’t seem good enough. There is feeling positive and comfortable writing about life and feelings for such a publication. It’s the beauty of being hard on oneself. The fear of putting myself out there is steadily fading. Due to not having so much fear, this is what generates my thought of the post not being good enough.
There is poking fun of myself. There is poking fun of the younger crowd, the decade younger than me (yes, those new 21-year-olds), which I was very much a part of. There is putting down, more poking fun than anything else, those kids in a sense by stating the low key adults in the pub have better stories than they do; this is not because of age, but because of life and experience. Stories change from great night outs and drinking stories, which could normally be the case, to stories of actual life: love, marriage, maybe divorce, catastrophic and life changing aspects.
There will be my asking my reflection where to go from here (concerning The Inevitable Coffee Ring, not geographically) Larry talked to me briefly about the consideration of putting my column into print, which would be grand. Two paths for one publication for the ICR.
As for next week… where can I go, what can I tap into… from here?
I watch the ABC show, Mixology. The creators behind the series had their hands in the drunken college movies and big productions that the younger crowd so adamantly anticipated and spent money in the theaters to see. This is the new line of shock-and-awe that the first American Pie segment provided for my age group. The younger crowd wants to see partying, drunken stupors, bad decisions, drugs, and womanizing.
However, the series is surprisingly decent. More than a handful of episodes have aired, and each one has been watched and enjoyed. There is no pushing the limits yet, there aren’t characters double-fisting drinks, the characters are not doing drugs, there are no gratuitous sex scenes.
Yet. Don’t underestimate the power of writing.
There is some certainty that these younger kids are probably bored with the series. Good. I’m glad. The creators and writers want to tell a story. They want you to get to know the characters. They want you to root for them, to empathize. The characters are gradually being exposed, their good and bad qualities are coming into the light, wonderfully showing that we are all different and (importantly) that no one is perfect. It’s not fun when a story goes to Crazy Town to establish the base/beginning of a story. There is no room to heighten. However, like the second season of The Newsroom, the story begins at the end of the season.
Don’t underestimate the power of writing.
There is no anticipation on my end that there will be a second season, nor will I purchase the season when it comes to disc… I almost said VHS, well video.
However, without further ado… the next post of The Inevitable Coffee Ring:
I play with words and invisible objects.
A mind, a pen and a piece paper have the best relationship ever.
"Remember this--if you shut your mouth, you have your choice."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald