You’re me and you’re bored or you can’t think of what to write or you just have an itch to collect random minutia.
I do love minutia … I even like the word.
I have this fondest for the sound or image some words call up in my brain … minutia … those inconsequential fragments of thoughts that linger in the nether regions of your brain.
You get an itch to find something about a place. I’ve been searching for a place for a story that is kind of rural with rivers or ocean and mountains and lots of open space.
You google the name of a place that comes to mind … Oshkosh for instance.
Oshkosh is a city in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, located where the Fox Riber enters Lake Winnebago from the west. The city is located adjacent to and partially within the Town of Oshkosh. The population was 66,083 at the 2010 census.
Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the northern portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The area had over 150,000 inhabitants as of 2010.
Note: There are approximately 20,000 or more undocumented inhabitants in Washington Heights.
That computes to one town in Wisconsin having less than half the population of one neighborhood in Manhattan.
Don’t you love the sounds of Oshkosh and Winnebago? Reminds me of cute little babies in overalls and a great way to travel around the country and carry your own tiny cottage with you.
Moving along …
Ever try to remember the name of an actor who played in that movie you liked so much. The problem is you can’t remember the name of the movie and the face of the actor is laughing at you, but you can’t remember her or his name.
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a parlor game based on the “six degrees of separation” concept which posits that any two people on earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart.
The idea eventually morphed into this game wherein movie buffs challenge each other to find the shortest path between an arbitrary actor and prolific Hollywood character actor Kevin Bacon. It rests on the assumption that any individual involved in the Hollywood, California, film industry can be linked through his or her film roles to Kevin Bacon within six steps.
So? You can’t remember the actor but you remember that he or she was in a movie with someone’s name you do remember. You search for the movies made by the other actor until you recognize the movie you can’t remember. Then you search for the cast of that movie and BINGO.
Words and images that link to other words and images are the foundation of our craft.
One of my favorite email loops came twice a year in one of our on-line writer’s groups. Someone would post the question of what the other members were reading. And if you copied each response you might end up with a list of over a hundred books.
I mention this because I have recently decided to give up television. Not turn it off as click the remote and go about other business. I turned off the cable and gave away the television set.
You might not like network drama or sitcoms or soaps … you might not watch during the day or you prefer to cuddle with a good book at night … and I would still bet my bottom drawer that every single one of you is hooked up to that cable for something.
What I love are movies, old reruns, public television and more movies. Of actual network shows, I watched three and I can live without them.
Please don’t worry about my state of insanity. I gave up CABLE not entertainment. I replaced my cable company’s phone and internet with a phone company’s phone and internet. And I am doing a thirty day trial on several of the Netflix types of membership.
And since my old-fashioned television … the one that caused my daughter to roll on the floor in uncontrollable laughter … cannot stream to my computer … I will eventually get a smart TV. That is once I surf the internet for details and configurations and more minutia I do not comprehend.
How are your USB ports doing these days? Do you ever get a longing to know the Mpbs of your internet or how to receive 4K HD?
No more clunky square boxes, now we have streamline screens with letters and numbers to detail what they do. And a 40” screen is not exactly 40” because it is measured diagonally and even then you could lose up to half an inch.
I digress …
I haven’t forgotten … you’re me and you do these pesky things. Yeah, I also love the word pesky … it harkens back to my childhood when …
And my thinking patterns are often like those loopy emails sent by our members, they circle the net until they take on a life of their own.
In case you were interested … and even if you are not … my posts generally are about 1,000 words. Sometimes when I am truly searching for knit to pick I copy and paste and look at the word counts of other bloggers.
These posts range from over 2,000 words to Christi Corbett who can often write a post of one sentence. I think it’s a gift to be able to sum up any topic in one sentence … a gift I was obviously not given.
We have come to the end. My word count is threatening to rise to un-Godly numbers at which point I imagine my readers nodding off.
You are no longer me. You are yourself once again.
You are a writer in some form or other and as such you are a reader.
I read almost every type of genre and literature and am most fond of poetry and what you might expect … I am a true lover of shorts.
In the past two weeks I have read ten books by some of my favorite writers. I am on the last 20 pages of number eleven this morning.
So send me a list of what you think you’ll be reading over the summer. Beach books, old books you want to rediscover, books your friends sent you.
I hoped you enjoyed being me … or at least felt a slight tingling rising from your toes to your back and raising the hair on your neck.
Being me can be such a thrill.
Tell me my devoted follower …
What are your random thoughts and
What are you reading today?
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All references in italics were copied or paraphrased from Wikopedia.com