Unless I crash into something that makes me think, "OMG I HAVE TO BLOG THIS RIGHT NOW KTHXBYELOLORZ," I find that it's much easier for me to write in the very early morning, or very late at night. Sitting down here in the middle of the day is a little weird, and I don't quite know where I'm going to go. (I guess this thought process is not exactly the sort of thing one writes down when attempting to engage an audience, huh?)
Ah! I know where I'll start!
To continue this week's, uh, theme: why am I pushing myself to write for at least ten minutes a day?
Because I've done so much writing lately that isn't really story-telling, those muscles have atrophied quite a bit. Because somedays there just isn't anything obviously worth writing about, and on those days I have to dig a little deeper for something that's at least moderately interesting to me. Because it's easier for me to write when I fell happy than when I feel sad, and blogging every single day has the bonus side effect of making me seek out and focus on happier things. I find that I appreciate things much more, and that I'm more observant of the things around me, because I'm always on the look out for something cool to write about.
A friend of mine who is a hell of a writer once told me that being a writer can make otherwise emotional and sensitive people become detached and distant, because we're so busy observing things, we forget to experience them. After this week, I totally grok that. On the one hand, it's important to always have my senses as open as possible, but at the same time, I can't lose the forest for the trees.
Okay, navel-gazing over.
Last night, my friend Kevin came over to have dinner with us. Kevin and I have been really good friends for over a decade, but as we've grown older and our various commitments have grown larger, we have had less and less time to hang out. In fact, before last night, I hadn't seen Kevin in over three years, which meant I hadn't met his girlfriend (we love her, by the way), who he decided to bring with him at just about the last minute, turning our "let's get together with Kevin" dinner into a "oh my god we're having a new person into the house quick get the vaccuum and I'll clean the bathroom" experience.
It was totally worth it. Not only did we get a nice clean house in forty-five minutes, we had a really great time, and it was quite amusing to watch my two teenaged boys deal with the presense of a very pretty 20-something girl in their house.
After dinner, I played in the WWdN Thursday night game at PokerStars (where I busted out early because I made the mistake of getting my money in as a dominating favorite) while Anne and the kids watched CSI. The kids went to sleep around ten, and Anne stayed to watch Without A Trace, so I grabbed The Dark Tower, which I've been close to finishing for several days now, and settled into the couch to finish it.
You know, one of my strongest criticisms of Stephen King is that he just can't end a story, and the closer I got to the final page of this one, the more knotted my stomach became. I've invested at least fifteen years in this series, and I was really worried that I was going to feel the way I felt when I finished It. I won't get into specifics, because publishing spoilers totally fucking sucks, but I can honestly say that I was not disappointed with the way The Dark Tower finally ended, and I appreciated Stephen King's honesty about it in the afterword very much. It's far from perfect, especially what would be the last two reels if it was a movie, but it was still a satisfying finish for me, and I felt like all the characters I'd grown to care so much about were given the appropriate resolutions.
How's that for muddled?
Speakng of caring about characters, Nolan has been absolutely glued to this book called Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson. As a writer, parent, and book-lover, I can tell you that there are few things as wonderful as seeing him turn off the TV and walk away from Xbox so he can read this book. Last night, he came up to me with a pale face, and red eyes and said, in a quivering voice, "My book just got really sad. A boy I cared a lot about died."
He could have been telling me about the loss of a friend. I felt like I should hug him.
"I totally understand," I said, and pointed to my copy of The Dark Tower, "One of my favorite characters in this book died about two hundred pages ago, and I felt like I'd lost a friend."
"It's weird how a book can make you feel that way," he said.
"I think it's really wonderful that you are sensitive and intelligent enough to let a writer affect you like that, Nolan," I said, "that makes me feel really good as a writer and as a parent."
"You should totally read this book, Wil," he said, "and Speak, too. You'd really like them."
"Okay," I said, "your recommendation means a lot to me. I'll put them into my pile."
He ran into his room, and came out with Speak. He handed it to me, and I saw what a beautiful forest I was in. I marveled at every single tree.