Monday, October 12, 2009

On Blogging

I think for the next residency we should have a short seminar/discussion on how to write a blog. I find myself straddling the line between the casual—wanting to tell you what I had for breakfast, how I find myself drifting off into the falling snow (yes, I know it's October 12th)—and the formal—an analysis of the poetic forms in Alice in Wonderland, or how to incorporate flashbacks into contemporary fiction. (Please don't ask me to write about either of those two things--I simply pulled them out of the muddle of my mind.) But you know what I mean.

The word "blog" isn't even in my dictionary, yet I'm supposed to know how to do it.

I like the tone Marsha Q. took in her last missive--the mixture of the tin foil with the neuroscience. Maybe that's it--to mix the two together. To show how the writing life is made up of snow falling and ideas forming on paper, of making a nice omelet and figuring out the scramble of a flashback.

I'm writing today. The snow is falling. I had an omelet for breakfast. I need to write a scene in which a detail in a present moment triggers a seamless flashback.

Wish me luck.


  1. Blogging is a very difficult thing to figure out. In fact I've kind of abandoned mine for the time being because I wasn't sure of the exact purpose or goal and I too was always wandering between breakfast and craft.

    I've found that I tend to enjoy blogs written by multiple contributors (like this one)--maybe because you wind up getting a little bit of everything.

  2. I was planning on doing my lecture on blogging. Perhaps this is a direction I could take or something similar. hmmm

  3. I think newspaper/mag columnists can be models. Each week they have to take something specific--sometimes ripped from the headlines, other times the omelet they had for breakfast--and then develop that thing in a way that offers deeper insight that we can all relate to.