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I tried #24Kin24 (writing 24K words in 24 hours). Didn't work out so well. I got 7K words in, had to take a break, and then didn't return to the keyboard because life happened (both times).

So, maybe if I livestreamed (with proper equipment (eventually)) 5K words for X reason, covering X subject matter, for X cause(?). Maybe I can be very meta and just document what it entails/what matters most (to me) when writing a substantial document, like 5K words, as I write 5K words. A livestream of 5K words being written about the “art” of writing 5K words (or more!).

Sounds legit

I'll give myself five(5) hours to do so. That should work. I can easily hammer out 1K words and hour (do it all the time). And I have WiFI now so streaming should really be no problem (when I have a machine capable of it, the phone won't do it).

On that note; I've toyed with the idea of the Linux Mint Box Mini 2 for over a month now, only to realize through numerous reviews that the machine is a total slug/can't handle basically anything (like the Raspberry Pi). So, I am considering a refurb iMac (2011/12) from Mac Of All Trades. This is no way an ad, but I have heard great thing about that store, and want to get one (an iMac) because it would be the same cost as a Mac Mini, only more “efficient” because it would be an all-in-one. No need for my (oversized and ugly) 26 inch monitor and the cable management nightmare that accompanies it. Easy choice.

An iMac can handle that picture-in-picture stream (not that I would do P-i-P), but more importantly, I can simply handle the stream of the text document itself being written. In real time. Fun.

Dunno why this is relevant to me, other than I want other avenues of getting what I like to do, and am good at, out there to the world to “show off”, a little bit, I suppose. (even though well over 50%+ of my writing totally sucks, usually).

I will come back to this...

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ALL book reviews I write will be shared on both Medium.com AND Write.as (obviously), so feel free to read, re-read, and perhaps share them if you like. I am also going to make an effort to save all book reviews in a plain text documents and put them in “the cloud” (Google Drive and pCloud) as well as local storage via SanDisk flash drive. Some of my more “permanent” writing that I save forever and ever.

Fun!

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I am just sitting here and thinking about what goes into writing a book, and the time, energy, effort, mindfulness, and conscious deliberation it takes to actually create a readable (and publishable!) work of literature – and yea, it's daunting as fuck. Sometimes I wanna have another go at it, but after the collosal waste if time writing the Job Corps book (that I ended up deleting wholesale) and the red tape surrounding getting published – it just doesn't seem worth it to me. Time and time again people have told me: “you have to really want it”, and that's true. But alas, I do not think I want it enough at this period of my life.

I can always reverse-engineer/add to/improve upon something I have already written that I take pride in, but aside from that, no “new” fiction or non-fiction will come from me anytime soon.

There is Metro that I ahev imported to StandardNotes, and I see where I can make some improvements and am quite happy with that work. But, that is for another time. Inspiration to actually create a good piece of creative writing is the key, I think.

More later

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the last time I checked, I had 2K blog posts on W.a and that was close to a year ago (I don't know where to find that number anymore – I just “happened” across it somewhere in Settings, I think). And I average 300-700 words per blog post. So the actual avergage is 500 words per blog post. 500x2000=1,000,000, so, 1M words written for Write.as on this blog. At least.

I did a blog post titled “3 Million Words (and counting!)” on here about my blogging history, and I came to the conclusion that I wrote 3-7M words, in all actuality, between 2006-2018. Not many people know this, but on Tumblr you get “achievements” for every 1,000 blog posts you do and a small digital “Achievement Unlocked” plaque e-mailed to you. There is also one for 5K blog posts, and one for 10K blog posts, and I received all of those. All of them occurring between 2011-2016. (btw, you get an achievement for 5 blog posts and 10 blog posts, too (everything counts)). They do count reblogs in that number, as well – but I reblogged very rarely, and most of the blog posts were 500ish words written from scratch. So, neat!

Suffice it to say, I write too damn much. But that's how it goes.

More later

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I was looking at old writing ephemera (pens, fountain pens, notebooks, etc.) and I thought that it had been a long while since I wrote in my handwritten/offline (obvs) journal – so I picked up the UniBall Micro pen and started to writing. While doing so, I came across the subject of habits. How humans are creatures of habit. And I have been all too keen to pick up habits/routines/impulses along this trip called life myself, from time to time. I have but two “vices”:

  • smoking
  • writing

Only one is healthy, the other toxic as hell. I'll let you decide which is which ;)

But aside from vices (or impulsory addictions (or COMpulsory)) are my habits. My routines. Things I always do but could go without doing them, but I do them anyway, because I derive joy from them. Drinking coffee, listening to music, watching a good mini-documentary every so often, cleaning my apartment, keeping myself and my surroudnings immaculate. These things I picked up over time, and I suppose make me who I am. That is to say that I am a creature of habit.

One thing that I have gotten into over the past several years is habit CHANGE. Altering the way I look at/view things inthe world and my own life in order to make effective change. I am not sure if I do this out of immense boredom or as a survival mechanism so I do not put wasted time/energy/resources into the habits I have picked up (cleaning my apartment non-stop would be unhealthy, for example). But part of my personality (or a personal characteristic of mine) is to look at the most extreme approach to dealing with an everyday thing that I, or others, may take for granted and see how I can alter my view/relationship with that thing. It is probably how I am able to declutter my possessions so much, quit social media, and live quite frugally. But this is also why I adopted minimalism (as a result of this personality trait) – by dropping all the excess stuff in my life (clutter, habits, services, and sometimes people); I am able to really focus in on the things I derive the most joy out of. I am able to not only “make the most” out of the things I have, but genuinely THRIVE with those things. And also, make time to make things (create) on the Internet or what have you.

So, in a way, habits are just one more “item” to subtract from a focused life. KEEP the good ones (I would keep writing, journaling, blogging, music, coffee, cleanliness, etc.) but subtract the unnecessary/superfluous ones (such as social media, toxic social interactions (online and IRL), and smoking (YTBA)).

Be back in a bit!

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Yeehaw! lmao! I tried an Amy's Organic Southwest Chunky Vegetable soup for supper tonight and it was delish. So good! :)

9:38PM now, and I have no plans for sleep. Just me and the ol' bloggo. As you can probably tell, I am short on words at the moment which is why I am simply “intentionally writing”, which is the best writing trick I have ever learned. I taught it to myself before being formally “taught” it at Jefferson College in 2009. It was 2006 when I started Notorious News (RIP) where I would have writer's block for a blog post, so I would just hammer out words until a sentence came about and then do it again for the next sentence, then again, then again. Eventually I had something to work with. And eventually I wouldhve a story. Fun times.

I don't remeber many blog posts from those early days – other than I had one titled “Mini Me Went To Mini Rehab”, and “After Having a Seventh Kid, Flavor Flav Runs Out Of Flavors” – lmao! It was all about the C/D-list celebrities in 2006, let me tell ya. And I was aware that MySpace existed, but I never touched it because I was like “My space? Owned by someone else? Like a Web presence the “easy” way? Fuck that!“. I wanted the difficult task of building a blog, and audience, designing it, moderating comments, etc, etc. I didn't want some dumb service that everyone was on. Fast forward 14 years later and I am still the same way.

Things have changed a lot since then (technologically), but things have remained the same, too (humanly). The “post-PC/consumption-only” world never really happened and people are creating more now these days than any time before it, I am sure.

Good for us! :)

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i am not sure if I want to livestream on Twitch.tv or YouTube (probably Twitch.tv), but I wanna do a livestream of me writing some sigificant document for a few hours.

I would need a good computer (Mac) to do this, I think.

It's just an idea I have been thinking about for a while. Or streaming each blog post? Or something? idk. Like, no camera on me just a recording of what is being written on the screen?

Worth thinking about

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Kept an offline (digital) journal, as I always do, during my time away. And in it, I wrote about a bit of a decluttering spat I did the other night. I threw away some worn out/extra socks, a pair of shorts (that were cut-offs) that I never liked/wore, and a bunch of “non-perishable”, yet perished, food I had sitting around the kitchen. Just a big damn “one through” of my home to see what needed to stay, and what needed to go.

And then I thought about a few other items that “had” to stay, but inevitably probably will go. That is the big, heavy M65 reproduction military jacket (complete with punker studs and ink-drawn grafitti) that can be pitched because I have “enough” warm clothes for even the coldest of Winters. As well as an extra sock hat. The floor lamp I meant to pitch today, but didn't because I was busy – but the thing is an electrical hazard, gets very hot when in use, and the final remaining good bulb burned out in the thing. That, more than likely, will be replaced with a better floor lamp, but no rush to get one.

So where is my mind these days? Basically wrapped up in a forward-looking mindset of counting down the days until June 19, when I get my late-Father's memoriam tattoo. It's pre-paid (gift cards + down payment), and will (did) cost $375. So, a fairly decent sized piece of work. It will be done by Acey Tyler, who is sort of a traditional tattoo (style) artist. If youkeep up with tattoos and the world of them, you will know there is a type of style called “American Traditional” (or traddy tatty) and different variations on the theme, and he does good work in that vein. Looking forward to it.

More later

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I was about to go an entire year without blogging. I took the past three days off and set the blog to “private”, and spent the days planning out/pre-paying for my tattoo (June 19), and just more or less journaling offline.

It felt great

I decided I wanted to keep blogging even though I am basically burned out on the hobby, and have nothing left to say. And I suppose it is a somewhat healthy habit, so I am not so sure I want to quit doing it, like, ever.

I even thought I would take the year away from writing, as well. That lasted one day. I dislike not being able to write, really.

So, will I return back to the idea of “quitting” blogging? Well, probably no. But taking a few days off is never a bad thing, imo.

More later

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...I am a writer. Not trying to make it sound like it matters or that it is even a remotely good thing, it is just what I am/do. Or what I ENDED UP doing, I should say. Mainly because I am completely incapable of doing anything else. I WANT to have other talents or/and hobbies, but they all get destroyed by my own personal frustration within minutes of me starting them. This wouldn't be considered a “cautionary tale” about writing, either. If you can (or want to) do it, you should! But for me, it's the only thing I am capable of or willing to do. Ever.

I can't work at any business or organization or offer free volunteer work, I can't focus-in on higher education, I can't play instruments or compose music, I can't shoot/edit video or podcasts, or write code or ANY of that stuff.

I just write all the time. I haven't tried to procure this hobby like reading “On Writing” or “On Writing Well” (I think it is called), because there would literally be zero pay off – unless I opened the pages and it was a hoax and they actually taught you how to QUIT the hobby of writing and do something REAL with your life. I suppose they could teach me to be a better writer (I doubt I'm that great at it, most of the time), but that just makes everything that much worse.

So, there's my little whinefest. The End.

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