Saturday, October 30, 2010

The (edited) Meanderings of a Snuffled up Brain

The (edited) Meanderings of a Snuffled up Brain

It is four in the morning and there is little on the television and it is too much work to surf the net; one must be able to come up with a search worthy topic before actually googling anything. Three or four pointless forays showed that to be true.
So, high on cold medicine and probably too much caffeine from the mint and green tea, I figured it was a worthwhile project to create something that someone else might someday google.
First let me point out something: I should know better than to mix caffeine and decongestants; my body rebels almost every time. It feels like, if my sinuses were any drier I would end up with a bloody nose.
I remember a commercial that showed people with medicine head and it had their heads attached by a string like a balloon; that is not what I feel like. I feel like I had a quad shot depth charge with a mocha back. I think if I were any jitterier I would be able to feel my skin, this is not a sensation I recommend.
*Time out*
In the above sentence I had written more jittery and the spell/grammar check said no! you must use jitterier so I changed it. Now the spell check is telling me that is not a word. Would someone clarify this for me?

Footnote to the above aside: grammar check liked it this time.

I was wondering about stream-of-consciousness writing the other day. Is it easier or more difficult to just write and write on a computer than it was on paper? Did a writer ever get blocked when they had to look for a new note pad or change the page in the type writer? Now, you are only ever faced with the blank page once. Sure, page breaks are incorporated but they do not really break up the stream of writing. It is easy to move through a range of topics and never stop typing.

I used to write in spiral notebooks of 70 or 100 sheets but never needed to start a second volume to complete a story. I never drafted on a typewriter, I jumped from pen and paper to computer. Now, instead of more boxes of journals and notebooks I have discs of files.

But let’s get back to the good old days (mid-century). Legend has it Kerouac wrote On The Road on a single roll of teletype paper so he could keep going, what would he have thought of this paperless writing?

Personally, I can ramble for hours and not really pay attention to the number of “pages” I have filled. Rereading it can get dicey. Then again, I can simply delete the file and no one, short of a computer geek, would know it had been written.

One other question on this subject: Does the stream of consciousness refer to the writing process or the narrator’s telling of the story? Or could it be both?

PS - I wiser person would have deleted this.

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