Monday, August 04, 2008

What in Stagnation?

Well, things have been a little predictable around the lily pad the last few weeks and I have been trying to break out of the funk. Two things are being done to accomplish this.

First, I started reading Fight Club. No, that doesn't mean I am going to sell all of my stuff and go live in a house with a bunch of guys that are going to ritualistically beat me and I, in turn, them. No, this is significant for one reason: I have been afraid to read it.

Now I know what you are thinking..."Why are you afraid of a book?" Simple answer: Expectations. I have read almost every Chuck Palahniuk book written except his newest couple and Fight Club. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton opened my eyes to Palahniuk. I have been creeped out, turned on, and cranked up over his writings, and the Big Daddy of his books has always been Fight Club. Therefore I didn't want to have an inkling of disappointment in it so even tough I own a signed copy of it from a meeting a few years ago with Chuck, I still haven't cracked it.

That all changed yesterday. I am breaking down the smallest of walls in my library. Maybe there is a speck of knowledge to be gained from the thing that I just couldn't handle until now. Maybe I won't be afraid to take a punch to the face(who am I kidding? Not the face!!!). Hell, I could even hate it and have put all this time into something for no payoff. Occupo Libri.

The second thing is I have started writing again. I got this odd quote in my head a few days ago and I went out the next day for a composition notebook and have been writing ever since. Some is nonsense, there is a story of some sort mixed in, and there are many random thoughts that need somewhere to go. No matter, it is good to put a pen to paper. And I am writing in pen which is about the most uncharacteristic thing I have taken to doing.

I have to figure that if you don't mix up the batter of life, you just end up with a shitty tasting cake.

That is all,

Newt

2 Ripples in the pond:

erin said...

I hope the book doesn't actually physically injure you in any way - if I'm to guess, I suspect you'll enjoy it, much as you do many compilations of the written word.

Kudos to you for writing again! I actually did a bit myself last night....on a mini legal pad next to my bed. My thoughts might flow more freely if I put them in a composition notebook.

Oh, and I just saw the update to my status in your 'cast and crew' section - you know it pains me to leave you (true, physical pain), but always remember than I'm never more than an email, call, or four hour plane ride away. It's craziness, I tell you.

Trinity said...

Well, as long as I can just call and you will get on a plane, that is acceptable.

The chances of physical injury while reading are lesser due to the blunt pages of the book.