Archives for October 2011

Literary Thoughts

In the world of fiction, there are two categories. Literary fiction, and everything else.

Literary fiction confuses me.

There. I’ve said it. I, your hostess, an English Major, am confused by literary fiction. It’s not necessarily the books themselves I find confounding (although, hello! James Joyce anyone?). It’s the definition. What exactly IS literary fiction anyway?

Here’s the definition of literary fiction from Wikipedia:

What Kind of Writing?

So let’s say that you’ve decided to be a writer. Great! Go you! But how do you figure out what KIND of writing you want to do?

By the way, I’m talking about writing here because that’s my experience. But I think this same issue crops up in all creative endeavors. How do you decide whether you want to study French cuisine or Italian? To paint landscapes or abstract murals? To photograph puppies or homeless people? What do you actually WANT to do?


In the last couple of weeks, it’s been driven home to me how little control I have over my own life. Decisions that other people make, lives other people have lived, things other people say – all of them impact my life, and I have no control over it at all. Even if I bear no direct responsibility or have no power in the situation, the waves from the actions and judgments of others ripple out into the pool of life and rock my little canoe. I guess that’s just the way life is.

It seems to me that I can have two responses to this. One is to try to escape from the effects of others. I can hide in my computer and play my games or surf the net. I can read books until 3:00 am and then go to work with only two hours of sleep. I can eat incorrectly and drug myself out on sugar and carbs. I can sleep my life away.

The iPod Follies – Part 2

If you’ve read my post from a couple of days ago, then you know the lunacy I went through trying to get my dearly beloved iPod set up on my computer. And how I bought a computer for my iPod. Well, lest you think that the insanity ended there, I thought I would tell you what’s happening now.

Sometimes, I am an ass.

Anyway, my laptop – the laptop I got for my iPod – has a 250gb hard drive. My iPod holds 160gb. Theoretically that seems fine – computer hard drive is bigger than iPod hard drive.

Wisdom From Henry

I had planned a rather witty blog post for today. Well, I thought it was witty. Opinions may vary. But I had a sad and difficult day at work, and I just don’t feel very witty at the moment.

I thought I would share one of my very favorite quotes with you instead. Well, it’s more of an excerpt than a quote because it comes from Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Henry was a wise, wise man, and when I read Walden I can feel the woods all around me. This particular excerpt always makes me feel empowered and reminds me that sometimes we must wrestle with life to understand the true experience of it.


iPods and Goodnights

The passing of the brilliant Steve Jobs has reminded me of the story of when I acquired my dearly beloved iPod, and I thought I’d share it with you. I think this saga will give you an idea of my single-minded determination as well as my tendency towards knuckleheaded idiocy.

As you read this, please know that I have many friends who are actually computer technicians and would have been happy to help. I also know many people who, at the time, had a high-speed internet connection. And notice that I DIDN’T EVEN THINK ABOUT calling them. Only after it was all over did I think to myself “Hey, I could have called…” Or gone to the library and used their connection, for f****s sake.