Writing your life....  

Seriously_Real 48M
1458 posts
3/15/2006 5:03 pm

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6/14/2006 2:29 pm

Writing your life....

We begin with a blank piece of paper and write our first lines with a cry for food. From that moment forward, pressed against the maternal breast, we continue to write our life, until the book closes.

Never content to leave a hackneyed metaphor beaten to death, I picked over the pulpy remains of the analogy and ‒ a la Tournadier in the sewers of Paris -- picked out this nugget: If the way we live life (the "who we are" part of us) writes the words of our book, the MEDIA we metaphorically use to record our life says something about us, too. Some would use computers; some would use spiral notebooks; some would use bound journals; some would use old Underwood typewriters; and some would just rely on the preservation of the spoken word.

(Told you that this metaphor would get beat to death anew.)

The Digitals use computers. These are facile people, adaptable but grounded. They seek freedom and mobility but safety and lasting integrity during storage and duplication. People who write their lives "digitally" keep everything, but don't mind going back and editing the memory for grammar and style. But most of all, the Digitals need a medium that can keep up with their life.

The Spirals are always ready to write, and carry their spiral notebooks around with them wherever they go. They do not care at all that they cannot erase what is written, or that scratchouts and doodles fill the page. If they absolutely must start over, they will rip out the page…but too many rip-outs will leave tell-tale strands of page-detritus in the spiral. But most of all, the Spirals use their hand and not their fingers to write. There is a deliberate and meditative state that accompanies the act of writing this way.

The Binders use bound books of blank pages on which to write, often adorned with lovely pictures, or flowers, always with a satin ribbon bookmark, and usually purchased at a mass retailer. These writers don't take it too seriously. In fact, the Binders are the least committed to the craft. Other things are just more important, and over time, the journal gets neglected and forgotten. Most committed Binders are adolescent ‒ the only time when anything happens to a Binder they care to remember.

The Underwoods use old manual typewriters. They are old souls that relish the clickety-clack of the writing process, the smell of an ink ribbon, and the joys of liquid paper. Writing is a joy. It takes time. It matters. Sheaves of blank paper are transformed into manuscripts worth keeping, and in some cases publishing. Most of all, the Underwoods remember everything.

The Speakers rely on either the collective memory of the community (as in some tribal cultures) or on the willingness of a third party to record as they speak. The Speakers cannot be bothered with the tedium of writing ‒ they have so much to say, so many people to say it to, and a total lack of concern for whether what they have said or done is remembered. Life is always too short in the view of the Speakers, and too often it actually is. But more than anything, Speakers whose "books" are remembered are legendary, though legendary Speakers are very rare.

I am a Spiral.

What are you?


Sorceror07 54M

3/18/2006 11:50 pm

hmmm... i'd say i'm somewhat digital with spiral tendencies, most of my writing though is done with music and with a paintbrush on canvas and not necessarily through the written words... though i will dabble in that on occasion

...That which does not kill me merely pisses me off!...

curious082385 31F
4925 posts
3/19/2006 12:08 am

What if I'm a Digital and a Spiral?

Seriously_Real 48M

3/19/2006 10:03 am

Honni -- ART! OF COURSE! DAMMIT! I am so sorry....I should have added that. Great call on that. Okay, people...The Artistsuse canvas, or staves, or backs of envelopes. They feel their lives happening to them and reflect it back more beautifully than it is. Their writing endures but is not always noticed. Ironically, some of the best art is never known until the author is gone. But most of all, the Artists care deeply about the present.

There, Honni, that's for you.

Sorceror -- Dammit. See above for the Artists. I have a feeling you're them, too.

Curious -- I think you can be both digital and a spiral, but my guess is that you are more of a spiral than digital as I conceived of the thought. Spirals do not overthink it. Digitals edit. Spirals can be just as lasting as digitals. As I see it, honey, you're a spiral. Not that it is a bad thing, mind you....some of the best ever were spirals...(ahem!).

-- Seriously

sensualgirfriend 58F

6/14/2006 1:19 pm

I prefer to mix the digital with the spiral. Lately, I have become less patient with my own handwriting and have become almost exclusively digital.

I love the feel and smell of a new notebook, ready to melt with my marker. When I've gone through the toughest of times in my life I became exclusively spiral in writing down thoughts and feelings. Going back to read them from time to time makes me think: WOW, DID I WRITE THAT?

no matter who we are and how we express it, the important part is that we express it!

Seriously_Real replies on 6/14/2006 2:34 pm:
That's exactly it. Thanks for visiting....man, you have REALLY got some reading to do!


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