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A Writing Practice Soundtrack

I'm always curious about how other people do it. How they write, that is. How consistent they are, how many journals they go through, how they find inspiration and the atmosphere they crave. I'm not saying I want to find a formula for the best writing conditions, but I am curious as to whether there's a correlation between tone in writing and the way we write.

For this reason, I'll be spending all of my writing time (this is free-writing, not revision time) with a soundtrack. I've asked for recommendations, and here's what I have so far:

Anya Marina
Bill Evans
Bon Jovi
Black Veil Brides
Cut Copy
Decemberists(Recommended by a few people)
Dexter Gordon
Goodie Mob
Ingrid Michaelson
Iron and Wine
J.J. Johnson
Josh Ritter

Can't Resist/Review #1

I've expressed my desire to relax a little when it comes to promoting my work. Not so much because I think there is anything wrong with self-promotion. After all, who is going to read a writer's work if she doesn't tell anyone about it? But, I have my priorities in place right now. Between teaching and writing, I am finding it very difficult to find much extra time to promote. Further, when I get too wrapped up in reviews and responses to my work, I'm not going to lie--I get rather obsessed, in an unhealthy way.

A writer needs time to write. And, I'm writing. This is my priority as I think it should be everyone's, who takes craft seriously. Yes, even those of us who are not represented by agents and publicists who can do all the nifty advertising for us. If we keep plugging away, these people will come. (Here's to hoping anyway.)

As a result of this re-prioritization--this desire to teach, write, and then, only if I have time, tell others about my publication…

Organization, Interpretively

These two images paint the portrait of my writing life, as of now. And, this is relatively tame. I wish I could say that each of these notebooks was designated a different story or a different genre even, but no, this is not the case at all. All piles of paper here contain bits and pieces of the same two works. There is no segregating projects here. I might have pages one through three of my current short story (I'm always working on one lately) in the Moleskine and pages four through six in the spiral, next to an outline of the painstaking novel I've been working on for the last six months.

I'm posting this because I'm not sure, entirely, that this is normal. It seems far more efficient to carry one decent-sized notebook and contribute to it daily, and then, when ready, type up the best sentences and begin the real work: revision. But, my idea mill happens chaotically. I get an idea, write in whatever is nearest, then have to search for it later. Not to compare myself …

Online Identity and Education

It is possible that some hacker somewhere will one day manipulate the internet to his will and because he will be only twelve years old, he'll think it's funny to erase personal/contact/banking information at random. This twelve year old will open the floodgates of our society's online vulnerability and set into motion a series of internet hacker terrorist attacks, and once he realizes his power, he will leverage it to destroy our society by threatening to steal terabytes of information from highly secure sites while we sleep, thereby dissolving our existence as it is determined financially and socially, before we are able to catch him.

I am being over-the-top, of course. But, this extreme idea brings me to the subject of online identity, and its value. Is it as valuable as our in-person identity, or is there no difference? I'm curious because I do note the very distinct differences in those I meet on a daily basis and their online personalities, especially as a profes…