Friday, December 9, 2011

Is Friday? Then Brain Vacancy Here!


Today's post is a gonna be a bit of a ramble, in that I don't really have much in the way of a singular topic, but for a change of pace, instead of numbering my bullet points, I thought I would try to write this post as a story/essay. Because let's face it, I am wickedly rusty when it comes to writing non-business related non-fiction, so what better place to inflict my torturous attempts at writing non-fiction than this blog, eh?

Google has finally "improved" the last major application in their tidy little empire of free applications and suffice to say, it bites. They "improved" their Gmail, so now there's no escaping the fact that no matter where you go with Google, you will get aggravated by the non-user friendly applications in their empire.

The good thing about Gmail is that I don't use it anymore. I guess it came full circle for me, in that when I decided to set up a Gmail account (initially for chat room purposes) some three years ago, I decided to make my Yahoo and Hotmail accounts junk mail accounts at the same time. Now in 2011 the roles are reversed, in that Gmail and Yahoo are my junk mail accounts and Hotmail is my primary account (go figure on that one) for contact with the human race.

Speaking of the (cyber) human race, I did some house cleaning on my blog subscriptions/followings the other day. Apparently I do have a finite end when it comes to subscribing/reading blogs that haven't been updated in a while, which also happens to coincide with shooting from the lip whenever I feel like I'm getting disrespected. Anyways, I did a little blog surfing over the past few weeks and picked up a dozen new blogs to read and follow while discarding those that haven't been touched in several months (I still have one that haven't been updated in a year, but I think that has to do with the blogger being in the military). A few of those blogs have been added to my profile, so if you find yourself with a little bit of time on your hands, check out my profile.

About those new blogs: One thing that I've found while surfing is that the bloggers on WordPress have a tendency to push the envelope to the very far reaches of what is considered acceptable, more so than what I've seen here in Blogger. I'm not talking about things that would be considered offensive to most folks (what I consider to be offensive to most folks would be something along the lines of this), but simply things that you would see broadcast late at night on HBO, Cinemax or Showtime, that some people would find either morally offensive or incredibly intriguing.

In any event, the one thing that I find impressive about WordPress is that they treat their bloggers like adults. In other words, if the blog contains objectionable content, you won't find a page popping up before the main page asking you if you want to proceed to the blog. In other other words, if you don't like, you don't have to read it.

Let's see, what else do I need to cover...oh yes, since I have the tags "Genre Writing" and "The Muse" tacked onto this post, I might as well talk about them. I decided to lump what I write about under the tag "Genre Writing" simply because I have no freakin' idea what the actual genre is that I write in. I have a tendency to wander all over the place with my writing, so it's kind of difficult to precisely nail down what it is that I exactly write. What do I write? Good question, which deserves a good answer. However, since brain cells are in short supply with this post, we'll defer answering that question until a later date when the brain cells are plentiful (not Good 'n Plenty).

As for the Muse, it seems that she's taken a siesta for the moment....or living vicariously through Charla the lynx, which would be slashing and devouring or grinding and pounding herself silly, or a combination of both, your guess is as good as mine. In any event, she is not here occupying my brain at the moment, which is both a blessing and a curse. A curse in that I now have to actually think for myself as it applies to my writing.

A blessing in that if she was around, I would probably be thinking of ways to use her in my latest concoction, description-wise.

Like this:

In the few seconds that it took her to move from the darkness to the light, Charla had switched back to her slut persona. She had on a super tight bloody orange tank top and half bra that helped overly emphasize her naturals; glammed out jheri curls; cut-offs that were unbuttoned and the top and held in place by a small chain and key lock; retro b-ball sneakers with horizontal striped knee-hi's; small hoop earrings, along with a diamond nose sud and a glistening bloody pentagram.

But, since she isn't here, I'm left to fend for myself and fending for myself can sometimes lead to really bizarre things written down on paper. Or on a Word document. Or on a blog.

In summation, the little parts are joined together in strange ways so as to give the large part cohesion. Or balance. Or clarity.


Some day I may have that in my life, but until then, I leave you with this video of a song that is rambling through my noggin at the moment.


  1. I just switched over to the new blogger format and haven't really seen any advantages in particular, but I wasn't able to publish from my new computer at home (Windows 7). But I could post from my older laptop (also Windows 7). Whatever. It seems to have strange spacing issues.

    I appreciate being on your blogroll still, G. Thank you for that.

  2. Okay, is it sad that I used to LOVE that Autopsy show on HBO?? I think I watched every episode twice... I just thought it was so interesting... :)

  3. Lynn: I used to get error messages with my computer, even though I have IE 8 as a browser. I fixed the problem by taking both my blog and Gmail off the "compatability view" and cured the messages.

    I still have problems loading videos directly onto Blogger, so I have to use YouTube to upload before putting them on my blog.

    Your blog will forever be on my blogroll, because its just that pleasant to read and explore.

    Lisa: Always loved watching that show when I had HBO. I just think that some people would find the show somewhat troubling, unless they're used to watching shows like Dexter.

    And no, it's not sad. :D

  4. The muse has been dormant for me for awhile...but I have a (stay at home) vacation coming up, and that usually awakens it.

  5. R: Stay at home vacation? I usually dread those 'cause I can't really get any quiet time for myself.

  6. I can't stand gmail. I do use Yahoo, but I'm not a great fan of that either.

    I have to be honest and say I don't like the look of most blogs on Word Press, I do love to be able to play around with the graphics so much on blogger. Anybody would think I used to be a graphic designer or something. ;)

    Thank you so much for not only have the Pad on your blogroll but Coolness Capture too. Although it's a much smaller blog in some ways I prefer it my main one. :)

  7. Joe: I use Hotmail more than Yahoo simply because with Hotmail, if an e-mail looks fishy, I can move the mouse over it and it will tell me exactly what the addy is.

    I don't do much with the graphics of Blogger, so my viewpoint with WordPress is more with content than with appearances.

    And I'm more than happy to have both of your blogs not only on my roll but in my subscriptions as well. If I like something, I'm incredibly loyal to it.

    I like yours, thus I am very loyal to it. :D

  8. I'm a long way behind on cleaning out my blog links and subscriptions too. Gotta do that over the break.

  9. Charles: I normally don't do that sort of thing, only because I really do enjoy all the blogs that subscribe/follow.

    But I guess there has to be a point in which you have to let go of a blog that hasn't been updated in six or several months. I do have a few of those tucked in folders called "Hiatus" only because I genuinely can't bear the thought of permanently getting rid of them.

  10. I hate change so I hate when they change anything on blogger. Eventually I get used to it and then, of course, they change it again. Always new little glitches and my reader going completely blank. Oh joy!

    You know the muses need their siesta so they can come rip-roaring back, G!

    Hope you're having a super weekend.

  11. Talon: I don't even use my Google reader anymore. The first upgrade to it was so un-user friendly that I immediately switched to subscribing to everyone's RSS feeds.

    Now I can't even find the little button in it to check off "All Read", so I must have about 2K posts that are unread in it.

    Yeah, I know they need their seistas, but you know, they sometimes pick a most inconvenient time to do it. :D


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