My Morning Typical

So, instead of using the time to write like I always wish I had upon realizing that the morning has passed, I usually spend my mornings reading stuff off the web. I start with the news but end up flitting around the data pond like a water bug. A highly caffeinated water bug.

So, yeah, coffee in hand I settle into “the chair,” aka “the command center,” and begin a dereliction of my writing duties with sleepy anticipation. First I fire up my NPR One app so that I can have the settling drone of my favorite morning voices lulling me with all the day’s tragedies in the background, then I fire up my MSN News app. It’s pure awesomeness. What I like best about it is that it’s always feeding New York Times articles and they don’t count against the ten free articles I am allowed monthly. Yes, alas, I am too cheap to pay for a NYT subscription, which, of course, further promotes quality journalism’s fast march to death.

Anyway…

From that point on, your guess is as good as mine as to where I will end up…

Huffington Post…
BBC…
Fox News…
Drudge Report…
RT…

Admittedly, mindless flitting can lead me to some highly dangerous and corrupting places.

Yeah…

So, because I can think of nothing better to post about right now (surely not because I assume you were wondering), here is a very quick cut of what a typical morning of mine looks like.

I have a tailored section in my MSN News app that pulls in everything “literature” related. Pretty handy. This morning it pulled in this article:

James Wood on why Fiction and Criticism Matter

Despite the philosophical questions, Wood’s book is not really a metaphysical inquiry so much as a reflection on inquiry in writing. “The Why? question is a refusal to accept death,” he argues, and storytelling itself is almost a satanic act of rebellion given that the “ability to see the whole of a life is godlike.” By playing God, he argues, “we also work against God, hurl down the script, refuse the terms of the drama, appalled by the meaninglessness and ephemerality of existence.”

Interesting article; though I’m not sure it answered the question why fiction and criticism matter. Probably missed it since I’m constantly flitting around the internet which is causing my brain to unlearn its ability to learn.

But from the article, I did discover this by Thomas De Quincy:

On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth

Here I pause for one moment, to exhort the reader never to pay any attention to his understanding, when it stands in opposition to any other faculty of his mind. The mere understanding, however useful and indispensable, is the meanest faculty in the human mind, and the most to be distrusted; and yet the great majority of people trust to nothing else, which may do for ordinary life, but not for philosophical purposes.

A rather awesome essay; as is evident, I’m certain, even from the selected quote above.

So, yeah, after reading the De Quincy essay, can you guess where I’m flitting off to next?

Yup, you got it…

Off I go for a reread of this, which should easily take me to the end of the morning…

And the beginning of my dereliction of writing regrets.


FEATURED IMAGE: “Water strider G remigis” by Bruce J. Marlin – Own Work http://www.cirrusimage.com/bugs_water_strider.htm. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

 
 

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About Kurt Brindley

He is tall but he hopes to accomplish more in life than just that...
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11 Responses to My Morning Typical

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    The evil monster that makes you flit from one source of wisdom/information to another and prevents you from doing what you should be doing is procrastination. I described it in the first chapter of the P. and G. Klopp Story on my blog.

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  2. iamnotleah says:

    LOL you described my mornings almost to a T! I sit down to write and say, “Hey, I will just check on this for a quick minute…” next thing I know its a couple hours later and I wonder why I cant write.

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  3. Well crap! I’ve gone from trainer to artist and didn’t even know it. Hmm…

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  4. leeduigon says:

    I don’t know about the other stuff, but water striders are cool

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  5. Oh my gosh! I so do this too! Except my attention span has become so short lately, I don’t even finish an article before moving on to the next one! I’m about to tweet this and would like to re blog it. So what’s the protocol on reblogging? Should I ask permission or is it like retweeting? Anyway, Ty for stopping by my blog and following me. I’m following you now too! :)

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  6. Reblogged this on Alexandra Starbuck and commented:
    Hilarious post! I totally do this too! In fact with each passing day my attention span becomes shorter and…
    What was I talking about? ;)

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