May 4th, 2009


gnomic utterances [cross-posted]

These are my favorite part of the utterly delightful Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones, which describes them thusly:
These are traditional, and are set at the head of each section of the Guidebook. The reason for them is lost in the mists of HISTORY. They are culled by the Management from a mighty collection of wise sayings probably compiled by a SAGE--probably called Ka'a Orto-o--some centuries before the Tour begins. The Rule is that no Utterance has anything whatsoever to do with the section it precedes. Nor, of course, has it anything to do with GNOMES.

I tell you this mostly because I am greatly tempted to post nothing here but gnomic utterances (or rather, my feeble attempts at such) and felt I ought to warn the three of you reading this, but also because you really ought to go get the Tough Guide and read it.

re: cross-posting

I started writing about death and about thinking about death and what I would do differently if I knew I was going to die in five months, but it would up sounding pretty pretentious, and I got distracted by notifications from DW, and then the previous post happened.

So instead of ruminations about death, here are a few sentences on DW. ("Few" most likely equaling three for reasons I won't bore you with.) I find myself writing differently on it, although two posts isn't technically enough for a trend, and that might just be because right now only four people have friended me over there, so it feels more like I can just doodle and less like I ought to put forth stuff actually worth reading. (And I know the latter is a purely self-imposed burden, but that doesn't mean it's not there. Also, sentences inside parentheses don't count.) I can't decide whether to migrate, as some people are doing, or cross-post everything, as other people are doing, or simply leave it as a sort of sketchpad. The latter is obviously easiest, but might be irritating to others. (I could also leave it to gather virtual dust for the moment, I suppose, but virtual dust irks me.)

What think you, O loyal readers?

Also, for some reason I had a severe case of deja vu about half-way through writing this entry. Freaky.

Also also, for some reason I use the word "also" a lot in this entry. I don't know why. Possibly it's because I accidentally spent 10 hours at work.