Monday, February 04, 2008

Pre-Lent Final Thoughts

Update: this post originally stated that this would begin the first full week of Lent, but I changed that. This starts on Ash Wednesday, as it properly should.

With the beginning of Lent on Wednesday comes my Big Serious Blogging Experiment. For the next six weeks, I shall bear down and treat this place like an online magazine, whereby I shall put more effort into what you read here, and then later perhaps submit some of them to real magazines.*

My general guidelines are as follows:

~Between 800-1000 words an "essay."
~10 "essays" total, which doesn't seem like a lot, but I'm thinking that this is really going to take a lot of time and energy.
~If I exceed that goal, good for me.
~The Pop Culture Roundup will still appear every Friday, if for no other reason than to give us all a break.
~Always put "essay" in quotes, because I don't think they'll really qualify as "essays." I don't know what they'll qualify as.
~Around the halfway point (Feb. 27), I'll post a reflection on how I think this is going.
~Since they don't count, look for maybe an occasional silly post on Sunday.

I also have to fess up to something: I started brainstorming ideas and writing some of these out a week or two ago**, so this won't be a "pure" exercise. I have a full-time job and a pregnant wife. Don't judge me.

Other than that, I got nothing else. It should be fun.

*I wrote this sentence before reading Brenda Ueland's admonition not to write with publishing in mind because it will stifle creative freedom. So I hold out for the possibility of publishing, but strive for not letting it affect my writing in the moment.

**Which is how I decided that 10 "essays" was a reasonable goal.


Thoughts From Jeff said...

I will look to get my mind stretched.

erin said...

okay, so this isn't directly in response to your post (although I'm excited to read your "essays"), but to answer your question.

Alas, I won't be in T-town this weekend. I really wanted to go, but I'd have to drive by myself b/c Matt has a piano thing, and Heidi is busy (I was going to make her tag along), not to mention gas prices are through the roof and I'm driving a very unfriendly SUV. I'm so bummed to miss the shower (that was really the only reason I was going to go), but I want to send you guys a gift, so you'll have to email me your address, pretty please. And I promise it won't be anything Ohio State. Hee.

Sigh. Another chance to meet up thwarted. One of these days.

And yes, I am cringing at the thought that I will 30 in a year and a half. Blech. When did this happen?

Jeff Nelson said...

Erin, I think one of the things that helped hit it home for me recently was running across some old Formal pictures and realizing just how long I've been out of college. My brother's graduated too, so it takes extra motivation for me to go back for anything.

BTW, I think you'll really be interested in at least one "essay" I'm working on. It's even college-related.

Sally said...

Wow- this is some project- looking forward to reading though!

Diane M. Roth said...

yes, what a project for lent!

mid-life rookie said...

Wow, I've been mulling over a Lenten discipline, but never considered anything this hard! Best Wishes.

Pastor Peters said...

this is awesome. i'm inspired. i wish that i had the dedication.