Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Where Is This Going?

When the season gave opportunity I rode when I could. When family and home needed to take precedence I put them first. This blog suffered for it. But this little part of my life has to fit into its place. Doesn't mean I'm leaving, but it does mean I prioritize accordingly.

I have been riding. Don't get me wrong. But the rides written about here aren't helped with the beautiful photography that others can add to their blogs. I worked in private labs until I was thirty two and one thing I can tell you is that my camera work will never measure up to what I know is a better image. I write. Its as much a part of me as the music I play. Or the bikes I ride. Or the family I love so dearly.

Which brings me to a question. What direction should this site take over the winter months? I live in central Minnesota. When it snows they pour a mix of salt and sand on the roads. I will no longer ride in that stuff. Too many people in cars drive a little to obliviously even when the roads are iced or sanded over.

So what does a writer do when the subject matter is... drying up, so to speak?

First of all any decent writer knows good writing depends upon creativity. Lots of it. You're also obligated to pour yourself out onto the page and be able to critique your own words objectively. You have to be able to recognize when stuff just reads badly. Then you have to remove it. Nothing any writer ever puts on a page or screen is sacred. Good wordsmiths know the waste paper basket (and delete key) is a friend.

See how many mistakes I've made above?

(hang on, I just deleted two more paragraphs)

So I'm thinking of writing a juicy little story of no real importance other than it might be a nice way to keep this blog rolling and the creative juices flowing. These Minnesota winters can freeze a man's synapses in mid thought if he's not busy thinking of something.

Its got to be about some guy who rides scooters in the upper midwest. Let's call that guy Dave. Maybe Dave has a girlfriend, I haven't decided yet. But Dave rides and he's a bit of an outcast. Dave has issues. They could be his downfall if he's not careful. He's also a little manic. And he's willing to carry a grudge.

Let's see where this goes... shall we?