I'm blogging from work!


Well, not really. It's my lunch break, but I just figured I would drop a line and add some content. Look, I've almost filled an entire page!

Random Thoughts

I guess the only good approach to letting my thoughts out and developing better ideas is to do so as spontaneously as they pop into my head, since I've got so much going on up there that sometimes things get lost in the mix.

My day is usually replete with engaging articles about socio-political issues, philosophical issues, and ideas about humanistic and artistic endeavors I would like to further explore in detail, but I'm lucky enough to know where to look for these conversations and ideas and a lot of the ground work is already laid for me.

See, I'm not about having an "original" idea for the sake of being able to claim its originality. For me, it's the process of coming upon an idea, having the capacity to analyze that idea to the greatest extent that I can, then expanding on it in a way that fully utilizes all those great critical thinking skills that I'm always looking to work out and bulk up, while breaking down all of the opinions I have over and over in a sometimes uncomfortable cycle of continual self-assessment and evaluation.

I mean, I know what's at stake if I don't subject myself to such critical self-examination, since I live in a society that would otherwise grant me a great number of unearned privileges, merely because of factors over which I had no control. What I can control, however, is whether or not I acknowledge that privilege at all, or acknowledge the oppression it purposefully and inadvertently creates, or ultimately what I choose to do with that privilege to break down this system and (to steal an often-used phrase from opponents of affirmative action) truly level the playing field.

So here, I begin, a slopping of random thoughts, for the reading pleasure of any and all who care to peruse. Let the manner with which I present these thoughts not deter from their significance, for they come out in no necessary order, but only as they form in my mind.

Still warming up

So, I guess my approach to this blog is pretty much in direct conflict for my aspirations for what I want this blog to eventually become. So much for ego though, huh?

I've been toying with the idea of going into editorial writing, but to be honest, I haven't the slightest idea where I want to start. You see, I am a language and literature major, so even though my diploma says "Japanese Language and Literature", I had a lot of opportunity to flex my writing ability and hone my grammar skills. I'm a paralegal by day, so I have to write lots of long, tedious letters and I am pretty sapped by the time I get back home, hence the total lack of any significant content since who knows when.

Sometimes I write more than I need to. I prefer contractions because they're easier to read, but I instinctively type like I'm writing a thesis. Alas, that was the price of my education (lol jk, it was probably like $60,000+).

Also, I'm forgetful. Extremely forgetful, specifically when it comes to things that are seen as secondary to the other things that require my attention. Thus, when I am writing something, I find myself reading and re-reading what I just wrote to make sure it makes sense to someone else reading it. I'm not trying to sound like Hemingway, but I don't want the reader going cross-eyed when they read a run-on sentence that is almost as long as a paragraph (blame Japanese for that one!).

Plus, I hate long sentences, but I always find myself being more wordy than I'd like, just to avoid seeming too curt and plain to a reader.

Oh, and I hate repeating words (see, I was going to start the sentence with "Also, I hate...", but I noticed that I used that word in the paragraph above!). Until I can get some sort of dialogue started, I guess this place will most likely serve as a sandbox, but I promise myself that I will not go on any excessive editing/deleting sprees once I have more than a page of content, and I'll reserve the LiveJournal style for another website.

For now, I'll just make sure to try and remember not to pick apart what I write because not everyone has a degree in English grammar.

Also, this isn't LiveJournal.