Tornlake's reading:

Tornlake's Quoting:

  • Counting Crows
    from A Murder of One

    There's a bird that nests inside you, sleeping underneath your skin. When you open up your wings to speak I wish you'd let me in.

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As someone who has written one of the "25 random things notes" here are my reasons:
1) I was, in fact, bored at work. Thinking up a few random things at a time between work projects was a way to take mini-breaks from my work without disturbing the rest of the office with chatter.
2) The introspective quality of the exercise intrigued me. What facts did I want to put out there? What was too private?
3) While some of the people I tagged were long time friends, many were new friends who had tagged me first and asked me to complete the list, or long-distance friends that I have been keeping in touch with in solely "what have we been up to lately" emails, and I thought the 25 random things would be an interesting way to start a new kind of conversation.

Yes, I do believe there is an element of narcissism in it. For some more than others, but at least a little bit for everyone. But it is interesting to find out what people are most narcissistic about, what they feel sets them apart and makes them special. I've read a lot of these notes lately, and the ones I find the most interesting are the least expected. Most theatre/actor people have filled their notes with their artistic accomplishments and embarassments. But then there are a select few who seem outwardly to be the most "I am an actor and that is important and special and above all else in life" talk instead about childhood memories and human interactions. On at least one occasion, reading these notes (as I said, I get bored at work, so I've read a lot) has changed my perspective on a person.

There's no point I'm trying to make here, I'm just stream of consciousness rambling away, but those are my thoughts on the matter.

Lindsay Bowman

hahahhah. people want to be a writer? mm....sure. but i think you hit the nail on the head with the narcissistic comment: people want to write about themselves. It's fun. If i had to compile a list of 25 random things about me, what would it consist of? For a lot of people, that question is intriguing, and perhaps not one they've given much thought to before they were tagged in the note.

The thing is...not everyone has that introspective, spend time thinking about what defines you quality. "Writers" do. As you mentioned, what are stories, poems, and well kept blogs if not a stage for our inner thoughts? Sure, they may come out more cryptic--tied up in other characters actions, mixed up with alternate views on the same point--but there's an underlying introspective quality I would argue that's much the same, or that at least starts in the same place. Ultimately, we write to communicate, make a connection, and stir up thought in others. That process often starts with thinking about stuff for ourselves.

***Disclaimer: broad generalization based entirely on personal opinion coming up...

Literature is based in funadmental, universial qualities of humanity. We connect to the words on the page because they tap into something we can understand. Science fiction, period pieces, elaborative non-fiction--though they may take us to vastly different places, the good pieces keep us from getting lost because they pull us along or allow us to comment on something deeply familiar.

So. Perhaps you are right: The new age of electronic text fosters a generation of writers. But not necessarily because it's fun to have people read what we write...but perhaps because writing allows us the time to think more before we type, and in some cases--if we're one of the lucky 'tagged' ones--it even begs us to take some time to think about ourselves. This, as i mentioned in my soap-box statement above, might very well be one of the bases of writing.

You just wrote a page about your thoughts on thinking. What does it mean when we think about (and then write about) ourselves? you asked. Well...easy on the metacognition there Stace--you skipped over the thinking about yourself stage and jumped right into the comment on universal human quality. The writers of the "25 random things" notes might not be quite there yet....give them time...

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