| Mostly Rambles about the Wednesday 100
||[Mar. 26th, 2003|05:51 pm]
Are we having JF weirdness again today? I can't get to the homepage by any means. If I pop up an old comment in email and click on the links there, I can get to most of the site, but not the homepage. Hmmmm. It's okay, though. I expect we'll continue to have some growing pains for a while yet. It is so totally worth it to have this site!
I'm going to blabber a bit about the Wednesday 100 here rather than on LJ. I had a lot of trouble writing for this one. I can't decide if the challenge was too specific for me or if I just didn't like the tone that was set out or what the problem was. Part of it may have been that I was also forcing myself to make what I wrote fit in with something else I'd written, so I had to work that much harder. That's not a bad thing, at all, but it explains to me (at least in part) why I started, wrote about 50 words, then deleted and started again 3 times. It took me 2 hours to write the thing. The two prior Wed. 100s I've done have been really easy and fun. I wrote both of them in about 10 minutes, including editing down from about 125 words each time. This time it was neither easy nor fun, but it was challenging and I'm glad I at least tried it.
I can be hella verbose. It doesn't help that I have an extremely verbose boss who has had a major impact on my writing over the past 3 years. This is not a bad thing, entirely, either. Considering that 3 years ago I wasn't writing anything at all, I think it can be taken as a good thing. He's not only helped me improve my writing skills, he's helped me gain some self-confidence.
I like the Wednesday 100 in general. I like that I have to concentrate everything I want to convey into a relatively small number of words. I like that it forces me to think very hard about my word choices. I like that it's almost more of a puzzle than writing challenge. Today's was different, though. It was almost too much like a form. And then there was the sadness factor. The challenge requirements had a melancholy tone to them, in my opinion. There are several melancholy or downright sad entries. I note that out of 4 challenges, 2 of them have had themes of sadness. If the challenges continue to explore sad, angry or "rifty" themes, I'm going to have to stop writing and reading them altogether.
I'll save my anti-sadfic rant for another time. Suffice it to say that I don't need it: been there, dealt with it, moved on. I no longer see any point to it. I also don't think Ab-Fab is funny any more and I used to think it was hilarious. At that same time, I loathed Mr. Beane and now I think it's hysterical. Chacun a son gout, n'est pas?
Maybe Jessica will eventually start taking challenge suggestions from others into consideration.
I am very tired tonight, after staying up very late last night to watch and chatter about 24. I also had a very odd day that involved a messed up printer that was almost stolen, yellow duckies and conference call that didn't take place. I'm going to go back and read the rest of the non-sad 100s, then curl up with A & E.