Note 34

Drinking: cinnamon tea with cider vinegar


Today I woke at 5:20. That was 2 and a half hours ago. In that time I spent 40 minutes playing shattered pixel dungeon and an hour working on the sprite for my fork. Although I'm bubbling over with resentment for the spriting process and my lack of experience therein, I won't be writing about that. Instead, this will be a part 2 of yesterdays topic. I left some threads from yesterdays draft in the note for me today. And now I shall build upon them. The topic for today is why I write.

In yesterdays blog post I discussed in depth the need to have a strong core reason for doing something consistently . When I wrote that, I realised that I do not have one for my writing. This means that if I have a very good day, where I'm too busy and happy, I won't write. In addition, if I have a very bad day, where nothing is worth doing, I won't write. To hedge against these things happening in the near and distant futures, I should start building my reasons for writing.

Many people write because of a specific thing that has happened that they need to process.

Others write to document a specific event that has happened that needs to go into the history books.

Others write simply to keep track of their daily lives such as in a diary.

Often the boundaries between these different categories dissolves. For example Samuel Pepys wrote a diary for a long time. The vast majority of it was banal descriptions of his breakfast and bowel movements. But amongst these was the best first hand documentation of the Great Fire of London.

I think this would be a good base model to go with.

Write consistently to get good at writing, and then when something important happens, I would be able to write what happened and describe it well.

Although I would like to be able to make a living off of my writing, I am aware of the odds of that happening. They are low. Very low. This reminds me of the Rectors and other church men (1) of the late 1700s in the UK. Due to the nature of their work, these people had a lot of free time. Using this time, they would tinker with whatever interested them. Although one would think that the tinkering of country rectors in the 1800s would have no impact on you and I, we are wrong. One of them, Mr Thomas Bayes developed what would become known as a Bayesian equation. Another pioneered the design of submarines Together they laid the foundations for the Industrial Revolution, upon which our modern world is built. Although this was done in their spare time, it was not a side hustle. There were no expectations to build revenue streams from it. They did it for fun. This was because they were already made financially stable by their stipend from the Church. This became a proto universal basic income for that group of people, allowing them to just create.

What would happen if that happened today? It has. In the wake of COVID-19, the UK government has created a fund in order to furlough the vast majority of the UK's workforce. Now we have the time to do things again. Time to step away from the daily routine. See things from new perspectives. Take walks with no particular goal. Fall in love with your spouse all over again. Carve a new path for yourself.

And so in it's own funny way. One odd day in March, we all woke up and found ourselves Rectors.

(1): Bryson at home

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