Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Beggin' You

If you are a faithful reader of this blog before or after the name changes, then I have a bit of a project for you that may or may not be so hard, depending on what you how you feel on it. I've done over 1400 posts over five years time on two, maybe three blogs. Now, I don't want to say that's pretty prolific but for a guy who started off doing this out of the blue, that ain't too bad. Since then, I've been going to college and taking up composition classes from a great teacher, Dr. Hoit-Thetford. For the record, for anyone who ever comes across the woman for a class should know that she may look tough, but she's a very nice person. At least she is to me since most of the other students in the classes seem to have the actual attention span of a cheese log in Wisconsin, in my opinion.

Anyway, over the past few days I've been working on a literary analysis of the poem "A Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes that was way overdue for dear Dr. H (as she asks her students to call her) and would have lowered my grade a notch if not done. A couple of weeks ago to speak to her about it, she mentioned about how she likes the blog and my writing style and that possibly I should put some of these musing into a book at some point.

Personally, I don't know if I even have a style. I try to be funny and I can tell you that sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't. I would just call it style "blog writing". Just short bursts of words that just seem to fit together for the reader with ADD.  I know that I can veer off into another subject when I write (like right now), but it's just the way that I am. But I like to feel as though I'm talking to the reader one on one as if I'm having a conversation. Truthfully, I write it as if I'm on stage doing a monologue on front of an audience and I get a laugh or two. I guess that would be my "dream deferred" in some way.

Anyway, this is where YOU the reader comes into focus. I'll be going through some of these posts from the past for a possible book. I know that there are some clunkers out there, but I think I might have a few to get me some page time. What I'd like for you are some ideas. Which posts do you think are worth compiling? Should I stick with the funny or not? Is this whole thing a pipe dream of a wannabe late night talk show host? Please, help me find the right material for this project.

I will say this: If I do this thing, which I may self publish depending on the cost, I WILL put aside a portion of the proceeds of each book sold for my kidney transplant. That means that if I get the chance to do this, YOU BETTER BUY THREE COPIES OF IT. You can all thank Dr. H for this wonderful project. I hope to get an A and sell a lot of copies.

Before I go, I wanted to leave you with a song. Last night, I wound up watching The 2008 World Music Awards on My Network TV. Since I don't have my satellite up yet, I have to watch TV with a digital converter box for a decent signal at my place (this is another subject that I will scream about on Friday). I saw a guy/duo on the show from somewhere named Madcon who did a cover of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons' "Beggin'". I don't say this much, but I am a big fan of The Four Seasons and this is one of my favorites of theirs. It had enough bounce then that it could return to the charts now and it must have in England or someplace. All I know is that if they had kept the rapper out it, the new version would be perfect (there's something else to vent about). Listen to both versions for yourself. I'll bet you wind up doing the Cabbage Patch to it as much as I did.

That's right, I said "Cabbage Patch". I stick with the classics.

1 comment:

HouseT said...

Dude. I haven't followed your blog for that long, but your writing style is just fine from what I can see. You tend to write a lot like I do at times (although I assure you that my tangents are much further off than yours on most days), and your longer essays are generally very well composed.

If you can get a book off of the ground, then more power to you. After throwing down all of the words I did last month, I've seriously considering self publishing something myself at some point. If you pull it off, I will totally buy a copy or two. They'll make great stocking stuffers, and you can throw them at kids that won't stay out of your yard.

... yeah, I'm not sure what that means, either.