I'm back! Did you miss me? Hmmm, all I hear is a chorus of crickets, so maybe not. Well, whether you missed me or not, I have decided to re-emerge from the abyss. Here we are finishing up the first full week of fall and I am writing my first Scooting Scholar entry in almost three months. Where was I? On an island in the South Pacific sipping from a coconut? Hiding in my parents' attic? Perhaps I realized a life long dream and drove an RV from coast to collecting stories along the way as i worked odd jobs. Maybe you can file my absence under the guise of summer vacation. After all, isn't summer the time of year where one unwinds and reflects in order to rejuvenate? What if I go ahead and make that my excuse, deal? Obviously it's a good thing I don't rely on writing this blog for a living - I'd be homeless for sure.
At first I thought my reasons for not writing were strictly writer's block. After all, my goal is to pump out an 800-word essay that is somehow supposed to give a semi-serious take on subjects i think are of some level of importance to society (although this essay falls well short of that lofty goal). But that angle began to disintegrate fairly fast when I began to realize I update my status on both Facebook and Twitter at least twice each day most days. Besides, is writer's block the most legitimate of excuses in the first place? After all, one of the best ways to compete against writer's block is to sit down and actually write something. Anything. Who cares if it's crap.
Unfortunately, I rarely seem to practice what I preach.
However, I would be lying if I said I truly had writer's block. However, I will submit to you I sometimes get into a funk and writing is the last thing on my mind I would really like to do and given my propensity to procrastinate, avoiding the task of thoughtfully sharing my thoughts about things I really think matter becomes real simple. And then I kick myself.
The worst part about it all is I have the tools to write at my fingertips. This essay hasn't been composed on paper or even a full- fledged computer. All I am using is my left thumb and my brain. So I guess I have no excuses. Sure, I was able to chime in on the fate of the Michaels (both Jackson and Vick), but I have missed a few other opportunities such as the passing of Walter Cronkite, Serena Williams very public outburst, or former President Carter's observations on race. Those are just a few topics that come to mind immediately. I'm sure there are others.
I'm doubly sure if I really wanted to pique your interest I could even write about my personal life, but I'm not totally sure I want to go down that road quite yet. It could be painful, salacious, or perhaps even outrageous! Who knows, maybe I'll grow some gonads someday and give you a peek inside. But for now, I'll just keep on writing.
Well, I gotta scoot...~Rich