Writing Is Writing

I left the piece of paper with everybody’s e-mail address in my campus office,
and so this morning I am writing you through the Moodle News Forum. My
apologies.

I wanted to let you know a couple of things. First, that I am going to make
another short story available to you, and that it will be available as both a
PDF and a text. I will also make a plain text version of “The Most Dangerous
Game” available — depending on how complicated all of this is, it may simply
be a link to a DropBox folder. (Ugh, Moodle, you are a beast.)

Only one of you had my digital humanities seminar, but I know a number of you
are algorithmically interested, if I can use that turn of phrase, and so
perhaps some of you have already guessed that the plain text versions of these
stories are there for a particular set of reasons.

I also want to remind you that the idea “writing is writing” is very much in
play. If you aren’t writing, then what exactly are you doing? As I have noted
before, it doesn’t have to be particularly good or focused writing, and this
week’s example from my own “writing is writing” set of activities is a [blog
post I made](http://johnlaudun.org/20130211-i-just-read-books/).

It started with my fascination with a particular scene or two in a single film,
but as I wrote I realized I was kind of interested in representations of
machines reading in general. Now, as you can guess, the “scene of reading” is
rather a “hot” topic in our household as Yung-Hsing rounds the last turn in her
own book, and so this may only be a passing fancy on my part, momentarily
caught in her draft as it were, but if it’s not, then I have 584 words that
might be the start of something else. Maybe the last half, which walks a reader
through the opening scene of “Three Days of the Condor” is only a literary way
to begin an essay. Still, I have it. It’s drafted. Done. In a can. On the
shelf.

Use your own metaphors for why you should always be sure to sit down and write
at least 500 words once a week. The metaphor doesn’t matter. The quality of
what you write doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are writing. After all,
if you aren’t writing, what are you doing?