Someday I'd like to try my hand at songwriting, and I know I have a book or two in me, but for now:
- I write poetry that I occasionally turn into TEKST designs.
- I write things about art and tech and business over on Medium.
The older I get the more I find myself taking the time to sit and write. Taking notes, sharing my perspective, brainstorming.
I think writing is one of the most important things we can do. In the words of Carl Sagan-
“What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."
It all started with a blog...
In 2009 I started a blog. I was captivated by the idea that anyone could just... start something on the web and say/do whatever they wanted. Better still, if it was good enough, it could introduce you to people you look up to, or introduce you to new friends you would have never met otherwise.
For a few years I posted regularly. Then, as my first TEKST project was gearing up to launch, I decided to wind it down. I canceled my hosting plan, let the domain expire, and all but forgot about it. Eventually the hundreds of posts and countless hours of effort dissolved into the ether of the web.
Though my early musings were well intentioned, after recently stumbling across a few of the drafts I had on a dusty old thumb drive I was left feeling a bit like the 'Disappointed Picard' meme.
In truth, I think this is a very good thing. After all in the words of Muhammad Ali-
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
So with that, here's to looking back on all this some day with that same feeling.