The Modern Transcendentalist’s 100th Post Mega Explosion Celebration…OF DOOM!


And now, rejoice followers, it is time for The Modern Transcendentalist’s 100th Mega Explosion Celebration…OF DOOM!

This is my 100th blog post. I’ve written 99 of these damn things. I showed up late to the blogging party. It was already pretty well played out by the time I started back in 2011, but all the agents and editors at writers’ conferences claimed it was a necessity for anyone with a writing career. I’m not sure what I’ve gotten out of this blog, but it must be something since I continue doing it. I know I should update it more frequently but often I find that I have nothing worthwhile to write about (at least in my own estimation).

To me it’s amazing that anyone would read this thing at all. I have over 80 followers, which doesn’t qualify me as a blogging celebrity or anything but the fact that ANYONE would be interested in my writing journey at all blows my mind. It is comforting to know there are others out there on similar journeys who take a peek over my shoulder every now and then to see how it’s going and I enjoy peeking over the shoulders of others out there mashing away on their keyboards trying to create worlds from a blank Word document page. It’s a fraternity not for the apathetic or timid, that’s for sure.

The writing I get. I still love writing today as much as I did back when I was 17, writing my first novel (a perverted teen thriller about a menage a trois that ends in murder!) on my parents’ big box computer. I certainly have other responsibilities in my life that chew away at my writing time now (my wife, my two young children, my teaching career), but when I’m writing I feel…right. There is no other way to describe it. I’ve had 12 short stories published over the past four years, and I’m proud of every single one of them, and I might be even more proud of all the ones that will never be published. Those stay with me. I can only give so much of myself to the world…

The whole social media/global web community thing…that I’m a little less sure about. I understand why the publishing world is so enamored with since it has basically made marketing departments obsolete. Now not only do you have to write a book, but you have to promote and market it, too. The Internet is a great marketing tool, but the connections I’ve made online always feel a little hollow. I always prefer to interact with other writers at conferences or in writing groups rather than online. Online social media interactions always feel a bit like pornography to me. They’re hollow, empty, and no matter how real they seem or how real we want them to be, they’re just a poor substitute for the real thing.

So will we ever see The Modern Transcendentalist’s 200th Post Mega Explosion Celebration…OF DOOM!? Maybe. I’ve been posting once a month so at that rate it may take a while.  I’ll keep writing if people keep reading…and maybe even if they don’t. The goal is still the same. I want to publish a novel. I’m enjoying the journey. Good luck on yours.


~ by themoderntranscendentalist on March 24, 2015.

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