Feb. 10, 2000


This is my contribution to Writing in the Sand, a journal collaboration project. The topic this month is:

Why do I contribute to collabs? ...to this collab?

There has been some murmuring lately on the journaller discussion lists that the term "collab" (short for collaboration, duh) is a misnomer. The entries are written independently.. the only cooperative element is that the participants use the same topic.

I looked up "collaborate" at dictionary.com:

To work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort.

The creation of a collection of entries (essays?) on the same topic by as diverse a population as one can find on the internet sounds like a "joint intellectual effort" to me, and an intriguing experiment as well.

Now that I've gone off on a tangent before even beginning to discuss the topic...

This is the first time I've contributed to a collab other than Connected Recollections. In that case it wasn't the collaborative nature of the project that attracted me so much as the nature of the topics themselves, and the orientation towards tying together the past and the present. This time I have another reason for contributing: I badly need a kick in the pants to get writing.

I get stuck like this all too often.. and it's usually during PMS time. I don't know if that really has anything to do with it and it's not an excuse, rather an explanation. Whatever I consider writing about seems boring. (And no, I don't do this "just for me" and pretending that I do doesn't seem to help.) I'm also moderately depressed.. I don't feel like doing anything much besides surfing, reading, and sleeping. Going out seems too much of a chore, although I did manage to get out to bowling yesterday. Dad doesn't need me this week, but we'll be pretty busy next week so I'm trying to enjoy some time to myself, only the word "enjoy" doesn't really fit. I'm going to increase the prozac dosage for a couple of weeks (with my doctor's permission) and tell myself that this too shall pass and February is usually a difficult month for me.

Why THIS collab? It's not associated with a webring that has the right to accept or reject my participation, as many of them are. The procedure is clearly laid out on the site and I'm familiar with many of the participants. I also liked the topic.. just enough inward-turning to give me an excuse to whine a little while getting my fingers moving on the keyboard again.

And I have to admit, too, that participating in collabs seems to be a good way to publicize the journal. I started this cold.. I told nobody I knew in real life or my other online lives about it with one exception (hi Stephanie!) and I only told her about four months into it. I don't have a built-in audience and any way to attract people who might enjoy reading is welcome.

Linque Du Jour:   Bibliomania

For those who don't mind reading from a computer screen or have unlimited printing capabilities:

Full texts. Online. Free. No fee, no registration, nothing. Just click.

The scope is limited only by copyright laws.. the original author copyrights have in these cases expired. You won't find the latest best seller here but it's full of wonderful classics by authors such as Jane Austen, D.H. Lawrence, the Bronte sisters, Dickens, Mark Twain, and oh yes the complete works of Shakespeare.

There's reference, poetry, and non-fiction as well. (eg. Adam Smith's, The Wealth of Nations and the entire Kama Sutra, for heaven's sake!)

This has got to be one of the internet's best kept secrets!

Yesterday's Bowling scores: 109 119 130 Total = 358.
Excuse du jour: Haven't bowled in four weeks.
Last year's average: 132
This year's average: 122.
Hoping for: 125 by the end of season. Recently revised downwards, sigh.

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