Monday, October 22, 2007

Better than Blogging?

So I’ve been tagged again... although again it’s quite a ‘thinkerly’ one, so here goes. This meme doesn’t seem to have a title, so I’ll go with 3 things that are better than blogging! What you mean there’s meant to be life away from the computer screen? Well apparently so. Anyway there are rules first, so here they are:

1. After your intro, copy/paste this line and the rules below it: The originator - one Damien Riley - wants to see how far it goes so please keep his link intact:

* 2. Encourage people to post with the incentive of a link by including those who have passed it along here: Audrey, Celtic Angel, JM, Romance Writer, Deep Thinker, Absolute Vanilla.

* 3. Visit at least 3 on the list who’ve written and passed this meme. Leave them a comment.
And then you are supposed to, “pick three things that enrapture, consume, fascinate, or otherwise enliven you more than blogging. Then write a few lines about each to explain what the nonblog activity does for you, why and how.”

So I was thinking about this on a particularly long metro journey all the way across Paris and I was making some notes and I realised that I had to intro with this story.

Many, many moons ago when I still lived in Spain and there was a thriving Dutch community out there, talk sprung up about this weird but apparently fantastic new programme. A bunch of Dutch people had got onto a bus and travelled around that tiny country with many canals and windmills and the next thing you knew the ‘Big Brother’ phenomenon had begun. After Holland the next country to air Big Brother was Spain. In the spring of 2000 Gran Hermano hit our screens and using the pretext that it would improve my terrible Spanish I turned on. The next thing I knew on Thursday evenings me and the girls would whip up some cocktails, some guacamole dip and what not and we would not be moved for the three hours it was on. On the night of the final, there was a whole bunch of us there and you’d think it was a cup final or something the cheers that went up around the building (not just in my apartment) when Ima... (mmm seems I’ve forgotten his name) won.

Despite the fact that we watched this (let’s face it – AWFUL) programme for three months, one thing we were all dead certain about was that we would never in million years want to do it. It was our worst nightmare incarnate. Stuck in a house with a bunch of strangers and cut off from everything we held dearest.

1. I could live without blogging, in the end I did it last year when I was cut off from civilization by FREE (bastards), but what would really send me over the edge is not being able to explore my creativity. Be it writing which is probably my biggest output, but also the painting, sketching, designing costumes and stages, taking photos or making bad pottery. It’s simply what makes me me.

2. The music. When I think back to key events in my life, there’s always a soundtrack. The soundtrack starts the year my parents built the extension on the house and we were packaged off to my cousin's house for the duration of the work. We listened (and sang) to the Grease soundtrack until the early hours of the morning. We moshed to Oliver’s Army. When we came back Waterloo Sunset was on the tape my Dad played while we were decorating. When my first teaching job in England drove me to tears I came home and played Carter USM at full volume (my neighbour’s were sweeties). This morning as I tried to cut off my senses from the over stuffed metro by closing my eyes and plugging myself into the poddy, Ring my Bell brought a big grin to my lips. Be it on my stereo or in a live venue, I need it.

3. And lastly reading. I have a huge pile of books to read, I always have a book on the go (even if it takes me forever to read it). It transports me to other times, other places, other worlds. It began my love for travel (which would be number 4 if I was allowed!) and nurtured my love of writing. When my fingers drop off, I’ll still be able to read.

So now I guess I need to pass it on to somebody else. Mmm... I’m going to ask Jon at Writing in a Vacuum to have a go.

Oh and Phoktober 22nd


Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Hey, thanks for playing along - interesting isn't it, how most of us who've done this, come back to being able to be creative, in whatever form. Gosh, we must be an arty sort of bunch in way way or t'other!

Loved the photo by the way, bright and beautiful, very cool!

Shameless said...

SNap, snap and snap! :-)

Marie said...

Great. I'm certainly with you on all three.

Sam said...

I love that photo down at the bottom!
I couldn't do without reading.
Music - Love it, but I don't listen to it very often. TYoo lazy to get up and cahnge the disk. I used to listen to Pandora radio on the internet, but then they shut us (in France) out. Boooo.

Taffiny said...

Writing, music, reading, I guite agree.

Music, definitely soundtrack to my life. Certain songs, certain time periods.
I couldn't imagine getting up and brushing me teeth in the morning without my ipod blaring to keep me awake, till the sound energizes me.
Books also remind me of certain times, vacations I read them on, and the reason I bought them, what I was searching for, in the world, or in myself at that time. And of course my writing reflects me at different times as well.
Great list.

Verilion said...

D'you think Vanilla? ;)
Yep, people seem to like the list Shameless and Marie.
I really like that photo too Sam, I was waiting to use it and it seemed a good time.
And totally with you there Taffiny, you think of a book or a song and it's a trigger for so many memories.

Minx said...

Oh dear, I have a huge list - I get consumed in the moment, and there are so very many moments!

Jon M said...

AAAAAARGH! You got me! Olivers Army, How cool is that? Just you wait!


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