Admittedly, I am not an authority — on anything at all for the matter. I don’t claim to be an expert on any subject. That said, there have been a number of people that have asked me to share my perspective and/or the knowledge that I do have; as limited as that may be. In a time when knowledge is power, many of us have access to knowledge but are treated like mushrooms (kept in the dark, and fed a load of crap). So in keeping with the spirit of each one — teach one, I share with you all.
Anything that I have shared is an attempt to help others and maybe a point of reflection. If I can share a little of my experience to benefit you and your creative endeavors, then I feel I have accomplished something. If not, then at the very least, this has been cathartic for me. Some things that I share are simply just so that I can laugh at them — if you laugh too then that is a bonus.
I am currently in the process of writing several posts at the same time. I’ve had several ideas for a few different topics; so why not?* ** I don’t have any rule that states: “if I start a post then I must finish it before I begin another”. Plus, starting them prevents me from forgetting about them completely and never writing them at all.
I might release a post here and there as I finish them. I could also very well drop a several posts at the same time. Who knows?* ** It is a brand new year, full of possibilities.
I am going to share a lot of tips, suggestions, and a few stories with you all this year in addition to the podcasts. So stay tuned/up, posted, …errr …ummm, check back or something.
Anyways, take what you want from my ramblings — and leave the rest. Just don’t take everything I say seriously. My words aren’t gospel. The entirety of it isn’t meant to be taken as such. You have to figure it out for yourself and make it your own. It is how we keep tradition while evolving the craft. In the words of the great warrior poet, Jayo felony — “I can give it to you but whatcha gon do wit it?”
Best wishes to you all for 2017.
*Rhetorical Question. Not meant to be answered.
**Note: I am compelled to inform people now of rhetorical questions. I made an attempt at humor recently on social media, and someone got bent out of shape because they couldn’t understand the intent. Instead, they kept insisting on pursuing their perspective / literal interpretation. In doing so, they completely missed the intended value, or wit.
Initially, I chose to ignore their attempt at stating the obvious. But when another person didn’t get it either and stated it as well, I explained that it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously and was only a “quip” (just an offhand attempt at a witty remark). The first person wouldn’t let it go, even after the other person understood my intent and moved on. Maybe they were just committed in refusal to understand the intended humor. No one, including me, was contending their assertion. Literally, they were right and I was in agreement. I stated so multiple times. Although, I should point out that in my agreement with them that I was adamant about a basic facet of the issue that was fairly axiomatic. Plenty of other people understood the intended meaning right away. It wasn’t an abstract concept.
Again, I explained repeatedly that I completely understood their assertion. I even removed the post and made it private because they beat it into the ground. The nail in the coffin was when I stated they were just awkwardly beating a dead-horse. As a result, they are no longer speaking to me.
If you must know, the remark made was about an intended misinterpretation of the Netflix content rating system. I literally posted, “Netflix is what happens when you let everyone who grew up receiving participation trophies review online — almost everything ends up with 4 stars.” Some people are ride or die about Netflix apparently.
It is an unfortunate turn of events and I hope they enjoy being right.
Hence, the note/disclaimer. Feel free not to understand my humor and repeatedly assert how correct you are. I honestly don’t care and it doesn’t stop things from being funny. From now on, I am only going to agree with people once and then I will move on with my life.