Initial reactions to My First Book

So I’ve had enough people read some of my book to realize a couple things.

First, pretty much everyone who reads it says that I’m a quote “good writer.”  Thanks, everyone.  Really.  It’s hard to tell sometimes and get honest feedback.  I had ONE professor in college (a Vietnam vet who taught a class on media interpretations of war) who told me the same thing.   That was really the only encouragement I needed.  Yea, sure, it still took me ten years to actually write a book, but I made it.  And it’s a good read.

The OTHER thing that happens when people read the book is that they stop looking at me the same way they did before they read it.  It’s weird…really weird…my mind is an interesting place.  And I’m not afraid to play with the words a bit.  Which is to say…my book is a mind fuck, and after I’ve mindfucked you…our relationship will most likely change.

No ONE…yet…has read the book in full and asked me honest questions about what it means.  No one.  You might be the first.

The first two people to read it in full had me committed to a mental hospital.  Everyone who has read my “conversation with the Turtle” gets this weird…”my brain just melted”…look on their face.  They look…and I mean this sincerely…dazed and confused after reading it.

Like I said…i’m a good writer…and I write *REAL* philosophy.  You probably haven’t ever read a real philosophy book.  Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote the last one, IMHO, and it mindfucked the world for nearly a hundred years.

The first time I read it…I started doing corrections.

And I Awoke With A Single Thought… (and a Word for the Day)

“Pull the trigger.”

So that’s the plan for this week.  The weapon is loaded, the charge is primed, there is a but a single action yet required to put the whole thing in motion.  I’m a bit scared of this one, and a close reading of my work (and world history) should be explanation enough for that fear.  However, after discussing it with my mother yesterday, I can do nothing but agree with her.

Fear is not a good argument for non-action when one knows an action is pure.

And now a word for today that I came across while researching a quote for my book (that would be the aforementioned “weapon”…see tabs above), mediabatory.

MEDIABATORY
(adverb, from mediabation, root to mediabate)

Of, or relating to, the media’s tendency to report the same damn thing over and over again when a story is breaking but there is nothing truly new to report. Generally used to suggest that the situation has shifted from reporting the news to masturbation of same.

Example: “The constant barrage of non-information regarding Caylee Anthony has become mediabatory.”

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“Newswanking” is another good one.   Profiting off the gruesome death of a child would be another apt description, although that one isn’t applicable to all cases of mediabating.