The P-3 Website

The P-3 website is up and operational!  Within the next few weeks I hope to have my contract with Stampin’ Up (C) signed and my copyright under the Illinois Assumed Name Act.  I’ve been hard at work in the evenings getting my “home office” set up as well as working on the cards I’ll be donating for the Silent Auction to benefit Johnna Hood on September 6th.  If you don’t know about that event, you can check out her blog to find out more information.

And stop by the P-3 Website at http://www.p3writing-design.com to find out what I’ve been up to and what products and services we’ll begin offering here in the near future!

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Reviewing Vantage Point

I’ve been feeling a little bit under the weather this week with a summer cold, so I’ve been spending most of my evenings at home, working on things for P-3 and watching movies.  On Wednesday night, I watched Vantage Point.  I wasn’t expecting too much hence intending to watch it while I was multitasking.  I did the same thing with last night with 21 and Step it Up: to the Streets.  But unlike the movies last night (that lent themselves well to multitasking) I had to stop Vantage Point until I was actually able to pay attention.

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie.  Usually I dislike movies like this because I think they go on too lonag and keep viewers in suspense for too long.  There is a tipping point where good suspense morphs into pure frustration.  I am happy to say, a least for me, that this was not the case on Wednesday night.

A quick bullet list of my “Likes” (spoiler warning):

  • Just when I’m wondering whatever happened to Matthew Fox’s character, he’s back in the picture.
  • Presidential switch threw me.  May have been naive, but…
  • I knew “Sam” was a key player when he first introduced himself.
  • I like that we only saw a “single vantage point” for a few key characters and then, like a normal movie, the vantage point of the characters who were key at the moment.
  • Interesting use of recognizable actors in non-key roles (Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, Bruce McGill)

I’m not usually a huge fan of the “neat wrap-up” at the end of movies, either.  Something about forced coincidences asks too much of my ability to suspend my disbelief.

But again with this movie I was surprised at how satisfied I was at the end of this movie.  It seemed more like the end was a resulting kismet rather than unbelievable coincidence.  Kismet brought about because of one character.

I almost said by one character, but I can’t say where the circle of fate started.  By the person who shot him?  Was that part of this elaborate set up?  Or the bad Matthew Fox’s under-estimation of our hero?  Or was it simply the training and good eye that led to the fate at the end of the movie?

That’s what I like about the concept of fate.   You can’t really know where the initial catalyst lies.  However, the result isn’t forced, it’s unavoidable.

 

Author’s Note:  I don’t believe in fate, kharma, etc.  However I can see how it’s an attractive concept for humans.  It gives us more control over events and circumstances than we can actually have, which makes bad (and good) things seem easier to handle.

Firsts

My first published… anything… is live on the common ties page.  http://www.commonties.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/eternaltwins2.jpg

 

Note:  I’m actually pictured on the left, not the right…

Why I love blogging

When I first started blogging, I understood a blog to be a kind of personal on-line journal.  I didn’t know very many people who were blogging, but my sister’s best friend had a livejournal page, and that’s what it really seemed like:  a live journal.  As I’ve explored the emerging presence of blogs on the world-wide web, I’ve come to appreciate how diverse they can be.  I have several blogs, and the majority of them are simplistic journals to keep family and friends near and far updated on my life.

But the blogs and blogging that I am currently falling in love with are those that provide an Internet forum for editorializing and discussion.  Since being out of college and out of the atmosphere where I can sit around and philosophize with academics, it’s always fun to be able to hear the thoughts of other intelligent people and to read lively discussions about those thoughts.

Recently, Scot McKnight of the Jesus Creed blog posted an editorial on the Obama/Dobson debate.  I read Jesus Creed on occasion as it’s one of the blogs my friend, Bethany, links.  But MarkO’s blog also linked it today and I was very interested in the topic.  I’m sure Scot’s blog is one I will be visiting much more now.

One of the commentators (see comment number #48 by :mic) stated that a blog is not a place to be having such a discussion (in reference to Dobson on Obama) because it’s too limited.  I totally disagree with that statement.  Any form of communication is limited.  Blogs have their own specific limitations, but so does a phone conversation, or a lecture at a college, or even a conversation over coffee.  Before I got to that comment I was specifically thinking that I needed to comment on the level of interesting discussion going on up to that point (and also after that point).  I didn’t agree with all the comments, some were a bit more caustic than I might have been, some were less thought out than they probably could have been, and some were way over my head.  But all of those characteristics are things I love when having conversations with other people and I love that this post exemplified the type of conversation I think really good editorial blog posts can produce!  Good job, Scot!

Death Sentence

A recent article from the Washington Post examined the idea that modern “Internet” or technologically driven writing is killing the sentence, and that without the sentence there will be a breakdown of society at large.

That’s a rather large presumption to make, even from someone who loves written language as many of the commentators referenced in the article obviously do.  Would society break down if the Internet stopped working?  For a time, yes, but we’d adapt.  Would society break down if the financial system we currently use stopped working.  Yes, for quite awhile.  But we’d adapt.

Throughout history, language has evolved, changing and morphing into the languages spoken around the world today.  And, while most modern lanugages include basic sentence structure to convey ideas, there is certainly no uniformity to how a sentence is composed, especially when comparing English to other modern languages.  So would the death of the “sentence” mean a breakdown in societal function?

I think not.  I may not have any idea what the meaning is of all the txt msgng lingo the girls in my Jr. High small group use, but they understand it.  Their “society” is as understanding of the language as I am of understanding that D.H. Lawrence could write a sentence that made sense even though it continued for a whole page.  Modern internet lingo might be “Greek to me,” but then again, Greek is, too.  Did we claim Ebonics was going to cripple society?  Is Pidgin English suffocating the understanding of those who communicate in such a way?  I can’t understand a thing the Pope says during his catechism, but does take away from the meaning of his holy words?  Should we all have a common language and a common way of structuring the things we say?

Communication is one of the most defining attributes of human beings.  While many living things have simplistic and elementary methods of communicating with one another, humans are blessed by the ability to not only communicate needs and instruct others, but to think abstractly and theoretically.  This is most easily done in the context of story, the context of having a beginning and an end, having a subject and that subject doing something.  But it seems naive and very limiting to tell me that it can only be done in the context of the sentence. 

Some of the most profound things I have ever had to contemplate and some of the most beautiful messages I’ve ever witnessed haven’t been expressed using any words at all, let alone using complete sentences.

  • the all-encompassing gaze of a lover
  • the trust implied by the confident laugh of a child
  • the smallness of myself as I stand before the vastness of the ocean
  • An American Flag at half-mast
  • the dancer worshipping before her God without any music surrounding her at all
  • the artist who captures the pain and anguish of a time using 3 basic colors

There can be more power in what is never said, than in all the sentences you ever say.

I love words.  I’m a lover of all things that communicate, whether communicating to instruct or inform, to engage emotion or to express emotion, to simply tell or story, or to tell a simple story to illuminate complex truth.  And I recognize the ease of the modern sentence structure in conveying what I want to convey to those to whom I wish to convey it. 

But I’m adaptable.  If you tell me that one day “Jane + Mcl xoxo :-O” will be the acceptable way to express your amazement that Jane and Michael are now a couple, then I’ll start brushing up on my txt msgng and my emoticons.

A very wise person once told me that to hate change was to hate life.  I love life.  Bring it on.