Cautiously optimistic about thinking out of the box – not sure you can be a novelist and follow either one of these principles – stupid slogans that came to be when I was working in entertainment and book publishing, both over-used and as uncreative as the warning within. I wonder if anyone actually thought they’d be hopeless, stuck to the confines of Twitter word counts and Facebook special parameters that require fast-food style thought, little investment and zero attention.
It can be effective if one is learning how to create clever ads. It can be effective to share blips of dialogue and announcements once sent on paper via truckload mail.
(Speaking of which, damn, those postal workers work 24/7 now! The red, white and blue is such a different take on going postal. Completely defies jammed creativity slogans, trumped by “Work-Your-Ass-off-Ism.” Out on the road on a Sunday… to deliver bills and junk mail. Really, people should deliver more human mail. Send a card to someone now!)
Anything long is short and the hope promised with cautious optimism has a reach truncated by fear. Cautious optimism isn’t possible. Thinking outside the box – necessary. A coffin has a shape similar to a social networking platform. Our longer modern lives have somehow burrowed us in this cyanide capsule for the brain.
(Writing for social media posts is fun, but it’s placebo for the fiction writer. Add a bit of paranoia and someone out there is also stealing all of your ideas.)
If you’re that cautious likely the true fear is accountability. I was married to that fluffy pillow of thought so I know, and the certainty that it could smother me in my sleep.)
Someone will undoubtedly come up with a pill to absorb the classic novels. What a time-saver! Absorb all of Moby Dick or War and Peace in this one little pill that holds granules of literary treasures. It’s the Alice in Wonderland for English literature – less invasive than the regular cerebral upload and covered by most healthcare plans. Guaranteed to allow you to think out of the box AND impress your friends. Quick acting in most cases, side effects could include muttering that resembles Tourette’s Syndrome, blindness for an unspecified duration, ticks, or involuntary convulsions, or seizures caused by the intense absorption of intelligence via words into the blood stream. Overdose can also lead to years of hermetic isolation that researchers attribute to the actual time necessary to read the ingested tomes of literary excellence.
The clear message here is to read between the pages and the lines of big things. Words are nothing to be afraid of. They can be your most reliable friend that offer hope by telling the truth. I’d like to think that will keep me out of the box for a while.
Or, at least save me from future rants like this.