Monday, June 19, 2006

On driving and plot changes

I don't get a chance to do this often, mostly because I don't have a car, but when I can, I like taking random, aimless drives. They usually help me think, much like the way aimlessly walking does. But with driving, it's a lot more fun because I can blast my music loud and just go to other places farther away from town, like Borders. As boring as this town might be half the time, I will always love it for its rural roads. The town still has a lot of areas like that, and I love to drive through those roads, even if some are too narrow and you could seriously get in a bad accident at night or something.

'Cause see, when I do that, walking or driving aimlessly, I really do tend to just lose myself in thought, using just enough to, say, cross the street or make sure I don't crash into the car in front of me. It's the best way for me to think things out and make thought-out decisions, as opposed to my usual method of deciding things on a whim. And sometimes, deciding things on a whim can be bad (though it usually turns out good for me). I'm one of those people who likes to spend time just thinking or reading or something of the sort. If I could get paid to just think and nothing else, I'd be a millionare. I realize though, that this is probably part of the reason why people perceive me to be strange, twisted and aloof, but that's fine with me. I don't like being considered normal anyway.

I also like parking my car somewhere along these roads and just sitting on the hood for a bit, watching things. That's just what I did today. I found a nice spot alongside a rural road, in front of a field with cows and a few houses, so I parked, left my music on, sat on the hood, and smoked a cigarette while watching it all. It was nice. People don't take the time to sit back and watch life move by nowadays. We're all too busy, too pressed for time, to notice both the big and small things. It's all just what's going on right now, and even though I consider the present and living in the present to be really important, that's not all we should do. We shouldn't forget that this world isn't about just us living in it. There are a lot of other things that go on, all the time, and sometimes, just watching it all go by can teach you a valuable lesson.

So, I finally started revising my first novel. Go me. I'm thinking, and if I decide to go for it, I'm going to end up changing an entire plot arc by the time I'm done. This depends on how doable this is without ruining the rest of the story though, but we'll see. Thankfully, I have all the chapters backed up in their own files on Word, so if it turns out to be bad or makes no sense, then I'll just replace the necessary chapters. I'm gonna try writing in my new novel tomorrow too. I'd like to see if I can't get it done soon.

Finally, I share with you all my favorite episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

"Hey guys, I thought you wanted juice. Guys?"


~Blue Angel*~ said...

I'm interested in your blog, but I was out of circulation for the last few weeks. I'll be reading you.

Di said...

I feel special. =D Thank you very much!

Martillo said...

Hey. The other day I was driving around your town cause I was being a turist and yes your town could be boring but it's peaceful. And that is something that I liked about the towns in that part of this island.

carol said...

Ahhh I love doing that, driving por ahi sin destino alguno.. most of the time llego solo hasta Orocovis o Morovis y viro.. some nice houses y paisajes por alla, I am so getting out of San Juan when I'm done with college.

justmeguy said...

Nice post. I love doing that. Just stopping and smelling the roses.
Thanks for sharing this side of you.

Di said...

Martillo: Yeah, that is the nice part, ain't it?

Carol: if you've lived over in San Juan most your life, deberias venir a otras areas, for a change.

justmeguy: Thank you, I enjoyed writing it. =)