Chasing Content – June 2008

So far, the first half of June has been great. It’s been a bit hectic at school as we race to the finish line to complete the final assignments and all the other tasks teachers have to do at this time of year.

So why not pause today to take a moment to look back at some of the great moments from this month three years back?

It’s time for “Chasing Content,” that monthly feature where we dig through the archives like an historian going through an important record, which of course, Silent Cacophony is.

You can read all of the posts from June of 2008 or just these gems.

My First Creative Process – Here is the creative process that resulted in my first ever screenplay entitled “Stealth.”

Different Roles We Play – I think that most people can admit to the truth behind this metaphor. It is brilliant and reveals a lot in its sheer simplicity. We do play different roles in this life and perhaps, as such, we are all characters in several different but interlocking stories. Something to think about, isn’t it?

I’m Not Ready – There are so many things that we simply cannot be 100% ready for. My advice is just to jump in and do it. No more excuses.

Survived By Stuff – My first short story since I embarked on this writing life. Please give it a read and let me know what you think.

Stealing Lines – I think borrowing lines from older rap songs is a lazy process that needs to be retired. It used to be cool to pay homage to an artist or pioneer by copying a short line here or there in a new song. This practice is so watered down now that we truly need a footnote system to keep it all in line. Either that, or we can just stop stealing lines.

The Ultimate Question We seem to be constantly striving for a reason or purpose to our existence. I think one author had a great take on this topic. Once again, I am holding up a work of fiction and interpreting it in ways that might seem improbable to men of science or religion. Yet, I think that we can find a lot of truth in the humanities. As such, we owe it to ourselves to explore all the great writing of our time. 

Colourful Language – It seems like the unwritten laws of acceptability change all the time. Is it okay to say “damn” now? Can you say “hell” or do you have to use the less offensive “heck?” And is a euphemism actually any better than the word you substituted?