Q: What is this website about?
A: At its most elemental, this website is about writing. The topic of the writing may not always be writing, but the mission is to encourage and talk about the creative process of writing.
Q: But you will start ranting about politics, right? I [love/hate] when you do that and so [will/will not] read this. A: This is a politics-free zone. Whatever is being written about, it will not be politics. [Repealed for the duration] Q: But Steve…? A: Yes, I know. Let’s work together to make this a success.
Q: What can I expect?
A: At the beginning, there will be two main sections of the website. The first section will be a short-form blog focused on writing craft itself. It may be a writing tip, or an observation about writing, or perhaps a particular piece of commendable writing that I’ve come across. The second part will be a series of stand-alone pieces written as time and inspiration permit. These could be about anything…except politics, of course.
Q: What about us, your readership? How do we fit in?
A: Well, your feedback is welcome, at least for now. Furthermore, the reason for this website is not irrational expectation of fame and fortune, but because expression through writing satisfies me. I wonder if there are others out there who feel the same and would appreciate a welcoming platform.
I’m happy to offer mine as long as, you know, you’re not writing about politics.[What’s good for the goose…but this not a debate club.] Q: Steve, you don’t really expect us to believe you can maintain this level of discipline, right? A: Certainly, I carry the burden of proof here.
Q: What’s that title about?
A: In Much Ado About Nothing, the characters Benedick and Beatrice meet each other and engage in a Renaissance battle-of-the-sexes reminiscent of modern romantic comedy. Only later in the play does this sparring relationship develop into love, culminating in an over-the-top mea culpa in which Benedick professes his newly-acquired love for Beatrice. “Paper bullets of the brain” is Benedick’s phrase for describing their banter. The entire speech hangs in our bedroom, a wedding gift from my wife, who appreciates irony.
Q: What do you know about writing?
A: I wish I knew more. That’s the point. But if you’re looking for some kind of certification, I can’t help you.
Q: I’m a lawyer. What can you teach me?
A: Nothing you don’t already think you know.