Thursday, March 02, 2006

[My Life as a Blooper]

today's creative writing prompt: bloopers or miscommunication

Miscommunication and I walk hand-in-hand. That's one of the perks of growing up with a speech impediment in a culture of people who only halfway listen.

I've gotten used to being misunderstood in speech... heck, it happens everyday, and it only gets interesting when someone think I've said something more, um, controversial or taboo, than I actually have.

Miscommunication in writing, on the other hand, can be a more traumatic experience. Sometimes, I even miscommunicate with my future self.

Oftentimes, I'll write a piece that, at the time, sounds quaintly humourous. I get excited. I post in on my blog. And wait. Then, instead of laughter, sweet laughter, there's an awkward silence. No one gets the joke. If I get a comment, the person starts with the inevitable tone of not wanting to hurt my feelings, but they think that I've said something that could be taken the wrong way.

Argh.

Then, sometimes, like right now, I can tell when a piece is going to be a flop. So I either acknowledge it (like this) or erase the whole thing and give up for the day.

Perhaps the one I write this afternoon will be far more riveting... even two years later. Or not.

Over and out.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I need to check this blog more often. I seriously think you're so funny, Niki. I think we have the same sense of humor because I always find your posts funny (unless they're supposed to be serious, of course). I'll bookmark this so I can check it more. You're great. :) Have a wonderful day!