Knowing Not

Taking writing
classes can become
something of a habit,
if you let them.

At least,
I find it to be so.

Not that I apply
much of anything
I learn to my posts
here on the
Muscleheaded Blog –

– it seems
like I can
only write
this thing
from that special
twisted-kilt
perspective
with the off-pitch
punctuation
with which
it’s been
produced for
oh so, zso
many years –

– if I try
and work
at being all
phonologically
persnickety
or
technique-driven,
all I get is mulch.

And not
the good
kinda mulch
that helps
gardens grow,
either –

– more the
kinda mulch
that they dig out
with tractors
and throw it
on the rubbish to
keep it all from
blowing away.

But there’s
one piece
of advice
I’ve heard
repeatedly
over the
years, and
I’ve worked
assiduously
at applying –
” Write What You Know “.

Which maybe
explains, to
some extent,
anyway, why
the Muscleheaded
Blog is written
on what could
be a 3rd grade
level –
– cause I don’t know
anything much.

Don’t get me
wrong here…
I’ve studied a lot –
but it’s like some
really smart guy
once said to me –
( It might have been
Joseph Campbell ) ;
” Learning just teaches
me how little that
I really 
know. “

And if
Mr. Campbell
didn’t think
knew much,
what chance
have I got ,
I ask you?

Anyhoo….

I’m violating
another one
of the principles
of good
writing
this morning….

Because I’m
typing stuff
that’s completely
off topic from
where I thought
I was going
with today’s
post.

Yet again.

But since I already
have written most
of it, I guess I’ll just
cut to the punchline
of what should have
been the point :

Never ask a question
for which you don’t
really want to know
the answer to.

Oh,
and,
never end
your sentences
with a
preposition.

.

!!! HOY !!!

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18 thoughts on “Knowing Not

  1. YarrowHill says:

    Don’t tell anyone – I would have to give up my English Teacher card – but I think proper punctuation is boring sometimes.

    Don’t abuse apostrophes and we will get along fine.

    And I hear you shouldn’t end sentences with “and”.

    Or “but”.

    But I do it anyway.

    Hugs!

  2. YarrowHill says:

    I’ve learned the hard way: don’t ask questions if you can’t handle the answer. Ugh!

  3. “Darnphool” questions! I love this! 😀
    Good advice…I only ask Q’s I REALLY want the A’s to! And HA! 😀 And good advice about prepositions. 😀
    HUGS!!! 😛

  4. sbailey says:

    Haha!!! I love this post and I resemble it!:) your blog is one of my favorites hope you know that!:)

  5. ktz2 says:

    I’d say it translates into me being moderately OCD about some things, how things look, if they’re lined up neatly & such… also can’t stand any rough feeling in the seams of clothes, I have to check for loose threads & frays, they make me nuts. There’s more but you get the idea

  6. Jules says:

    Too true. Write what you know and what you like.
    😀

  7. ktz2 says:

    oooh you have one of my favorites words – persnickety! I am that, about some things, plus it’s just fun to say ha

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