- Photography has, for the time being, taken over for fiction-writing in my day-to-day hobbies. It's not that I'm particularly good at it, but it's not like anybody cares, either.
To me, good writing is something that I can forget that I wrote, look back, and laugh. If I can't make myself laugh, I really don't receive any enjoyment out of it. That's why I've pretty much stopped taking writing seriously, reducing it down to bullet-pointed items and silly vignettes about talking penises.
Real writers workshop their writing. I don't want to do that. If somebody else gives me a suggestion, the stuff I write will become something other than mine. It will be a group effort. A collaboration. It becomes less about amusing myself and more about pleasing others, and that's not something I want to do. It may seem self-centered, but honestly who gives a crud.
I get the same simple enjoyment out of photography as I do with writing, except I know that I'm virtually talentless in the field of photography. I own a $100 point-and-click camera. Anybody's grandmother can "become a photographer" with the same equipment these days. I feel like, with photographs, I can just take pictures that make me happy. I take pictures of Marshmallow Peeps and bizarre Mexican candies in a macrostudio that I built over the course of a weekend.
- Internetted Dating Update: I got a message from somebody, and we chatted on AIM for a while. I looked more closely at her profile and it says she's currently in a relationship. Why would she be on a dating site (and actively seeking people by messaging them) if she were in a relationship. Ugh. Otherwise, coming up pretty much emptyhanded. I sent a few messages which either haven't been received yet or were ignored. Whee!
At this point, I've been pretty selective with the people I message. Some shared interests are nice, and if they look like they have a sense of humor. Or, if they can support a dopey male secretary who longs to write crappy fiction. Would be a perk. But still, being single is of primary concern here, people.