A Journey Into Negative Space

A beginning is a very delicate time…

As I was catching my breath from a pretty exhaustive 24LiesASecond article published a while ago, the desire cropped up to take a break from long form for a while. My celluloid fantasia had taken me in all kinds of crazy directions – sometimes relevant, sometimes less so – and many scattered thoughts and subjects were still whirling around in my head, ready to be explored. There was no way I was going to make sense of these any time soon, and to be honest, I didn’t want to. I rather enjoyed the storm of free association waging behind my eyes.

Faced with this strangely pleasant lack of coherence, an old idea reared its ugly head… You guessed it: Why not start a blog?

I’ve been thinking about starting one ever since I found out the form existed, but one small matter had always managed to discourage me: A fear of not being able to deliver the proper amount of content. Unlike my friend Dennis Cozzalio – fellow 24Lies contributor and the Takashi Miike of bloggers (for proof, just visit Dennis’s excellent Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule), I’m a deliberate slow writer. And not just because English isn’t my native language. The incurably prolific Stephen King once said about himself that he writes “like a fat lady diets.” Well… I’m more like an anorexia patient trying to gain weight.

Of course, such an excuse isn’t good enough. Who was I kidding? There are no deadlines in the blogosphere. And the cool thing about blog posts is that they don’t have to be fully developed. They can be afterthoughts, sideline scribbles, sketches… indeed, negative space. If my 24Lies articles are to the point, a blog could be beside it.

So here we are: Lost in Negative Space. Between the lines, beyond the screen, beside the point.

It’s good to have you here, my guest. Sit down, have a drink, click around. If you like what you see, drop a note in the comment section. I’ll appreciate it. Now let’s get started!

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3 Responses to A Journey Into Negative Space

  1. Peet! Am I the first?! I don’t know if I am, but if so, what an honor to be the first commenter on your new blog!! If not, well, it’s still an honor to be among the first! This is something I’ve been hoping you’d do for quite some time now, so what a nice surprise to log on tonight an find it here waiting for me. I look forward to all the insight and fun you’re sure to bring to the blogosphere. I’m off to put you on my sidebar right now! And I’m also going to be able to include you in my weekend reading list, which i, because I spent three hours on Jim’s Opening Shots last night, going to be published well into the weekend itself. Oh, well, I’m trying to remember the truth of what you said about the blogosphere having no real deadlines (except those we impose on ourselves) and relax a little and not worry about it! The Takashi Miike of blogging is about to take a few days off come Friday, and I’ve got quite a few things I’d like to get before then, inlcudin a new professoral quiz. But I’m feeling very un-Miike-like right now, so I think it’s time to take a few days and recharge in the green pastures of Oregon. I’ll try to take some pictures and publish them too. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see this blog up and running tonight. Welcome, welcome, welcome!

    Dennis

  2. David Lowery says:

    Just discovered this addition to the blogosphere, Peet. I love your long form work – and I look forward to reading these (relatively) shorter bites.

  3. Peet says:

    Thanks for the confidence, guys. Both of you discovered this blog even before I officially announced it!

    Actually, Dennis, with the pretty intense email correspondence I have going, this blog might even save me some time because I’m able to reach more friends at once! That’s a wild guess, though… We’ll see how it goes.

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