The fifth post

Resisting the temptation of editing the posts that I’ve published. Not easy but I’ll try.

Another thing to think about: will my writing change when I change device or writing tech. Will keep recording that in each post.

(still in bed on my iPhone Xs Tumblr app)

(First sentence of the first post was written in that evil Flowstate app that threatens to delete everything if you stop typing for three seconds. I only got one useful sentence out of five minutes of continuous typing. Will do some more experiments in that app and post straight from the writing sessions later.)

The act of writing

Curious. The term ‘writing’ combines (implies?) both the act of transforming ideas into words and composing the words themselves. Ideas flow out in the form of words and, if referring to the physical act of writing, the commitment of these thoughts into a tangible form (marks on paper) as well – a third thing that the term writing implies. Writing on screen in a text processing programme on the other hand is a bit more nebulous and tentative in terms of the shape and form that the writing takes.

Of course there is a difference between the words ‘writing’ and ‘typing’ as well. Typing sounds mechanical, without referring to the act of formulating ideas at all. Conjuring up an image of a boss dictating something for a secretary to bash out on the typewriter (the image may well be gendered by the way). And the ‘typing pool’. Not a word that’s relevant with today’s text processing tech.

In my first post I wrote how the making of this blog will be therapeutic, as the acts of writing, editing and publishing will be one and the same. On second thought that actually won’t be possible. While I have not been heavily editing or polishing my text here so far and tend to just let ideas flow, I’m writing this text in private right now and am correcting and editing as I go along. This act is not public, you can’t see me write and edit in real time, and the text won’t be made public until I press the ‘publish’ button. How might we develop a way to unite the acts of writing, editing and publishing into one performative act? I guess this is entirely possible. One continuous stream of conciousness committed into prose: no chance to go back to what has been written to fix mistakes, or have second thoughts on ideas that you’ve put down. No opportunities to structure your thoughts other than what’s available intrinsically to the language/script’s orthography: glyphs, word spaces, punctuation, casing (to use the Latin script as an example) not even line/paragraph breaks, and certainly no semantic tagging of any sort. And all of that broadcasted/streamed as a live performance. Something to think about.

(written in bed on my iPhone Xs in the Tumblr app on a Saturday morning. It’s now 7:50am.)


This blog is a brain and bookmark dump for thoughts and ideas about writing, text, text processing, composition, and anything that is about the materiality and non-materiality of text. The text won’t be polished, and it might not make sense at times. It’s a glorified public composition book at best.

I write and do enjoy writing, but am certainly not prolific. Sometimes I manage to write something, most of the time I struggle. It would be nice to get published, but I often suffer from writer’s block – which, some might say is just an avoidance of writing, that’s all. So this blog is supposed to be therapeutic – the process of writing, editing and publishing are one and the same.

Typing pleases me, and so is putting pen to paper. And recently I find writing on my iPad with Goodnotes utterly enjoyable. This blog will cover a lot of territories, some of which I don’t know what they are yet. Digital stuff like markup languages, word/text processing, desktop publishing, database, hypertext, apps, platforms, devices, etc. Physical stuff like pads of paper, notebooks, writing tools, calligraphy, etc. Obsolete tech like typewriters, typesetting machines, character generators and the like. The process of writing, editing, publishing, etc. And yeah, typography, if I get round to it.

There you have it, the first post. Planning to post daily, see if that works. Bye for now.