Saturday, October 24, 2009

Writers, writers everywhere

I had a revelation this morning as I lay in bed checking The Weather Channel on my iPhone*. And that revelation is: Words do not write themselves. Ever. The universe is a very mysterious place, and sometimes shit happens and I'm like, "Come on, universe, WTF? Why is this happening right now?", but one thing that will always, always be true is that words do not write themselves.

Every word you come across in your daily life has been written by someone or something else. I'm sure they now have like computer programs and stuff that will write basic sentences, but I like to think that for the most part words are still written by people. The description on the back of your shampoo bottle. That somewhat pretentious monologue about recycling on the side of your Starbucks cup. The synopses on the backs of DVD cases. The classifieds. And, yes, the weather report.

As I read today's forecast (read: shitty), I noticed that it was a bit more poetic than it is normally, which is the approximate moment I had aforementioned revelation.

"Rain... perhaps a rumble of thunder in the afternoon."

This faux-sentence is very well-written. Normally it would just say something like, "Rain, with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon," right? But instead, whoever wrote it replaced the comma with an ellipsis and "a chance" with "perhaps" and "thunderstorms" with "a rumble of thunder."

Who are you, mysterious Weather Channel poet? What inspired you to break out of your daily work box and be, even in just the most subtle way, a little creative? A little extra caffeine in your coffee this morning? Did you fall in love with an amazing man/woman, and now your life is completely inspired, whereas before you were just some nobody working in a tiny room full of radar maps and computers and half-eaten doughnuts, where no sunlight is permitted and all you do all day is write boring forecasts? What is your story?

And, more importantly, do you have a blog?

*this is a very accurate snapshot of the life of like every 20something I know

1 comment:

  1. Wow! This is rather accurate!Plus I do wonder what the weather writer had for breakfast this morning!