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Charles Deemer

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MFA, Playwriting, University of Oregon

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Friday, January 20, 2006  
Since Thanksgiving, 2004, I've been keeping a secret blog that will be published posthumously. There will be a link to it here. Why am I doing this?

I'm very jealous of my time. I have things to write and not enough time to do them all. So I resist interruptions and avoid circumstances that invite interruptions of my writing time.

I'm easily suckered into political/religious/social arguments, which used to be fun for their own sake but which now are a distraction and a waste of time. So I wanted a place to say things (including "politically incorrect" things) that invited argument without having to participate in the argument -- that is, I wanted to vent without hearing from anyone about it, and thus being distracted from my work.

I also wanted a place to whine. I deplore public whining, so I didn't want to do it here (though I have made a tiny whine here from time to time). For example, I have a love-hate relationship with Portland, particularly with the Portland theater scene, and too often something happens that really sets me off, despite myself. This is why if I outlive my wife, which is unlikely, I'd move in a heartbeat. I like everything about Portland except its ghosts. I'd like to live farther away from them. So I also needed a place to bitch about Portland without arousing the wrath of Portland-lovers everywhere.

For these reasons, and a few others, I wanted a private blog space. Why not just write in a diary? Because my remarks in the contexts above are things I own up to and things that complete who I am. I just don't want the distractions that come with this side of me because I am very aware that my remaining time is limited, and I have a hell of a lot of work to do before then. No distractions. No hassles. Write, write, write.

I am mentioning this because I did some writing in this secret blog this morning about something happening in Portland theater now that really irks me. But I won't get into it now. I wrote it, I vented, no one can read it while I'm alive and suck me into saying more about it, and that's the end of it. Perfect.

So, one of these days, hopefully some years away, but possibly tomorrow, if not later today, this blog will end, and in a few days, I expect, a link will appear to the other "secret" blog, and you can learn that I'm not always as mild mannered as I may appear here. (To which someone is thinking, mild mannered! You've got to be kidding. All things are relative.)

The bottom line is, this works for me. And you have something to look forward to ha ha.

1/20/2006 12:05:00 PM | 6 comments

fascinating concept!
i'm having my first seven entries of 2006 from my blog published in a regional publication (the editor digs my blog and so proposed making it even more public). it will be interesting owning up to it all for 26,000 readers but i'm not afraid. real emotion is just that, real. now, i don't vent - and i'm well tempered so it sounds like we're talking about two different things here. but just wanted to put it out there. you're smart not to distract yourself further from writing while also maintaining a venue for yourself to vent. but who knows - maybe you're a closet theater critic? :-)
katey http;//
Been there, done that.
I vent. LOL
Pretty egotistical thing to do, don't you think? I mean, who cares?
Of course it is! Jeez. How do you think writers survive except by having very strong egos? Writers believe they have readers out there, whether they do or not. Fortunately, in my case, now and again I hear from someone who lets me know this is true. A marginal writer is not an invisible writer -- but even invisible writers need to keep the faith. A wonderful book of literary criticism published in the 60s was called "The Performing Self." Writer as performing self. Perfect.
I'm one of your readers -- and a fan! Keep on truckin'!
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