The Village Beyond

A look at of some of the greatest writers we have known, as well as short stories and musings from this blogger.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Falling a Little Short with "On Winning The Blogging Pulitzer"

In a year when the Bloggers Association has announced their intention to submit blogs for Pulitzer prize consideration, Carolynne Bites submits "On Winning the Blogging Pulitzer."

In Mrs. Bytes latest blog entry, our protagonist (Mrs. Bytes) finds herself having difficulty studying Using her brain and the silence as the antagonists, Mrs. Bytes follows the story paradigm at the beginning of her blog and then appears to lose her focus "in this silence."

Mrs. Bytes chooses to succumb to these obstacles and goes on to talk about her recent trip to Niagra Falls with her husband. Using the writing instruction, "show, don't tell," Mrs. Bytes posts pictures of her trip within the blog. Since photography is Mrs. Bytes favorite hobby, we forgive her for this approach and continue to read on where another picture pops up of her and her husband sitting in front of what Mrs. Bytes describes as the equivalent of a fake background that we now know is the beauty of Niagra Falls.

Mrs. Bytes is an excellent blogger. She has shown this to us many times in the past. With her quick wit and undeniable charm, as well as her ability to always choose the right word, we have come accustomed to her great blogs. However, with only five blog entries in over two months, we can see that Mrs. Bytes is still searching for that great blog that will win the Pulitzer (something she jokes about in the title of her blog entry).

She shows some of that greatness here, with her comic question of whether or not one of the photos she posts should be put on a cheesy Niagra Falls key chain or mug. She also makes us laugh with the comment about not having a heart-shaped bed during their belated Valentine's day celebration. She also shows her genius by wrapping up the blog in a way that most story tellers have too, and that is to answer the main question, does our protagonist succeed in her quest to study despite the obstacles that lie in front of her.

I will not give away the ending, but she nicely wraps things up so the reader is not left hanging.

However, what we have come to expect from Mrs. Bytes, seems to missing a bit in her latest blog. Perhaps, what's most disconcerting is her almost threatening advice, "Do not try to get inside this head, baby," when she writes about her thoughts throughout the entire piece (even putting certain thoughts in parenthesis).

In conclusion, "On Winning the Blogging Pulitzer," is a piece worth reading. If not only for the wit that shines through at times, but also for the answer to where Mrs. Bytes is attempting to go from here. There appears to be something distracting her here. It may be another blogger, or maybe her new found bitter attitude, but I am sure we will see her shine in the blogs ahead. For now, we have no problems with the nibbling she provides here on our ears, but we look forward to the bite that Mrs. Bytes usually provides us with. I am sure she will continue to live up to her promise.

Jeff Otis
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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Today's Quote

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fear.

-Glenn Clark

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Excerpts from Jack Kerouac's journals

This is excellent... From The New Yorker...
Creativity is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.

-Bob Moawad

Friday, September 21, 2007

An Interesting Quote

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My horoscope from the Village Voice on September 20th, 2007:

AQUARIUS [Jan. 20–Feb. 18] "Dear Rob: Every night recently, I've dreamt I'm committing crimes like fraud, robbery, and embezzlement. (No murders, thank God!) It's getting so I'm not that happy about going to sleep. I feel bad about the mayhem I'm perpetrating. (Although I did have a fun car chase once.) I don't dream about the fruits of the crimes, just the criminal activities themselves. Is this something Aquarians in general are going through? I can't tell if I feel guilty about something, am psyching myself up to be an outlaw, or have just been watching too many episodes of 'Law & Order.' -On the Lam." Dear On the Lam: My guess is that your dreams (like those of many Aquarians) are prodding you to find more meaningful, productive ways to express creative rebellion in your waking life.

'Creative rebellion in your waking life.'


Looking at words differently. Seeing what's invisible. Things there and then lost forever and ever. The door is unhinged. The water faucet is turned on but no water runs. The end the beginning. The wet sheets against my cold body. Am I dead? Blood pours from buckets and buckets and buckets. Human life. The ancient mind. Glory without hope. The government without intelligence. The truth escaping their minds until there is no such thing as truth. We all watch and believe the lies. A girl walks by my window with a dog. What is a full heart? Death in Venice. Death in the suburbs. The answers are nowhere and everywhere. The horse gallops through the field. The quickie at high noon. Abuse of self and substances. Light camels blend into turkish and domestic bliss. The small body. Early human ancestors. Traverse environments. An interview with a distinct species. A significant step tentatively assigned, settled by tradition. The ANTHEM. Three adults on arched feet, their upper limbs and small craniums exposed. Populations of a single mindset. The mindset prevails. Small teeth and big brains. The findings of new evidence that steps have been taken to destroy the human past (or re-create it) - like religion.

As stated by Nabokov in an article posted in the Atlantic in the early '40s, 'I am left to grope for heart and art and start anew with clumsy tools of stone.'