Thursday, February 5, 2009

Like Father, Like Son (Kind of )....

Hello there. I thought it was about time to make my quarterly shot at blogging, although this post will be short and bitter-sweet as I have a shocking announcement to make: Because I enjoy writing so much I am forced to withdraw from the blogging world!

Now you're probably thinking that the prior sentence doesn't make sense since I haven't invested enough into the blogging world to withdraw from it and the love of writing should actually compel me to more actively participate in the blogosphere, not cower from it(the word "blogosphere" is actually one of the big reasons I'm leaving. What a stupid word). Well, those are two very good points, I'll take them into consideration.

Actually, the reason I have not posted anything lately is because I have been busying writing something else. Being both the Son of Doug and the Dad of Bug, I have been inspired to write a book for my posterity (also the prospect of fame and fortune). So yes, I am writing a book. Actually it will end up being a 3-4 book series in the end with any luck.

Although the full explanation of why I have taken on this rather ambitious endeavor will have to wait for another blog post, I will share with you a little of what prodded me to attempt authorship. I love watching stupid movies. To sit around with Regan, Eric, Scott, and Boldt and watch a dumb movie is a near divine experience. In fact if I can't watch "Yeti" or "Battlefield Earth" with my buddies in Heaven, I'm going to have to have a serious conversation with Peter, James, and John (it is well known that they oversee all celestial entertainment).

At any rate, although I am thankful for the existence of stupid movies, I, like many of you, often think "who writes this stuff?!" Some guy actually wrote this piece of garbage script and somehow convinced some producer to invest millions to bring it to life! For examples: Batman and Robin, Indiana Jones 4, Battlefield Earth, etc. After watching said movies and you and your friends say "man, I could write a better script!" I'm positive that some of you are right. We could write a better script, but we, as the mildly worthwhile members of society, are too busy with our families or jobs to sit down and write a better version of Indiana Jones (unfortunately George Lucas was not). So instead of perusing Facebook or in the evenings and mindless listing to music during my daily commute, I have committed myself to formulating a fictional universe and writing its story (and I love the whole process). Even if you think I am incapable, I still need your feigned support to keep me on the stick, because at times I really think I'm on to something.

Just think of some of the authors that have recently risen to fame: Stephenie Meyer, J.K Rowling, etc. Although I am not a woman (I have fathered two children as rather solid evidence of the fact), I share something with these women: I am writing because I love to do it and not because it's my last resort for a paycheck. These authors began their stories simply because they wanted to and they loved it.

So, here goes nothing. Mike Thayer, the engineer author. Hopefully I don't suck it up.