Sometimes, I tire of the idea that I must write only when a story is due. Like when I've travelled for the magazine. Taking all those wonderful experiences -- and even some not-so-pleasant memories -- and tranforming them into a story that is worth someone else's while to read is a great responsibility. One I feel agonisingly acutely. And one that will not let me sleep till the story is done. Yes, I am the sort who wakes up at three to write if a deadline looms - 20 days on. Or stays up till three if the story is due.
Perhaps it is because I don't write often any more. That thought came to mind as I sat through a sermon at mass yesterday at Mangalore's Infant Jesus Shrine. The priest delivered a well-thought-out, well-crafted, almost-gramatically perfect (yeah, yeah, it is important to me) sermon on being kind. It led me to think of how few well-worked-on sermons I have heard over the years. To realise that perhaps if I had to deliver a sermon (or in this case, a blog post) every week, I would be more careful about being well-read, well-written, more consistent. Updating this blog regularly would also fulfil a requirement that my career guru Nicholas Brett says is important: to be active over many media.
So a new resolution almost two months into the new year: I will update this blog more often. Having someone else also read what I write would be great, so do feel free to sign up as a guinea pig. I don't know how that works, but will figure it out.
Cheers to more writing -- and reading!