October 26th, 2001


on the art of writing

Several things happened to me yesterday. First, I officially declared a minor in technical writing. I think this will
have an interesting impact on my future, I just hope this will be a way out of the pigeonhole phenominon I'm so worried
about, not just another way for a company to pigeonhole me ("You're a technical writer then! Great!")

Then we get to talking in my document design class (the class full of english major hippies that just crack me up) about
PhD's and what they're like. Our instructor in there has a PhD but explains that not everyone in the literary world can
have one because they really kill off your creativity. "Like our poet here on campus, she has a masters', but that's it, she
wouldn't want any more," she explains. Then I'm like, "Our poet? We have a poet? Like, here's a
professor, here's a maintenance man, here's a poet?" Everybody thinks that pretty funny ("awe, isn't
the engineer dumb?") and explains that our token poet teaches several creative writing classes too, but basically she's
our only poet so she gets the title of "The Poet". I think this is the funniest thing I've ever heard, but try to stay
quiet because the english hippies don't seem to think it's all that funny.

This brings on all sorts of thoughts about what a poet would be good for, maybe the boring engineering firm I worked at
this year should have had one (not like they couldn't afford it, hell), just to wander around and, um, do poet things.
Maybe if I were rich I could buy my own poet, some short plump woman with stringy hair, and just have her live in my sitting room and be a poet
for me and my guests.

I used to write poetry. Actually, I used to write a lot of things - stories, poems, essays, all that. These days I
just do engineering stuff and talk about my computer, but this has gotten me thinking that maybe I should get back and
write some more. Embrace my inner poet.

That way, instead of buying one, I could just dedicate part of myself to being my own...