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About Random Says

Here’s where I tell you what this blog is about, why it exists, and how it will make you thinner, richer and happier.

Right. Well, at the moment, Random Says… is a place to share some writing, photography and other oddities. I say “at the moment” because as I improvise my way through the life of this blog, I’m sure its content and even structure will evolve.

I predict I’ll include writing on improv, our cats, our recent move to Ashland, singing bowls, wind harps, maybe even video games. I’ll keep you posted.

Singing Bowls
Two singing bowls. Y’know. In case anyone doesn’t know what one looks like.
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About Random

I tend to procrastinate and I love coffee. Over the last five years, I’ve been taking improv classes that have been a blast.

I have played piano on and off since I was about… well, whatever age I was in this photo proving my claim.

Child piano prodigy

I have played guitar, fiddle and congas. Someday I want to learn the cello. I also tend to dabble. I have lots of interests, and can be indecisive.

I dabble in photography and art and, as I said, I’m interested in a lot of things. I’m am apt to write about anything from improv to singing bowls to beach glass. It could seem random even, but it’s not.

The first time I heard the word ‘random’ used as a name was in the book, Nine Princes in Amber* by Roger Zelazny. Random was the youngest of the nine princes. All I remember off the top of my head is that he plays drums and likes gliding. He’s a little pesky, and a bit of a smartass.

Plus he’s the only Prince still alive who has virtually no claim on the throne, yet in the end he’s chosen by the Unicorn – it’s this whole thing. But enough about the story. I just thought Random sounded cool as a person’s name, and I also liked the character in the book. Ergo the name of this blog!

One last thing (for now). I reserve the right to change, add to, or delete any parts of this page. Maybe. Someday.

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About Story Starts

The story start idea first came to me as I was browsing through some of my writings and came across some story beginnings that I never developed further. Yet, as I read them, I thought they were fun and decided to post them on a blog.

Misguided though this idea might be, I’m going to try it because:

  • It provides an outlet for these little orphan story snippets, and maybe even gives them a chance at a more fulfilling life.
  • I’ve had experiences doing “add-on” writing — both in person and online — and have found it to be a fun writing exercise, not to mention hilarious to read.
  • I have the kernel of an idea that add-on writing can be a sort of “writing improv” because many of the principles of improv come into play even though writing is a different medium.

I have never tried to do an add-on story using blogging software technology, so this is an experiment. I figure the process will evolve as we go along. I’m open to suggestions, though!

Here are my thoughts/guidelines for now:

  1. Add on via Comments.
  2. Try to keep the add-on somewhat short. (Ideally we just want to add the next little piece of the story.)
  3. Have fun!

I’m sure I’ll add to this over time, but from my experience, these might be helpful:

  • Don’t try to write the whole story in one add-on. Just writing the next step is (a) much easier, and (b) tricky to do because it involves…
  • letting go. I have to let go of my ideas of where the story is going because once anyone else adds on, the story may be aimed in a very different direction than I thought.
  • One very helpful improv principle to play with is “Yes and…”
    Saying “Yes” to your partner(s) means you’ve listened to their offer (whatever they added to the story) and will continue the story by going with it and adding on.
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