I went skiing at the weekend. It was fabulous! I fell over no small amount (one time backwards off a ski tow thing) but regardless I consider the day to have been a great success! There was skiing, and snow, and a herd of deer hanging about across the valley, and the occasional song playing from the cafe speakers.
I’ll be honest, I blame approximately 68.9 percent of all ski-related accidents on Saturday on those speakers. I believe I was humming along to the Police when I narrowly avoided a lady just standing in the middle of the slope only to fall when attempting to shout an apology over my shoulder.
My one complaint about the day, other than the fact I now ache in places I never knew existed (hehehee), is actually the busy-ness of the place. It’s fantabulous that the slopes get such attention in the winter, something they basically depend upon, but it really did make it ten times harder to actually ski anywhere. In the long queues for the tow, and in the midst of slalom-ing around kids who knew no better and adults who really did, I began to think about how the slopes were kind of a representation of writing and the internet.
You start off with the greatest intentions, but the internet (like the slopes) is jam-packed full of others. Some peeps are a little clueless, and you might offer them wise words as you narrowly dodge their ill-timed turns. Some think they know a lot when really they’re standing exactly in your way. Some are trying out new things, making what you’re trying look very easy. Sometimes people fall and you’re the one that has to perform skilful reconnaissance; sometimes you’re the one being saved.
The internet is a crowded place. It’s what makes it difficult but maybe it’s also what makes it so fantastic. Sometimes without it we’d never fall, and never get distracted. But we might also never be helped, given back our ski, and given a gentle push down the publication mountain. We might never be caught and helped after falling off a ski tow. We might never do anything.
What do you think about the internet vis a vis it’s power to distract and inspire? I think it’s helped me a great deal, to grow both as a writer and to just know that there are other people out there doing similar things. However! It can be pretty distracting. Even talking about punctuation with other similarly minded individuals (as I am inclined to do) is basically just me procrastinating. Awesome procrastination, but procrastination nonetheless!