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Foot in Mouth Disease

Finished the second part of John Siuntres’ wordballoon interview Wednesday night, which was very pleasant, as always. John has a great style and knows how to ask the right questions. I always feel that I’m talking waaaay too much when all’s said and done, but I’ve often felt that’s one of my (many!) problems.

The whole broohaha with Comicraft is a great example of this. I put both feet into it with the post in question (below) and, as I said in my response to Richard (also below), it was entirely unintentional. But intent doesn’t matter as much as the words do, and the words — newsflash! — have power.

But it’s driven something else home, something that I rather naively (or perhaps even self-delusionally) allowed myself to believe, which was this: nobody was listening.

Oh, foolish, foolish Greg.

There’s always someone listening.

As writers, we have to own our words, be they ill-conceived or brilliant. As human beings, we have to own our words, because they reflect directly upon us, and illuminate us to the rest of the world. This isn’t profound; it’s common damn sense.

Yet it’s something that all of us seem to forget from time to time.

4 Responses to Foot in Mouth Disease

  1. davesbu

    i suffer from the same disease. It’s called blogging under the influence of alcohol (they should pass out tickets for this). To which my friends give me new levels of shit when that happens. They got so pissed one time I had to privatize an entry about Alumni Weekend last year because of it.

  2. incogvito

    yeah, I hear you. Last year, during the whole Speakeasy Comics bruhaha, the same thing happened to me. I’ve since learned that no one cares what I have to say anyway, nor do they find it the least bit interesting, so just keep it all to myself.

    They only want to see you fall, man.

  3. bustedacres

    I have to say, though, I was very impressed by Richard’s gentlemanly response to your post and your thoughtful, polite apology.

    It seems rare to find such manners among people on the Internet–just look at the argument between Mark Waid and the guy who complains that writers don’t think visually, for an example:

    http://sirspamdalot.livejournal.com/31875.html

    Both get pissy and argue about attitude when they actually agree about the general points of the initial post. So I was encouraged by your and Richard’s discussion on the topic (and I learned a lot from it, too).

  4. editor_lass

    I’ve just started listening to the wordballoon interview while eating lunch — and I had to stop, because I nearly choked on the “artists have to be able to read” bit. See: every art order I’ve ever written, and the complications thereof. I feel that pain often and with prejudice.

    I hope you have the chance to write Nightwing again, as well. He needs to get his sense of fun back.

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