Yes, I’ve left the default title of the first sample post after installing WordPress. I thought it was fitting. Rocket Blast Off. Launching. Once astronauts reach space, I’m sure they’d say, “Hello world!”
This crazy world. Right? Quarantine and all.
I’ll get right to it. What is Rocket Blast Off? Good thing you asked. I have no idea. It was a domain name that I purchased years ago and have done nothing with it. Initially I thought it would make a good agency name. Being a designer and all, those weird descriptive name are cool, right? Then later I thought it would be fun to start a blog with daily or weekly rocket drawings or artwork. I made one, then never revisited it. Because, well, I keep thinking I’m an illustrator, but my hands do not.
What am I going to do with RocketBlastOff.com now? I’m hoping to turn it into a place to wite. To put down thoughts, ideas, creative stories, and my previous fun experiences in word form. I say ‘word form’ as in, I’m also a photographer and am much more of a visual person. I understand things better if I see them. Word just seem to go in and right out.
I hate writing. Hate it. There’s just too much to think about to make sure what you write is correct. Correct spelling. Correct grammar. Correct punctuation. But for whatever reason, the state of Illinois kept scoring my standardized tests in writing in the top 95-98 percentile. Meaning, there were only 5-3% of students in Illinois that were writing better than me. Yeah, I don’t get it either? Maybe it was because they couldn’t read my handwriting (Back then, everything was written in pencil. ) and they felt that there just had to have been a solid story in there? It still blows my mind. But, like I said. Consistently scored high. I even won a contest with an essay for the Daughters of the American Revolution. No idea what it was about anymore. I’m sure my mom still has it saved. I also got an honorable mention from the Ken Burns baseball documentary called, Baseball, about what baseball means to me.
As a Graphic Designer, I deal with images. Making stuff look pretty. I also deal with words, but I really only make those look pretty too. We have better people to write and proof that stuff. My mind can’t do both at the same time. Plus, like I said, spelling, grammar, and punctuations are my weaknesses. I occasionally spot errors that actual professional book editors miss. Those make me feel good.
Which brings me to today and this blog. With the confidence that the Illinois standardized test graders gave me, I’ve always wanted to try my hand at serious writing. Can I write something creative? Something that others would enjoy reading? Well, we’re going to try it out and see. Because there’s one piece of writing that I’ve been working on for the past two years that I want to see finished. It’s a script. A movie screenplay, and it’s currently about 150 pages long. The standard script is roughly 120 pages long, or 120 minutes. One page should equal about one minute of screen time. I’m currently stuck and need to re-write large portions of it, but am having a hard time figuring out the voice it needs to follow. And what better way to get better at something than to practice at it?
I hope you’ll enjoy what I write. I hope I enjoy writing what I write. I also hope it makes me better, and would love to hear feedback. But will anyone see this? Who knows right now? I’ve started many ideas that I’ve never followed through with. But I feel that this current script I’m writing can be a great movie, and I need to make sure I do it right and make it the best it can be and have some planned exercises that should help me out, and since I have to write them anyways, I may as well make them public.
Here’s to the start of fun exercise, and I’m putting it out on the internet for anyone to see. Hello, world!