The announcement of an upcoming poetry project prompted me to dig out some of my old work. And by old work I mean OLD — as in the disturbing ramblings of a teenager and very young adult from 1991-1997.
A few initial observations:
1) Okay, I now get why everyone was so worried about me. I mean, this stuff was DARK. Lots of blood and death, which — although mostly metaphorical — must have been pretty upsetting to others.
2) Someone should have TAKEN THE THESAURUS from the younger me. Good lord, I don’t even know what half those words mean. Thank god I went on to learn that stringing together 10 big adjectives doesn’t a good writer make!
3) Some of this stuff — if polished — could be really good.
Let me expand on #3. I have spent the last decade+ telling people I’m not a creative writer. I can write facts or opinions, but not poetry or fiction. That the younger me had this spark of creative flair is a kind-of reality check. I mean, that doesn’t go away, right? I’m still creative in other ways, so maybe I should revisit my former passion.
Perhaps I could start small — rework some of my old stuff — make it better, and see what happens…
Today, I had the opportunity to write about the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Betzwood Motion Picture Studio. It’s wild to think that one of the most influential studios of its day produced hundreds of films in our own backyards and that people are still discovering studio artifacts on their properties.
Betzwood was founded by Siegmund Lubin in 1912 and remained in operation through 1923 in what is now West Norriton Township, Montgomery County, Pa. Lubin is credited with making the first attempt to mass market movies. In 21st century terms, that’s like being the first business to employ Facebook as a marketing tool or engage customers with Twitter. Cutting edge stuff!
Of the hundreds made, only 30 films and film fragments survived the ravages of time. Copies of 25 of those films/fragments are archived locally and will soon be available to the general public online thanks to a digitization project underway.
Click here to learn more from Lubin biographer Joseph Eckhardt.
Here are some interesting communications-related articles/info from the past week!
What Will #PR Look Like as We Approach 2015? — Putting the Public Back in Public Relations, 11/21/11
Penn State PR Majors Get a Crash Course in Crisis, Thanks to Scandal — Ad Age, 11/21/11
The Art of Writing Great Twitter Headlines — CopyBlogger, 11/21/11
Twitter, PLN, and Useful Education Hashtags — Mr. Shortreed’s Ed Tech Blog, 11/24/11