This Gary Larson cartoon has haunted me for ages. I would want, however, my helmet to decode what human beings are actually saying. In fact, in my darkest moments, I wonder what the hell it is I am actually saying, especially when it comes to social media. Would someone sporting one of Larson’s buzzy electric radar helmets look at me, or their feeds and detect only Me! Me! Meeeee!
It’s one of my worst fears. But perhaps it is an occupational hazard when you are creative. For creative minds are laboratories where unpredictable explosions, magnesium flares, and weirdly fascinating lulls occur. For the creative person this can be completely absorbing of course, but to the outside world? Not so much.
So one of my resolutions is to remember the writer’s 101: it’s about the reader stupid.