A writing Exercise – Working a weekend 48hr shift equal randomness

I like Scott Adams a lot. The guy who writes and draws the Dilbert comic strip, not any other particular Scott Adams you may know. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t necessarily like any other Scott Adams, it’s just that I’m a huge Dilbert fan and also of its creator’s writing.

Why am I saying this? Well as has become en vogue to say with bloggers these days, “I told you that so I could tell you this”

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, was once asked his about his opinion on what to do about writer’s block. He gave this answer: (Courtesy of The Internet Writers Journal)

“One of the most common questions I get is “Do you ever get writer’s block?”

The thing I love about that question is that it reveals a wonderful optimism in the person who is asking. I suspect that the people who ask this question believe they possess deep wells of creativity and talent that are inexplicably blocked. All they need is the secret unblocking spell from a cartoonist and then a geyser of bestselling books will spray forth.

I wish I had that kind of attitude. I imagine myself asking an NBA player how he deals with Jumper’s Block, under the theory that if I can learn how to unblock my jumping skills, I will no longer need a car. I’ll just jump wherever I want to go, like the Hulk, but less angry.”

A smart man, Scott.

(like I know him well enough to call him “Scott” and not Mr. Adams… but like all great writers, a reader gets the feel that they know him through his writings so please forgive me. One day I hope to be that good of a writer… so if and when we ever get the chance to meet, please call me “Chris” or “Conan” or “CK” or something, it’ll make me feel better)

Maybe to stretch his analogies further for a paramedic blogger, if I were to unblock my “deep wells” of something, I imagine that I would miss in my unblocking attempt and might unblock my sarcasm well, or my “getting back to back calls starting at 2am” well, or something even less pleasant than those. However, judging from the 14 or so unfinished articles on my desktop right now, my geyser of creativity is not spewing forth. I’ve had like 6 good post ideas today, but not enough has come up from my deep wells in order to make them into a good post on their own.

So what I’m planning on doing here, is to just write the intros to each of these posts and post them here. I’m hoping that this exercise will pop the cork on my deep wells and allow the spewing of creativity to ensue.

Post #1: (dramatic intro to something… ahem)

It’s a foggy and overcast winter’s evening here on shift tonight. The sky is crowded with thick, dark clouds that are taking the colors from the multicolored illuminants below them on the shining streets. The fog is nearly impenetrable. In fact I’m almost surprised that my response vehicle is slicing through it as smoothly as it seems to be. The reflections of my red emergency lights bounce back inside the truck, turning the drive into a shining, bright experience as the fog pushes back against my truck’s insistence that it’s progress is indeed urgent. Somewhere, out there in the fog, someone needs me.

Post #2 (Feel good story with a twist)

Hey! While writing this second post intro, I actually finished it! I’m scheduling it for Monday Morning. So, instead of Post #2, I’m giving you a video…

 

Post #3 – Interrupted due to my being sleepy

Hey! This little exercise worked! I think I’ll try it again sometime. Today and tomorrow I’m working a 48hr shift, so you’ll probably be seeing some random posts come up in that time.

Happy Interwebbing!

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Chris Kaiser aka "Ckemtp"

I am a paramedic trying to advance the idea that the Emergency Medical Services can be made into the profession that we all want it, need it, and know it deserves to be.

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  • Comments
    Rommie Duckworth
    Why do Ambulances Carry Epi-Pens?
    An interesting thought for sure, and one that is of particular concern to me as someone who has to manage a budget. However, it is countered by another concern that I have which is the frequency of medication administration errors especially among providers who draw up meds infrequently and must do so under field conditions.…
    2014-12-22 09:25:00
    Ckemtp
    I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust
    I somewhat agree, though I assure you I didn't set out to waste your time. I probably should have broken this down into two separate points as the second point was the one I most wanted to emphasize. My bad on this one, I'll do better next time. Thanks for the feedback. If you'd like,…
    2014-12-16 20:25:00
    hawk4080
    I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust
    Wow. That was a total waste to read.
    2014-12-16 19:20:00
    retired ems medic
    I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust
    The radios should have had a trouble button to eliminate the need to key the Mike and talk. Maybe the dispatchers need to be rotated out to the streets to get out of the mode of just getting the calls out and only half listening to the radio.
    2014-12-16 14:50:00
    HybridMedic
    I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust
    We use "Signal C" as a code to relay a crew in distress. Takes a second for the dispatchers to confirm it, but it sends the nearest engine, battalion chief, fire investigator (who are sworn LEO's) and makes an officer in distress call to Memphis Police. The arrival of all those resources is quite... Dramatic.
    2014-12-15 14:29:00

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