I’m feeling introspective but at the moment I have nothing to be introspective about
the title to this scatterthought is a song lyric but I can’t remember the title of the song or the band and I can’t find it online
and yes I’ve decided to compose this scatterthought entirely without the benefit of punctuation
because it amuses me to do so and isn’t that what life’s about
or if not life then this site at the least
wow this is really difficult for me to do I have to keep backspacing to delete the commas that I instinctively insert
when I was young I didn’t use enough commas when I wrote so my mom taught me to insert commas whenever I would pause in the middle of a spoken sentence
and that’s the rule of thumb that’s stuck with me more than anything else
for awhile I went the other way inserting too many commas into my writing and she had to correct me to remove some of them
part of the problem is that I tend to speak very quickly with measured pauses so I perceive a lot of commas and admittedly use a lot of comma splices
but I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on punctuation at this point in my life aside from the aforementioned comma splices
and having said that I’m done with this little experiment which is proving considerably more difficult than I expected it to be when I started composing it on a whim
So the real question is, how much more difficult was that to read than if it had been properly punctuated with commas, periods, semicolons, and the one missing question mark? A lot more, in my opinion. Which leads me to wonder how it is that so many people employ poor grammar and worse punctuation. I just don’t get that…it’s not difficult. I guess people just don’t care.
But I don’t want this to be a diatribe on grammar. Although I suppose it’s too late for that.