My name is Chris Amann. I’m a software tester by day and a writer by whenever I can fit it in, sometimes even by day. I’m an avid reader and a video game enthusiast. I like most music, though orchestral reproductions of my favorite video game songs and pretty much anything by Rebecca Sugar will always take the primary place in my heart. I once fried chicken for a year and I’ve broken my right ankle three times.
I think words are probably one of the most important aspects of culture. Every culture has them and every culture uses them to tell stories. Words and stories are one of the very few ways we humans have developed of spreading knowledge and, more importantly, understanding.
Despite what the name of the blog might imply, I believe perfect words exist. They’re out there and sometimes we find them. But these perfect words are precious things. They exist only until they’re used: until they’ve been written out and shown to someone or until they’ve been spoken. Words were meant to be used and to hold onto them for fear of breaking them is to silence yourself. Sure, they break, but they break into a thousand shards of understanding that the recipient of your words can piece back together into a full picture. If they truly were the perfect words, your original shape will shine through, colored and somewhat rearranged by the recipient. And perhaps all the better for them. Understanding is a two-way street, after all.
This blog updates daily until December 1st, 2018 because I don’t know how to relax. Monday will be a series I call “Tabletop Highlights.” Tuesdays are going to be a serial sci-fi story I’m writing with a little miscellaneous fiction mixed in when I want a break. Wednesdays are going to be various media reviews (books, TV shows, movies, video games). Thursdays are going to be something about video games, such as an analysis of how to play a certain character in a game or to talk about the themes of a favored video game. Fridays will be poetry, mostly new poetry with some older stuff mixed in. Saturdays are for “Saturday Morning Musings” which are journal-type blog entries. Sundays are for flash fiction or general fiction. I reserved the right to toss this schedule aside to address something urgent or topical if I so choose, because sometimes you just need to work through something using the blog you created to encourage you to speak up about what is on your mind.
If you want to re-use parts of this blog elsewhere, please contact me first. Unless you’re using it to make money, I probably won’t say no as long as it properly attributes me and links back here.