The last two weeks I’ve been staying in Montreal for an editing job. While there, I’m able to stay at a friend’s apartment, which works out really well because I can walk to and from work and he’s usually not even home. My friend’s extended periods of absence, however, mean that the house is also without TV or internet. The first I don’t miss but the latter, I’ll admit, is a life-style change. The result is that these trips to Montreal have become for me something of a retreat into language: at the job I’m reading and editing others’ writing for 7 hours a day, then I walk home (another simple pleasure!) where I spend the rest of my quiet evening reading or writing my own projects. Alone and without wifi or easy transportation, it is a quiet and restful existence that lends itself to reflection and thought. (OK, it’s true, some nights I’d give my right arm for a little YouTube, but you know what I’m saying, 90% of the time, it’s 100% awesome.)
So, what could I possibly mean by a “retreat into language”?
Surrounded by words, consuming words, producing words, I find myself contemplating the significance of so much outpouring onto the page. I developed an early love of language. I realized that the attempt to express one’s thoughts clearly to another is in itself an exercise in clarity of thinking, and to succeed in making that communication is sublime indeed, a sort of intellectual union with a fellow human being. Truly, language is power. Does that sound a little dramatic? Perhaps, but perhaps that is the nature of such a retreat.
As I write now, I am on the train, returning home to Quebec City (another low-tech pleasure). I am looking forward to returning to my usual life, my usual work, but I also have something new to be excited about for 2016: I have joined the creative team at Flip Script Media as a staff writer. I’m thrilled to have another reason to write! More than that, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an energetic, funny, and innovative group of people. It is already among my hobbies to try to stay on top of trends in internet culture and the tech world. Joining Flip Script Media means that not only do I now have the opportunity to write creatively about those passions, I also get to share my interests and learn from the rest of the FSM team.
Here’s to a very bright 2016!