Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Up on A Tree Stump #6: The "I" Factor
Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me!
WE, WE, WE, WE, WE, WE, WE, WE!
US, US, US...
Well, you follow, right?
It has come to my attention (again) that "I" and "my products" are being associated in some parts of the blogsphere with the OSR Movement. Oh Dear. That won't do. And let "me" explain why "I" am not "WE" or "US".
Finished? Thank you! Now. Please refer to the below extract from my Oxford dictionary:
2 [often with adj. ] a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas : the labor movement.
Let "US" examine this definition closely as it relates to "Me" dba Pied Piper Publishing.
1) I despise politics. I am very good at them, do not get me wrong. I just hate their overall feel. The best political movement in my estimation belongs to the ranks of those beheaded during the French Revolution. So. I am a very bad candidate for such things, really. That disqualifies one. Now...
2) Social agendas are often unclear and ill-defined; there are many which may or may not be worthy and I attach myself to some personally, but never in group mode. As that relates to culture, geez, I helped create a socio-cultural phenomena which exists to this day, but quite unintentionally, the why of which relates to...
3)..."Artistic" ideas... Ooh! We're on to something here! Let me take out my Oxford, again, for some slight guidance in interpreting that...
artistic |ärˈtistik|adjectivehaving or revealing natural creative skill : my lack of artistic ability.• of, relating to, or characteristic of art or artistry : a denial of artistic freedom | her artistic temperament.
It appears that the examples all deal mainly with a singular case: "Her artistic,"my lack." I would say that is generally good usage and appropriate for "Me" (and for other singular "Me"(s) which are not "Me") because of that. I will also note, for the record, that I quit TSR Hobbies because of creative and company wrought political differences and pursued a free-lance writing career while educating myself. This is covered in depth in my memoirs (which are making great headway), but suffice it for me to say now that I saw the vision changing which had been established from early on and it assaulted my finer sensibilities and awakening tastes, then. I knew what my choices were and I made them. Further, during an interview for Gateways Magazine #7 at DRAGONCON #1, the interviewer asked at the end of it if he could title the piece, having derived inspiration from the interview matter. I said sure, shoot. The title was, "The Maverick of Dungeons & Dragons." I said, "Print it." So for artistic measure alone, I consider myself quite singular and unique, not good for the corporate structure or flattened group think (unless one worked closely with Henry Ford in the day or in some more benign artistic companies today, by comparison, such as Tim Brown's outfit, for instance).
So, Where does that leave me? Exactly where any true artist, IMO, should be. Alone. The OSR has its meritorious designers, but I am not here to cast a lot in favor or against them, and I hope the movement does likewise in exchange. However, my pride at being a TSR alumnus is still with me, as I left the company but could not forsake the true friendships made and the times spent. In fact, at DRAGONCON #1 EGG and I not only laughed and drank together for days, but we judged the final round together of the RPGA tourney I'd designed (Journey to the City of Brass). He knew; and he appreciated everything we'd done together, and I did likewise. In keeping with my past association and camaraderie and the efforts of thousands who proceeded me at TSR, next up, a guest editorial...