Marshall Bowers

Conjurer of code. Devourer of art. Pursuer of æsthetics.

Introducing Shards

Sunday, December 6, 2020
257 words
2 minute read

I really need to take a page out of @brandur's book and add a "fragments" section to my site where I can post things too long-form for Twitter but not quite worthy of a full-blown blog post

@maxdeviant, Oct 16, 2020

After much procrastination and anticipation on my part (and no one else's), I'm excited to introduce you to shards, my solution to spontaneous writing.

The name stems from the dictionary definition:

shard · /SHärd/ · noun — a piece of broken ceramic, metal, glass, or rock, typically having sharp edges.

Like shards of glass, these these are my rough, uncut thoughts that have not yet been polished enough to make their way into a proper post. While some of the ideas may eventually be refined over time and reappear in a post, I'm perfectly content to have the majority stand alone. My hope is that as I arrange these jagged shards together perhaps I can piece together enough such that I can discern something new in their combined reflections.

This endeavor has been unduly inspired by Brandur's Fragments and David R. MacIver's Notebook, specifically his post on starting a daily writing practice.

Through the combination of shards and recent improvements I've made to automate the publishing of my website, I have set myself up for success in writing more frequently.

All that's left to do now is write.