Wednesday, June 13, 2012

infinite monkey theorem

A monkey randomly hitting typewriter keys for an infinite amount of time must surely eventually produce a masterwork.

It would most likely have taken nine drunken monkeys, working telepathically, about 22 hours total to (re)produce my novel Séance in B Minor. But I'm rather proud of it, nonetheless. Looking back to 2005, I now see that manuscript as rather peculiar, the language a bit much in many places, and the plot somewhat (ha) convoluted.

Anyway, I did what I set out to do -- propose an unusual solution to the historical riddle "Did Franz Schubert write two more movements for the Unfinished Symphony, which were subsequently lost?"


  1. Looks like an interesting read..I admire people that write stories and essays..I am just now embarking on the journey of writing my story, but with a bit of a twist.. this type of writing is at opposite ends of the poetry spectrum so it shall be interesting to see where this takes my meager brain..wish me luck!

  2. If you have a story to tell, sometimes you just have to spill it out. For six months, I did everything I could think of not to begin a novel (just too much time and soul sweat involved in such a thing).

    But it nagged at me, wouldn't let me go. I had to figure out a piece of hypothetical history or I would simply go nuts. Took me seven years, getting up at 4 AM to write a couple of hours before work. Then writing when I got home. I finally finished the thing. For better or worse. :)

  3. It's funny but I remember being 12 or 13 yrs old and thinking, one day you will write what happens to you in life.. The good, bad & ugly.. I have side-stepped it for all these years (do journals count?)..Now I feel ready and yes, I envision many early morns and late nights...I have no desire to sell the book, but my children will want it I'm sure..

  4. I urged my father, late in his life, to write his memoirs. He did. It is a precious family document.

  5. My mother passed away last year.. I never knew she kept journals until I found a box of 22 leather bound books.. priceless indeed:-)

    thanks for the replies to my comments!