The topic of this website came up in a recent conversation. Upon being asked what my site was about, I stumbled a bit, unsure how to describe it. I mentioned the handwritten haiku, poems and such, but I had no capsulized answer.
Later in the same discussion, someone else mentioned the old saying about dancing being a vertical expression of a horizontal desire. I smiled, admitting the quote was an old favorite of mine. My friend smiled and informed me it was a Sting quote, though I’m fairly certain it was George Bernard Shaw.
While I replayed that conversation in my head later, I managed to mangle the saying and come up with the title of this post. If you’re familiar with various quirks of dyslexia, I probably don’t need to tell you mangling phrases and substituting the wrong words sometimes comes with the territory. It’s one of the reasons I was such a quiet child. Over time I’ve found ways to help minimize the spoken gaffes, but the words still get crossed in my mind fairly often.
That said, sometimes even crossed signals produce useful results. This particular mangling seems to have answered the earlier question about the website. I suppose posting my creative efforts online always fell into the category of expressing non-digital impulses digitally, but given the increase in handwritten content it seems even more apropos.