The fact that I missed my thousandth post is almost to be expected but for it to be “sorry life’s happened but I’m working on X story” is perhaps the most perfectly me post I could ever have made.
If you have Netflix and you want to see something demented and funny, watch A Young Doctor’s Notebook, staring Daniel Radclife and Jon Hamm. It is Russian Medicine at it’s best in 1917 and oppression at it’s best in the Stalinistic era. It comes from the story by Mikhail Bulgakov and is brilliant. Even with how much my throat hurts I laughed aloud. That’s why I’m going to wait to watch another episode.
Oh, just wanted to let people know that I am working on the next chapter of The Storm. Sorry for the delay but life has been overly life like lately.
Sent my query off to 3 different agents. One I found on Twitter, one a friend found through a contest on someone’s blog and one I found. I wonder how this is going to play out.
I wonder if I should post it here to share with you all?
Natalie Goldberg (via writersrelief)
This, this right here. If you want a major reason why I write, this. I’ve noticed a trend in my stories, that there is a lot about transformation, someone’s world changing and their having to cope with it. Written In The Body dealt with pain, physical and mental, changing you and how that affects you. That is something I deal with all the time. I write because it lets me get this stuff out of my head, if only for a short while. I may have apprehensions about love, life, happiness, all of that and it fuels my writing. I feel more alive when I am telling my stories than I do at almost any other time.
If you are honest with your writing, you open yourself up to the reader, letting them see part of your heart, mind and soul. When I started doing more of that my writing improved. It was hard but worth it in the long run. No one can tell the stories I can, because they have not walked where I have walked or seen what I have seen. All of your experiences and sensations provide your palate, which makes each person unique. No two people can tell the same story.
As for the I am alone part… I believe it as well. Sure it may seem nonsense at first glance, especially if you have a number of friends, but ultimately we pass through life alone and die alone, for the same reason no two people can tell the same story. When I was a teenager I saw a poem entitled “Zulu Love Song” that has never left me. It went, “I walk alone.”
When I finally got how true that was, it only made love seem more powerful, not less. Think about it, in relation to things I brought up here. That will get you pointed in the direction I took to find meaning.
This is an incredible quote about writing, because it strikes to the heart of writing.