Sunday, April 22, 2007

K&F

I was listening to a radio program last week at noon time which I sometimes do to get out of the nuthouse and into the ohsointellectual space provided by NPR. Some guy was talking about writing. And you know me, anything about writing BUT writing is of monumental interest to me. He had written a book about writing, which is sort of like actually writing, and it was kind of an expanded nanowrimo thing: take this year to write your book (or something) I'm sure it is wonderful. And he said the thing they all say: write every day. HE suggested a 600 word minimum, and even on vacations. And that is a sentence, and that is the book. And it has been said a thousand times before, best, I believe, by Anne Lamott who said something to the effect of this: the only thing standing in the way of finishing the book is all that pesky writing. Yes. And the thing for me is this: I don't count blogging. And yet it is all I do right now, and I like it. It is, like Roy pointed out in his very good blog that I haven't read until the past few days because I stay in my own little world where I know people will be kind to me, that blogging is like letter writing. I used to write letters every day. Every single dsy. I wrote them to best friends, to aunts, to boyfriends in jail, to pen pals, to my brothers. I was a letter writer. 13 pages sometimes; and I shopped for the perfect stationary at Hallmark stores and as time progressed and I found more expensive things to spend my money on, I wrote on scraps of notebook paper -- still my favorite: thin lined -- and I wandered the streets and gutters around cheap motels in search of a pencil because I feared the permanence of ink. And now this public domain.... nearly four years into it and it took me a very long time to be willing to hit the publish button and send out these letters to no one, these rants and baseless commentary on my quiet little life.


I don't know who took this picture or where it is, but if I lived there they couldn't get me.











So, I will learn to link to other bloggers, because they are out there too, and I will be a part of a community, and I will write my letters to no one.

5 comments:

msb said...

Hey bluesky, Can I add u 2 my web stroll list?

someone said...

sure. what is it?

msb said...

My favorite blogs

msb said...

600 words? that would take me at least a week.

L. said...

you'd better let me in on some of the other blogs I might should be reading. at least the two old ones, it has changed.