Friday, September 28, 2012
My Blog: What You See is What You Get
Books Started: 20+
Books Finished: 0
I guess if I ever finish what I start so that I would be able to submit to a publisher, I'd know if my writing is marketable. When people ask why I never bring anything to completion, my answer is that some day, if I'm ever bedridden or incarcerated, I'll have time to finish something. Until then, I feel the need to live my real life rather than write about a fictional one.
So, what have I (partially) written in my life? As a kid, I wrote mysteries, ripping off Nancy Drew big time. I also wrote countless stories about owning a fictional motel in a fictional part of the country and the fictional people who visited it. These were the days when my teachers would tell me I was one of the best young writers they'd ever seen, and then would suggest that perhaps it would be advantageous if I wrote about things I knew, rather than things I wish I knew. But what does a kid know? I was a dreamer, not a realist.
Next, in my young adulthood, I wrote about the countryside because that's where I wanted to be. After a few short years of farming, raising sheep, chickens, and a multitude of crops, I felt I was qualified to place my characters in rural settings. Just as I firmly established myself (in my own mind) as a hippie naturalist and poet, I suddenly found myself living in the big city, raising a child and all that goes along with it, and being busy every minute -- far to busy to think about writing.
After I moved to Oklahoma, and long before the author of Fifty Shades of Grey made her millions, I wrote -- and nearly finished -- a long and horrifically pornographic novel which, to this day, I feel was far better than E.L. James' big moneymaker. Alas, for a number of reasons, it was necessary for me to throw the entire manuscript into a fire a few years ago.
So now, I just write this blog. They say that if you're meant to write, you'll find the time. Maybe all this time I've been meant to be a blogger. I always find the time, no matter what. I love doing it, and people actually read it, which is more than I can say for all the other phases of my writing life. I continue to feel good about recording the goings-on of Route 66, and unless I do get hauled off to prison any time soon, this is where you will continue to find me.