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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Writer's Block

It's national novel writing month, Which I argue is better than Mo-vember. Don't worry, I'm not participating in either. Homeslice ain't got time for that. 

But I have always wanted to be a writer.  The life of a writer may be a little too recluse, too tortured and removed. Oh, let's not forget too poor. But the romantic notion of being a writer I can identify with. 

The romantic writer in me wants to spend my time writing the next great American novel, sitting in various scenarios around the globe, and write about my adventures and thoughts and people and past. 

I want to spend weeks in snow covered log cabins in hills of Vermont in front of the fire and the aroma of chili stewing on the stove and an apple pie baking. I'm probably wearing plaid and fur slippers in this situation.

Maybe I'll spend a couple months, or years,  sitting in cafés around Rome that over look piazzas, sipping espresso and nervously twiddling a pearl necklace while channeling inspiration to clear a writer's block.  I'll probably be easily distracted watching the beautiful people glide by making up stories of where they are coming from, where they are going, what their hopes and dreams are, and what is on their grocery list.

I picture myself writing  in a cozy pub in Dublin during a thunder storm over a good stout and watching groups of friends laugh and loudly cheers to the good life.  I picture hair tossed up in a messy bun and a big cream-colored sweater, well-worn denim and a pair of boots to keep me warm. 

I want to rent a white washed studio loft in San Francisco with a view of the iconic bridge and watch the fog roll in and out, drinking strong tea and pastry from the local hippy-dippy artisan bakery.  I imagine it feeling like home just a little bit more grown up with more depth.

And that's just the short list.
When it come to authors as heroes, to me they are Jhumpa Lahiri, Betty Smith, Jon Krakauer, Sylvia Plath, Mary Doria Russell, Richard Russo and more.  I soak up their writing like a sponge, lost in their characters, story telling and examination of life. I think  Nora Ephron is the pinnacle of writing perfection.   I recently was introduced to Shane Koyczan who is a writer and spoke word artist and whose GRID Talk is awe-inspiring and drips of truthiness.  As they share their thoughts and emotions and present them in words is the one of the most beautiful things a human can do.  These are with authors whose writings I hold in the highest regard.

So I'm tethered to the reality of my practical nature and confined to the creature of comfort paradigm that wants to have a job that provides a steady income, health insurance, and a 401k. I'll keep spending my weekends watching the rain fall while reading or listening to story slams.  I'll sip on coffee and keep dreaming far off place to see and beautiful spaces to write in.  All the while, I'll be in this corner of the internet dedicated to keeping that dream alive. 


Mike L said...

You can still donate to Movember, silly.

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