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  • May 14th, 2010 | 12:10 PM
Five for Friday

1 - I am still processing all the emotions that have been stirred up as a result of writing my father poems last month and meeting so much new family. It's all good, I mean even the bad is good because it's real. But it's also very intense which is exhausting.

2 - My father's widow asked me a question that made me mad and I think that's a good thing too. I don't want to be the whiny, poor me kid of those poems forever so getting mad is the next step in healing. I think.

3 - I'm frustrated about a couple of things in my writing life but I don't feel like I can blog about it because, well, who needs that kind of stuff out there forever and ever? So I'm biting my tongue but it's hard. Maybe I should set up a small list of Livejournal friends who don't mind listening to that kind of stuff  where I can lock all the posts?

4- I am writing essays in my head that I really need to get down on paper, or actually on the screen, about creativity and art and writing.

5 - Alas, said essays, like the Cassie posts about dogs and writing, are not likely to be marketable except to a select audience. Now I understand why many people are attracted by self and POD publishing.

Happy weekend everyone.
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May 14th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
I think your On Dogs and Writingessays would make a good, marketable inspirational book for writers.

I don't think that if I, an un-book-published writer, tried to market Dancing With My Leash, by Echo as told to Barb, that anyone would buy it. (At least, not now... ;-) )

You, on the other hand, have published book credentials. Why couldn't it be the next Walking On Alligators, On Writing or Bird By Bird?

Edited at 2010-05-14 08:27 pm (UTC)
May 14th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks. In my head it all makes perfect sense but my adult agent told me a few years ago that no one would buy a writing book from someone without a BIG name so that sorta took the wind out of my sails a bit.
May 15th, 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
I second this comment - and not quite buying what that agent has said; there are several writing books out there by non-BIG names, and I think your having such a useful and resourceful blog would also help. :)
May 14th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think mad can be good, too.

I'm willing to listen to your writing life frustrations, if it would help.

Marketable, schmarketable. You know?
May 14th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
I might just take you up on that, Tracy. Thanks.
May 18th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Count me in too. We still need to meet in person.
May 18th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Yes, we do need to meet in person and I'm grateful that we can. Soon! Life should settle a bit soon.
May 14th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Why not friends lock certain posts? I do, and it's cathartic.
May 14th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I could do that but sometimes I'd like a tighter circle with people like you that I actually interact with. You know how it was when LJ was booming and everyone was friending everyone else? But I'm probably overworried.
May 14th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
You can make sub lists. I have one (or did at one point) just of people who were published. So you could make a smaller list. Just don't call it something like "My only real friends" because I remember once hearing someone could see what you called the list and feel bad if they weren't on it.
May 14th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
I do locked friends only posts. Did a poem in one last month (the 27th). I like everything you write and I don't think anyone knew who Natalie Goldberg was until Writing Down the Bones came out.
If it is good people will buy it and I think it will be good!
I like it when people bitch, too, so you don't have to worry about that with me.
May 14th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
And I am glad to see you back. You were missed. Those poems were hot!
May 18th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
Thank you for the support. I really appreciate it. The poems helped me so much but they also took me to a different place and I'm still trying to get comfy with myself there.
May 15th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Whine, vent, commiserate, share - see you Wednesday! xoxo
May 15th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! Looking forward to Wednesday.
May 16th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
I lock a lot of posts, mostly b/c I rant about work and writing. Of course all I need to do is piss one person off...

Call me any time if you want to bend my ear, chickie! (((hugs)))
May 16th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think I need to start doing the friend-locked thing. I need to rant.

We do need to do another phone chat soon!
May 16th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Call me tonight, or I am off all day tomorrow. Seriously. Right now I am reading posts instead of DOING WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO BE DOING...like WRITING!
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