We are writers! ~non writing part 2

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So many intelligent and thoughtful responses to my question on writing – I felt a follow up was in order.

I have come to some conclusions about this crazy act of blogging.

It takes a little guts to just “stand up and spit”  (sorry, Eminem mode)

 We go from the big three things stuck in our head –

  1. I have something to say.
  2. I need to get something off my chest.
  3. I want to connect with like-minded others.

TO:

  1. I said it
  2. It’s gone
  3. Hello

Those three things happen the instant we hit the publish button.

Some of my more cynical readers might say – I’ll give you the first two caveman – but the third? No interaction by hitting publish – no likes, no comments, no nothing.

Wrong – wrong and wrong

The moment your thoughts are out – you have made a connection – You have taken stuff from your brain and published it.

It is out there — you do not own it anymore — anyone that reads it could have a reaction you will never know about. You have no idea

Yes, every blogger ~ even the “much maligned” food blogger* can connect.

Imagine a family that had the “best damn apple blueberry turnover” (recipe from a food blog) – and eating that turnover moved Grandma so much that she finally told everyone where the 36 gold bars were buried on the old family farm — which led to a very generous offer on that property for the current owners…. which made their day because they wanted to move to Nebraska anyway. (why anybody would move to Nebraska is a question that can’t be answered in the limited space of this post!)

Isn’t that a beautiful story – an entire family united together in common greed – it warms the heart.

But we don’t know the situation of each family member.

And we don’t know the good that could come from getting out of debt and thriving instead of surviving.

We don’t know what will happen with a post.

That is both scary and exhilarating.

So keep spitting it out on-line

This requires at least a Part 3

Cheers from the Cave!

 

 

*Yes people – food bloggers are bloggers too – it does not matter what the subject of a blog is – all bloggers are relevant if the content is interesting and the writer is passionate – a food blogger can hit this mark.  In fact -If I, the Cave Guy, started a food web site — do you think it would be boring?

Notes: Good rappers take brutal honesty about their life – package it to their fans with rhyme and beat –  And connection happens – They don’t know what their music will do —-BUT – connection is made.

Good bloggers take brutal honesty about their life – package it with words and images  to their readers – And connection happens —– etc….etc…etc…

We are more alike than not alike.

I thank everyone for the great comments and will do my best to visit your home on the web and reciprocate — because that is what this is all about!

The Cave began as a “Project”

 

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A non-writer speaks of writing and influence

If Sid Vicious considered himself a bass player then I will consider myself a writer.

He snarled and spit, he raged, he fell down on his face — but he somehow got the job done (sort of).

[ I know — perhaps the most tragic figure in rock music who put the most brutal spin on Romeo and Juliet ]

BUT – THAT IS FOR ANOTHER BLOG —– THIS IS ABOUT WRITING.

 

I would not be here without my adventures at community college a few short years ago. This blog actually started as a project in a web design class! –  And Still going — Yes, I was forced to create a web presence for a grade! I admit it — I come from academia!!! (jk)

A shout out to my English Professor at the same unnamed institution — who somehow took my mangle of a brain and got it to play nice enough to express myself. More important than that – it gave me the confidence to write.

You think confidence is a small thing?—- It is the key that opens a FULFILLING LIFE!!!! –

So here I am – rock you like a hurricane

Back to this blog:

We all “grunt and sweat under a weary life”

Friggin’  – “Wild Bill Shakeman”  himself or if you need to cite it accurately:

William Shakespeare

“For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely

The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,

The insolence of office, and the spurns

That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,

When he himself might his quietus make”

Writing should move your mind – it should give you a kick —it should make you think!

When I read Shakespeare, I understand what words can do – I don’t understand how he hits the mark – but I marvel at the deadly precision.

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“They were watching, out there past men’s knowing, where stars are drowning and whales ferry their vast souls through the black and seamless sea.”

Or:

“War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.”

Cormac McCarthy can flat out write! If you think you are a writer – go read Blood Meridian and then you will quickly realize how far you have to go.

I have far to go———–

So those three would be my biggest influences if I could be so arrogant to claim any.

Sid Vicious – because he just went for it with no restrictions – Shakespeare because he is Shakespeare, and Cormac McCarthy because his words stir my soul.

One more thing:

Keeping this blog going has made me better – every post and every week – I get stronger.

I am a better writer because I write.

That is part of why those of us who are afflicted with this disease don’t stop – there is a certain rush with jamming words together and making it work.

I am sick with this.

I welcome thoughts:

How many of my fellow bloggers consider themselves writers and what do you guys think of writing?

And maybe more important: Why did you step out and start a blog?

Disclaimer:

[ I talk about the sweet spot, I talk about the triumph of great posts — this post may well fall flat on its face like a drunken Sid – I gave it all I got – can do no more – we hit the publish button and wait ]