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Rated: 18+ · Book · Experience · #930577
Blog started in Jan 2005: 1st entries for Write in Every Genre. Then the REAL ME begins
It Hurts When I Stop Talking


Sometime in Fall of 1998, when a visit from Dad was infrequent, and primarily at the mercy of his 88 Toyota making the 50 mile journey, I was being treated to lunch. The restaurant was my choice, I think. Sisley Italian Kitchen at the Town Center mall was somewhere my dad had not yet tried, so that was my pick. Either I was being treated to the luxury of lunch and adult conversation without my husband and 5 year old son in tow, or that's just how the moment has lodged in my memory. The more I think about it, they probably were there, but enjoying the Italian food too much to bother interrupting.

Daddy and his lady friend at the time, Anne, came up together and made a day of it with me and the family. We were eating together and talking about some of my scripts, stories, coverages, poems and other creative attempts that really were not seeing the light of day. I think I'd just finished a group reading of The Artist's Way and was in a terribly frenetic mood over my writing. I think I'd just given them an entire rundown on a speculative Star Trek script.

My Dad asked me point blank, “Why don’t you write it?? Anne agreed. It sure sounded like I wanted to write it. Why wasn't I writing seriously? It's what I'd set out to do when earning my college degree in Broadcasting many years earlier.

Heck, I should, I agreed non-verbally.

“I will.”

But, I didn’t.

Blogs can be wild, unpredictable storehouses of moments, tangents, creative dervishes, if you will. I'm getting a firmer handle on my creative cycle. My mental compost heap (which is a catch phrase from Natalie Goldman or Julia Cameron - I can't think which, right now) finally seems to be allowing a fairly regular seepage of by-products. That may be a gross analogy, but I give myself credit to categorize my work in raw terms. It proves that I'm not so much the procrastinating perfectionist that I once was.

Still, I always seem to need prompts and motivation. Being a self-starter is the next step. My attempt to keep up in the Write in Every Genre Contest at the beginning of the year seemed like a perfect point to launch the blog.

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#418. Spiritual Draino
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#417. Senior Tech Slide
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#416. Adulting as a writer
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#415. New Practice, Just Like the Old Practice
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#414. I may take my writing more seriously now that I'm unemployed
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#413. Write what is tolerable -- don't waste a moment
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#412. My Happy Place
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#411. Join me in feeling better
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#410. A life slice
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#409. BIG lifeswork idea
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#408. Trying to put it down on paper
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#407. Sister Slider
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#405. Foundation
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#403. A path not taken -- WriteGirl (L.A.)
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#402. One's legacy is more than working
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#400. The Chosen One
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#398. Graduated Sound
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#397. Drops Into the Public Domain
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#396. Slave Children Theme or Slave One Scoundrel Mystery
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#395. Have Some Faith in the Sound
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#394. Subversion - The American Way
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#393. An invitation to visit
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#391. A love for a lifetime
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#390. Sir Michael Palin
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#389. "Roads?" Where we're goin' we don't need roads..."
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#388. The First Time
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#387. No Mama Twist, but Fun
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#386. Play Me Some Tabla, Darling
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#385. Fields of Gold blown by August Winds
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#384. Welcome Again to THIS Neighborhood
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#382. The anticipation..."it's cold and austere"
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#380. (When you) lose yourself in the music, the moment
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#379. My notes, like his...
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#378. Listen to the Journey
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#377. 3 movies a month average
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#376. Love is the saber
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#375. Missing the debate
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#374. Accessing Memory
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#373. Why am I stuck in the scenery?
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#372. Fringe
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#371. Time Markers
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#370. Mozart and LaMancha
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#369. Harsh Realizations
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#368. The Widest Circle of Compassion
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#367. The Doldrums
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#366. Start declaratively and unapologetically in the middle
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#365. Our daily bread
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#364. Ideas. Abandoned by Me
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#363. The Crunch of Cold
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#362. My everyday outrage
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#359. Prettying up the place
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#345. This is the proof
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