11 September 2007


I'm up at the Misfits today. Here's a sneak peek:
"Oh, I've always wanted to write," people say when I tell them I'm an author. I get the varieties, the I-have-a-novel-in-me, the my-grandmother's-memoirs type, the I-blog-hence sort, the Madonna-wrote-a-children's-book-so-why-can't-I. You know, the I've-always-wanted-to-play-piano people.*
It gets better: I confess my inability to ride a bike and my near-death experiences attached to it.
*I dedicate the hyphens to Erin.


Real Live Preacher said...

Nice work. I'm reading "Invisible Man" right now, and I loved the documentary about Stones of Summer, though I doubt I'll ever read it.

Man, the director was a serious reader!

Why don't people write? I don't know. There are so many elements that have to come together to make good writing. Intelligence, verbal skills, imagination, and....wait for it....compulsive need to write and a willingness to work.

L.L. Barkat said...

Flannery O' Connor asked the opposite question RLP... why DO people write? She was kind of harsh in her way, thinking that some people should leave well enough alone when in the presence of blank paper and a writing implement.

Heather said...

I guess not everyone feels the compulsion--just like I don't feel the compulsion to brainstorm about business plans as my husband does. Maybe there's something to this gifting thing God does.
On the other hand, I wish more people dabbled, in music, in painting, in writing, not to pursue publication (or concerts or galleries--there I agree with O'Connor), but to open themselves to God's artistic work. To experience being creator.

Erin said...

Gawsh. All those hyphens for ME??? I'm in Hyphen-Heaven.
And I'm a queen in the "Dabbler Department."

Heather said...

I'm all about dabbling, Erin.