(But uglier than a mud fence)
To coin a phrase, it’s a dog eat dog world out there. Every cloud has a silver lining and every dog has its day. Mark my words the name of the game is not to jump on the bandwagon and just between you and me I don’t mean to flog a dead horse but I’ve got the gift of gab. A little bird told me half the battle is getting there but Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’ll all come out in the wash and to cut a long story short, the show must go on. Just for the record I’m not reinventing the wheel because you can’t teach an old dog a new trick, but face facts, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. So far so good … this a-z blogging challenge might be the greatest thing since sliced bread, no expense spared. This is a golden opportunity for the movers and shakers; the more the merrier and I’ll move the goalposts or bite the bullet because actions speak louder than words. The early bird gets the worm at the crack of dawn and I won’t drown in my sorrows if this is sour grapes. Not to put too fine a point on it but, lock stock and barrel this is a level playing field and let’s face it, I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck so let bygones be bygones. At the end of the day you can’t win them all in the rat race, and accidents will happen across the board. Give me a helping hand just for the record and share your favorite jewel in the crown of clichés. I’ll be waiting with bated breath.
I should tell you I’ve shared this before. I added a few more to the original post, but I thought it was a good “SHARE” for the letter S in today’s a-z blogging challenge.
I thought this would be an appropriate title for today’s post. Please accept this shout out to all of my fellow bloggers who are partaking in this challenge. We as writers use our gizzard to grind our ideas, our thoughts and ponderings. We take to heart what other people say, or worse, what people don’t say about our offerings. It takes guts to share with the world what we think or don’t think. Everyone has an opinion and more people are quick to tell you what they think about your opinion, yet they have not shared one of their own.
This is the second year in the A-Z Challenge and I love it. I love reading my fellow writers posts and being a part of this community. Sometimes I forget to leave a comment (I know that’s part of the challenge so let me apologize for reading without commenting).
When I first started putting my thoughts and ideas out for others to read it was very hard to take the criticism. Most of the criticism came from people I knew and it hurt deeply. Too many times I wanted to give up and delete all of my pages, blogs, etc. But every time I came to the moment of “are you sure you want to delete?”, a comment would show up thanking me for the inspiration or the laugh or the encouragement. It would change my mind and I would continue sharing my thoughts and ideas. You see writing for me is like therapy. I have to do it. It isn’t so much sharing but the physical act of writing is something necessary to my spiritual being. If I can help someone or encourage someone, I tag that as a bonus.
When I published my first book, I was so excited and I thought I’m going be the next Stephen King. Ha ha ha. Too funny seeing how it’s not even the same genre. But dreams are good and that was my ultimate goal: to get published. For a spell, I misinterpreted getting published with getting rich and getting famous. I was quickly elucidated as to what the difference was. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very proud of my accomplishments with the books even though they don’t make any money. That wasn’t the point… the point was having a goal and achieving it. Not to mention everything I learned in the research of writing them.
These blog posts are entertainment for me and my readers. I enjoy what I do and I will continue to do it as long as I come up with ideas. I hope you will continue to do so as well, be it writing, reading or whatever your goal may be. If you work hard enough at it, you can achieve it. It just takes a little Gizzard and Guts.
One week from today the challenge begins. My last post was in January! Wow, I let two months pass without posting a word. What in the world am I thinking? Am I really going to come up with something every day for a whole month? Where will I find the time? Do I really think I can complete this challenge? I need some moral support, people! I need some “atta girl, go get ‘em! You can do this”.
I know I have said it before, writing is hard, writing is lonely, writing is work. But I can honestly say from experience, it was a heck of a lot easier without a real paying job, let’s be clear on that. The hard, lonely work is easy compared to making the time, or let’s be honest, taking the time! I miss writing. I miss story telling. I’m going to take the time.
I am up for the challenge and looking forward to writing again on a daily basis. I sure hope you’ll join me to find out where this road may lead us. I plan to share some funny stories, poignant stories, as well as some “how to” stories.
Enjoy your Easter weekend. Join me here next Friday and we will begin a journey through the month of April. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Until the next post,