Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Write, right?

During contemplation, something I do daily, this sentence popped in – “A writer isn’t always right, but will always write.”

And thus began this blogpost.

My husband and I have a joke between us. Over the years, if we have a different answer or opinion about something, the conversation can go something like:
         Me: “I think it’s blue.”
         Husband: “No, it’s red.”
         Me:  “I’m pretty sure it’s blue.”
         Husband:  “Red.”

Then when we find out the answer, it turns out, I’m right. The first few times, it seemed like I was just lucky. But 99.9% of the time, he ends up saying, “You’re right… again.” I can't help it. I seriously don’t care if I’m right or not. I state my answer. He states his. When he finds out I’m right and tells me, I now say, “And you doubted me?” We laugh. Okay, maybe he doesn’t laugh.

Now back to writing… I’m a member of St. LouisWriters Guild, Missouri Writers' Guild, and Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild. I’m not active in any at the moment. I was quite active in St. Louis Writers Guild when I first joined. So much so, I think I burned myself out. I did the e-newsletter, Here’s News! And I fretted and worried and stressed about it so much, I’m surprised I didn’t create an ulcer or have a heart attack. I’m not sure anyone realized how much work I put into this… collecting info, putting it in its proper place, checking and rechecking on formatting, spelling, etc., editing and revising and on and on. And then if Here’s News! went out and I found a typo or there was some info that was overlooked, I beat myself up like__________ well, I have nothing to compare it to. Trust me, I was awful to myself. One time some other organization chewed me out about something - maybe it was my fault, but it wasn’t something worthy of being chewed out for… I mean, I was a volunteer, and Here’s News! is free advertising, and I was doing the best I could. It ended up not being worth my time and effort and what I was putting myself through. Simply put: I cared too much. But no one knew that. It’s all on me though. I take full responsibility for all aspects of all I do. By the way, if you're a writer or interested in writing, you can sign up for Here's News! that gives you lots of info about writing in the St. Louis, MO area.

I'm not sure why it popped in my head – A writer isn’t always right, but will always write – as it doesn’t seem to be the case with this blog, but I do write daily. Just ask my cats.

Kitty not feeling it with the hat

Smeagol snoozing

Oh, and if you have time, check out this site. 

I wrote something based on a true experience of mine (look for LynnO) and you can also find my writing pal, Linda O on the site too!

My daughter Rita and me (she's the baby in the story)