So Much To Talk About

American actress, comedian, and game show panelist, Peggy Cass, was born on this day in 1924 (d. 1999)

Mame Dennis: This will calm you down.
Agnes Gooch: Oh, no! Spirits do the most horrible thing to me. I’m not the same person!
Mame Dennis: What’s wrong with that?
Agnes Gooch: Will it mix with Dr. Pepper?
Mame Dennis: He’ll love it! Drink!

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.

Orson Scott Card

The working title of my “current” novel is “Not Much to Talk About.”

It’s a work in progress, although it’s not progressing as well as I would like. The book is a combination of two Nanowrimo projects (National Novel Writing Month). The draft is done except for about three chapters in the middle and the need to go back and do lot of date checking.

This post is not about that novel.

Some days I don’t blog here because I have little or nothing to say. I want to be one of those writers who can product a daily column that will inspire, amuse, or at least get you to click on the tip jar.

I don’t always get there because, as I said, I don’t know what I should write.

I just know that I should be writing.

Yesterday I talked about spending time with friends and about connecting and reconnecting relationships that have spanned decades.

I realized in that, and in the time I spent with friends, that I have a lot of stories to tell.

I also have a lot of stories that shouldn’t be told.

Along with a few that I can tell when a few more people pass away.

That points to another novel that I completed during Nanowrimo. It needs some edits, but it tells a fascinating, mostly true, story about someone I worked with in Washington, DC.

Enough of those people have passed on that I think I’ve outlasted the possibility of lawsuits.

Still, I have to be careful. I know what happened to Allison MacKenzie in Peyton Place.

I need to be writing more stories. I’ve allowed myself to put the writing on the back burner while I worked on art, did theater, worked two (at least) jobs, and ignored yard work.

That needs to change. More correctly, I need to make time in the midst of all of the other distractions to write.

In my heart I know that I’m a writer. I spent some time over the weekend going through some old writing

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What I realized is that I’ve written some crap. But I’ve also written some cool stories.

I need to share them. And I need to write more.

I keep telling myself that, when I’m retired from the day job…it’s coming, oh yes, it’s coming…I’ll have more time to write.

That’s the plan anyway. But I also want to travel, do more art, do more theater. And if I do all of that, I’ll just have more stories.

I know that the writing experts tell you that real writers don’t talk about needing to write, they just write. But weren’t they talking about writers needing to write when they wrote that?

The think is, I’ll keep talking about the need to write because I’ll always be needing to write. Just maybe I’ll inspire myself to get it done.

I’ve got stories. You’ve got stories.

Write ‘em if you’ve got ‘em.


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