The last two weeks have been devoted to getting my mother moved into our home and finding a way to make my wife comfortable in our upcoming new way of life. As for now, my mother will probably live with us for around nine months, though it could be longer. I have a new idea for a story I’ve been working on in my spare time, limited though it may be. It’s another coming of age story. That’s odd to me how my stories seek to tell those stories. I’m no psychologist, but I bet it’s part of my own growth pattern. Yes, I’m 51, but I’m not sure I ever had a coming of age experience. If I did, I didn’t recognize it at the time nor have I been able to identify such a moment or period since.
I think that might be a telling tale of my life. If I’m unaware of something I’ve experienced, meaning that I’ve been unable to recognize something that might be obvious to others, what does that say about me as a person? What might the impact of that being true have upon my story telling abilities? I’m not a good story teller. I know a good one when I hear or see it, and I can copy that in a small way, but perhaps my inability to finish a “First Draft”, is because I’ve never finished a draft of a moment in my own life?
It occurred to me that perhaps I should be able to tell a story about a moment in my life from beginning to end and that a good storyteller can probably do that. Perhaps I should practice on myself? Maybe I should write a passage from my life and then another and find the story parts from each moment in my life. As I write this, I can see how my memories are coming to bear and how my memories are compartmentalized like scenes. I’m not seeing a running of my entire life, I’m allowing my mind to show me things that I’ve chosen in the past to remember, things that are important to me for some reason that I might not even be outwardly aware of. So maybe, what I’ll do is use this site to post my own stories about my life and see what that gets me, storytelling-wise.
I’m going to give that a try. I’m going to start a page on this site, in short order, telling short stories about my own life, starting from as early as I can remember all the way up until now. I’ll add that on soon and post here to let you know it’s available to subscribe to.
I haven’t been advertising here, but that is bound to change. I need to earn a living. As an unemployed writer, it’s getting difficult to maintain my sense of adulthood and manliness. This is not a paid ad but it is a plug for a new tool I’ve been using recently that I had long ignored. But, I recently discovered Grammarly’s free version that I installed on my browser, Chrome, and on my PC. I’ve been very surprised by its accuracy and how it’s made these journal entries quicker to publish. It’s really good at correcting spelling as well as giving grammatical hints. It has an upgraded version I haven’t tried yet due to financial constraints at this time, but I hope to add that functionality in the near future.
Go out and create something you love!