which i’ve been doing a lot of this past week since i am getting together a pair of articles to send in to the Atlantic magazine (their rules are fairly strict – anything sent to them can’t have been published elsewhere, even on a personal blog…sorry kids, you’ll hafta wait!).
meanwhile, work continues on my book cover (big THANKS to aaron) and once its done i can publish ‘Maslow’s Triangle: Short Tales of a Homeless Chick’…shooting for a mid-may release as an e-book. it’s an extremely gratifying feeling to be so close to publication. besides, getting the book off of my ‘to do’ list will allow me to put another one on it…
getting one idea out and working on another reminds me of an interesting observation i made a while back with regards to essays and short stories. i noticed that if i don’t ‘get them out’, that is if i don’t get them down on paper (er, in word document) then i suffer from a sort of ‘writer’s constipation.’ in other words, if i don’t sit down and purge my mind of whatever new thought or story comes up then i am ‘stuck’ until i get them out. it’s as if there is no room for fresh impressions to land in the landscape of my consciousness until i’ve made room by launching my latest endeavors into cyber-space. as i constantly remind one of my sons “creativity begets creativity.”
on another note, i’ve been receiving the best of comments on my musings in various forms of ‘you made me think.’ if i live to be a hundred, i don’t know that i’ll tire of hearing that phrase. when i made the decision to devote my life to writing, THE MAIN GOAL in mind was that i challenge us to think. to me its not important that readers end up on the same side of whatever issue i present, but that they are compelled to at least consider the issue in the first place. from my own experiences, the ability to ponder an idea – even if it was an antithesis of what i currently believed – always made me better in the end. it’s a sort of iron-sharpens-iron effect. whether or not i came out agreeing with a notion or theory didn’t really matter because in the end my mind was better off just for the mere exercise of challenging it in the first place. either i was improved by adjusting my thinking because the new idea was logical and sound compared to the old idea i harbored; OR i was improved because i weighed both new and old and found that what i did think was correct after all, and, well, what better reinforcement than to examine your thoughts and have them prove correct. either way, just THINKING about the issue made me a better person, which is why it’s vitally important to me that whatever i write presents a challenge to us. we are all better for it.
so thanks to each of you for the time you take to read and think. onward and upwards for us all.