Monday, January 13, 2014
Today I am home sick from work, contemplating on my writing career such as it is. I have a day job that often hinders me from writing… only because I have to pay my bills somehow and have not become famous from my outstanding and amazing writing skills as of YET.
I did not make my usual New Year’s Resolution of losing weight this year, so perhaps that’s why I feel a little off. I haven’t posted a blog post in a while and I feel bad about that. I think posting and writing is fun and others seem to enjoy it, so I should do that more often. I try to be regular and did really good for a while, but then… SHINY! What was I saying? Oh yes, I have new shoes… What? That’s not what I was talking about before. Oh. Crap. …
So I started a new business with my bestie and business partner, Crafty Bishes. There’s my shameless plug. 🙂 We offer crafting kits, tutorials and classes in the Salem, Oregon area. But seriously, that’s part of the reason I’ve been absent from this blog and for that, I apologize.
In preparation for an event I’m doing with Crafty Bishes in April (another plug, sorry I couldn’t help myself but it does apply to what I’m about to say), I’ve been re-reading some Jane Austen novels. I love Jane’s work. I think my favorite, should I be forced at gun point to choose one (though I’m not sure why that would ever happen… ever), would be Pride and Prejudice. I just love Lizzie and Mr. Darcy. But reading these words, written in 1813, it is astounding to me that people still read and love these stories today. This year, in 2013 (oops, that’s last year..doh!), Pride and Prejudice was written 200 YEARS AGO! That is fu$%ing amazing! As a writer, it floors me to think that someone could be reading my work 200 years from now!
Sometimes I wonder why I write. I mean, it’s part of me, I always come back to writing, but WHY? Why do I do it? For fun? For money? Fame? Yes, yes, and yes. We can say we do it because we love writing, which is ultimately true, but all the writers I know would love to make money off of it. 🙂 But for me, words are fascinating. The power of words is so incredible. Advertising. The Bible. Textbooks. Love notes. Rejection letters. We all read things and those things have an affect on us. Words can make us feel, think, grieve, rejoice, condemn… they are so powerful. Both written and spoken.
So I am inspired to write something that someone will want to read 200 years from now. Here’s to an exciting and
prolific prophetic productive (I knew it was a P word I was looking for!) 2014.