We made our yearly trek to the North East for me to try the trail again. This was the year I have dreaded. I knew that I could not carry a 50lb pack forever, and I learned this past year what my Sherry had already admitted. I have enjoyed being out in the woods with a pack on my back for years now, I hate to give it up. But you know as life goes on we must accept reality, we will have to give up some things and then try to find a replacement.
And in the replacements we must realize our limitations. I wish I actually were a word-smith. If you are a reader you learn that writers such as Baldacci, Lamoure, Clancy, Grisham, Patterson and hundreds more have an extensive vocabulary and a great command of the language along with the creative mentality required.
Recently I discovered Rick Watson over at Life101 http://www.rickwatson-writer.com/ . He does a column for the local paper. I also have a cousin who does a column for a paper. Now the point I am trying to make is, I can tell a good story, Sherry and I have proven that for years professionally. We were good at it, return calls proved that.
So at some point when I lost my hearing, I decided to chose another outlet, writing. How hard can that be? As a chalk artist I would challenge someone from the audience to take the chalk and make a mark or series of marks at my easel and I would draw a picture from their starting point and tell a story. That was always interesting (for me and everyone else).
So I wrote a book. I learned quickly how much a part of telling the story, facial expressions and body English were. Now I had to write the part where the ‘frown or smile’ added to the story.
So when I read a professional like Rick, I see those words that I do not have. Of course with the help of good proof readers and a lot of editing I have published several books. Sales have been average. I just finished another, I hope it is out by Christmas.
This new proofer said, “Jack this book needs a lot of editing along with proofing to have a chance at sales.”
So I say what she already knows, “Look, I am no spring chicken, I had a couple successful businesses and am near 76 years old. This is my fun thing, I KNOW this is no ‘Harry Potter’ nor ‘Adventures of Huck Finn’. Do what you can to help me look better than what I am, is that too much to ask ? The last proofer did it.”
Proofed & edited Finally Love for me.)
I keep saying if I can settle down I want to take a course in creative writing. Yeah and I want to take a course in painting also. But, but but I want to go to Ireland too! Reckon I have time?
PS: (I read this somewhere)
When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye..
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