[SIDE STORY: There used to be a giant oak tree in my parents backyard that had branches spreading all across the house. The tree was taken down this year due to some sort of infection or something. My parents tried to cure it somehow but it was too late. That part is sad. The rest isn’t. Before the tree was taken down a large branch had fallen on my room in my parents house forcing them to redo the room. My walls are now a darker blue, I have orange blinds, and I don’t know where all of the things I had lying around are. One thing I did find, however, was a literary journal published by my high school’s literary club, The Gateway Club. Anyone can join or sit in a club meeting and anyone could submit. The club would read the pieces and vote if it should be included in the the journal or not. I’ve been told they are very picky. I’ve been told they don’t make fun of anyone or make them feel bad, but that it’s wiser to not sit in the meeting when your work is being discussed.
I did sit in once. Didn’t seem so bad. They said what they liked and what they didn’t, just like any creative writing class with peer discussions. Though I suppose it’s possible that if they said they don’t like it and here’s why, and every one agrees, and no one can think of something good about it because it’s not good, that could be upsetting to hear about your own work.
This particular issue was kept by me because it contained within two pieces written by yours truly (2/2 record with gateway!). Rereading these two for the first time in likely ten years, they were pretty much exactly what I imagine a high school me would write. The story one, I was told, was very well received by the club. After it was read they were silent, simply taking it in. No on had anything bad to say about it, and it was accepted to be published without question. They don’t usually reveal the writers for the submissions but my friend who pushed me to submit dropped my name. One girl from the club found me later and said to me (I can remember this very clearly), “we read your story, keep on writing. Just keep writing.”]
The problem here is, this blog became annoying. I know I’m suppose to keep on writing so I can have things to show, so I can practice my craft, so I can….. but the blog became a chore. And, as you may have noticed, I stopped writing. I’ve been meaning to get back into it but it’s just so hard to find the motivation. It’s only going to become a chore again. There have been so many people telling me that blogs about nothing don’t garner hits, and views, for whatever reason, are helpful for impressing people, having them think I’m a good writer and hire me. I’ve also been told that blogs with particular topics or niches are more interesting and easier to write about. Okay, so maybe the topic of my life isn’t so interesting, but what do I write about? And………… I still just can’t find the motivation to figure it out.
I wrote something recently. Inspired by my weeks longs addiction to Tom Waits (still going on). It’s written in prose. If I post it in my blog the headline will likely contain some play on the words prose and pros. I showed it to someone last night. Someone I only met recently but felt like sharing my writing with. Now, I’m not saying everything I write is gold, but I think this Tom Waits inspired prose is pretty decent. Anyway, The person I shared this with had a few nice things to say, but ended with something that reminded me of a story from high school (see above). She said, “please don’t stop writing.” More because it had to do with what were talking about than her being so impressed by the writing itself. Regardless, that did the trick. It’s time to get this blog going again. Here’s a writing challenge for me, write.
Someone once told me that when you have trouble coming up with something to write about write what you know. Well, I know movies. So I’m going to experiment with this, my blog will be my views on the movies I see. Some stories or others I write will likely make appearances as well, but the primary topic will be movie reviews. In fact, I’m going to make brand new label for these reviews, What Dov Knows. The first movie I’ll be blogging about is Argo, the first movie I saw this season. Check in soon to find my post.
Hope you enjoy, tell your friends, peace out.