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  •  For sure it needs to burn in your heart, the (1+ / 0-)
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    desire to write no matter what. If you just play at it you'll get nowhere.

    You also need to stay engaged with people in some way to provide a continuous source of ideas. When I curtailed that I knew it would be a negative for writing and I was right.

    But the urge to write never seems to die in me. Just this morning in bed I was thinking, after a period of brooding over my niece's problems with her ex-husband, that since I seem to be good at giving advice and love to do that, perhaps I could try a novel in which I do just that and explore where it goes. That's one of my better ideas I think in recent years and it comes from those interactions and events in real life.

    I wish you many good years of writing and have no doubt you will do it. You know so much about it I hesitate to say this, but, for what it's worth: Due to my experience I strongly agree with those who advise writers that once they get started to go full speed ahead to completion because if you stop it is sometimes impossible to get back into it, which is what happened to me. My whole state of mind changed after, of all things, my then husband had a psychotic break and was diagnosed as bipolar. He was a professor at Boston College and it was totally unexpected. The moral being you never know what will happen.

    Well, after that happy note, cheers!

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 07:46:24 AM PDT

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    •  "You also need to stay engaged with people in some (1+ / 0-)
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      way" - that's very true, though I do think two or three close friends, or one soul-mate, can be half a world unto themselves.

      I'm sorry to hear about your tragedies, especially your husband. Mental instabililty, and lightning bolts out of the blue, are hard to come to terms with. They do give you plenty to write about, if you can face them. And the writing, getting through the amorphous pain and sadness, can be very healing. But you already know this, and must do whatever works best for you.

      I saw your diary but haven't read it yet. This library doesn't give me a lot of time on the computer, and I've been caught up in replying to you and tonight's bookflurries. I'll have to look for you again tomorrow or Friday.

      I hope you had a Happy Halloween.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Wed Oct 31, 2012 at 08:20:39 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks, Brecht. (0+ / 0-)

        Oh, Halloween, don't love it so it's nothing much to me except something to get through. But hope you enjoyed it! I loved my black cat costume my mom made me once-- it had a long tail! Do you have a favorite costume?

        On my diary you mentioned, it has a bit of hyperbole in that I've never been in a nursing home. I went with truth but extended into a situation which I fear at times. It wrote itself because of that. I'm glad it got attention because the decimation and pain it would cause if Romney got in and ruined Medicaid is not realized by many.

        It's so good communicating with you, and I much appreciate your comment about my "tragedies."

        I used to work in the Commerce Library at Ohio State, back in the 60's! Met first husband there. I was bad at chosing men! I can laugh about it now. What kind of library are you working in or is it at a student?

        "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

        by Gorette on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:24:29 AM PDT

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        •  I was on Daily Kos yesterday, and would've left a (1+ / 0-)
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          reply here - but the website got so busy that I lost the connection and never got back on it. It was definitely a swarm of Kossacks, since every other site on the internet was working just fine.

          Halloween's fun, though I don't do much about it these days. In college I once dressed as Hamlet's Id (just Hamlet + a very Halloweeny T-shirt with orange flames and gibbering faces). But I fully inhabited the part, which was a blast.

          Hyperbole's fine, if it makes its point persuasively, and chooses its points well, as you did. Satire (e.g. Swift's A Modest Proposal) is even better, but a lot harder to pull off. I'll check your diary, and it's nice to know in advance that you haven't been in a nursing home.

          I'm in the Santa Monica public library, on a pleasant sunny day in LA. They have a lot of computers, and a pretty decent selection of books. I hope it's nice where you're at.

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 02:13:59 PM PDT

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