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The Art of the Reveal

Just how crazy am I?

WordPress.com has this thing going on this year. I just discovered it yesterday. Called ‘Post A Day 2011,’ it’s a program giving bloggers tips and tricks for coming up with one post a day for an entire year.

One of the requirements for admission is writing a post indicating participation. I’ve been blogging every day for months, but please take this brief statement as my application to be part of Post A Day 2011.

Now, on to other topics.

Just before the end of 2010, I encouraged my gifted blessing of a writing partner, Angie Mizzell, to write a post a day on her blog in 2011. Five days a week, she’s doing it. On top of writing her memoir and reading my pages and giving me feedback and rearing two little boys and being a good wife and doing her day job, she’s churning out some impressive reading material on her blog.

Having her in my life has lifted me more than she knows. My scribbling project isn’t blog fodder, and wrangling all the pieces together is an exhilarating yet isolating process. Sometimes, I look up blearily from my computer screen only to see massive, disjointed letters. I feel like I’m being eaten alive by a gigantic alphabet, individual Z’s and D’s and Q’s that have been sent to totally consume me. Letters are sometimes all I can see.

Plus, it’s hard to talk about people who don’t exist, especially to people who haven’t entirely grasped that I’m writing a work of fiction. There’s a term for folks who treat imaginary people like they’re real. Okay, there are several – crazy, loony, bonkers, psycho, schizo, and last but not least, screw-loo. (It’s my personal favorite.) By mentioning these made-up characters in general conversation, am I revealing just how crazy I truly am?

My best path, prior to meeting Angie, was not to talk about my book to anyone and let these people and their alphabetical assault on my senses torment me privately. So, in a manner of speaking, Angie has saved my life. Or my sanity. Or, she’s given me permission to fully embrace being a lunatic. She’s handed me the safety and security to reveal all the voices that are battling inside my head to end up on the page.

And, I adore her for that and a whole host of other things.

One of those things is her writing. Angie is real. I’m sure she is. Check out her blog by clicking here if you doubt me.

 

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  1. Lou Mello #

    OK…so we are to presume that the postings here are about real people and you’re actually talking to real people, right?
    The unreal people are therefore in the fiction book you are writing.
    Maybe it would be fun to post an excerpt from the book here so we can all say wonderful things about it….you know we would because we would never take liberties with the fragile nature of writers. (snicker).

    And by the way, your descriptions of wackos, loonies etc, includes your favorite….screw-loo ??!! I must say that I may be insulted by this obvious taser shot at my good self…on the other hand, maybe I like the comparison or the fact that I may, in some small part, contribute to your looniness.

    Just be vewwy, vewwy careful what you say about Amber…she packs AK-47s….Yikes!

    Oh yes, I guess you were making some type of point about another blog…Love Angie’s blog and she is a super woman being able to do it all from the top of Mickey World’s Space Mountain. :)

    January 14, 2011
    • Okay, now that a taser has been mentioned in the comments two times in two days, I know I have another post to write about weaponry……..

      Actually, Lou, I want you to read the next draft for me. But, I’ll ask you about that later. I’m not posting it all up on the blog for you to do that.

      January 14, 2011
      • I actually did write today’s post while riding Space Mountain! Andra has helped me tap into my superpowers. :)

        January 14, 2011
      • Really? You were on Space Mountain? That’s AWESOME!!

        January 14, 2011
      • Space mountain was awesome… but I was kidding about blogging in there. :)

        January 14, 2011
  2. Both you and Angie have been an encouragement to my writing. Thanks!

    January 14, 2011
    • Well, I very much enjoy following your knitting and thoughts on it. So there. :)

      January 14, 2011
  3. Michael Carnell #

    Interesting that a post regarding Angie has so many references to insanity in it. Just saying! ;)

    But I ave to agree, Angie is great. I am really enjoying her writing and I am so glad I got to meet her at your Christmas blog party. She is even more delightful in person! Now if we could just get her to Zia with us.

    And Lou, how come you never come to lunch? Is that past you bedtime? Or are you just afraid you might be recognized hanging out with a bunch of crazies? (Notice how I am cleverly trying to antagonize him into showing up.)

    January 14, 2011
    • If we want Lou to come to lunch with us, we’re going to have to do it closer to his work on Daniel Island, I’m sure. As for Angie, I’m sure we could get her to come out if we invited her. Not that anyone needs a formal invite…….

      January 14, 2011
      • Michael Carnell #

        Have you been to Ali Babba’s on Daniel Island? It s really good. As are the Golden Dragon and Queen Anne’s Revenge.

        And I have been inviting Angie, it is just that whole “kids” thing. Been there, done that!

        January 14, 2011
      • If Ali Babba’s is an Indian restaurant, I will never, ever, EVER darken the doors. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. (And, I will be keeping a guest from India in about a month and a half, without any clue as to what we will feed them. It WILL NOT be Indian food.)

        January 14, 2011
      • How can you not like Indian food?!?!? Is there cilantro in it? I love curry. Very yummy.

        January 14, 2011
      • Indian food is loaded with cilantro. Ick. Ick. Ick.

        January 14, 2011
      • I did not know that. DUH! No wonder I love it so much. Even just the smell of Indian restaurants makes me happy.

        January 14, 2011
      • And, I run screaming in the other direction…….

        January 14, 2011
      • I wonder if I could get a florist to deliver a bouquet of cilantro to you? Hmmm…..

        Or beautiful chocolates with a creamy cilantro core?

        Pardon me while I plot!

        January 14, 2011
      • Ew.

        January 14, 2011
      • I love India food! Fish Tikka Masala is one of my favorites…and don’t get me started on samosas, or lovely rice or nan…or chick peas…

        January 16, 2011
      • Forgive me. I just went to hurl………

        January 16, 2011
    • True, I have been invited and will make it eventually. And I’m not defending the insanity. Just sayin’. ;)

      January 14, 2011
      • Bring the boys…….it will rock their world.

        January 14, 2011
      • Maybe I will… but then you may never invite me to another outing again. It’s worth a try, though!

        January 14, 2011
      • Between all of us, we can keep them entertained. It would be fun.

        January 14, 2011
  4. Whether you know it or not, your persistence and determination to write is highly inspirational. Not at all something I’d consider to be from the loopy side of the tracks.

    Now, go write some more… :-)

    January 14, 2011
    • It just feels insane. I spend more time thinking about people who don’t exist than I do about real people these days.

      January 14, 2011
  5. Good morning from a fellow lunatic. :) Now I know what I am supposed to do with all the voices in my head. I never realized I was supposed to write about them. Heck, I have enough material from all the voices for a novel. I guess I need to get to writing huh? LOL…

    I am simply amazed at how you are able to come up with enough material to write a blog post each day. I think about attempting that and it is so scary that I just give up for the fear of failure or sounding like a blithering idiot. LOL.. I absolutely admire you for your ability to write one blog post per day and take the time to interact with the crazies that read and comment on your thoughts each and every day.

    This semester I am taking two classes that require a lot of reading and writing of essays. Lots of essays. Yawn…. I love to write so I guess those essays will have to take the place of blogging for the time being. They will not be as much fun as blogging because I will have someone making red marks all over what I have to say. sigh…. In the end I suppose that will also make me a better writer huh?

    January 14, 2011
    • You DO need to get writing, James.

      Posting every day isn’t as hard as everyone thinks. I mean, I have hiccups sometimes (like with this post; I am trying to vary my style of writing a little more this year, and that always takes longer to create.) But, life can be endlessly inspirational for blog topics if we let it.

      January 14, 2011
      • Andra

        Did you see my latest blog post? You are one of the people that have inspired me to write more. I need to learn how to write more concise and shorter blog posts this year. My problem is that I always feel like I have nothing to say but then when I start to write it is as if the flood gates are opened and I don’t know when to stop. I am also noticing that I do not have many readers so perhaps the things I write about are the type of topics that no one is interested in.

        January 17, 2011
  6. lou mello #

    I would love to do the lunch thing any day except Weds, that is Rotary day. Andra is right about it being closer to DI, though, too much going on to be doing a long lunch.Also, call ne old fashioned, but, I would never intrude without an invite…even if it came from Train Man. :)

    January 14, 2011
    • We’ll just have to organize a lunch out your way, Lou. I will get cracking on it. :)

      January 14, 2011
      • Michael Carnell #

        Queen Anne’s Revenge would be good. Or a soccer match when the season starts back up!

        And Lou, wherever I am, you are always invited.

        January 14, 2011
      • Lou Mello #

        Why thank you, Michael, that is very kind of you, I would be delighted to join all of you at lunch and don’t worry about me being seen with crazies…..I’ll wear my Inspector Clouseau disguise and in his inimitable voice…..”You’ll soon be laughing at the other side of my face, my friend!”

        January 14, 2011
      • Michael Carnell #

        I want to see you in that outfit! And you have to speak in bad American / French accent.

        January 14, 2011
      • You two are cracking me up.

        January 14, 2011
  7. Lou Mello #

    Ahhhh, monsieur, I speak bad French naturally and I shall now be forced to investigate you and your train robbery inclinations. (stroking moustache thoughtfully.

    January 14, 2011
  8. Did someone say INDIAN FOOD? I am with Andra in that that cuisine blows chunks. OMG that food is so nasty. If anyone wants to exclude me from lunch be sure to have it at an Indian Food restaurant. I would not eat there if they gave it to me for free or paid me to come there. GROSS

    January 14, 2011
    • Indian food is THE WORST FOOD I’ve ever had.

      MTM loves it. And he suffers without it for me.

      January 14, 2011
      • We will have an Indian food meetup! And invite MTM, Simon Ashton, Amanda Albertson, and all the fine people who love the good stuff.

        January 14, 2011
      • I would bring my own food from somewhere else, but even the smell of Indian food makes me want to barf……..

        January 14, 2011
  9. Andra, I’m honored to be mentioned on your blog and to be your writing partner. Your story is amazing and the voices in your head need to be heard. And, I think, insanity + insanity = brilliance.

    January 14, 2011
  10. I always look forward to reading both of your blogs! You guys are an inspriation to me! That is awesome that you are there to encourage and help each other!

    January 17, 2011
    • We’re all doing that for each other in a way, though. I get so much from reading your thoughts on your blog, too. Sometimes, a comment can inspire a post, or several posts, for me.

      January 17, 2011

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