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Intentions Are Good

As I once encouraged another aspiring writer, “gaze upon the world without and the imagined within, knowing full well none ever can share it all (yet surely some must try else we become little more than the beasts that roam this land with us) and ask who could ever aspire to more than the noble task of lending words to these?” For me this blog is a commitment to pursue my deep desires and apply my talents to a greater good, yet, I also feel sorely out of general practice, and so, plan to proceed with caution.  Some who know me well may realize those words speak volumes.  For everyone else, I think perhaps it is time to further reveal more of my own character… 

Blogging is a new experience for me.  Thus far I have only tinkered with writing styles, as intended, and not divulged much of myself to the casual reader.  Even so, I understand the most engaging authors [consider Stan Lee  or  J.K. Rowling] are generally willing to invest much of themselves to allow, and even encourage, some audience participation. Granted, I admit this observation may merely echo countless editorial discussions taken to heart from the annals of comic books and cinema that I so love, which is surely no coincidence.  As a youth I had an ever advancing love of reading as imaginative escape and mental stimulation.  Whenever near television or movies it was much the same, for time and again I seemed to fall out of  this world and into the screen.  I dreamed of writing tales of my own, creating worlds and populating them with personalities that would securely hold the interests of future generations of fans like me.  Life happened and somehow along the way I have yet to write those stories. Friends and loved ones have encouraged me to take up pen or keyboard again and so I am here in self guided study, fanning embers of those dreams in hope that eventually I may write professionally.  

There are many ways to describe a person, even myself, and in modern times that may include brief snips of the music they enjoy. To new readers I offer fair warning that my thoughts, and hence the words and styles soon to fill my blog, may often meander like the genres and albums of the band  They Might Be Giants … but take heart, for They are still going strong after many years … and I find a few of their lyrics quite relevant here.

 The song Dead has mixed images, but these words succinctly describe the risks of  not living:

“Now it’s over, I’m dead and I haven’t
Done anything that I want
Or, I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do –
I will never say the word
“Procrastinate” again; I’ll never
See myself in the mirror with my eyes closed…”

 The author in me feels called to a meaningful purpose I hope to pursue and still meet the everyday responsibilities of a modern man –  honor God in my thoughts and with my deeds;  remain open to the continued joys and ever-evolving challenges of  parenthood; be available to bring my wife home from work nights and, when our schedules coincide, hope to be as good a companion to her as she has been to me in our many years of marriage; hold a mundane day job to help fulfill our financial obligations; stand beside my neighbors and sternly face the sometimes dull details of home ownership and lawn care;  and maintain my body with a basic routine for meals, showers, sleep, and maybe, even occasional exercise.   The odd free moments of my nights and weekends are usually filled with simple pursuits, which I may cover in detail some night, but, lately I have chosen to forego other beloved pastimes and ongoing projects in favor of advancing this creative writing exercise. 

The song Older emphasizes the passage of time I begin to feel:

 “You’re older than you’ve ever been and now you’re even older
And now you’re older still
Time
Is marching on
And time
Is still marching on
This day will soon be at an end and now it’s even sooner…”

Life’s journey has already taken me a long while over a winding road, but I feel I have not yet traveled far from where I started.  I would never trade my family for any riches, and am grateful for our home and the job that helps me support them, but I believe there remains more for me to achieve.  Indeed, anyone who enjoys reading, writing, and imagining so much must feel so for a reason!  Inside it seems my time is just beginning yet eternity waits just around the corner…. I hold tight to dreams of sharing with the world and realize full well that I have only so much time to do it.

Whistling In the Dark is another whimsical song from They Might Be Giants, and for those who still wonder what I am going on about, please consider this catchy refrain:

“There’s only one thing that I know how to do well
And I’ve often been told that you only can do
What you know how to do well
And that’s be you
Be what you’re like
Be like yourself
And so I’m having a wonderful time
But I’d rather be whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
Whistling in the dark
There’s only one thing that I like
And that is whistling in the dark”

Sometimes I simply find myself happiest when I make time to write.  The pairing of text to thoughts, emotions and imagination brings part of me alive, and if I write things worth reading, then my gifts are not wasted in this life.  I hope in writing to stay true to who I am created to be, and wish to thank those who look at my ramblings while I practice my craft.  This summer was eventful, with much I’d like to share before it escapes me. Obviously intentions are good but results are better, so I have a few ideas in the works and more posts should follow soon.  Learning the editorial side of this blogging, and so I’ve decided to include some Links too.

Related articles

(Stan Lee interview on writing)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XIBSdS63R0 

(Author J K Rowling official site)   http://www.jkrowling.com/en/

(They Might Be Giants fan site “This Might Be A Wiki”)  http://tmbw.net/wiki/Main_Page

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