"It's as if a great bird lives inside the stone of our days and since no sculptor can free it, it has to wait for the elements to wear us down, till it is free to fly." Mark Nepo

Monday, October 15, 2007

Me! Me!

Thank you Carrie and Kari for including me in the meming.

1. I love writing more than anything else in life, and I always have. There were a number of years when I couldn't write because my heart was closed for repairs, so I read instead. Now I get to do both and sometimes I forget there's a difference between being a reader and a writer.

2. If I want to find the truth of a thing I write about it. The words always always reveal what's going on in my deepest self.

3. I tolerated technology until I discovered blogging in February. I'm not exactly a Luddite, but the computer world has always made no sense to me and has been too cold and metallic for me to want to be a member. Now I can't imagine life without this world. I've met a family here. I've found a home - I've found myself.

4. I'm way more intense than I want to be and I worry that my writing scares people. I want my writing to be funny, but so far it's not been willing to follow that road. My third graders think I'm funny, so that will do for now.

5. I love (in a giddy and probably over the top way) knowing that people read my words. I reward myself with the blog comments in the same way I reward myself with See's truffles. The dots on my map make me really happy. When someone says "I read your blog" I feel like a celebrity. And I like the feeling.

6. There is nothing quite so satisfying as a well turned phrase, a perfect title or a delicious ending. It doesn't matter whose being those come from. I can smile for hours reflecting on just the right combination of words.

7. I won an award for an essay I wrote when I went back to school to get my teaching degree at the end of my first marriage. I include that here because that award and that essay have helped me believe all these years (over 20) that I am a writer just waiting to find her voice. I have found my voice.

Hmmm. That was fun. And it provided me with another day's delay in getting back to the work I set aside before Sisters. I offer Julie and Blair the same fun. Tag, you're it. It's back to work for me - just as soon as I go check for comments and look at my map.


contemporary themes said...

Awesome! I'm enjoying reading your blog. I linked it to mine! Blessings!

Suzy said...

I've met you and you are funny!!!

(not as funny as me as Carrie Link I am sure will attest to).

Your writing is straight from your heart into the reader's. Keep going...

Love you

Kim said...

Oh, that was lovely!

And, while maybe you're not as funny as Suzy (who is??), I think you are very funny. Plus, an audience of 3rd graders sounds very intimidating to me--if you've got them laughing, you've got something special!

Also, your writing is enthralling and traffic-stoppingly beautiful when you are being serious, too.

Deb Cushman said...

We are not scared of your writing...we sometimes feel tearful or excited or nod knowingly in appreciation of a beautifully worded truth...but we are never scared. We are just happy that you seem so happy now! It makes us smile ;-)

Carrie Wilson Link said...

It's true what you've heard, you're not as funny as Suzy, but you ARE funny. More importantly, you are DEB, and she is one writer well worth reading! WELL worth reading. I'll say it again, WELL WORTH READING!

kario said...

Yup, I'm agreeing - you are funny. And I'm excited that someone else sees that there is only a little faint thin line between being a writer and a voracious reader. I love your blog and I love commenting on it and I, too, now must go check my comments and my map.

hg said...

There is no greater praise then third graders laughing. They'd eat me for breakfast!

Anonymous said...

I loved reading your meme. Your students are not the only ones who think you are funny. I see humor coming through your posts, even when the they are so raw and painful. I for one and so thankful I found your blog. I look forward to each and every post!

Jerri said...

You have indeed, found your voice. That's why your map is filled with dots and your comments filled with admiration and love.

Mark Lyons said...

I'm glad that you found your voice and that your attitude toward technology has changed. When used properly, it is an amazing tool. It brings many people together who would never had done so in any other way...and it is also bringing a family together. Keep sharing! I love you.

Blair said...

I'm lovin' your blog - look at all the lovely words!
I'm lovin' your map- look at all the dots!
I'm lovin' you, too!

Ask Me Anything said...

There is nothing quite so satisfying as a well turned phrase, a perfect title or a delicious ending. It doesn't matter whose being those come from. I can smile for hours reflecting on just the right combination of words.

"Pure Perfection"