The Word for Writers
Oh Fool Dream On
by Marilyn Schnepp
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Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of being well preserved and pretty; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and shouting loudly - "Wow, what a ride!"
That's not saying the journey of life is without bumps, pitfalls, detours, goof-ups, heartaches and hazardous wrong turns, but only that you used, filled, and lived every minute of it to the max!
Every life is sandwiched in between two bookends; one a cradle and the other a gravestone. What transpires between those two bookends we call "Life".
Leatherbound, paperback, or dust covered, each book and every chapter tells the story of a person's life... and just like snowflakes, no two lives are exactly the same.
So, being a non-fiction writer, I take "slices of life" stories from within my own unique and personal bookends, that might mystify, charm, enlighten, intrigue, inform, encourage or entertain an audience of readers.
Having already covered the Queen of Soul in "Bad Day in 'B' Block," the UFO Incident in "Seeing Is Believing", my best friend's murder in "My Friend Shanty", the flood in "Devil's Staircase" - I've only just begun! There are riots, robberies, knives, rapes, guns, rejections, heartaches and much, much more to come.
No, my friends, I don't intend to go to my grave well preserved and pretty; instead, I want to write every intoxicating morsel and exciting tidbit of my life until I'm all used up, totally maxed out, and can HUMBLY (choke, choke) fade away amongst the millions (cough, cough) of fans proclaiming loudly..."Wow, what a Writer - and what a life."
(And they're not talking Hemmingway, either!)
('')('') ...bunny wabbit
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WOW WHAT A WRITER IS RIGHT! Here, here, what an adorable little shout out about how you would like to be remembered, my dear beloved sister you will be remember like that, because as you live and breath who dare forget you now! What a blessing your writing is, what a beautiful gift you have!
MariLyn, you have just become one of my favourite writers—and they are not many. I like your wordsmithing, very delightful to read. I also write from experience. Anytime I attempt fiction, I would only "succeed" if I tie it to a reality. The fiction part of it becomes the "fixes" to embellish it for coherence purposes.
This is a very informative piece. It does help me alot to see it in that fashion. That's what I do, I just never looked at it that way. Thank you so much for your help. I really enjoyed this. Patty
I, too, found this a piece with which I could identify. Every writer yearns to make a mark to be remembered(probably inherent in the writer's DNA). One of my favorite quotes is at the end of the introduction to DANDELION WINE (still haven't figured out italics on FW) where Bradbury says that his beloved grandparents still live "why? because I say it is so." I often told my students that to be remembered, they must write. You combined pathos and humor in this piece--not easy to do! An excellent article!
You give us a glimpse, and for that we are grateful. Now the lamp is on, the book is opened, and the page is turned. We're ready for more. Thank you, MariLyn.
I giggled when I read the "choke, choke" about your humility, or was it the "cough, cough?" Cute tongue-in-cheek writing. Maybe I should send you my latest book titled: "Humility And How I Attained It" (with 20 autographed photos) Still giggling... Mariane Holbrook
MariLyn, both you and Mariane gave me a chuckle. My favorite lines (reads like poetry!): "Leatherbound, paperback, or dust covered, each book and every chapter tells the story of a person's life...." This is writing to relish, your ideas and word selections just exquisite. I'm afraid I'll just have to add this to my "favorites!" It's a perfect preface for every writer's anthology.