Last week, I re-connected with a gentleman from my writers’ group. I can’t even remember why I discontinued?but I wanna say the busyness of work kept me from attending the critiques. Maybe it was the cost of gas. Maybe I didn’t like what somebody said. Shit, I can’t even remember anymore. It could’ve well been a combination of all those things and more than likely, that’s the case. I never have one single reason for any decision I make. There has to be more than one to make me for or against something. I’d at least like to think I’m deliberate that way most times.
Anyhow. This gentleman is from the UK and he’s got all these crazy degrees and it just so happens he’s got himself a PhD in Linguistics Studies. Now, I don’t say that to brag or anything. It’s his degree, not mine. I say all that to tell you how intimidated I was in going to my first critique a few years ago and it so happened that after I got my act together, this guy was my biggest support and mentor for my writing. It tripped me out ’cause he was looking for voice and what you’ve been reading here is what I ended up with. Well, the excerpts will give you a much better feel for the direction of my writing. When I write general stuff here, I’m just cuttin’ a rug, okay?
Well, I’m resuming my meetings and hope?to continue until my novel is complete. I need that push and on reflection, saw how much progress I made with the help of the group. Shit. (Look of horror as I hear music of terror.) I hope I can afford the gas…Hmm…
Anyhow. This is also my way of getting out among folk who aspire to what I want in their own way. Last month, I joined Atlanta Writers’ Club and it’s full of rich talent and resources. And to be honest, there’s no one else I could?consult who?would understand that desire to write. I’m working on some illustrations now for a script writer and other than her, she’s my only connection to anyone creative. And then there’s you, of course but I need to physically congregate. Know what I mean?
Why am I telling you this? The hell if I know…Damn, I hate when I do that…I don’t have anything else to say to you, I guess. I suppose what you can take from it is that if you’re aspiring to anything, it’s important to stay connected to those who are willing to support your efforts.
So, you’ll get a little more or Beatrice from Apt 7B than usual. Since I took to the flu last week, I’m running a few sketches behind on my book but I shall have to do the overtime. Hang in there with me, folks. If you’ve taken to Beatrice already, you’ll find her a little more interesting as she makes more appearances.