Rainy Days and Mondays

Some people hate when it rains and others love it, the ones that feel angry on days that have more precipitation, will feel sadness or lower self-esteem when it’s rainy outside.  On days where the Sun is not shining and it is dark and dreary out, some people are definitely more susceptible to feeling lonely or down and like Bill Withers said. “Ain’t no sunshine when you’re gone.”  Rainy weather can make a person lethargic, where they just want to crawl back into bed and get under the covers and chalk the day off as a lost cause.  With that said, does good writing have to evoke feelings inside the reader’s mind, so that they don’t just know that it is raining, they actually feel like they are being rained upon?

I guess you could define good writing this way, but this is only one tiny aspect of good writing, as that is a much bigger topic.  If the writer is able to trigger the reader’s emotions and make them feel or experience something, that has to be considered as good writing, because the writer connected with their audience and that is the whole purpose of communication.  If your writing is relatable and the reader can sense a real-life experience by reading it, that will allow the writer to make their point and it should keep the reader intrigued to see what else they have to say.  Creative writing is not easy, but it starts with knowing and understanding what your wants.  People read so they can have their own experience, so the writer must create a series of effects to facilitate and enhance this experience that their reader is looking to consume.  Readers want to be touched and moved and sometimes they want to step into other worlds created by the writer and be subjected to the unknown.  If a reader is able to immerse themselves into a fictional world that feels authentic to them for a few hours, then that constitutes good writing.

Let’s go back to the rain and discuss if it is possible to make a reader actually feel the rain.  Readers are looking for action in stories, so you can’t just say that it is raining, you have to state that your character trembled from the cold rain, that a shiver ran down her spine as she inhaled only a shallow breath and then struggled for another.  Readers will only relate to your characters emotions, if they are able to understand who your character is and why they are doing certain things.  Poor writing will come across like it is a weather report to the reader, so your writing must be infused with symbolism to give it meaning.  If the writer knows how to set the mood and tone for a story, this will allow the reader to change how they feel about their surroundings.  A good writer has to steer and guide their readers by giving them hints about what is going to happen.  The story should always be under the control of the writer, and the emotions of the reader can be effectively evoked by trickery, when the readers aren’t noticing that they are being manipulated.  People will reread the same stories, not because they don’t know what is going to happen, but because they became transcended in the wonder and awe of a story that made them feel something and that is the magic of writing.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format #13 by Dr. Tanya where she asked us to comment on the idea that, “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”

Mondays Are for Blogging

I usually try to write something for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge, Paula’s Monday Peeve, Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights, Sadie’s What Do You See and Melanie’s Share Your World, but I don’t always make all of them because life gets in the way.  If I can avoid interruptions, then I can get a lot of writing done and although my writing does get interrupted, I can usually pick it up again at the point where I left off at.  If I am in a conversation and I get interrupted, anything can happen from there, as I could lose my train of thought and switch to a different topic, so you never know.  If a rude person cuts me off in a conversation, in the grand scheme of things, this will most likely be annoying and unpreventable.  Some people enjoy throwing their two cents in and this will wreak havoc on me being able to finish what I was trying to get out, so I would say that “writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.”  I wasn’t sure where I was going with this Blogging Insight, but I am satisfied with the way it came out.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format #12 by Dr. Tanya where she asked us to comment on the idea that, “Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.”

Who Do You Love?

I write for those that I love, but anyone can read my blog.  I basically write for my own enjoyment, (believing there is nothing wrong with showing yourself some love), but I put enough love into every one of my posts that it will overflow my cup and then it can be spread out for others to enjoy.  In my Stats it says that over the past month that I average about 220 views every day, but it doesn’t tell me who these people are.  It also says that I get about 180 visitors every day, so some people can’t get enough of me and they come back for more punishment.  I imagine that my return visitors are the ones that leave comments on my posts, as unless they just left and emoji, I will respond to their comment and they probably come back to see what I wrote to them.

I am not sure how good this chart above is going to turn out, but it clearly shows that I am losing some of my viewers, as I got 9.4K views in January and September showed that I only had 5.4K views and maybe that is a seasonal thing, as I have never paid attention to that statistic before.  Maybe this steady drop in viewers is telling me that my writing is getting worse, but I feel like I am at the peak of my game now, even if I am getting less views.  WordPress says that I have 1,469 followers and this year I got an average of 14 comments per post, but half of those comments are made by me.  WordPress also says that I get an average of 18 likes on my posts which means a lot to me.  WordPress also gave me a list of my most frequent commenters for this year and all 6 of these bloggers are dear to me as their comments make my efforts feel like they have been rewarded, so I want to say a special thanks to Sadje, Glyn, Melanie, Max, Fandango and Di.

I never thought that my writing would be used for posterity, as I don’t have any offspring, but I do get a lot of people who read my older posts.  Just the other day, I got an email from a person named Mavis Gold who asked me to update an old post of mine Sloopy Hang On which happens to rank at #3 in my all-time views having got 10,871 views.  This post was published back on November 8th in 2017 and recently some new evidence has come out that proves the girl dancing in this video id not Liz Brewer as I stated in my post.  I took Fandango’s advice and disabled comments on my older posts and this has greatly cut back on the amount of Spam that I am getting, so Mavis Gold was forced to write me an email.  I don’t have time to go back and update my old posts, as I am always moving forward to newer and better things, but this goes to prove that some people in a future generation may be reading some of my stuff.  I placed the video that she sent me a link for below, which proves that the dancing girl was not Liz Brewer, but is another dancer named Lisa Leonard Dalton in the McCoys ‘Hang on Sloopy’ video that became a #1 hit.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format #11 by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to consider a Margaret Atwood quote, and she wants to know who we you write for, whether it is for ourselves, our readers, or posterity?

Writing Became My Life

I may never make any money from writing anything, but it is what I do and therefor it began to represent who I am.  I have written three really long books and they sit inside my computer, never to see the light of day, but I got a lot of personal gratification out of writing them.  These books could not be more different in the topics that are discussed, but the thing that they all have in common is that they are filled with stories.  When I started writing my first book titled Man’s Footprint in Water, a history teacher that I know told me that I would have to be crazy to even attempt writing about such a vast topic.  It is a history book filled with short stories that starts from the beginning of time on Earth and there is always some type of connection with water.  It is meant to be a coffee table book, where anyone could open it up to any page and read a story and immerse themselves in the beauty of water, but it only has the stories and I never got around to adding any pictures, therefor it is unfinished and it will never be published.  I think it is a great book written in chronological order and it shows how man advanced as a civilization, and how we depend on water, and how we learned from it.

My next book was a masterpiece and I am very proud of it, but nobody has ever read it, except for a former girlfriend of mine.  It is divided up into seventeen chapters, being 462 pages long and containing 293,525 words and I paid two different artists over $1,000 to create pictures for it.  this book is titled Ancient Book of Eli and Eli happens to be a fictitious step cousin of Jesus, so it has a religious theme.  When my girlfriend finished reading it, she told me that she had to break up with me because she wanted to devote the rest of her life to God, which I guess was a compliment, but something that I never expected.  I originally started writing this book as a comedy, but it became a conversational story book with all of my characters telling different stories.   Not a heck of a lot goes on in this book, besides these conversations, but it has a plot and it does take you on an adventure.  I have talked about this book before, so it is just too bad for the rest of the world that nobody will ever read it.

My third book and probably the last book that I will ever write is titled So You Want To Learn Calculus and it goes without saying that this book is not for everyone.  It was written to help students understand the subject of Calculus, one that I struggled with even though I was able to get the correct answers for the problems, I never truly understood why I had to learn this.  It takes a different approach to the subject and it is also a story book letting the students know who invented this weird math and why they did it.  I felt that by giving the students a historical foundation, it would make this subject more relatable.  It is also very different from all the other books on Calculus as it does not contain and problems for them to solve, as I figured that they would get enough of these when they take this subject in school.  I may have gone a bit off the rails in this book, as after I explain about Calculus, I went into some other topics that are very deep, but if you are able to read this book, there shouldn’t be surprised by any mathematical topic that comes your way.

Written for Blogging Insights New Format # 9 by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to consider the Stephen King quote, “Writing did not save my life, but it has continued to do what it always has done.  It makes my life a brighter and more pleasant place.”

I Write for Me

Truth means little to nothing to me and I don’t give a rat’s ass about polite society, so I write for my own enjoyment.  Etiquette and manners have no place in my writing, as I am here to express my opinions and I am willing to listen to the opinions of others.  Writers write and Monday is a serious writing day for me.  I am not a fan of Stephen King, even though he is a very successful writer, as I don’t enjoy the horror genre.  I have watched several of his movies which I though were good, but some of his stuff, I will never watch.  I will never be popular like he is, but I enjoy my own writing more than I enjoy his.

I started out as a technical writer and I wrote many things that nobody would ever want to read, such as standard operating procedures of how to correctly clean a toilet bowl and many more technical things that most people would never understand.  Writing requires discipline and hard work, and it is only worth pursuing if you can get some satisfaction out of it in return.  Not everyone can be a writer, because they are not willing to put in the work.  My first post today took me two and a half hours to write and it only contained 576 words, but every one of those words was well thought out.  It was fiction, but it came off reading like it could have been based on some truth, but there was nothing contained in it that would conform to polite society.  Everyone’s days are numbered, so all I strive for is happiness.

Written for Blogging Insights by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to consider the Stephen King quote, “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”

41 Years

Time changes everything and as our civilization makes more advancements, it is hard to keep up with everything.  Music has changed, home entertainment has changed, personal computers became popular in the 1980s, dial-up Internet access switched to broadband in the mid-2000s, life expectancy has increased and this is a whole different world now, than it was 41 years ago back in 1980.  41 years before that back in 1939, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the President, you could rent a house for $27/month, buy a loaf of bread for only 9 cents, get a gallon of gas for 10 cents, and you could probably buy a new car for around $700.  In 1980 the cost of renting a house went up to $243 a month, and today the average price is $1,140, as rent prices have been increasing on an average of 8.86% per year, consistently outpacing wage inflation by a significant margin.

The price for a loaf of bread increased to 50 cents in 1980 and today that is up to $2,50.  A gallon of gas in 1980 went up to $1.19 and in 2021 this is now averaging $3.51 today.  A new car was priced around $7,000 back in 1980 and today this cost is over $40,000, which is frankly ridiculous.  I think that life was easier before, but I think that it is better today.  Years ago, there was not much to watch on TV and you had to get up to adjust the antenna, to change the channel, adjust the volume and all those other gizmo knobs that helped you get a clearer picture and the real early TV sets were in Black and White and they broke down all the time, because they were based on tube technology.  It is what it is and you either get with it, or you get out of the way, as it will surely run you down and not think twice about doing that.

Written for Blogging Insights by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to consider the following, “Did you know that 1980 and 2021 are as far apart as 1980 and 1939?”

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

I guess that reading something positive could change my whole day, as everything affects everything else and I am not going to get into a butterfly flapping its wings in San Francisco causing a tsunami in Japan.  My day often starts off as any other day, until something influences it for the better or the worse.  Some influences could change my whole future and others will roll off of me like water on a duck’s back.  If I were to read and inspirational post in the morning which motivated me to do something, that would definitely change my whole day.  It would depend a lot on my outlook, (not my email viewing system) because I have the power to choose how I will react to different stimuli.

The decisions that I make may affect somebody else’s decisions and my actions could change the way that somebody else reacts because of the cosmic or spiritual way that everything is connected.  A positive blog could change my mood and turn my frown upside down and instead of me getting mad at the cat for coughing up a hairball on my floor, I could pet it and ask it if it was doing OK.  The way that I handle things will mess with other people’s lives and wouldn’t it be a much better place if we all just got along.  A lot of things go unnoticed like the roots from one tree talking with the roots of other trees in order to communicate their needs to each other.  If I can relate to a certain post, that means that I am caring about what the blogger is trying to say, and since we all have to share the same planet, then we should be more sensitive to each other’s needs.   If I can try to be nicer to one another person, perhaps this could be the catalyst necessary to make the world a better place to live in.

Written for Blogging Insights by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to analyze the following phrase, “One small positive blog post in the morning can change your whole day.”

Serious Bloggers Incorporate Smart Publishing

I created a spreadsheet which listed the titles of all the posts that I published in one column and other columns were used for the date it was published, the prompt which it was a response to, the category and the tags, but I found it that it took too much effort and I decided that continuing this was just too much trouble.  I have published 3,402 posts since I began blogging on 4/23/2017 and there are many times that I forget what I have written about, and at these times I wish I would have kept up with the spreadsheet.  Some times I consider writing about a song and when I start researching it, I realize that I have already written a post on it and then I need to find a different one.  I think of myself as being a serious blogger, but I do this for my own enjoyment, so although I can see how smart publishing would be helpful to me, it is something that I am not currently doing.

Written for Blogging Insights by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to analyze the following phrase, “Blogging isn’t about publishing as much as you can.  It’s about publishing as smart as you can.”

We Have Come a Long Way

Writing is much easier today than it was when words were written in stone by Mesopotamians on cuneiform tablets, but in a way, it has not changed all that much.  In order to write anything, you need to have thoughts in your head, whether someone tells you what to write, or this comes from your muse, or you get these thoughts from Google.  If you look out at the vastness of our Universe, with all the planets, stars, galaxies, and everything else that is out there, it makes you wonder how all of this could have been created from nothing.  I don’t want to delve into the whole matter and antimatter thing, quantum mechanics, or general relativity, or how the Big Bang was able to create existence from nothing at all.  Particle-antiparticle pairs can be created from nothing, that is from no particles to two particles, but energy must be provided, so these particles can be viewed as having been created from the energy.  Writing is no different as it requires you to expend energy and if you put enough effort into your writing, you may be able to create a story.

There is no diabolical nefarious power that an individual can tap into to make them a better writer, it takes time, patients and practice.  You have to place your pen on the paper or your fingers on the keyboard and hope that Microsoft is not going to require you to reboot your computer while they install another update to Windows 10, as that would certainly be distracting and throw off your train of thought.  Find a well-lit and quiet place and just start writing, as there really is no secret to doing this.  Review what you have written and revise what you wrote, if necessary, as this is a process and there are no shortcuts, you just need to be willing to do the work.  If you love what you are doing, you will continue writing and you will become a writer.  You never know where the inspiration will come from, and if you have a stroke of genius and you are articulate enough to capture it, then you will be on the top of the world, as there is no better feeling than knowing that you have written something that you are proud of.

Written for Blogging Insights by Dr. Tanya where today she asks us to analyze the following phrase, “Here is the secret to writing.  There is no secret.”

I Am Me

I am always myself, even when I write stories that are not based on truth.  Sometimes I lose myself in these stories and I wonder why I am writing certain things, but I tend to go with the flow and write whatever comes into my head.  I bring all of my life experiences to the table and I try to prepare for contingencies, so I don’t fail miserably.  I take my best guess not knowing how my writing is going to be perceived by others, but I have to be me and if I can put my best foot forward all I can do is hope for the best.  The things that I do, say and write about are all part of me.   Blogging is not rocket science and it doesn’t require any proficiency at brain surgery, so anyone can be a blogger.  It certainly would be helpful if you had a good command with language and if you had skill in explaining things.  A blogger needs to be who they are, and put what they have into their writing for it to be any good.

Written for Blogging Insights by Dr. Tanya where today she is premiering her new format which abandons her Q&A format, and she asks us to respond to this quote, “Blogging is not rocket science.  It’s about being yourself, and putting what you have into it.”