Inspiration, Censor, Editor, Pet

Inspiration, Censor, Editor, Pet
Miss Mouthy Mouse
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Scurrying Mice and Snowballs in the Back of the Head

So, this is it--the first blog post, of the first blog, of the first foray into the intertubes with my writing. This new adventure has been coming for quite some time. I suppose an introduction and an explanation is in order. After all, as a writing instructor, I teach that there needs to be a hook, so here goes...

I come from a long line of whores.

Hooked yet? Nope? Oh well, I'll just continue anyway, and amuse myself. This blog came about because of a recent literary conference I attended. It was filled with strong, supportive women and a very special dude who formed a mini-community within the space of 48 hours. Each writer/poet/publisher in this community has publication/success in their respective genres--except me. I don't ask for sympathy at all here--I can't be successful if I haven't even tried for publication. 

Yet, they all accepted me and treated me as a peer. For someone who's felt like an imposter in most parts of her life, this was simultaneously terrifying and uplifting. Then IT happened. One of the writers told me that she had been blown away by one of the others--that it had been her "snowball in the back of the head moment," and she'd really been personally inspired and felt validated. 

That sharing, and the workshop she led a few hours later, was my SNOWBALL. She came out of the ether and was real. She'd felt and experienced thoughts and cultural baggage that I do. She spoke of the minutiae of life that we all struggle with. Her story intersects my own, and I saw that I could be her...a writer. But first, I have to finish something. 

That's where the Jarred Mice of the title comes in. In Anne Lamott's essay, "Shitty First Drafts," the most inspiring section is where she speaks of silencing censors by picturing them as mice and then placing them in a glass jar and sealing it. Each semester, I use that essay with my developmental English classes as a way to let them know that their perception of writing as something outside and above their reach is clouded by the "fantasy of the uninitiated."  So now, I must quit being a hypocrite and start jarring my mice. 

Oh, if you're still wondering about the long line of whores thing....you'll just have to keep reading.

14 comments:

  1. I. Am. So. Happy. To. See. This. Here. Get it.

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    1. I must be slow--I don't get it. :-( But thanks for being my first comment!

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  3. So, can you see how many people have read your blog? If so, what number am I?
    Plus if all you needed was a snowball in the back of the head to get it moving I would have been happy to oblige.

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    1. I don't know what number you are, but you can't be the #1 fan if you don't tell me who you are! :-)

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    2. Gosh, here I never thought to look and see if it posted my name. Hmmm, now I must have a little fun with this. You've 5 questions to figure out who I am.

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    1. Is that because I'm logged on somewhere else or was it my simple yet... just simple method of writing. None the less, you are correct. I was going to give you a hint, regarding you using my (real) nickname in a book. Does not seem I needed to.

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  5. I knew you cared enough to read my blog, and yes, I can hear your voice Hibby! :-) Perhaps you could be in the book.

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  6. I am glad to see you've decide to do this. I've threatened to write one of my own.

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    1. Do it! Then, I can harass you about it. :-)

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    2. What should I write about, the day to day stupidity of the human race from the eyes of a jaded man? Perhaps the error of my ways and the recognition I'm no better than the person on the other side of my jaded eyes. (I'm seeing a trend) Now my question is does the line end with your or just before you?

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    3. These are all good topics to explore. Get started. I'll be in the gulley sweating it out beside you.

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