My friend, Bee, who very awesomely moved to Hawaii, by the way–has tagged me for my first meme. It’s about writing. Since I’m setting off to write my first eBook, I guess it would be good to feel good about my skills.
“So, here’s the challenge: make a list of five strengths that you possess as a writer/artist. It’s not really bragging, it’s an honest assessment (forced upon you by this darn meme). Please resist the urge to enumerate your weaknesses, or even mention them in contrast to each strong point you list. Tag four other writers or artists whom you’d like to see share their strengths.”
1. I can comfort the afflicted. As a (now out-of-work) newspaper reporter, I’ve had the honor of writing several profile-style obituaries. I’ve interviewed grieving family members mourning the recent death of a loved one. Though it’s somewhat intrusive, they want me to know about their dearly departed so that many more can know about him or her.
They’re the hardest pieces I’ve ever done. I’ve cried with the widow who just lost her best friend. I laughed with them as they recall pranks pulled by an uncle with a great sense of humor. I help them remember happier moments–and by them allowing me to write it down, they can have it to read years from now. They appreciated what I did, and often called to thank me later. I mourn with them, but I’m so glad I could write those obituaries.
2.When working as a newspaper reporter, I had an excellent accuracy record. It’s pretty much unforgivable to have an error in any printed work–especially an obituary.
3. My words can help others. I can pass along good ideas.
4. Writing helps me figure out what I’m trying to say. I can’t always verbalize my thoughts, but I usually can type out what I intend.
5. I just plain like writing–most of the time. There have been academic papers I hated writing, news stories that I wish never existed and …. uh oh, writer’s block. That happens. I may never sell a story again, but I’ll always be a writer. It’s who I am, and I love it.
Now, to tag four writers.
Here’s some snippets I’ve selected from recent blog posts. You don’t have to participate in this meme, of course, but I thought I’d showcase some talent.
“I remember just standing there in the yard bawling my eyes out as I watched my husband drive away with her. I was completely alone, besides the screaming newborn in my arms, and I didn’t know how I was going to manage. There are few times that I ever felt as devastated as that moment. What had I done?”
“I’m waiting, just waiting for my postal carrier to make a comment. About the fact that we need a bigger mailbox. Because everyday for the past few weeks, our volume of mail has been going up and up. No, I haven’t been crazily mail-order shopping, but I’m guessing that the catalog companies would like me to be. You see, it’s been a downright blizzard of holiday catalogs around here, now that everyday brings a new, glossy and pretty catalog touting the latest and greatest gifts of the season.”
“Apart from the Al Bundy, Jr. shenanigans, my son was a perfect child. But his one issue was a doozy, and it was winding me up into a big ball of stress. Once, longing for one measly hour during which I wouldn’t have be on edge about poop, I even tacked his diaper to his tummy with medical tape. He just went in through the leg holes.”
“But, wait a minute honey! What if he suffocates in the bumper pads? Well, I don’t know dear husband do you think thats really possible, the bumpers seem really secure…Why don’t we check it out online to be sure? Hmmm “The American Foundation of This and That” recommends against bumper pads. Help me get them off. But what if he bumps his head and gets hurt?? No, the “website of whatever and then some” says thats next to impossible. What if we can’t hear him when he cries? Lets EACH put a monitor beside our bed on high volume just to be safe.”