Memoir?

OK, so I’ve decided to go to the places I’ve been avoiding for quite some time. Instead of trying to struggle through writing a silly novel I think I need to do some other forms of writing first, just for me. I don’t know how long it will take or how much time I’m willing to dedicate to it yet. It may take a year, maybe more, or it may just take a week. Ha! Who knows. But I need to write it out, for my eyes only.

Is it my memoir? No, even though it really is but I don’t feel like I can call it my memoir. The word “memoir” sounds too fancy for me. So I am calling it my narrative.

All I am really doing with this is journaling my thoughts, something that has needed to be done for a long long time now. I have close to 40 years of “narrative” to write out now, or close to 40 years worth anyway. Or at least what I can remember of it. I can remember. I will have to make myself do this, I’ve been avoiding it for too long. I have a knack for putting stuff, or leaving stuff, in the past without feeling the need to go back to learn anything about history. I pretend it never happened and move on. I don’t think this is a good thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about staying in the now and all that spiritual stuff. However, if I don’t recognize my past, acknowledge it, learn from it, then I don’t think I can enjoy anything NOW. I know, this is total nonsense talk, whatever. I’ll work it out on my own, in writing.

I’ll be in and out. Stay tuned.

A Little Distracted

So yes, I’ve been a little distracted by real life these days; work, family, commitments, and so on and so on. I’m sorry but I just found that previous statement a little crazy – distracted by real life? Seems a little backwards to me but here I go digressing already….

I’ve been away from writing for about a week now. I was getting up every morning to write but this past week I have slept in. I just couldn’t drag my fanny out of bed when the alarm went off at 0500.

I should set a schedule for myself and then actually implement this schedule. I’ve set a schedule in my head before but then I allow myself to go astray for whatever reason. I need to practice discipline. I am so undisciplined it’s not even funny.

The past month I’ve been following an online writer acquaintance while she has been on her beach writing retreat. Oh how I wish I could have something like that for myself. LOL But I don’t think I could do it, I’d feel too guilty leaving everyone here on their own, even though I KNOW they would be perfectly fine without me. You should go read all about it on her blog, I’ve been living vicariously through her these last few weeks. Her experience is quite inspiring and encouraging.

While I haven’t written anything all week, I did manage to meet with another writer face to face yesterday, two writers actually. We’ve kind of set up every Saturday to meet and write with each other for a couple of hours. So yeah, I didn’t write all week but I did write yesterday with them.

What am I going to do today? Well, everyone in the house is GONE today so after writing this blog entry I will turn off the television, go take a shower, and then sit down to write. But don’t you know I have ironing to do, the bathtub needs to be scrubbed, the living room needs a good vacuuming, the desk in our bedroom needs to be organized again and cleaned up, I should probably look at my weekly schedule, and blah blah blah. Yeah, you get the idea.

Coming Out!

I’m fixin’ to have a little coming out party…… with Chick Lit.

No, I am not thrilled with the label “chick lit” but I am willing to over look the term, for now, because that is a whole other topic for a blog entry… but I digress.

So, I’ve been absent of late on the blog. I’ve been doing some heavy research. Recently, another writing friend of mine said something to me that made me think again about chick lit. I used to snicker at chick lit, and I’m ashamed to say that I never did any research on it, before now.

I would see those cute little pastel book covers of shoes, lipsticks, and cartoon women in the book stores and I would think to myself, “No, that’s not for me.” Not once did I ever pick up the book and read the back cover or read the first few pages. I know, I am ashamed.

For the record, chick lit comes with other covers too – I have learned through my research.

Yes, I am educating myself about chick lit because apparently my work-in-progress-novel is chick lit. LOL Who knew?! Apparently, I have been a chick lit fan all along and never knew it. Can one do that? I mean how can you know if you like, or don’t like, chocolate-covered cherries, for example, unless you’ve tried it? Right? The thing is, I have tried chick lit before and didn’t realize what it was at the time.

The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger
In Her Shoes, Jennifer Weiner (by the way, I could SO play Georgia, check out her weblog to see what I am talking about)
Bridget Jones’ Diary, Helen Fielding
PS, I Love You, Cecelia Ahern
And um, hello? Sex and The City, Candace Bushnell? Yes, it was a book before a big HBO hit.

And I don’t know if Anna Quindlen or Alice Hoffman are considered chick lit authors or not but I sure did love One True Thing and Practical Magic, respectively, as well.

When The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood came out. I walked right by the book on the shelf, saw the cover, raised my eyebrow at it and kept walking. Then a year or so later, when I saw the movie trailer I was so moved by the preview. I thought, “OH WOW, I didn’t know that is what the book was about!!!” The next day I went to the book store, purchased the book, and read it in about a day – and I’m a slooooow reader. I was hooked. I did the same thing with Eat, Pray, Love too. I need to literally stop judging books by their covers. Shameful, I know!

So you see, I do this all the time…. I think I’m all smarty pants and know some stuff. When I am proven wrong, for the good, I love it.

In my Google account I have set up alerts for Chick Lit. Today I got my very first alert. It was an interview on She Knows Entertainment where Joel D. Amos interviewed Allison Winn Scotch. The interview led me to her blog, which led me to a lot of other blogs by writers and authors. So now I have a whole new flock of chick lit books to add to my reading list. YAY for me.

You know what else I am learning through my research of chick lit? That is is OK to be me. 😉

She Knows Interview with Allison Winn Scotch

By the way, my writing friend who helped open my eyes to chick lit is Susan Cushman. No, we’ve never met in person but some day I hope to soon. Check out HER blog at Pen and Palette.