I’d like to continue writing about creative writing. The sheer notion of it is like sitting in a room walled in mirrors with a lightbulb swinging on a cord. Everywhere you look, there you are, while there you be. People ask me, “Steve, how is it that you knock out column a week for over 30 years and you haven’t run out of ideas?” To them I say, “You’re looking at it.” Much of my inspiration comes from staying busy and being observant.
I feel like writing about creative writing. Ironically, perhaps, I’ve seldom written to this topic. I didn’t teach creative writing either in 30 years at the high school, at least not directly. I taught journalism and literature. Objectivity was the creative mainstay. I’ve shared a few fictional stories here over the years, usually around the holidays, but mostly I chronicle the real world as I wander through it.
I don’t know how much you know about me. My life is a bit of a mystery. Ahem. Cough. So let me tell you. I feel the same way, not in an Alzheimer’s way, but in rediscovery. Yesterday I completed the Chore of Chores, the Mother of All Chores, the Chore that builds up and backs up and stacks up for years, decades, maybe scores. In doing so I also at last accomplished another life-long goal, something I’d been imagining doing since I was a child, and it unfolded just the way I’d envisioned it.
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