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“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” – Richard Wright

The Write Words

While I want my words to stand out like the red leaves on the tree I can see outside my RV window, too often I feel they read like one of the tiny green ones hiding in the background. It's call writer's angst. -- Photo by Pat Bean

Angst and doubt about one’s ability are part of a writer’s world, at least the ones I know. We worry that the words we put out to the world aren’t good enough. And unlike the carpenter who can redo the lopsided chair he built before anyone sits on it, we writers can’t take back our words once we’ve sent them out into the world.

This past week I wrote about Custer State Park, but in a photo caption written during a brain fart, I called it Custard State Park. I later corrected the error but not until after it had been sent out to over a 100 readers.

That kind of thing is just the tip of the iceberg, however. Self-doubt begins to seep into our psyches because we can’t write as well as Isabelle Allende or Maya Angelou; and our words fall short of a Pulitzer or an Agatha.

So why do we still do it?

I don’t know about other writers, but I suspect their reasons are the same as mine: Writing is as much a part of me as breathing; I simply can’t not write.

But some days the self-flagellation is more demanding than others in questioning if what we write is good enough.

An award that brightened my writing day.

I’ve been in that state lately, which made this morning’s recognition by a fellow writer, who gave me a “One Lovely Blog Award,” so meaningful. My writing spirit was warmly hugged by the compliment that accompanied the honor: “I cannot get over this woman and the beauty and peace she brings into my life through her photos and her posts,” http://tinyurl.com/6og645n 4amWriter wrote.

Knowing that perhaps I’ve touched one life has erased my writer’s angst – for today only of course.

As a way of passing along the award to other writers, beginning today, I’m going to put a post script to my daily blogs naming my choice for blog of the day. To make it fun, I’ll call it Bean’s Pat. I’ll award it to the blogger who either makes me laugh, cry, remember, think or be awed by beauty or nature.

Perhaps you’ll want to nominate some blogs you think deserve the honor. I’ll read them as I drink my morning two cups of cream-laced coffee.

Bean’s Pat: The Fairy Tale Asylum: So Many Names Hanging in the Dark …  http://tinyurl.com/7kfnz7q This emotional blog reminded me of my brother, Richard, who was the best of us four siblings. He died at the age of 35 of AIDS.

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Liebster Award

 I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Kathryn Johnston at 4amWriter.com. And now I have rules I’m supposed to follow.

First is to link back to her in appreciation. OK I’m lost. I know how to go to her blog and I know how to comment and say thank you, but no one has yet told me what button to push to link. That’s the kind of computer user I am. Tell me which buttons to push and I can do anything.

And no thank you, I don’t want to know why or anything else about computers. My brain is already overloaded with too much data.

The second rule of the nomination is to nominate five of my favorite bloggers for the award. Only five? Whine, whine, whine. Kathryn chose blogs about writing, because like me she is deep in NaNoWriMo. It sounds like she and I are within about 100 words of each other and both well on our way to reaching the goal.

The bloggers we choose are supposed to have less than 300 followers. But how am I to know how many followers other bloggers have. I only recently discovered that I now have 80. It’s that “tell me what button to push again” thing.

Two of my top favorite bloggers are photographers. Life in the Bogs by Robin http://bogsofohio.wordpress.com/ and Martina’s Photography Designs http://photosbymartina.wordpress.com/

I’m an avid birder so I’m going to nominate Judy’s Jottings for spot No. 3 http://judysjottings.wordpress.com/

No. 4 goes to A Year on the Road http://allevenson.wordpress.com/ Al’s a full time RV-er like me, and a writer as well.

For the “how in hades am I going to choose only one more blog,” spot I’m nominating Jim’s Notyethere http://notyethere.wordpress.com/ because I enjoy his poetry, photos and our back and forth conversations. Now I have to go let them know I nominated them. That’s also a rule.

The final two rules are simply to bask in the love of supportive bloggers and have fun and spread the karma. Since I don’t have to push any buttons these are easy.

Thank you very much 4amwriter – and now that the fun is over, it’s back to NaNoWriMo.  Well, except for those of you whom I have nominated for the Liebster Award. You now have rules to follow. For clarity,  below is exactly how they were described to me.


The Rules are: 

  1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  2. Reveal your top 5 picks for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Post the award on your blog.
  4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogsphere – other bloggers.
  5. And, best of all – have fun and spread the karma.



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