Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Giving Thanks

A few weeks ago I was having writer's block and decided to dig through the closet to find the journal I kept for my creative writing class in high school.

That was eye-opening.

I think a few meds would have been helpful for that girl back then.


When I brought up the idea of starting a blog to my writers' group a few years ago it was met with a lukewarm response.  The opinion was voiced that blogging was bastardizing your writing.  Real writers get published, hacks blog.  Since the majority of writers never get published my focus was writing regularly and not just once a month for our meeting.  I knew a blog would force me to write more frequently and so I forged ahead.

In the beginning my regular readers were my sister, Ann, my friend, Nancy and Mark.  There were times I would work for hours on something, publish it and the total # of hits that day was seven.  I knew all seven people who were reading A Speckled Trout (those three and me four times) and the time of day they were reading.

My mom who does not own a computer didn't even read it.

I have no idea why I kept at it because I am a chronic quitter as evidenced by my prolific recent job history, exercise DVDs and the stacks of unopened scrapbooking crap in the basement.

But I continued to write and during this last month when I check my numbers I squeal in happiness.  I have no idea how or why the tide has turned.  The other day when we were buying a turkey and ran into the owner of the store whom we know he said, "I really like what you've been writing lately."

I have three responses to this every single time.  First is to say, "Really?"  Second is to cry.  Third is to breathe into a paper bag.

A little while later I said to Mark, "What if I hit it big and people find out I suck?"

Oh my dear...........stop.

And so in the spirit of the season..........

Thank you for coming back time after time and making the grown-up version of that dreamy-eyed girl from high school believe she could tell a story.

Thank you to the above-mentioned early pioneers who nagged everyone they knew to read my blog.  I know this for a fact because I was checking out at the grocery store and somebody two lanes over saw me and yelled, "Nancy told me I have to read your blog."

I tried out many names for the blog.......all Kansasy and prairieish and they were taken.  How fortunate.  My dad always called me his "speckled trout" and so it was christened.




6 comments:

  1. So proud of you friend! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  2. I KNEW YOU COULD WRITE, THE WHOLE FAMILY ON BOTH SIDES CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LETTER. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND ENJOY YOUR WRITING!!!!

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  3. Thank you for not giving up on your writing.
    Tom and I are faithful readers to your Blog and it has made us laugh or cry depending on the story.
    But it has definitely become part of our daily ritual.
    Thank you for sharing your stories and keeping us grounded.
    Dad is very proud . And so are we.
    Happy Thanksgiving !




    Happy Thanksgiving !

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  4. Another one that is so inspiring! You are very talented and never forget that - you are a joy to read.

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  5. Always eager to read the latest post, never stop writing. Happy Thanksgiving to all! Looking forward to the upcoming holiday visit.

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  6. Hey Kathy - I saw a link to your blog on Tom Mentzer's facebook. I had to look and have been hooked ever since. I literally laugh out loud every time I read it. You have a wonderful sense of humor and a fun way of looking at things. Thanks for sharing!

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