Recently, my friend Amanda Socci shared a 4 part series on my "Creative Voice", on her blog.
It was 2 parts Interview, and 2 parts analysis.
I want to talk a bit about the 2 part analysis.
Those parts comprised her personal opinions on my writing voices and suggestions for the future and gave me much food for thought.
She is right when she says that one's creative "voice" is drawn from one's "own personal experiences, education, upbringing, employment, and about a million other factors".
In my case everything from growing up the only son, essentially fatherless from age 9, helper to mom, avid reader, and studious student, with a developing sense of humor, varied interests and hobbies, to those people I have known, jobs I have had and places lived, throughout my life, have all played a part in shaping my creativity.
The first thing about her analysis I noticed was how she saw that my usual humor and creativity was affected by the circumstances of my life in recent months.
The truth is that, even though I've done some great stuff on this blog and Meowsings, the past 2 years, posting frequenccy, regular posting subjects, poetry, humor, and story telling, all were affected by the circumstances of my unemployment, then breaking my ankle, and my worries for the future.
I share my thoughts, feelings and worries on this blog, Meowsings,on facebook, and in correspondence with supportive, encouraging friends, and I have begun to realize it's time to positively focus on the future, personally and creatively, as I move to Houston, Texas, in 2 weeks.
It's time for me to step back, as Amanda writes, up to the virtual microphone, once again entertaining my intrigued and enthusiastic readers, by doing "cartwheels in writing", hoping to garner some laughs along the way, as I transform into, as she describes me, "the clown he was meant to be, none other than Groucho Marx himself."
Groucho Marx? Me? Well, maybe so. :-D
From as far back as my early teen years, when I began to develope my own peculiar sense of humor (sitting on Granma's lap, among other things), my idols were Dr. Demento, The Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and The Three Stooges.
I am glad that she joins more than a few others who have told me so, over the last decade, in saying that she finds me a funny person and an even funnier writer and performer.
I need to find the time and the courage, to gain the skills to carry me forward on my creative journey.
Over the past 2 years I've read several books on inspiration and creativity, that have helped me look at myself, and the future, in ways I hadn't before.
Amanda has been exploring a lot of the writing on my blogs, barely touching the surface of 10 years of material, yet reading enough to give her insights for her blog posts, and give me encouraging suggestions, and hope that I CAN do more than I ever thought possible.
In the sidebars of my blogs are many encouraging compliments from people I admire, and others I don't know at all, compliments that have given me encouragement to keep at it day after day, year after year.
Over the years I've gotten into debates, discussions, arguements, and more with people I've corresponded with, and have shared it all on my blogs.
Amanda shares her thoughts about some possibilities for my creative future, and while her comments are related to just what she has read on my blogs, so far, her notion that I no doubt have more material than I know what to do with, that has potential to be turned into a book or 6, really opened my eyes.
The notion has crossed my mind a few times over the years, and other friends have, like her, given me advice and encouragement, about my writing, and along these same lines, but I've always let concerns about a supposed lack of time, skills, and who knows what else, hold me back.
If not now, when? I ain't getting any younger, afterall (Age 52 1/2). :-D
As a Cat Blogger, I know of, and have even met, fellow cat writers who have turned their material into books (Nikita and Elvira have read and will continue to review, cat themed books, moving forward).
Amanda has some thoughts about my style and suggestions on how to change, and improve things that, once I get settled in Texas, I can begin to consider.
I read her words, shaking my head, asking myself why I never saw this, or that. :-D
I've already begun working on changing the looks of the blogs, by finding ways to move from 2 sidebars to 1, with the help of special back pages, and hope to complete the changes soon.
As she writes, what my future as a freelance writer and blogger, will be remains truly in God’s hands.
I invite you to join Nikita, Elvira Mistress of Felinity and I, on our creative journey, as we pass beyond the proverbial fork in the road, share our work with others, and leave comments to our blog posts.