As readers know I live month to month and have concerns about finally building a settled life in my new city.
As anyone familiar with my writing knows I specialize not just in essays, but in poetry, short and micro-short (100-200 words) stories and humor, as well as investigative-type stories, commentary, inspirations, reviews and more.
Was I born to write?
I don't pretend to know, I only know I've always been a creative writer, from my school days writing my earliest little story about a childhood friend, & doing school projects, and book reports, then creative Star Trek stuff in my teens, & 20's.
I've been growing as a creative writer since 1998 when, after a decade, I found my first new way of creative expression, through my cat, Nikita, online.
From cats, cooking, cycling and genealogy, to humor, inspiration, news, politics and more I have shared my writing on 5 blogs, 2 still active.
“It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense” - Mark Twain
One of my favorite writers is Mark Twain, and not just because of Tom & Huck. I had read some of his short stories and quotes, in my youth and later, becoming inspired in my own creativity, but when I read a biography and learned he was a devoted lover of cats, having 11 in the household at one point (Photo 1 and Photo 2)....
Just as cats are a part of his writing, he rode and wrote about bicycles, too. :-D
A year or so ago I purchased the Everyman's Library volume MARK TWAIN: The Complete Short Stories because I wanted to explore more of his writing than I'd ever been able to before.
In his intro to the book Adrian Gopnik wrote of how the likes of James Thurber, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin share something with the "Father of American Literature" and one of America's greatest humorists.
As a fan of them all I am more and more understanding the truth of this observation the more of his work I read.
My mad creativity has many inspirations and, from Richard Armour and Groucho to Twain and Weird Al, the list is varied.
Gopnik wrote: "the shorter Twain provides a reader's baptism in two kinds of courage - Twain's stories give you some of the bravery you need to write from your own talk and experience, and some of the courage it takes to say just what you think about all that you see."
That's me and my "writing cats", too.
Now, as 2014 heads into Fall, I am hopeful of finding new ways to put my creativity to use, and reach a new audience via not just more writing, but local open mics and self-publishing and other ideas.
Did you know that Houston parks have "Free Speech Areas"? Me neither.
Was I born to be a writer?
Hal Zina Bennett, author of Write From the Heart, says there is a part of writing that's divine, connecting us with a greater authority than ourselves.
God? The universe? The individual muse?
Whatever it is we are all born with THAT he says.
The promise, he believes, of this, is that we can learn to tap into our creative potential at any point in our lives, trusting that the WORD lives in us.
I am realizing that, ever since 1998, I have been on an ongoing, ever evolving, journey, what one of my longest online friends, an editor, calls the "transition of Kiril in the paper world to the e-Kiril or i-Kiril of the Internet".
If I, at age 54, dare to claim this prize, then I can build my creative dreams.