What were you doing when you first heard the Tears For Fears song, Shout?
by Stan Faryna
Over at TheJackB, Jack is writing dangerously.
Jack can teach you and me a thing or two about writing tension.
Tears for Fears, Shout
Shout brings back memories and strong feelings. Hate. Love. Death.
Shout was the song I would listen to after my father beat the shit out of me. It was the song I was listening to when I fell in love with a girl I met under a mid summer moon on the gentle greens of a golf course. Her lips were sweet as a German wine.
Shout was the song swallowed by the furious whine of the engine as I down shifted into fourth and hurled 100 mph into a pick up truck.
Honestly, I don’t know if I write well or what I write well. I can be a Richard – that’s for sure. Is that what Jack means to write dangerously? Maybe not.
Did I mention that Bill Dorman wants to write a book? I think that’s awesome. Suck the marrow out of life, Bill!
I also think more (and more) bloggers and social media mavens will be tempted to tip their quixotic lance at a book. That’s good news for the authors and editors of books and blogs about how to write a book. I predict a sales and traffic increase by 2% or more in the next sixth months.
Mark my words. These kind of things happen in herds. If I’m wrong, please come back and remind me of my error.
Of course, writing a book is a secular epiphany for a blogger- a much envied Joycean deluge. Bloggers write. And so do authors. Right?
A book is something you can hold in your hand. A book is something you can take to your grave – pressed to your heart by folded, still hands. A book is a legacy – it says you showed up, you feasted, and you had your say. For there is no finer say than what you said in the crisp pages of a well-bound book.
Unlike blogging, however, book publishing is an old trade. It is an institution with a full complement of fussies and chagrin. There’s more hoops, hurdles, and hump than a Seussian Who would lump! Been there and done that. But heck yeah, coo coo ca-choo, Mrs. Robinson.
I want to do it over again!
There’s alternatives, sure. But e-books don’t promise the catharsis and ecstasy of Sammath Naur – deep in the belly of Tolkien’s Mount Doom. We must be disembowled of hubris and envy before we can drink again the cheerful resignation of furry-footed hobbits.
Cut off your hand and cast it into the fire- if it offends you.
Or maybe I’m wrong and e-books frequently make it to the New York Times Best Seller list. Do they?
Myself, there’s only one e-book I can recommend: John Garrett’s How To Deal With Stupid Clowns.
There’s things for us all to figure out. Me, you, and everyone else too. That reminds me of another song, the Otherside. It came out on the Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s 1999 alblum, Californication.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Otherside
That was a rough time for me – watching my first design and development company go down the drain because a corporate client bought out my programmers (under the table) and ran off with my software. A bad ride, indeed.
Sometimes, Goliath kicks David’s ass, rips David’s head off, and shits down the hole at the top of his headless body. After it’s over, David gropes about in blindness looking for his head, finds it, hopes he screwed it on right, brushes himself off, and gets back into the arena.
But that was long ago. Nor is my playlist all doom and gloom. I have my share of happy songs, songs of wonder, songs of friendship, songs of hope and beauty…
Israel Kamakawiwo`ole, Wonderful World
I don’t get to see him much, but when I see him and I see the smile on my seven year old boy’s face, it is a wonderful world. And when Johnny raises his arms, I know he wants to sit on my shoulders and see the wonderful world that his love illuminates for me.
Will we collaborate? Will we encourage each other? Will we help each other to get through to the other side and back?
I would like that. A fellowship of the book. Hopefully, more steadfast and faithful than the Fellowship of the Ring. One can hope.
29 March 2012
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