Elster's World

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Write Young Man, Write

It’s amazing how the time drips away. My last entry was March 24, but my last entry of substance dates back longer. Much longer.

It’s been an amazingly busy time for me. Work has blown up and I have been running on “crazy busy” mode for almost three straight months. Sometimes I wonder how long until I blow, but other times I worry that I’m just “getting used” to this pace. Not quite sure which is worse.

But enough about me. Actually, this is my blog. I guess it’s pretty much all about me. So here goes:

I have been pondering my return to the world of writing recently. Like any addiction, writing can only be held in check so long before it breaks out and demands the next fix. And believe it or not, posts about the New York Jets and their draft day prospects are simply not keeping the sleeping tiger at bay. So I question what to do next.

The most difficult (but strongest desire) undertaking is to commence writing another book. I was thinking about this the other day. I have plenty of half (baked) formed ideas in my head, floating around in the ether, ready to be picked out and molded into my next masterpiece. But I really would like to write something of substance. Not that writing my detective novel wasn’t fun – it was a blast. I loved every minute of it. But now I feel like I have something more valuable to write. Not too valuable mind you, but more valuable. Those ideas, however, are a little more difficult to conjure up. In my head there are visions of cops and robbers, detectives, the occasional jewel thief and the like. Substantive ideas are all right there floating on the periphery, all right outside the sightlines of my mind’s eye.

And besides, I’m not sure I have the mental strength to commence writing another book, KNOWING WHAT I KNOW NOW. When I wrote my first novel, working title Undertow, I honestly, foolishly and naively assumed that since it was going to be good (and that was a given after all, right?), it was going to be published. Now I know better. The chances of getting an unknown “author” published is pretty much akin to our old friend the Needle in the Haystack. And sitting down to a blank Page 1 and thinking about page 300 – and knowing the chances are better that it will never get published than it will see the light of Barnes and Noble - I’m just not sure I can do it.

So then I was thinking about maybe getting myself on the map somehow – perhaps submitting to magazines and getting some published credits. But then I think - what do I know about magazines? I wouldn’t even begin to know what magazines exist which I could submit fiction to. Does Sports Illustrated do fiction? How about Time? Newsweek? Young Miss? SO that idea pretty much went the way of the T-Rex.

I still firmly believe that my day will come. I believe (notwithstanding the steady stream of manure-type substances I submit here) that I am too talented not to be successful. There, I said it. I never have before and it feels good. I don’t consider myself to be a particularly great person in most ways. But I am a nice person, I’m funny, I’m a good dad and hubby and I have above average writing skills. Otherwise paint me ordinary. So I believe, I hold on to hope, that one day I will get a break. It will come flying out of left field, completely unexpected but overly appreciated, and it will slam into me like an out-of-control 18-wheeler on the Cross Bronx Expressway. And when it comes I’ll be ready. I’ll go down to the garage, open up a steamer trunk, and start pulling out manuscripts, one after the other, like a clown with one of those endless hankies in his sleeve.

In the meantime, I just have to fulfill my part of the deal, scratch the writing itch and give my writing tiger its fix. How I decide to do that, book, article, blog post, angry letter to the county about the goose poop on my lawn, remains to be seen.

But as long as I’m feeding the addiction, it’s all good.


  • Hey Elster, it's a joy to be back with you!

    Consider writing sketches on your blog [or notebook] to practice and prepare for the big American novel. It's excellent for feedback and ego!

    Have a great weekend and take care.

    By Blogger Tomboy, at 3:20 AM  

  • Thanks Tomby. I canot express the happiness I received from seing Traditional Tomfoolery (though altered) back up and running.

    I have actually often posted "stories" here. Tisk, tisk, you have not been reading enough.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:41 AM  

  • True, I didn't have time. But now I'm ready to roll.
    I suggested literary sketches only because I remember you script them well.

    By Blogger Tomboy, at 9:47 AM  

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