In a way this quick posting is a fresh start for me, as I’ve taken what turned out to be a little more than two week hiatus from blogging to decide if/when I wanted to resume. My frantic daily postings, along with other online projects ongoing at the same time, kept me too often confined to sitting in front of a computer terminal. Out of balance. Many things got left behind, others skimmed over, and all for the sake of daily posting. It wore me out. In my blessed idle time not blogging and more or less giving myself the freedom to do or not do as I wanted I came to realize that I was blogging in my head even if not online. So when I got the comment from Comedianne Carol Hughes I felt I owed it to my readers who, like me, love Mrs. Hughes, to let them know she’s still around. So that marked the beginning of my fresh new start. The difference between then and now is the frequency of postings. They will come as the muse dictates. No more, no less. And I will work hard to keep a better balance of the years remaining in my wintersong.
The real reason I wanted to post today is to let everybody know about a new (sort of) blog I’ve come across. It’s called A Fresh Start in a New Place and it’s written by Kate, who describes herself as a 50-something woman in Denver, Colorado. Besides being practically a neighbor of my recently adopted state of Utah, I find myself identifying with Kate, or at least the character she occupies in her writing muse. Kate formerly wrote as Nora, an 80-something woman in a nursing home in a non-designed community, somewhere, USA. I began reading Nora (Code Name, Nora) with high hopes, but soon was bothered by what I felt to be a deception of sorts as she pretended to be Nora, and I became more and more convinced that someone was writing fiction and trying to pass it as a blog.
Turns out I was right, as were several others who were bothered by similar issues. Clearly the author could write, but I’m one who cannot abide deception of any kind. Tell me the truth no matter how bad it is, and we’ll go from there, but don’t lie and have me catch you in it because (politicians beware!) the truth always wins out! I think a lot of people are like that so I’m not so unique. So Nora faded away quietly and just recently (to this blogger at least) quietly resurfaced in A Fresh Start in a New Place.
I like Fresh Start so much better. Although it reads like a journal, it may very well be fiction as well. But it doesn’t matter because there’s no attempt to convince the reader that it’s a bonafide blog (whatever that elusive word “blog” means), and quickly grabs you and places you square in the writer’s world, no matter who that writer is or whether she’s writing fiction or life.
Even though you suspect it’s fiction, it doesn’t matter, and while I’m on the subject let me just mention that some of the best fiction I’ve read are those that make you wonder if it’s real even if it’s labeled as fiction. Three excellent examples that spring immediately to my mind are from the works of John Steinbeck (Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row), Wallace Stegner (All the Little Live Things), Herman Wouk (Don’t Stop the Carnival) and especially Peter Taylor (A Summons to Memphis). While there are innumerable other examples, these are some that I’ve read that will always stand in my mind.
So if you’re a writer yourself, or a blogger who enjoys reading other bloggers’ musings, I suggest you toddle on over to check out Kate’s Fresh Start for yourself. The two links above are separate and distinct. The one in paragraph 2 will take you to the latest post. I suggest you may want to start at the second link (paragraph 3) which takes you to the beginning. It’s weird reading the first post, then scrolling upwards to read the follow up at you would in a normal book, but that’s what I decided I would do very soon after my re-discovery. And anyone who remembers Nora from Code Name? Nora’s here too (in the later entries) but she’s much more fascinating and complex in this version, much more three-dimensional. And she appears to be a character in conflict, not one sitting around judging and mocking others. Good luck with this fresh start, Kate, and happy blogging to all!