If I were an idiot I would title this post something like Dodging the Draft, but then I'd have to hang myself for writing like a college level journalist

07-11-2012

It’s been so long since I signed into Blogger that the entire format has changed. I feel like someone’s Grandfather trying to Skype on a child’s electronic McDonald’s toy. Crying alone in the living room because the beeping light-up Transformers tie-in won’t let him see his family.

They say writer’s block is an emotional state of mind. That it isn't really an inability to produce, but a glacial wall of frozen fears that have nothing to do with the actual construction of words and ideas.

It took me a long time to realize Writing and Online Socializing were two things I did to escape that terrible darkness of youth. That I needed to spend some time trying to find out how to write while I was happy.

And, Oh God. Am I happy.

I am the happiest I have ever been in my life. I am completely in love, and adored. I spend most of my days smiling and laughing with eyes filled with glittery sparks of honey and stars.

Meagen and I have stopped calling each other boyfriend, or girlfriend. It never really seemed to suit us correctly. Instead, we now refer to each other as Soon-To-Be’s, because we’re engaged now, and getting married.

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matt: Have you read any Hemingway?

me:   No?

matt: (laughing) You’re the best writer I know.

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And I’ve been writing again. (and online socializing)

I’m a chapter into the second draft. Meagen was the one who kept reminding me that I was a writer and that, perhaps, I really should sit down and start writing again. She’s the one who reads it every few pages and gives me the sort of advice I would spend weeks trying to figure out on my own.

It’s been three years since I started the novel. And over a year since I finished it.

The second draft needs to be done. And I’m doing it.

And I’m happy.

-mE.

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Todd Rogers