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Pulling Teeth

March 26, 2006

I have an article coming out in the lastest edition of Crunchable tomorrow about my abject terror of trains; writing it was a killer.

Believe it or not, I used to be a professional writer. Maybe I wasn’t next in line for the Pulitzer, but I was pretty good. At least I could string two sentences together without sounding like Ernest Flippin’ Hemmingway.

But now?

It’s all short, choppy sentences. No transitions.

The man stood on the beach. He saw a big fish. Then he went skiing and outran some bulls.

Maybe I should just move to Key West and drink myself into oblivion.

Oh wait. I hate Florida, and I don’t drink.

Darn it, foiled again.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2006 12:24 am

    Ah, well, I don’t mind FL. And I do drink. Wanna come watch me? Then we can blog about all the cats at EH’s house.

    I’ll be looking for your article. Interesting how many of us (bloggers) used to be writers before kids. It seems we’re all blogging to get our grooves back (among other things).

  2. March 27, 2006 9:55 am

    Sounds good. I’ll book the flight. At least the weather should be nice. And I can be your designated driver. LOL.

  3. March 27, 2006 10:41 am

    I’d say you haven’t lost your touch. Your article was very good!

  4. March 27, 2006 10:53 am

    I know what you mean about writing feeling like pulling teeth. I wrote an article a week ago for a local magazine, and I felt like it was t-o-r-t-u-r-e. I used to think I could write– why is it so hard to get into the groove sometimes?

  5. March 27, 2006 11:37 am

    I hear you.

  6. March 27, 2006 11:39 am

    For what it’s worth, I liked the finished article a lot. Your writing style is very evocative.

    I understand how you feel, though, I think. I have trouble starting to write anything anymore, save (usually) my blog. I got into the habit in college of writing for an audience, which can be useful but can also create a lot of pressure!

  7. March 27, 2006 1:43 pm

    Your article was great! You have’t lost your touch yet!

  8. March 27, 2006 2:41 pm

    You write wonderfully.

    Ummmm, I think my whole blog is full of four word sentances. But I never was a writer, so I hope I’m excused.

  9. March 27, 2006 2:45 pm

    Well now because of this unflattering story about your sister you will need to do another glowing tribute to her hear!!!

  10. March 27, 2006 8:45 pm

    Well. I can certainly understand why you don’t like trains.

    Do you like your sister?

  11. March 28, 2006 2:11 am

    I still toil mightily over most of my blog posts. I revise and revise and REVISE until they at least sound like I got a good night’s sleep–even if I didn’t. And even after all that work, they still aren’t spectacular.

    Your article was so wonderfully written. Well done!

  12. March 28, 2006 5:57 pm

    I didn’t know you were a professional writer – I mean, just from reading your blog, I could tell you needed to be if you weren’t, but… I liked the story. I only wished it were longer.

  13. March 29, 2006 2:31 am

    This is too funny. I am laughing so hard reading this. Maybe just having read and then frugal readered “The Sun Also Rises” has me in a certain frame of mind. You crack me up!

    I’ll have to go read the article.

  14. March 29, 2006 5:16 pm

    Abject terror of trains? Huh. Riding them? Playing with them? Getting stopped at intersections by them?

  15. March 29, 2006 5:20 pm

    And, oh, just went to read the article . . . you are still a good writer. 🙂 Childhood: the source of all our good stories!

  16. March 30, 2006 3:06 pm

    Blogging ruins amy Hemingway-esque attempts. At least as a former writer, that’s been my experience. Of course, would good ol’ Ernest’s writing been different if he’d been a blogger? Hmmm….points to ponder.

  17. March 30, 2006 3:18 pm

    All I can understand lately are the short, choppy sentences… But perhaps that is because I need more sleep.

    So your writing is definitely working for me.

    Oh, and if it will help, I’ll go to Florida and drink for you. I’ll even get a tan as a freebie bonus. I’ll come back and tell you all about it and then that will help you string sentences again…

  18. March 30, 2006 3:59 pm

    we all have spells like that. I tend to go very hemmingway or very hawthorne- you’re either getting two word sentances or choking on the verbage. ah well, at least I’m writing!!!!

  19. April 5, 2006 11:53 pm

    You just might be the most hilarious!

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