I’m a writer.
But, then, you knew that. That’s why you’re here. If I were a photographer this page would be a lot more colorful. But, I’m a writer, so you get to see words.
I like writing because it’s permanent. When a story, or even a blog post is written down it because a thing. A thing that is real. But, it’s also not real. At it’s simplest it’s characters strung together. Even though this site is backed up, the 1000 or more posts on this site could disappear with a ill-timed computer glitch.
Johnny Depp is currently in the news. Apparently his legal issues are more popular than the baby formula shortage, the war in Ukraine or even the inflation rate. It makes sense I guess. Nearly everyone has seen his movies.
You know who hasn’t seen a Johnny Depp movie? Johnny Depp. He never watches his films. I think he watches other people’s movies. He just doesn’t want to watch his own.
I’m not like that. I kind of like to read the things I’ve written. I write for the local paper. It’s not available online. It’s literally old school. Only available in print form. And you can’t buy it. You can only get it by going to a local Pleasant Grove Business and picking up a copy.
I went to the local Ace Hardware store today. It’s a local Pleasant Grove business. They had the latest copy of The Timpanogos Times. I picked up this months copy.
My column was on page 4. I wrote it only a couple of weeks ago. My editor claimed it made her cry. I read through my column sitting in the parking lot. I didn’t cry. But, I realized why she did. It was not terrible.
Many writers hate editing. I have a novella I’m working on that is over 12,000 words. I’ve read it a dozen times or more. Of course I know how it ends. I would hope so. But, I enjoy reading it. I enjoy some of the clever word play. I like the characters. (Even if some of my beta readers didn’t.)
I like to read what I’ve written. And I love to see my name in print. Books, online or newspapers.
Johnny Depp should try it. I’ve heard he’s pretty good.
Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. Order Miscellany II, an anthology including his latest short story, “The Mercy System” here
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