Monday, March 9, 2015

#8: Fears

What are you afraid of?

Fears - Harold Miner
things of the dark, - nom de plume
Bravery - The Devastation Diaries
serenity now - Dick Tidrow
Fear: a summary - Esther Greenwood
A letter to my 10-year-old son - Harold Miner
It's So Much Worse Than We Ever Thought - Charlotte Charles
A List of Things I Am Afraid of - V.
Nelson, I Didn't Know How to Say It - pleasefindmehere

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  1. One thing I'm afraid of:

    People aren't reading the examples I give (from past students). The reason why I think that? Nobody comments on them.

    You want to get better? Freaking read. Then rob and steal format/technique/ideas.

    It's not complicated.

    1. At least for me I know that when I was taking the class I would always read the examples, but seldom comment on them because I figured since they were written so long ago the writers wouldn't care on what I had to say about it, or that they wouldn't see it at all.

      And in some cases (like Dick Tidrow being on a mission, though I never knew him in person) they don't/can't access their blog at all. In a nutshell, I just never felt like myself commenting would have any purpose.

    2. That makes sense. But I also think that commenting on someone's blog is as much for the person commenting (and others who might read that post) as it is for the person who wrote it.

      If that makes sense.

    3. Everytime I read the examples, I'm glad I did.

      However, for whatever reason, I always convince myself not to read them...

      I dunno I'm weird.

    4. Why? Are they intimidating?

      Sometimes that's how I feel.

    5. That, and I don't want to compare myself to them. I don't want to make myself think that they are a standard I'm trying to reach. My blog and my writing are uniquely mine.

      But then I agree with you that reading other people's writing makes you better. I completely agree with that. I dunno, I confuse myself.

  2. I love reading the examples. It gives me ideas. I've stolen bits and pieces from a lot of the pieces above, actually. I'm afraid, Im afraid. Being scared of football. Antarctica. You can find these concepts in at least one of my old posts.

    It also gives me a goal, to live up to these writers, to be featured as an example too. And I love when people comment on my old blog. I looked the other day and Kenzie commented telling me I made her want to write again and it made my day. It also makes me think my work is significant, still relevant, still worthy of attention. It makes me feel good that my work can last at least a year.

    PS I know you wanted current students to talk, but I couldnt resist.

    1. I even stole the line that green is not a creative color.

    2. Lexi, your work is so much more than significant. I know 'forever' is said casually, but I mean, your writing will stay with me forever; the kind of forever that means forever (if that made any sense). Your writing and you, were/are a part of my life that gave/gives me hope among so many other things. I'm sorry for randomly butting into the comment section. But Lexi, Nelson, all the bleeding poets; you guys are life-changers and I hope you never forget that. It's tough out there; sometimes we sit next to the same people everyday, never talking, never making eye-contact; sometimes the loneliest places are crowded with people; your work is ALWAYS relevant.

    3. Sam, you have no idea how much that means to me. Especially because I've been really depressed the last few weeks and wondering if I made any differences in people's lives or if my life is meaningless. Your writing has influenced me a lot too. I wish we could have been friends in high school. If you ever want to get ahold of me,email me or something
      I have no idea where you're going to school, but it'd be cool tpo hang out. Sorry this is super public.

    4. There are few things that I am sure of with everything that I am, and one is that you make a real difference; you're making a difference in people's lives, and that's an amazing, wonderful thing. It would be super cool to hang out. I'm at the U, so anytime you're in SLC, I would love to see you. I think I'm a lot less terrified of talking to people and having conversations now, so no more chickening out on saying hi to you. :)

  3. Look at all these people not hiding behind pen names anymore.

  4. I'm leaving these comments up because they're important.

    And nobody wants to talk to me this semester. They're too busy thinking about graduation. Or trying not to think about graduation. Or something.

    My former students are my best students.

  5. I'm afraid of failure. I'm afraid of nothing and everything and I don't think there's a problem with that.

  6. Im afraid of living in insignificance, and I'm afraid to comment anymore; yet fear just makes it all the more ridiculous and exciting.