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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ramblings of a Future Memoirist

ram·bling [ram-bling]

1. aimlessly wandering
2. taking an irregular course, straggling
3. spread out irregularly in various directions
4. straying from one subject to another, desultory

des·ul·to·ry [des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]

1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful
2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject, random

Thinking through the above definitions, I would have to say my title is very apropos, but not to the extent of being desultory. If I were to pond-er anything that's desultory, I would write of my mother. And if I were to now write about her...well, THAT would indeed be desultory on my part.

I have not seen it feasible to write an autobiography that would be of any interest to anyone, since I am an unknown; meaning, I am not a familiar public figure that would warrant interest. But more and more over the past year or two, the genre of memoir has teased my muse. Perhaps it is time I take it to heart.

I would first write of my intriguing 3-month hitchhiking trip from Minnesota through the Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec provinces of Canada to Bangor Maine and then westward home through the States.

Next would be going back in time a few more years to my spur of the moment decision to travel with a new friend to Chicago, ending up stranded in Madison Wisconsin, living in a near-penthouse apartment, and becoming part of a major drug ring including behind the scenes of the largest rock festival following Woodstock.

Naturally, I could not resist telling of my notable childhood memories and sibling stories, of my beloved daughter and 2 divorces (before I finally got it right), and how this laid the groundwork for who I've become.

But one more story must be told...the one I call Another Perspective. It's the one where I delve into my changing relationship, knowledge and understanding of God throughout these various events. Yes, another perspective indeed!

Many many people have told me again and again that I simply must get my stories in writing -- that they're all very interesting to listen to and there's so much to be learned. I don't know about all that.

What I do know is this: I've pushed to have an adventurous life without regrets, and I love to write. I've also met a lot of people who always seem surprised at all I've done and everywhere I've been. And somehow, that just seems like the right combination to write...
   a memoir...
               or two...or three...or even four!   
(You know, just to have...Another Perspective.)  :~)


Christa said...

I agree with the "Many many people [who] have told [you] again and again that [you] simply must get [your] stories in writing -- that they're all very interesting to listen to and there's so much to be learned." It's true, there is so much to be learned, for we all can learn from each other. You love to write, so the memoirs getting "written" doesn't seem to be in question. Perhaps writing them with a mindset that you would like them published and placed on shelves in bookstores could be your hesitation. For something to get published is probably an unknown factor for any writer, I would think. I say, take the risk and go for it. It's my belief that the stories will be interestingly written, especially with the added bonus of seeing how God worked in your life throughout your life's journey.

M Kathy Brown said...

Christa~ Thanks so much for your vote of confidence and encouragement. TIME is my culprit. Taking the TIME to just do it. It seems like a "forever" thing to accomplish...and I always have so much catching up to do just in everyday life. Yes. TIME. That is my culprit. :)