Getting Started

Sixteen years ago, I found a little book named The Artist’s Way: a spiritual path to higher creativity.    I was fifty years old, leaving my arrogant, cock-sure forties and sailing into the transitional fifties.   Twelve weeks later I was sure that I was meant to be a writer.   Now, in my chosen career of electrical engineering, my skills as a writer were highly valued and, in fact, I was writing hundreds of pages of technical reports and proposals … but that didn’t count.  So, I began to write short stories.  Truthfully, they weren’t very good, although my wife and a few friends who read them were kind.   Fortunately, one of the precepts of  The Artist’s Way was If you want to be a good artist, let yourself be a bad artist.   To try to move my progress along, I enrolled in a Fiction Writing program at Cal State Fullerton.

When I used to play golf, I was a duffer for sure.   But what makes golf such a seductive game is that you can be shooting an awful round, then suddenly … out of the blue … you can chip in a shot from fifty yards out.   You’re Tiger Woods (at least the old Tiger Woods), if only for a moment.  Writing is like that for me … although when all is said and done, I write for myself, a little positive feedback from a reader goes a long way.   And sure enough, as my work improved, I began to get positive feedback from my teacher and from other students … and even though I continued to get rejections from literary magazines, I was hooked.    Eventually, one story, Cameos, was published by a now defunct magazine, Byline (you can read it here if you’re interested).  Based on a character I developed in class, I began working on a novel, A Dangerous Misconception.  The combination of a series of rejections from publishers and negative response from my critique group led me to that awful place where you know … the novel doesn’t work.

I continued to write … short stories and essays, mostly … but I was gun shy now.   My work languished unread in numerous notebooks hiding in desk drawers or my backpack.   Now, my friend, Truck (yes, Truck) is also a writer and one day about two years ago, he said, I started a blog.  I’d like you to take a look at it.   A blog.  As I recall, I’d never even read a blog, but I read his.   I was intrigued.   I wrote a little essay titled Feeling Old that talked about the experience of reaching sixty-five years old.   Truck read it and encouraged me to try blogging.   I don’t know if he suggested or not, but WordPress made designing Older Eyes incredibly easy.     I published Feeling Older as my first post on March 4, 2009.   There were five comments, all encouraging.  I was Tom Wolfe, if only for a moment.

It’s Top Sites Tuesday No. 82 and the question of the day is What made you decide to become a blogger? The answer is simple … my friend, Truck and WordPress.  Nineteen months, 299 posts, 753 comments and 11,494 views later (but who’s counting?), I’m a blogger.   And as a blogger, I’d ask you to push my button … gently … to make me number one on Top Sites Tuesday Number 82.   And I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment.

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13 Comments on “Getting Started”

  1. AngelBaby Says:

    I think this is an interesting way to start blogging. The best part of blogging is all of the interesting people you meet all over the world.

    Here’s your click ………

    Love and Blessings,

  2. AY Says:

    You do write well and I like your casual, conversational style and I also find your writing witty. I enjoy your posts each time I visit.

  3. Wolfbernz Says:

    Hi Bud!

    Kudos to Trucker for getting you started in blogging. I really like stopping b y and reading your posts and lurking about LOL

    Keep up the good work! Clicks for you!

    All the Best,

  4. Trina Says:

    I really like reading your posts and I haven’t read a post yet that I didn’t enjoy.

    Trucker’s suggestion of blogging and his pointing you in that direction had given many of us a great blog to read!


  5. Allison Says:

    It’s fun to think back to the beginning, isn’t it? So have you started working on a different book? I’m realizing in my own life that sometimes I push and push in a certain direction, and when it just doesn’t move, sometimes all I need to do is focus my attention in a different place. Things just weren’t lining up the way I thought they should.
    Anyway, I think you should give it a second try 🙂

    • oldereyes Says:

      You are a perceptive young woman. I was a romantic writer trying to write mysteries because my teacher was a mystery writer. Perhaps I will try. I appreciate your encouragement.

  6. territerri Says:

    I’m so glad you became a blogger. There are so many blogs out there, but only a few manage to continuously provide quality reading material. I knew I was going to become a regular reader at your site from the first moment I read your words.

    And of course, I’ve pushed your button.

  7. Oh yes, golf is sneaky like that. I’ve been bitten by the golf-bug because just as you stated, it only takes that one perfect hit, chip, drive or put to make you fall IN LOVE!

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