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Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-13-2004 at 15:47:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
too your suposed delemia, please let me start from within my own space.
As much encouragement I need to write something down that I have tale-ed around the kids, friends or a recent peer, itís my own fault when I donít and wished I had. I envy anyone who can sit down and write off the tops of their head a good story. And your story is good, capturing my imagination and holding my interest to see the outcome.
I saw in your tale an Appalachia in trying times, reminding me of same place as it is much of today. Country so remote corn is converted to liquor to ship it out of the mountains where some folks have never seen a road or doctor. Iím reminded of my parents generationís pain endured during a great depression. A depression luckily chronicled for us read and see in pictures.
Your story reminds me of the stories my Grand parents told, my parents told, and I can just remember sparse parts. And, sparse parts they were, one of them my folks building and moving our family unit into a tarpaper shack. I remember wearing diapers, waking the droopy drawer-ed kid in the morning demanding attention to the cold, the burn, the total discomfort of my baby days. Both parents had to get up from sleeping upon a trumble bed, to slid one half under the other to make walking space beside my crib. I didnít know we were poor. I only knew their love and their determination, my life was going to be better than theirs. The same feelings the wife and I have had for our kids.
Now some unbelieving upstarts want to tell you to quit writing. Some smart a$$ed upstarts find your writingís unbelievable or not worth telling. I donít think so. I see and feel parts of yourself in this story. If it makes you feel better telling it, tell it. I see a number of good folks are enjoying your efforts and looking for more. Donít disappoint them including me. Write, write as you feel it, truth or fiction, this storyís a grabber.
I was told by three recent teachers to write about what I know. Sometimes I color it. Sometimes I shade it. Sometimes I take poetic license. But they are my stories, some of them getting better with the retelling. Thatís practice. This is progress. These I will leave to my kids, whatever anybody else says or cares. My stories to have been put down are wholly mine. Iíve been told my stories are a waste of time. But writing them has amused me, making them mine, just as my children were mine to love to give away.

Here I have rambled on too long. As slow as the board has been lately Iíve contributed more than my share of topics. I Ďm sure most folks find no interest in. I get enough negativity Iíll quit. Itís supposed to be a Country Forum. You tell of our country during another time. Iím telling of some of us our country life as it is today. I think all these stories are worth telling, if for no other reason than understanding where weĎve been, where weĎre at, and where weĎre going.
And write your heart out man. I like your stuff.
So help me. Amen

Smitty    Posted 04-13-2004 at 16:38:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Keep the story going Alias, I think it's great.

Alias    Posted 04-13-2004 at 16:11:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fern, thank you for taking the time to respond. I am encouraged by what you've written. And, I want you to know I have greatly enjoyed the things you have, heretofore, written.

I agree with your assement. You see my story is pure fiction. But, one can not fictionalize without some real life experiences. The characters in my story are a product of an old man's wild imagination. And the plot developes as the story unfolds. When I started out, I didn't have a clue as to how the story would end. But, the further along I got the pieces started to fall into place until I now know exactly how it will end. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

I'm going to print your post and keep it for whenever I have any doubts about my work. And, you sir, keep doing whatever brings you happiness. If it's writing, write. If it's raising cattle, then have at it. And, if it riding around in your golf cart, take a spin.
Stay out of the mud and watch out for those red heads and take care of the wife and the grandkids. I know they are your pride and joy..Thanks again...gfp

Lazy Al    Posted 04-13-2004 at 16:40:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I for one am enjoying your story gfp .
after I got over the first " to be continued" saying that son of a gun .
now I'm waiting to read the next episode

Alias    Posted 04-13-2004 at 16:44:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't worry al, if God sees me through the night and nothing happens to still my fingers, you'll have it tomorrow......gfp

Patria    Posted 04-13-2004 at 16:56:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Alias :-)

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