I don’t write to be famous, I don’t write to be known, I write because I am and I want to be read. How sad to fill a room with paintings no one sees or play music no one hears. Writing is talking without sound, singing without score and dancing without movement and yet, it is all of them. It is a solitary art conjured from thought and expressed by the need to communicate.

HEAD-SLAPS, SPEED-BUMPS and LIGHT-BULBS, one woman's WTF, oops and ah-ha moments of life.

They were published once, and as every writer knows, once is not enough.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fame



I’m the most famous person I know. (Which shows you how dynamic my life is). I’m famous because readers are sending me emails complimenting my columns. I’m not sure why but finally lately I seem to be connecting with folks who actually spend money on a real, printed on paper, newspaper.
 
Because these wonderful fans readers have actually taken the time to write I feel it is my duty to answer each and every one, which means, there’s enough to impress me, but not enough to make it a major writing-chore to answer.

Years ago readers used to write me but usually they were so pissed upset by what I wrote they dipped their fountain pens in poison. But that was when I took hard stands on controversial or really timely subjects. I don’t do that anymore. I’m still opinionated, I still like to spout off but I’m not into pissing ticking people off anymore. There’s a lot of assholes folks out there who would just as soon as burn your house down as throw boxes of tea in Boston Harbor. (OMG I could go on and on about political bullshit situations). It's not that I'm scared of ruffling feathers, it's just not my thing anymore.

So I write my columns, try to connect, plant a smile or two among the words and hope for the best. The best for me is someone saying I made there day. Not bad huh.

Who is the most famous person YOU know?

6 comments:

  1. I presume you mean most FAMOUS person I know? Probably the most famous people I know are people I've corresponded with via Twitter/email, but no-one that every culturally-aware person would know. I don't know anyone on the George Clooney, JK Rowling, Paul McCartney level of fame. Though I did stand only a few feet away from Mr. McCartney while he planted a tree outside the Birmingham NEC in 1990. But fame's one of those things that I've never really wanted for its own sake. I would love to have thousands of blog readers, and maybe one day to be published and for millions to read my books and be blessed by them. But I don't particularly mind if no-one recognizes me in the street.

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    1. Thanks for the correction Colin. It's funny how my brain sees the word, reads the word and it's not even there. Oh well.
      I drove by Mr. King's house in Maine about twenty times until the person riding with me (she showed me where he lived) suggested we stop or we'd be arrested for stalking.
      I too would love the respect and adoration from a best seller. I have been recognized - when a head-shot accompanied my column a couple of years ago. It was cool and kind of weird.

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  2. The most famous person I know is Renee Ellmers. "Who???," you ask? Renee Ellmers is the Congresswoman for District 2 where I live. I knew her "when." As in before her political days, when she was the head nurse for wound care at one of the local hospitals here. We also attended quite a few social gatherings, and she, my hubby, and others were on several committees together here in town, like the Planning Zoning Board, the Beautification Committee etc. She also almost hit me one day when I was on my run, and she sent me flowers later, apologizing for being distracted. This was when she was running for office. She's a wonderful person and still comes to our little functions here in town when she came make the trip from D.C.

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    1. I love when locals make it big particularly in politics AND if they stay local-minded and actually try to do something, they should get an award.

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  3. Hmmmm, famous people I know? My husband is related to Ulysses S. Grant, does that count? I have an email in my in-box from Janet Reid, does she count? Let's see...... I spoke with Lenny Dykstra once on the telephone, and then I evicted him. I don't suppose that last one counts. I guess I don't lead a very exciting life.

    Oh wait, EVERYONE at my church knows who my #2 son is, because he's 19 but is developmentally age 5 and he hugs everyone and he's a sweetheart and everyone at church tells me he is adorable and they love him. So yes, I do know one famous person. And I'm related to him too. THAT counts! =)

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    1. A son who is a hugger, adorable and loved by non-heathens, I'd say that's about as famous as it gets.

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