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  1. Well said. I far prefer reading writing–whether it be non-fiction or fiction–by someone who’s been there, done something, gone through experiences, faced trials. That type of writing has a presence, as well as a weight to it, that isn’t matched by the stuff that you just know was written by someone who’s only experienced the subject he or she is talking about second-hand through seeing it depicted in TV shows or films. I do fear that today’s authors, in their rush to become self-marketers as well as be writers, may not be spending enough time putting the hard work in on the streets, paths and oceans where the good stuff can be found, and that they instead spend too much time behind a computer or fiddling with a smart phone.

    • That’s very reinforcing and inspiring comment which would certainly help me to hold my course as a writer, I think.

  2. Thanks. I hadn’t really framed it like that before. A very different journey and one sometimes hard to explain to others. But yes, an adventure, no regrets, and some amazing stories. I’m living the life, stumbling towards ecstasy, as they say 🙂

  3. I’m about to embark on the third (and last) journey to see all the Vermeer paintings in the world. Only 9 paintings to go! And I’m writing a book about the experience. I’d appreciate suggestions for a suitable title. ‘Chasing Vermeer’ is out (already taken). I’m considering ‘All the Vermeers in the World’, ‘The Vermeer Mystique’ and ‘Finding Vermeer’. Any suggestions?

  4. Dave, brings back memories to our first meeting in the Azores in 1991. It is so great to have been there when so many of our dreams were incubated. It truly is about what is important. On the flip side, when the chips are down, if its not going to be reported in the history books, its not that important. Let it go and focus on what is, and with whom its important. As a twice published author, we do not remember the rewrites and the rejection letters as we sweetly recall the adventures that brought us to those countless months behind the computer putting it on paper, re-living the dreams that we turned into our realities with recording, and an important part of our lives as writers, are the people we touch who share their experiences as they identify with us. Its not what we say to people, but how we make them feel through what we convey that counts.

  5. Roy H. Williams’ Monday Memo this morning was about how we appreciate things more if we’ve worked for them. I read it right after I read your post, and I was struck by the fact that this applies to life, not just stuff.

    When we work at life, we appreciate it more. As you say, maybe it will never end up in print, but making life an adventure is so much better than making life a job.

    And thanks for giving me the phrase “writer’s life” because until now, I knew what I had was more than just a life, but I didn’t have a name for it other than “mine.”

  6. Dave, once again you’ve given me something important to ponder. I think I’ve let the publishing greatly overshadowed my “writer’s life” and now I want it back!

  7. Writing seems to be about trying to make sense of it all – and the ‘all’ is everything that has happened personally and to other people – writing and creating somehow gives shape and order to experiences which can otherwise seem baffling, bewildering or overwhelming – both negatively and positively.

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