‘Tis the privilege of friendship …

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”
― Charles Lamb

I’m fast approaching my 100th blog post (tomorrow, exactly) and despite pictures of the best gang of friends around–the “Little Rascals,” I’m feeling a bit philosophical.

It has been quite a journey since I started this blog three years ago. If I’d been consistent in my blogging, I might have tripled the number of hits, comments and posts. However, I’m not going to think about the would haves, could haves or should haves. Life jumped behind the wheel—as did my mission to finish my first book—and I had to let them drive.

This year, in between writing, I found my way back to my blog, self-expression and to friends, near and far, who matter. Whether we realize it or not, we’re making friends—through our shared interests, thoughts, lives, and our willingness to help others.

I’ve been fortunate to meet artists whose greatest joy is to hold a paintbrush between their fingers. I’ve chatted with photographers who rather hear the sound of their camera’s shutter first, and get laid later. (No joke, they said that!)

I’ve met mothers who love being a mom, but everyday yearn for the opportunity to pick up where they left off with their dance or art lessons. And that desire doesn’t make them a bad mother. If anything, it makes them better, fully faceted individuals.

And with each encounter, I realize that it is oftentimes the people furthest from you, who understand you without reservation.

At times, I feel that way about my writing. Although my family is super supportive, they don’t understand that I can sit in the house all weekend at the computer and be quite content. At times, they shake their heads at the thought that I’d rather revise a chapter or agonize over the correct word usage, than go bowling or go to a show. It’s not that I don’t enjoy doing those things, or get the chance to do them. I do.

But I live a writer’s life.

    A writer’s life consists of more nouns and strong verbs than endless chit-chat over the phone.
    It consists of countless hours of trying to reason with characters who believe they’re in control.
    It consists of destroying the dangling modifiers and adverbs that threaten to weaken our prose.
    It consists of sacrificing all you hold dear, so that your baby—your manuscript—will be so endearing that an editor or agent will want to take it home and keep it. (When that happens, drinks are on me.)

I look back over my blog and I see how far I’ve come not only as a blogger, but as an individual. I’ve opened up and invited others in, and it’s so exhilarating when they accept.

Speaking of accepting …On the my 100th post, a dear friend and new author has accepted my invitation to stop by and chat. Can’t wait!

Thank you for listening to my thoughts, my attempts to be helpful and my nonsense (because I KNOW I have moments of insanity).

“Tis the privilege of friendship …”

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7 thoughts on “‘Tis the privilege of friendship …

  1. My family is supportive, too, but it’s so nice to join a community of aspiring writers, artists and people who simply want to make connections outside of their own worlds. Congrats on your 100th post tomorrow!

    • nettrobbens says:

      I agree! It is great to get support from people who share you hopes and disappointments. Thanks for the best wishes and for commenting.

  2. R.A. DeFranco says:

    Nett – Where to start? So much that I love about this post!

    “I’ve met mothers who love being a mom, but everyday yearn for the opportunity to pick up where they left off with their dance or art lessons. And that desire doesn’t make them a bad mother. If anything, it makes them better, fully faceted individuals.” – As a mom pursuing the dream, great thought! My daughter is very proud of my aspirations.

    I love your description of the writer’s life. Congrats on your 100th post. Wish I found you sooner!

    RoseAnn

    • nettrobbens says:

      Hi RoseAnn,

      I’m one of the those mothers who put their aspirations on hold until my children were older, so I can relate every day with you and all the other mothers going for their dreams. Thanks for much for your gracious compliment! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. And no worries, you’re here now and that’s what’s important!

      N

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nett, your blogs are so interesting and your writing style always captures me. I can’t wait to stand in line for your first book.
    Barb

  4. […] just blew me away by nominating my blog for an award called the Reality Blog Award. As I mentioned in previous blogs, whether we realize it or not, we’re making friends through our shared interests, thoughts, […]

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