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I just wanna Write!


Hi, my name is Polly and I am addict.  I am addicted to Writing.  (And reading, but this post is about writing, so we’ll get to the Reading addiction at a different time.)  I LOVE to write.  I love writing about myself.  I love writing just for the sake of writing.  I love words.  I love running words together and seeing what results from the words I put together.  I love the act of typing words on my computer.  I still love writing by hand because there is just something about the appearance of my handwriting that says more than the words on the page are able to say about my emotional state at the moment of my writing.  I don’t write by hand so much anymore, but every so often, I will still pick up a notebook and pen (usually pink) and write my little heart out.

I am in the mood to write just about ALL the time.  I would rather write than do so many other things.  I think that everything I write should be read by EVERYONE.  That is not to say that I think my writing is better (or worse) than anyone else’s; it’s simply that I love to write so very much that I want to share that love with others.  I want others to feel it as they read what I have written and get excited about their own hobby–whatever it is that they feel passionate about–and DO IT!!!  I want to share the joy I have in the simple act of writing.

I know not everyone loves to write as I do.  That’s okay.  That is as it should be.  We should all have something that we do, though, that we LOVE to do–and we should DO IT.  There is no greater drug in the world than doing what you LOVE to do, what you are passionate about.

It is not about writing THE “Great American Novel” for me.  (Don’t get me wrong, though.  If that were to happen, it would thrill my soul!)  It is not about BEING a great writer or even being recognized as a [great] writer.  Sure it would be nice if my name was as popular on the lips of readers as that of Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, Jodi Picoult’s, or even John Greene’s.  But more than being recognized as a writer, I simply LOVE TO WRITE.

Writing, for me, is the same as breathing.  I HAVE TO DO IT or die.  I love to do it.  I want to write.  I can’t wait until I come to a place in my day when/where I can sit down and just write.  It doesn’t matter what I write.  It doesn’t matter if what I write has any substance or will be read by anyone but me.  I simply want to WRITE.

I find that everything else in my life (except reading) tends to get pushed to the side and much lower on my list of priorities because Writing is THE priority for me.  I love it!  If you read what I write, thank you.  I hope something about it is enjoyable for you because I sure had fun writing it!!!



Quite possibly THE greatest American Novel


I think that even before I was born, I knew about Gone with the Wind.  I seriously do not remember a time in my life when Gone with the Wind was not a part of my understanding.  I cut my teeth on this story, and I’m glad of it!  It’s always been my mom’s favorite book and it is easily in my own personal top five list of favorite books.  And we both love the movie just as much.  I don’t remember the first time I ever watched the movie; it’s simply always been THERE in my memory.  But I do vividly remember the first time I read the book.

I was spending the night with a very good friend of mine, Melissa Corbett (I hope she doesn’t mind if I use her name–I haven’t asked her).  Of course, as usual, I couldn’t help noticing the book shelf in her house.  On that book shelf sat THE  book I had always heard my mom brag about.  Ironically enough, even though it was my mom’s favorite book of all time, she did not own a copy for herself!  I grabbed the copy off Melissa’s shelf and held it with deep reverence.  You may think I’m kidding; I’m not.  Ask Melissa.

I spent the rest of our evening holding that book, sneaking mini-reads when I thought she wasn’t looking.  Finally, in total exasperation, she huffed, “Oh, just take the book home with you!”  I felt as if I had been given a golden treasure.  That treasured book is still on my shelf to this day.  I can still take you immediately in that copy to my favorite passages.  I not only look at that book with awe, I hold it with the awe of a priceless Stradivarius violin.  I seriously wonder sometimes why I have not yet put that copy in a lock box somewhere.

I have read Gone with the Wind several times over the years and I have watched the movie almost as often.  I love them both!  As I have grown older and have fallen in love with writing myself, I am in even deeper awe at the genius of Margaret Mitchell.  Wow.  And to think that this was her only book!  I was excited when I realized that this beloved classic actually won the Pulitzer Prize [for literature]!!!  Say what you will about this novel and/or movie if you don’t like it, it is one that has stood the test of time and, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it will continue to do so!

The best part is that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie, so movie theaters across the country are showing the movie.  I was able to see Gone with the Wind on the big screen over the weekend and I must say that seeing it on the big screen is so much better than watching it on a regular television!!!  It was WONDERFUL!!!!  Now all I want to do is read the book again!!!!!


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