Well see? Kari, that is all well and good, but your advice REEKS of DISCLIPINE. ("Kiss me first", yanno?)
I know, I know, I'm just self-indulgent, spoiled, lazy...none of these qualitites translate to "self-starter" either.
Another project that I'd toyed with was more of a journalistic slant. Having grown up here in New Orleans (am much as anyone in New Orleans CAN grow up) I've made friends with some unusual people of semi-fame status.
Frankie Ford, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Irma Thomas, and Fats Domino. Sorta friends anyhow, but I'm welcome in their homes and enjoy a certain familiarity that the average person wouldn't. So I thought about the old writing advice "write what you know" and decided to give it a shot.
I told myself, "Karen, you know shorthand, own a mini recorder, have a digital cam and access, what more do you need?"
The first problem I enountered was that these folks are so accessible, that they've been interviewed ALOT. And if something bores me, it's poison. So I thought I'd just try it and see if I could accidently run into a new angle and hopefully a concurrent theme more interesting than the fact that they are all New Orleans icons.
k. I talked myself outta THAT problem.
Second? Journalism is a whole nutter type of writing. It's WORK. Quotes, citing sources and weaving facts with interest and humor is really tough. I gained new respect for reporters as I sorted through bio's. Not to mention one needs to be aware of the technicalities of the English language.
k. I know how to use a semi-colon. I took business English and some intro writing course in college. If all else fails, I can look it up, right? so I talked myself out of that roadblock too.
Then? I realized that I didn't have as much access as I thought. WE have access--meaning my husband and I. So I talked to him about it, and he said sure. But then, we just never got around to doing it. It just kept being put off. (I don't think he was comfortable with the idea of ME talking to HIS people.)
Then all this other stuff started happening. His illness, my illness, rennovations, etc.
But I have my notes packed in a bookbag, everything ready to go--should I get the opportunity to try that one again. But I swear, if he's not sick then I am...
I've also been admiring Ron's "Martin & Martha" thread--thinking that I wouldn't mind doing that sort of thing too.
But then you see? I'm so easilty distracted.
Lotsa ideas, no follow ups...wah.
and smiles to jo too. I think I found me a buddy--we share many of the same interests m'friend.
I need a cup of coffee.