I was so inspired by Brithna’s Laura's) great story “Ninety Days to Glory” that I HAD to make a cover for it. If you haven't read her story yet - run, don't walk to this link! It is in a way an homage to Tumblr! :-)
Sometimes I get the feeling people just don’t listen when I talk. When I talk about my life, it doesn’t stick. Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m too vague in my words or confusing… or uninteresting, but I do not know how else to function except to be myself and explain the only way I know how. But when…
jigglypants - I could have written this. You’re not alone with these thoughts. I’ve actually had this happen more than once in the same conversation with some people. I mean - within twenty minutes or so. Another thing I grapple with is that I talk fast, and say a lot in a short time. People notice that and often point out that I do. What very few notice is that I’m quite and listening a lot more. They ask my spouse “do you ever get a word in edgewise” and think they are being hilarious. He becomes quite affronted at such remarks as he doesn’t feel “unheard.” An puzzling paradox is, if I’m not feeling talkative, but in one of my pensive moods…the same people who happily inform people around me about how fast I talk and how much…they now frown and wonder if the cat got my tongue and “what’s wrong with you all of a sudden?” …. So—should I make an effort to slow down and conform? Should I accept that people seem to draw parallels between talking fast and shallowness? Should I just shrug when people say up front “you talk so much, I can’t be expected to keep up…”
I take pride in being a good listener and observer, perhaps because I’m a writer and people truly interest me. Maybe that’s why the above baffles me so.
Jigglypants, you’re not alone in trying to figure things out. I don’t know how old you are - and it’s no consolation, but I’m in my early 50s and still at a loss many times.
Take care—and hopefully we’ll both figure things out at one point. One thing I know to be true—people do deserve to be heard and remembered. Even details.
My newest book, Change Horizons, which contains three science fiction novellas, lends itself to a good summer read, I think. The first two novellas take place in my Supreme Constellations universe. The third is a prequel to my new sci fi series “Exodus”. I’m currently writing the first novel in that series.
All the stories are finished stand alones, which I think is good when a reader wants a slightly faster read rather than a whole novel. Perhaps for an extended break in the hammock? :-)
I hope you will enjoy the book if you give it a chance! You can get it at www.boldstrokesbooks.com or any of the major book sites and it’s of course available in trade paperback as well as several eBook formats. My publisher, Bold Stroke Books website offers all the eBook formats without restrictions.
Do you love i-must-go-first’s stories? Do you love our co-written story, Since You Went Away? If you do, take a minute to send her a message and tell her that her writing is AMAZING and that you’d be sad if she stopped writing! Reblog this and lets show the woman some love and support!
ETA: I think that it’s really important that we as readers and writers and fans support each other, especially when our fandom community is relatively small.