I have good news, but it's not Sunday. Is there any rule that says I have to wait until "Good News Sunday" to share it?
I thought about posting it on FB and I still might, but it just seems so...I don't know....PUBLIC. I mean I got folks stopping by there who I never interact with. Some of them are old High School acquaintances and hell, I didn't have much to do with them back then, so why share with them now? Ah, but that is the quandary of FB isn't it.
Oh yeah, my good news.
Well contrary to the evidence found in my blog most days, I am a writer. The problem with being a writer is that we often go through spells when we are uniformly uninspired to write. I have personally been in this funk for about four years now. Oh I've done the occasional short story....ho hum stuff that pops into my head and is soon banished to the page, but nothing that really grabs me and makes me want to create something of depth.
That changed about a week ago. My wife has been working on the McClain Family Tree. She is a whiz at genealogy and has traced her own family back to early seventh-century Europe. Personally I told her that she could get most of her info on my bunch from searching Post office wanted posters.
Well last week she showed me what she found to date. I looked at all those names and read the stories she had collected along with them and suddenly I stopped. I went back and read a couple of pages again and then it hit me.
It was my Great-great-great grandfather and grandmother. The story lay there and screamed at me from the pages: "WRITE ME!"
The story I saw was....How did a young girl, the daughter of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a member of the Continental Congress, the granddaughter of the Royal Governor of the colony of South Carolina, end up marrying a rough, backwoods frontiersman whose main income was made from hunting and trapping and at times hiring out to the government to fight Indians.
How did they find each other? How did they fall in love? How did they end up settling in the Republic of Texas?
That is the core of the story I want to write. I want to take their story from those turbulent days of the new nation and into the 21st century.
So that's my good news. I have a story to write. The bad news is that, until that story is done, I have sworn off Blog writing. When I write a story like this I stick to a 9 to 5 writing schedule and when I'm not working on that story I am "away" from the computer....resting both my brain cells.
I am going to sorely miss boring you folks with my tales of the ranch but it's the only way I can get this done. I will be taking weekends off and that is when I will try to catch up on my favorite writers in here. I am not going fully away, I will be reading...just not writing.
So wish me luck, my friends and God willing, I will have something for you to read in a few months.
Love you guys.