NANCY, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and The Great American Novel: Random Acts of Writing 2:36 a.m. This Morning


(Note:  I wrote the following post at 2:36 a.m. this morning.  I’m trying not to edit it very much).

I found this quote from David Evanier in DISCOVERING THE WRITER WITHIN by Bruce Ballenger and Barry Lane:  “If you want to be a writer don’t expect anything for it.  Get a job.  Get a family.  Just do it before you die or get off the pot.”

I think that’s what my problem is.  I have expectations.  I have expectations that I’m going to be The Next Great American Novelist.  I probably shouldn’t have any expectations.  Maybe I should just write and see what happens next.  That’s all I can do:  see what happens next.

Yeah, I feel more charged, writing in the early morning.  That reminds me of an article I read on THE COMICS JOURNAL website about Ernie Bushmiller, creator of Nancy, the legendary comic strip character (a sample of which I posted above.  Ernie didn’t start work until 2 o’clock in the afternoon and didn’t get finished often until the wee hours of the morning.  Maybe I should do that.  Maybe I should change the time I write.

Yeah, it’s quiet this morning.  I’m sitting in my living room/dining room, with my pen in hand.  The only noise I can hear is the sound of the fan whirring.

The temperature was cool yesterday, cooler than the day before.  It was still humid though.  I think the humidity saps my strength and makes me want to go in the bedroom and sleep.  I don’t want to sleep now, at least not until I finish this notebook entry.  I want to write.  I just hope I think of something creative

Yeah, I don’t want to write the same ol’ garbage every day.  But sometimes I’m going to.  Why?  Because that’s the way I am!  I may have to go into the depths of my psyche to find something original to say.  Why?  Because that’s the way I am.

I want to be free, free to write whatever I want to write about.  I need to be free.  I write because I am, that’s about the only reason.  But it’s still the best reason.

Gad, I’m just rattling off right now.  But I want to.  I want to be me.  I have to be me.

Yeah, now I have Dexy’s Midnight Runners in my head.  In my country, the U.S., they’re famous for the song “Come On Eileen,” their only big hit.  In the U.K., however, they scored a few other hits.  I remember listening to them on Radio Shack DX-40 shortwave radio in high school.  The BBC world service broadcasted, a weekly program of the top twenty hits in the U.K.  I listened to it as much as I could.  The top twenty in the U.K. was waaaay more interesting than the top twenty in the U.S.  Maybe because it was more exotic.  To this Ohio boy the U.K. was a place far away, while the U.S. was home.  In our country we had Air Supply.  Arrggh!


Music:  “War”–Edwin Starr.



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