11 April 2014


I intended to leave this entire blog sort of open ended, with no specific direction so that it would (and had the freedom to) morph into what it is supposed to be. Because- my goal is just to write again and to create. What that means and looks like, I am not totally sure yet. The blog (my writing, the post content) will likely resemble a recently thrown small rubber ball - at least to begin with- but eventually, hopefully, the wild bounces will turn into a steady, predictable roll.

That's my disclaimer, moving on.

"Writers get better by paying attention to how the writing they like works and trying to duplicate those effects in their own work...The very best writers got so good not by copying words and ideas without giving proper credit, but by imitating other writers- their styles, their tones, their patterns of organization- and using those as starting points for developing their own voices." (50 Essays, Samuel Cohen)

I read a short essay tonight titled "Shooting Dad" by Sarah Vowell and thoroughly enjoyed it. (Here are the hyperlinks for the text (I recommend reading it) and the radio versions.) I really enjoy stumbling across an author whose writing voice I want for my very own- and Sarah Vowells essay was just that. Know who else I recently thought that about? Lionel Shriver in her essay titled "The Baby Stops Here" from the book Maybe Baby.

Dear Sarah Vowell and Lionel Shriver,
I want my writing to be as witty and smart and funny and as clever as yours.
So please come over and hang out with me.
And bring some books I should read by authors that you want to imitate.
I promise I won't subject you to my new blog where I bounce from melancholy thoughts about getting older to facial razors and pillow sham tutorials. But I may feed you Jackie's Enchiladas. (that's just being a good hostess.)
Thank you for writing short essays that I identified with and laughed at and thoroughly enjoyed reading.
Love, Kalea

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