Life Among the Never-Winged

Once upon a time I was writing a book called, "Just Another Love Letter", about angels behaving badly. Now I just quietly ask myself each day, "What the hell am I doing?"

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  • Saturday, October 14, 2006

    Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.

    Not that I'm just a soul whose intentions are good or anything. I won't purposely mislead you.
    Unless you're reading my fiction. Good luck in THAT maze.

    But...I had a comment recently that has been pecking at my tiny brain for a few days, from a lurker (hello, lurker :-) ):

    Cathy said...

    I find your blog incredibly difficult to read. Perhaps it is the spacing of the paragraphs? Or the subject-matter? I don't know. But I keep trying to enjoy it. You seem to have a lot to say. But what, exactly, is it about????

    I'm just wondering if this is a view shared by anyone else. I mean, am I dealing with a fomatting issue, or a content issue? Does anyone else have trouble reading? Do I need to change fonts? Add extra spacing?

    There. That's the easy part out of the way. Now, content. That's tricky. I'm glad that you are TRYING to like it, Cathy. That tells me there must be something captivating about my writing.

    What exactly is it about, you ask? Well, let's see. It used to be about a writer, writing -- thus the blurb. But, I've colored outside those lines, haven't I?

    I think, like just about everybody else's blogs, it's just about me and the thoughts in my head. It's about the things I can't talk about 'in real life' because of the headaches they may cause. And because my usual audience consists of two four-year-olds. Not a lot of life experience there yet. Their advice, thought-provoking as it may be, just isn't practical.

    And, it's a place where I can hone my writing skills and get feedback (lifebread to a feedback whore like myself).

    And meet people. Oh, the people I have met.

    I don't know if this clears anything up. I hope it has. And I hope you're still trying to like it. Thanks for your feedback. All of you.

    (Hee. George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' just came on the radio.)

    16 people left me a love letter:

    Blogger Bud wrote in a love letter...

    I don't know what she means exactly but your formatting is fine and your writing is always pretty and thought provoking.. It's true that I have read some others' blogs that left me clueless but I figured it was because I was missing something: either the context or something in my own experience. Not much we can do about the latter as writers. I wouldn't give it much thought. We have to write what we write. People quit asking Dylan what the hell he was writing about long ago. Fuck if I know what he's saying half the time. But I like the parts I understand and I like the fact that the rest is some kind of secret that others think they understand.Write on!

    12:49 PM, October 14, 2006  
    Blogger Scott from Oregon wrote in a love letter...

    As a new peeker, I am intimidated by the sheer mass inside your head.

    I keep thinking I'll need a Sunday to get caught up to the present.

    As a boy born in Denver, I should take a Sunday and see what time flying feels like.

    Today, I have to wash the sweat out of everything I wear to keep it from taking over the universe.

    12:57 PM, October 14, 2006  
    Blogger Stucco wrote in a love letter...

    Maybe Cathy is not a native English speaker. Maybe you should have more picture with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one... Oh no wait a minute- that's Guthrie's style. Are there cliff notes for this site? I see words all over, but I view them with great suspicion. Maybe she was reading the word verification only?

    10:46 PM, October 14, 2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous wrote in a love letter...

    There's nothing wrong with your formatting, font, etc. Sure it would be easy to grab another template, or tweak this one.

    I think that reader was just getting lost in the meanderings of your thoughts. There's nothing unusual about that in blogs, generally speaking. Yours, like many, isn't focused on any single topic, such as politics (think Little Green Footballs, Anchoress, Captain's Quarters, etc.). Perhaps that's what throws that particular reader for a loop?

    10:13 AM, October 15, 2006  
    Blogger Schmoopie wrote in a love letter...

    You have an outrageously large vocabulary because you use more than the standard 10% of your brain that the average person uses. The format is actually very good. I like the way you space your paragraphs and the font is fine. I think everyone tends to blog about personal issues to help find support on things that we cannot always handle on our own. I don't think people need to know you personally to get the idea of what you are saying. Cathy may be someone who needs to slow-down and take more time to read your professional-level writings.

    2:51 PM, October 15, 2006  
    Blogger Popeye wrote in a love letter...

    If you could write everything backward and upsidown with lots of talking emoticons, I'd find this much more approachable.

    4:47 PM, October 15, 2006  
    Blogger amusing wrote in a love letter...

    Oh, see, and when I read that I figured that she was talking about how far you have to scroll down before you get to content, rather than the actual content itself. (Or am i the only one who has to scroll way down for content, cuz no one else mentioned it...)

    Has anyone gone to look at her blog yet? Does she have one?

    Cathy, are you reading any of this? Explain yourself!

    6:26 PM, October 15, 2006  
    Blogger meno wrote in a love letter...

    I have to scroll down a long way to look at the content as well. And although i wonder why the blog makes me do that, i still do it. I have the advantage maybe that i didn't come here expecting anything in particular, i just dove in and started reading. I often ignore people's "about me" and headers until after i have read for a bit.

    6:50 PM, October 15, 2006  
    Blogger Nancy Dancehall wrote in a love letter...

    Ok, my dear, sweet, flying monkeys, I wasn't taking offense at Cathy's comments, I swear. I LIKE constructive criticism.

    Thanks Cathy; I do hope you're still reading.

    So maybe I should trim my profile, or figure out how to work that little 'more...' feature that hides most of the profile. Cool.

    Amen, Bud. We write what we write (and that's all that we write? We're Popeye the...oh wait, that's someone else...).

    Thanks, Scott. I keep meaning to have that mass removed, but I'm afraid it'll affect my writing. Maybe when it turns black?

    All words should be viewed with great suspicion, Stucco.

    Well, LF, if she gets lost in the meanderings of my thoughts, she's accompanying me.

    Geez, Schmoop, butter me up why dontja? :-)

    *snort* Popeye, you're the best. *taking notes, wondering where to get talking emoticons*

    Thanks, Amusing, that might clear up a problem. And I don't know if Cathy has a blog, because she left no link.

    And I'm glad you DID scroll down and read, Meno. I've got a lot of respect for your blog as well.

    9:08 PM, October 15, 2006  
    Blogger amusing wrote in a love letter...

    before you mess with your "about me" (cuz we all like that I think, guys? right? we all like that?) just try switching the archives from daily to monthly. See what you think of that.

    7:22 PM, October 16, 2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous wrote in a love letter...

    I totally get the way you write. If I walked past Kay on the street I would know her. Your writing intrigues me and makes me want more. Thank you.
    Kel (Schmoopies friend from STL)

    12:59 PM, October 22, 2006  
    Blogger Nancy Dancehall wrote in a love letter...

    Hey, Kel, thanks! I worked hard on this one. Thanks for stopping by.

    4:55 PM, October 22, 2006  
    Blogger Jonathon S.B. Tiercel wrote in a love letter...

    Nancy/Amusing - Sorry for the delay in getting back to you all will post shortly...

    On the scroll down issue - it is related to how the html code is read on the browser (Internet Explorer vice Netscape vice Mozilla..) each will read differently and the scroll issue is different for each... no way to fix that as you do not control the main coding for the page... just scroll and enjoy the visit -


    9:15 PM, October 26, 2006  
    Blogger amusing wrote in a love letter...

    And yet, it is magically altered!
    HA! Take THAT Cathy! Look lovely dear. That has to have been her problem, because the writing is, oh lordy, which words to pick? Visual. Moving. Thoughtful. Inspiring. Hang on. WHere'd my dictionary go, cuz the words I am coming up with are just so mundane they don't really do justice....

    7:03 AM, October 30, 2006  
    Blogger Nancy Dancehall wrote in a love letter...

    *bowing before you* Thanks! You've made my day!

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