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November 6, 2015

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What My Future Holds, In Six Words

by Gradmama2011

[Daily Post Prompt for today:    Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.]

Writing at last, I’m happy now.

Expansion on the title story:  “WHAT MY FUTURE HOLDS”

That short story, consisting of SIX WORDS, is self-explanatory–even if it does sound a bit like an epiteth that might be chiseled into my tombstone, IF I intended to have one.    But this tiny story, consisting of just six words, a comma, and a period…is anything but maudlin, rather a declaration of a specific stage and purpose in life.

Writing has been to me like a figurative carrot-on-a-stick , promising an eventual reward for years-served.    Although I have been writing all of my life, sometimes even getting paid for it, and have used writing skills in one form or another throughout my years as a news reporter, student, instructor, secretary, clerk, and so on…I always had the feeling that I was just biding my time waiting for the time when I could just Write.

All that time writing for “practical” purposes, I had a feeling of guilt…pressure and obligation to various pursuits which did not include Writing as I longed to do.

This all sounds terribly self-serving and contrite, and I confess that I would never be writing this post for a more general audience.  The people that I am aiming at are other Writers.  These–You are all Writers, real writers that live and breathe writing, and long to spend the most of their time at their keyboard–or with a pencil and paper.   No eye-rolling here…I firmly believe I am among kindred souls.

So what my future holds is…I hope…Writing.   I recently discovered poetry (again) and am absolutely in love with it!  I know that when I publish a post or a photograph, there are readers out there.  I’m not so vain as to believe that anyone waits anxiously every morning to see if I have produced something spectacular overnight.  Hardly.

But the thing about blogging in and with a community of other bloggers, is that everyone is in the same boat.   We write, and we want others to read our writing–but hey, if they don’t–well, it is Out There and available for Readers.

Once we hit the PUBLISH button, it is in the universe of myriad writers, our work there with the greatest writers who ever lived.  WHO IS THAT?  you ask?  Well, that is subjective of course.   One person’s Shakespeare is another’s Stephen King, or Dr. Suess.   There is no judgemental clicking of tongues when a physicist likes to read Mickey Spillane, or when a historian (like me) really, really enjoys reading Philippa Gregory’s version of the adventures of the English royalty.

I still have a LOT to write about.   Never at a loss for words, more build up inside my brain faster than it is possible to squeeze them out onto the computer screen.   So my future holds more of the same, but with a concentration and preferential option for the craft of Writing.   Obviously there is no time frame, my future could include twenty more years–or not.

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22 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 6 2015

    That would make an Excellent Epitaph! Hugs!

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    • Nov 6 2015

      I think so too. How do you get the copyright notice on your photos? Do you use picmonkey?

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      • Nov 6 2015

        No, don’t use picmonkey…
        Easy….Press Alt key + 0691. Copyright symbol will appear where your cursor is.

      • Nov 6 2015

        Does alt 0169 work for putting the © on the photo itself?

      • Nov 7 2015

        It might….Not tried it. Have a ‘Go’. I think it will….I’m going to try anon… Hugs!

      • Nov 7 2015

        someone said I would have to use a photo-editor like picmonkey…I swear I’ve seen directions on placing the © right on the photo like you do, but it may depend on the theme.

      • Nov 7 2015

        I’ve just done it using Picasa to edit. It has provision for adding lettering…. I suspect any Editing programme will allow this. 🙂

      • Nov 7 2015

        thanks. I was thinking that, I’ll shop around. I use Photo Gallery, but I have Paint and other editing program. I’ll look around. I am wondering too if I saw it on an earlier wordpress theme.

  2. Nov 6 2015

    Hi there,
    I love reading these honest thoughts.
    Beautifully written six words 🙂

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  3. Nov 6 2015

    Seems I’ve been waiting for that same special time. Hint. There IS no special time.

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    • Nov 6 2015

      I think it comes later in life for most, which is a good thing. I would not have made writing a prioity over my husband…but he actually was very supportive about my writing. We did go out a lot when I would have preferred to stay home and write. My 52 year old son lives with me and is dependent on me in many ways, he was injured at birth and cannot read, doesnt drive, is unable to handle his money and needs general supervision. But he also does his share of cooking and chores so it works out because I can do as I please…..and of course writing is what I do.

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  4. Nov 6 2015

    I’m glad you have a chance now to write as much as you please. I am almost to that phase myself, and I love it. There are still other things that pull on my time, but I am writing more now than I ever did. Isn’t it wonderful?

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    • Nov 7 2015

      yes it is wonderful. I’m not quite as unencumbered as I pretend…my son lives with me and is largely dependent; also my family insists on my presence at their numerous events. 🙂

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      • Nov 7 2015

        You do very well, considering. I love your writing.

      • Nov 7 2015

        once I worked at night and had to call in my stories to a code-a-phone by two a.m. So I’d get home from a meeting and be in a rush to get the story in on time. I had five kids then, and a romance with my future husband…and he was on duty and wanted to chat on and on…that was really encumbered!

      • Nov 7 2015

        Oh, my! Yes!

      • Nov 7 2015

        its been so long ago, about 1972 to be exact. My “kids” are all 50+ now.

    • Nov 7 2015

      I saw a sign in a shop yesterday: “They say housework won’t kill me, but why take the chance?” lol

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      • Nov 7 2015

        My sentiments exactly! I say that as I look at the dust on the table. I’ll quote, “See no evil…”

      • Nov 7 2015

        what is “dust” again? 🙂

  5. Jan 19 2016

    Mine would be “not long to go, just smile”

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