I love writing. It is what I have always wanted to do. I remember when I was first learning to read, I read street signs, what I could of the newspaper, simple books, anything and I do mean anything I could get hold of. I was a good story teller. In fact I still am a good story teller. I wrote a lot of poetry growing up and can still do that when the need arises. But what I have always wanted to do was write stories. I wanted to tell my stories to the world.
My favorite topic growing up was westerns. I loved watching westerns – The Lancers, Bonanza, Matt Dillon, Gunsmoke, Big Valley, Have Gun Will Travel, Wild Wild West, and my favorite High Chaparral. I have some wonderful story ideas regarding the High Chaparral. Someone has suggested that I do some fan fiction with the ideas. I would get the acknowledgement of having written the story from a readily available audience of 4 or 5 facebook pages dedicated to High Chaparral. It would satisfy much of my need to write.
Part of the problem of writing fan fiction would be that I have three story topics that I have a heart tug to write. It is definitely a major desire, an aching to tell these stories. I know how to verbalize a lot of each story. I could sit there and tell the story to an audience any day of the week. Telling the stories could take care of a bit of the problem. I have a feeling though that more people need to hear the stories I want to tell.
So this brings me back to writing the stories down. I have actually written a draft of one of my stories. The audience I wanted to reach was the general public, the average Jack and Jill. The first draft was better suited for the medical professional. It would need work even then. I wanted something that was inspirational to the general public. There is something about telling my near death experience on the way to get a weight loss surgery that would help other obese people get the help they needed. I do not always encourage having surgery but I do encourage people to work on themselves instead of waiting until just before they die to do what needs to be done. I need and want to reach a large group of people. Does that make sense?
I have at least two other stories in me. One is a fictionalized version of living in a nursing home. It is based on true events and people so that , again, the general public got an idea about what patients actually feel and have to live through. It is not all doom and gloom but it is also not all happiness and joy. Their is a need to have loved ones in a safe place. It is hard when there is a blend of rather cognitive people and those with various degrees of Alzheimers. My sister even noticed that my patience is wearing thin after being here 14 months. I would have to agree with her.