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    Sometimes A Great Notion

    It has been a week of planning greatness and seemingly failing at each greatness! It was simple stuff too. I had at first planned to write everyday in the morning for at least two hours. That sort of went to the wayside when the sun came out each and every day. Plus, I have an aide that comes here every day from 8:30 until 4:30. I'm very glad she's here, however it makes it very difficult to write once someone's here with me. Since I need someone here with me, and every idea simply flies out the window when the sun begins to shine, this plan has become quite arduous.

    When I do get down to writing, what I wind up doing is blankly staring at the blinking cursor for about 25 meaningful minutes. After which I somehow manage to eek out something like 10 or 15 lines. Since I'm speaking these lines, many of them don't appear as I had spoken them. Which makes me highly frustrated at my needing to speak into this computer. But then I am somewhat calm again as I realize it would be the same thing if I were actually typing.

    I rarely do a first draft, rather I start speaking and that pretty much becomes it. I've always been this way as a writer, even when I was typing. It's not so much getting through the process as it is my first impetus is generally my best. What I go back and try to change generally feels non-organic and manufactured. I have been reading a great book that was recommended to me. It is called "Bird by Bird" and it is a book about writing. It is very difficult to describe and I so highly recommend that everyone get a copy.

    The second thing that I totally forgot to do, and I even promised my mom that I would absolutely do this, is to wear sunblock each and every time I'm outside in the sun. Now I do not know about you, the making of a promise to your mother is something that isn't taken lightly. Anyway, it was just yesterday that I forgot to put sunblock on my face or actually anywhere on my body. And it was yesterday (that being June 1st) that was the Gloversville spring-festival. Herman was participating byway of being part of the "dunk chamber," meaning he was the person who was set above this cold tank of water and kids would throw softballs at a target, and if they hit the target, down he would go into the icy water. I thought it would be great to go and watch, however it was so hot that I began to envy him each time he would plunge into the water.

    I rarely get sunburned, but yesterday was one of those rare days. Just another reason to listen to your mother! So as I'm sitting here finally writing I am once again reminded that this is not a chore necessarily, and I use the word necessarily just because it feels so right, I'm just glad to be finally in the process of writing bird by bird, I mean word by word.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"