For Writers Island last prompt: Vision For the Future
Hi! My name is Elizabeth and I write. Have been doing that, on and off, since I was four years old. Sixty years, sounds soooooo long. Doesn’t feel that way. Can still remember the first time, but then they say that the first time is never forgotten, always held in a special pocket, used as a sort of yardstick for whatever comes after it.
The first time, now that was a sort of sneaky secret. I wanted to make sure that no one would ever forget who that pretty little girl was in that wonderful photo, the photographer had taken. No pencil would do. Only ink because that would last and last. I knew there were ball point pens in the junk drawer in the kitchen. I snuck one out, found a quiet corner, and with tongue clasped between teeth and lips, I wrote my name in big block letters at the bottom of the photo.
My Mother was not the least bit pleased, but oh what a sense of accomplishment I felt. She replaced the photo, but I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. I would write something. At four, the something was way out there on the horizon, only a soft blinking light, easily dismissed, unless one thought about it for a while. Nothing more than a familiar blip, somewhere out there in the future.
I was far too young to understand the word vision, let alone the concept of a future. Yet, here I am, sixty years later writing about that little girl in that pretty pale blue dress with the white lacy bib, and all those creamed coffee curls pulled off her face in a pig tail, so everyone could see that hesitant but still willing smile. She still exists, because I can write about her.
Writers Island has put up a final prompt for all of us to write about. Not so long ago, Big Tent Poetry did the same thing. Two major prompt sites gone in a very short time. Hard. Loss is never easy, even though it happens on a pretty regular basis. And I, for one, am feeling the loss.
And want to talk about it. The poetry circuit, the writing prompt sites, have given me a real home online. A place where I can meet and greet familiar friends, new and old. But, this community has been hit hard by these two losses. Rob has asked us to write about a vision for the future. I want to talk about that loss. So what to do with the conflict?
Standing at midpoint, getting whiplash from looking both ways. About a week ago, I found a bit of discussion in the comments section of Mr. Walker’s site
http://sadlywaiting.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/priorities/ . A few people were commenting about how much they would like a place to just sit down and talk about writing. Not to a prompt, but what goes into the process itself, what we know, have learned, and still have questions about. How much they missed that sort of contact with other writers.
Have to admit, I feel the same way. Due to my circumstances, my physical contacts with a writing community are (other than here on the prompt circuit), behind me. And although we do visit back and forth, we restrict ourselves, in the main, to comments concerned with the present topic of the prompt. Do you want more than that?
When I saw that small discussion, I immediately thought of this site. It has been languishing while I explored new arenas of expression, and continued responding to a few of the poetry prompt sites. I realized that although this isn’t a forum type set-up, it might work.
So, here it is. My vision for the future. I will set about leaving a topic for discussion each week, probably on Friday. Then, during the week, you can come visit and see if you have anything to say about that topic, or perhaps want to introduce another one altogether. Perhaps a topic that has you stumped at the moment and you just want to see what others think, or how they feel about it.
This is really up for grabs, folks. I’m not big on rules, but am aware there is still some need for the pesky things. I ask only that you remain the friendly, hospitable individuals you have been all along. Everyone has an opinion and if you want your own to be respected, than it’s a good idea to give that energy back.
So, here goes. How do you feel and think about these two major sites shutting down? Abandonment issues? Where do we go from here? Would you like this place to discuss any or all of the above? Do you remember your ‘first time?’ What kind of writing topics would you like to see put up for discussion? Specifics about poetry, or just writing in general? What are your ideas, and how do you see this taking shape and becoming something that will keep our community alive and vibrant? Take your pick and have at it. I’m going to sit back and see what happens.
Notes: Thank you Rob for providing the space and the ideas that have fueled all of us and our writing thirsts. No one can replace that. You will be missed.