Dear Mark Twain You Should Have Been A Blogger

Anti-Stratfordian Mark Twain, wrote "Is S...

“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

‎”You can’t reach old age by another man’s road. My habits protect my life but they would assassinate you.” Mark Twain

Dear Mark,

I must admit that I am not sure if I should call you Mark or refer to you as Samuel because I don’t know what your preference is/was. For all I know your good friends and family called you Sammy or some other sort of nickname that I am not privy to. Perhaps the information is located in a biography but I can’t say that I have ever come across it.

Since this is my blog and I am a writer I am going to continue this pleasant little fiction of ours and say that we are good friends. Or maybe it is more appropriate to say that I view you as a mentor that I can look to for advice on a variety of topics, writing being just one of them.

Some people suggest that the dead never truly leave and I wonder if perhaps my using your name has attracted your attention. Perhaps you are reading this and wondering what a blog is. The easiest explanation is to say that it is similar to a public journal that people can read and comment on.

I often refer to myself as a daddy blogger meaning that I am a writer who share thoughts, stories, feelings and ideas about being a father. But I don’t limit myself to writing about parenting. I blog about writing, technology, sports, politics and religion. In short I write about whatever interests me.

That helps me to maintain my interest and ensures that I never run out of topics to blog about. It also helps to make sure that my kids don’t come here and find 10,000 posts about them because I could do that easily. They are a never ending source of material and not bad for SEO either.

Although I have to tell you that I hate bloggers who focus solely upon that. It is the sort of writing that reminds me of the plague. Single minded of purpose, destructive and dull. If there were a vaccine that I could use to eradicate it I would.

I have been at this game for years now but it wasn’t until relatively recently that I decided that I would try to monetize my blog and do something with my fiction.

That is a long winded way of saying that I want to get paid to be a writer. Actually I do get paid for my writing but it is not the kind of writing that I want to do so I decided to do something about it.

I am doing something different with my fiction. I am posting it as I go and letting people comment on it. It is an unconventional approach and not necessarily the smartest way of doing things. The readers aren’t seeing a finished copy and are providing feedback on unfinished work.

Some of them hate it. More than a few have told me that there are serious problems with it and that they don’t believe that the characters would act as I have portrayed them. But I have received lots of contradictory comments too. There are people who love it and tell me that they can’t wait to see what I come up with.

I expect that you would have much to say on this and that back in your day critics were critics. I appreciate the feedback but I don’t let it stop me from moving ahead with things. I take it for what it is worth and move on.

That is because this story has been inside me for years and I have to get it out. I wonder if that is how you felt. Was Huckleberry Finn written because the words refused to stay stuck inside your head or did you have some other motivation.

I don’t know how this story is going to end. I haven’t mapped it out. I am letting the characters tell the tale and having a lot of fun doing so.

Got a lot more to share with you but I just received an email with a new writing assignment and have got to run.



P.S. That quote of yours at the top of the page is one that I love. I always take it to mean be your own man. Too bad you are not around to discuss it, would love to hear your thoughts.

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