I was most honored and surprised by being “tagged” by an author of who I have the utmost respect. Roads at http://thepriceoflove.net placed me in good company on his blog and recommended me for an award from “The shameless Lions Writing Circle”….
It was the discovery of Road’s site that caused me to know that others have walked through the Valley of the Shadows and survived the pain, the fear and the loss….it gave me hope…
One of the rewards of this affair is that your site is promoted and the responsibility that goes with the award is the requirements for promoting other sites on the Web. The requirements are the following:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you in your post.
2. List three things that you believe are necessary to make writing good and powerful.
3. Tag five other people via comment.
The most formidable task, for me, is the linking part. I am to link back to the author who recommended me for the Award. Linking is an “IT” kind of thing and “IT don’t know” much…So I “linked” the best that I know how. It doesn’t look as good as Road’s links on his blog, but it is not about how good the links look as much as it is that you discover his site and the other sites, if you are walking on this path.
I believe one of writing’s greatest purpose is communicating thoughts and ideas that may never be produced in conversation. I began to write a journal because I knew, if I wrote my thoughts, ideas and emotions down on paper (now on the screen), I could no longer allow them to rattle in my head without true form. I had to give ideas and emotions a concrete place in my thoughts and writing became my “reality check”
So, the first thing that I believe it takes to “Roar” as an author is to convey your thoughts well. As Beethoven did with his music, words are the author’s tools to express you passions, fears and all manner of intangibles made tangible.
The second quality must be the ability to tell the story. I always loved it when my father told me stories. He rarely read one, he always told it to me and I would hang on every word…writing is story telling and you have to be able to tell your story in a way that is uniquely yours.
I am telling my heart’s story as I write “Walking in the Valley of the Shadow”. The value of my words are to release my passion, my heart and my love for my husband as we walk this final journey together.
I am so glad that the final requirement for writing is NOT the ability to spell correctly. If it were, I would never write a thing…At least, I can get the word close enough that spell check gets a hint of what I am trying to write…Before, spell check, I used a dictionary a lot….
The third quality of writing a site that “roars” is relevance. I believe that your use if words and your story writing must be relevant to those to whom you want to convey your thoughts. I began my blog so as to find others who were walking this road. I knew that there were many who were walking this path because I saw their faces in the cancer center. I saw in their faces the silent pain as they were caring for their loved one with cancer. Silence seems to isolate those of us who are caregivers. Even though there are support groups that reach out to care givers and cancer patients, I didn’t want to attend. As I know myself, I knew that I would refrain from allowing a group of people into the very depths of my heart. It was “safer” for me to write the words and throw them out into cyberspace…
My quest was in searching for people who could relate to my experience and if I found them, I was no longer alone. I was hoping that should I find them, they would realize that I could relate and experientially understand their personal quest…so, relevance makes words “roar”.
The next task is to recommend 5 other blogs….I hate to admit it, but I rarely read other blogs than those who either recommended me or who I was recommended with i.e. Roads and Nicole3 ( http://nichole3.wordpress.com/) There are many excellent blogs that express personal sorrow and the challenges of death and dying.
The blog that I read most often is A Stepmom’s Say http://astepmomssay.blogspot.com/….Mrs H has all of the qualities that I noted and she is passionate about her life as a step mother…
Sprinkled through out my story, are milestones and tragedies that find their roots in my years of being a stepmother. Those years were impacted by some of the same challenges that Mrs. H finds in her present days. I enjoy reading her blog and following her story and her insights on this important role that she plays in her stepsons lives. There are many commonalities of her experiences with those that I experienced….She has all of the elements that I noted that make writing “Roar”.
These are my recommendations for the “Sites That Roar” Award….However, I didn’t know that I “roared”. I recently experienced a few incidents that caused me to realize that I need this blog more than I need any “tool” as I walk this path. This blog has become an outlet as well as a focal point on my journey. When I thought that my blog was beyond retrieval, I discovered an intense feeling of being lost without my bearings. I felt great sadness.
I write for me. I write for my husband. I cannot take credit. It is the love for my husband that wrings my heart and the words appear. I do need my words. My words to me are as the brushes are to an artist who paints. These words are my tools of expression as I walk through this Valley of the Shadow…