Thursday, 10 July 2014

I Do It Because ...

There's this meme going around.

 A meme  (if you don't already know) is like a virus, almost everybody catches it eventually, all you have to do is hang around the infected for long enough and one day BAM you got it!

Or, you may prefer to think of it like a party invitation that's been extended to friends and to friends of friends, people spreading the love and just GROWS.

So ...  well ...  I DIDN'T catch it OR get invited to it so I thought, sod it, I'll do it ANYWAY!

All you do is answer some simple questions like:

'Why do you write?'

Well, that's simple, I write to stop my head from EXPLODING.  I've often described my head as being full of spaghetti, a kind of jumbled up mess of pasta that periodically (or sometimes more often) splats itself right on to this blog.

I find I have little or no control over what ends up here.  I've included some video aids for those of you who may find this principle hard to grasp.

This is me:

'What are you working on?'

Working on?  Working on???

That's the trouble, I DON'T tend to work on anything which is why I never get anything done!  I've started SO many initiative over the past three years and I haven't EVER managed to maintain ANY of them (remember 'Shooting From The Hip' - 'Antiquoties' - 'Photo For Friday' - 'The Kindred Spirit'  'Cheer You Up Tuesday' and many, MANY others) so I'm going to STOP pretending that I'm actually WORKING on ANYTHING and admit that writing for me is more a process of osmosis (see below for more detail ...)

'How does your writing differ from others of it's genre?'

Genre ... ?

Ummm ....  Well ...

So I googled genre for clarification and it said:

"a style or category of art, music, or literature."

Ok  ...  I don't think I have one of those ... I don't HAVE one of those do I ... ? DO I have one of those ...  DO I ??

Actually, you know,  I DO.

It's a little known genre known as the Clanger Spaghetti genre and, thinking about it, it could just be indigenous to me ...

Basically it involves a lot of whistling and some messy knitting (with spaghetti of course!)  and a monotone voice over which I somehow combine into a senseless ball of yarn (see what I did there ...?)

No? then watch this:

'How does your writing process work?'

It's mostly knit one, purl one, drop a stitch and untangle the wool to be honest ...

Like this ...
(image source)

BUT, I do take a lot of inspiration and ideas from reading other blogs.

I'm actually very ABSORBENT!!

For instance, having just read Slapdash Mamas post (she didn't invite me to the party btw ...) I'll type a lot in capitals and use a fishing net to grab all those words floating around in my head so I can (as NS so eloquently puts it) get them down on that 'bally jolly buggery paper' '

BUT, if I've read a post from Cranky Old Man then I might start calling people Jerk or spelling tyre in a weird way or even try driving a car on the wrong side of the road AND I DON'T EVEN DRIVE!!!

Where as if I've taken a trip over to see Brighton Pensioner I'll take a step back, look at things from a gentler point of view.  Appreciate the beauty around me or maybe take a walk down memory lane.

And when I've visited Emma Kate I'm inspired to make my house more beautiful, to dig out my inner crafter and dive into skips and Charity shops.

And so on ...

Each and every blog I read has some kind of impact on me.

And then, just occasionally, I'll be ME.

Messy, disorganised, scatty.  Trying to avoid that head explosion because seriously?

Pasta sauce STAINS people and ain't nobody got time for that!

So there you have it.  Feel free to give this one a whirl yourself, you are all invited.

Linking up to The Lounge today at Robo's new pad.


Brighton Pensioner said...

The Clangers! My all time fave children's programme!!

And you get inspiration from my blog? I must be slipping up somewhere.

Sarah said...

Mine too BP - I really feel like I can identify with them!

I certainly DO get inspiration from your blog. Your stories often remind me of my childhood or remind me to stop and take stock of the beautiful things around me, I actually had a dream last night that I went to Brighton and I was trying to take some photos to put on the blog to show you I'd been ;-)

Ness said...

Keep on serving up that spaghetti! I love carbs and I love your writing style. You crack me up. I write because I suck at talking. The end.

Sarah said...

Thank you Ness - I'm not so good at talking either - I could really do with some kind of filter, that's why I like the blog so much, it means I really have time to think before I speak - it WORKS don't you think ... ;-)

Holly Nelson @ English Girl Canadian Man said...

I am the same! Other blogs influence me a lot! Your blog is v funny. Like a comedian and you also tend to invent weird stuff, like an inventor. My friends all use the words borganised now, and it is your fault!

Robo said...

Great post! Well done for just answering a question without being asked ;) For what it's worth, I think your blog is pretty awesome and I always have a laugh at your expense.I mean that in the nicest possible way - you know that. Cheers for linking! X

Emma Kate at Paint and Style said...

Aw bless you. I get very influenced by other blogs too. I think it shows an open mind! But also, if we found a blog that didn't speak to us in some way, we wouldn't bother with it.
Your style of blogging is uniquely yours and I think you put a lot of yourself into your writing. And you're funny! xxx

Beth said...

An excellent post. Now my brain is all jumbled up! LOL!!

Lydia C. Lee said...

I hear you on the starting projects and going nowhere...except I don't even start...

Sarah said...

Ha ha, I LOVE that your friends use Boganised Holly :-)

Thanks Robo - I laugh at myself an awful lot too ;-)

Thanks Emma Kate xxx

Welcome to my world Beth ;-)

If I listed all the projects I've never started it would be a VERY long list Lydia (fortunately I don't DO list ...)

Bron Maxabella said...

This is the first time I've read that someone writes to keep their head from exploding, but I completely, totally, utterly relate!!! x

Sarah said...

I suspect it's why a lof of people write Bron they just don't express it as eloquently as me ;-)x