writers block, reader shortage...troubles, troubles, troubles

   Nostagla for a 10,000 hit post. I could post a short poem and get no less than 250.  I am the sole Open member online. The cafe I do my public hours in has a for rent sign in the window. I’m stuck at page 162on a 300 page project. 

   I always got unblocked on OS. Writers write, but my last ten pages are just terrible...I mean worse than bad. It was the SCOTUS thing that broke me. I was hanging on by a thread, pecking away...creating a record of sorts, my third  big project since OS left me readerless after six years of almost positive reinforcement. 

   Me, me, me...but I was not always this way. I knew about other subjects, and wrote about them. Never about me. Now I hardly recognize myself anymore. I’m blocked, burnt and feeling useless. 

   Drank a lot of beer on Saturday and that just made me hung over and blocked. I pushed out a page yesterday that was just terrible, and not  even on topic. 1993...I’m stuck in spring of 1993. 1993 was bad for me, but rich for mining history. Today is good except for the planet...despite being a quarter century older then I was in 1993. 

    I miss OS and readers, but I had made it decades alone...readerless, including 1993, where I was just about fighting for my life, or so I thought. No, I was fighting for my life, stuck between the New Democrats and the old boys who ran my world. 

    I was in DC, but hated it, the old boys were out, and the kids were in. I found little I liked about either or myself. I had twenty in, but that meant nothing  on my side of it. DC was supposed to be a prize but it was pure crap. I limped home and took my licks, and did what I was told.

    So now I’m back then, or now and neither is working well for me. I kept working, writing readerless  those days. Writers write. 

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Comment by Ron Powell on October 15, 2018 at 9:11pm

Writing readerless, but writers write.

Exquisitely profound and very nearly universally true....

Al of us write before we are read...

Comment by Robert B. James on October 15, 2018 at 9:32pm

I could have been a contender, so close to that very same waterfront. Almost funny, how sainthood escapes us non Mormons. Two of my favorite writer’s last works had the world ending with them. I didn’t understand this years ago, Ron, but now I kind of get it. Lack of readership has a built in ego checker...like self destructive behavior only deadlier. Writers write,  jocks compete, and I was just too small to play with the big kids, so I didn’t play at all. Dead and famous is might not be as interesting as living and infamous...or just plain old annoying. In Jersey we speak before we are heard, but writing is old news...like reading. Kids don’t read or write, and I have two books on my night stand half read, as well as that half written piece of work that I did not look at once today. I’d so much rather talk story than write anything, but who listens any more? I love stories...any way I can get them. Hence the field work...

Comment by Maui Surfer on October 15, 2018 at 10:45pm

"I can write. What can you do?"

The Player --- Robert Altman

best opening sequence in film herstory7 minutes and 47 seconds with no cuts

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 16, 2018 at 3:09am

Who doesn't miss Open Salon?  We could put up with the trolls and the flame wars for the sake of moments of intelligent conversation.

After a career of writing memos and reports and policies it was such a relief to write about anything and to use metaphor.  And on those occasions when - for no apparent reason - we got tens of thousands of clicks and hundreds of comments it was exhilarating.

Stuck in 1993?  It seems so much better than now.

Comment by Robert B. James on October 16, 2018 at 6:14am

 MS...ok I’ve got to see it, again probably. On top of all else I can’t remember crap.I can write, but never had to sell anything. Never tried even. Lucky me to have been writing for sanity since I was a child. Didn’t put any of it on paper...as it was hard to find the tools on boats or behind a lawn mower. The Player. Got it. Thanks. 

RR...I also did reports...and sketches, and recall having a poem I wrote on the back of one read back to me in a meeting...I did not remember writing it. And yes...those posts that got well over ten thousand that were no better than the ones that got 500. But it was the steady 300 reads by people who I was reading...and some of them I watched become different people as they found thier community and support network on OS. I found OS while in grad school. Well over that, but still lamenting the loss of OS. 

Comment by J.P. Hart on October 16, 2018 at 9:34am

Who in the Mil Mi-24 would name a baby Somerset?!
~228 days until 1 June 2019~
Hold on tight!
High Hopes!
Imperative that we continue to perspire and git young people to
(yeah here it comes)

Comment by koshersalaami on October 16, 2018 at 11:26am

Yeah. A lot of us miss OS. Aside from intelligent conversation, it actually had a population. 

Comment by Ron Powell on October 16, 2018 at 11:34am

I posted a "Roll Call"... Not a single response...

Comment by Tom Cordle on October 16, 2018 at 1:37pm

Add me to the list of the mourners grieving the death of Open Salon. More than six years I toiled in those fields, and it was well worth it. One of my posts predicted its demise, a premonition born on the day management opened the gates to the barbarian Googlebots,and announced advertising as a means to "pay" contributors. I predicted the "payments" wouldn't even cover the postage to mail a check.Back then,  I was – as I often am, a voice crying in the wilderness, and I take no pleasure in having been proven right.

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 16, 2018 at 2:12pm

As i write there are three members online.

The beauty of Open Salon was that it was open to the public.  That was also its undoing.

I dot 33,000 reads on a post about blind kayaking...it actually was one of my better efforts.


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