Who Is Your Writing Yoda?
My recent guest post at the Jaunty Quills was all about synchronicity. In case you missed it, let me explain. Synchronicity is a theory by Carl Jung that states if we make bold statements of intent and act upon them, the Universe conspires to help us. My JQ post focused on the synchronicity I’ve experienced with author Kristan Higgins. The feedback was great, and it got me thinking about all the other ways synchronicity has played a role in my writing career. For that reason, today’s Naked Truth will focus on my Writing Yoda (she probably wishes I’d stop calling her that), the lovely and talented Cathy C. Hall.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you probably know Cathy, either because you also follow her blog, or because I’ve linked you to her blog, or you have noticed a comment she has left on one of my posts. Her comments are almost always funny, often insightful, and never boring—just like Cathy herself.
Okay, so you get it. I’m a Cathy C. Hall fan. You probably knew that already, and if you didn’t before, you certainly do now. What you didn’t know is that my foray into the blogging world came after several hits of synchronicity involving—yep, you guessed it—Cathy C. Hall.
Cathy and I first met as members of a community writers’ group. She was further along than the rest of us, and when the original facilitator of the group—the gracious Genevieve Williams—departed her post, Cathy took over. I realized pretty fast that in addition to being hilarious, Cathy C. Hall knows her writing stuff.
So there was Cathy—who knows her stuff—and yours truly, the newbie trying to figure it all out. I won’t say Cathy took me under her wing . . . it was more along the lines of me trailing along behind her asking silly questions, stepping where she stepped, and she was too nice to tell me to shoo.
After all this time, I still pester her with questions and stuff, and for the record, she has never once told me to quit stalking her. She’s nice like that.
Eventually, the writers’ group dwindled away. I had my early publication cravings satisfied routinely through the Atlanta Journal-Constitution—thanks to an introduction to an editor there by Genevieve—and did my learning about writing online.
A year or so passed, during which time I did not see Cathy. Then one day at the local supermarket Synchronicity reared its head and we ran into each other.
“You should be blogging,” Cathy said after minor preamble.
“Nice to see you, too,” I said.
“Seriously. It’s easy peasy. You should start a blog,” she insisted.
“Why? No one would read it.”
“Lisa.” Cathy gave me one of her famous Cathy looks. “I will read your blog.”
I didn’t start a blog.
About a week later, at another supermarket, I ran into Cathy again, same conversation. I still didn’t start a blog.
About two weeks after that, we met again by chance at the local QuikTrip.
“Have you started your blog?” she asked.
“No. What’s the point? No one would read it.”
“Lisa.” She stared me down. “I will read your blog.”
Do you know how many times I’ve run into Cathy by accident in the last ten years? Never, except for those three times. (Unless you count the one time at the Howl-O-Weenie Festival, which I don’t, because she knew I’d be there.)
Weird coincidence, you say? I say, “Synchronicity.”
After that third meeting, I went home, spent the afternoon figuring out Blogger, and posted my first-ever blog piece. Here it is, Buttercup—a direct cut & paste from my old Blogger account—the first Naked Truth:
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I’m a Virgin!
After 29 years of marriage and three kids it feels a little weird to admit it, but here goes: I am a virgin. Okay, okay, not that kind of virgin. I am that most elusive of all virgins in this techno society. I am a Blog Virgin. Yup, this is my first time, and if you are reading this then you are sharing this experience with me. (How many other virgins can promise you that?)
I may be new to the blogging world, but I’m an old hand at writing, so this is a bit like two worlds colliding. I hope the result will be a blog success of Big Bang proportions. We writers dream of stuff like that.
Now, my husband long ago declared me to be a technological airhead and I’ve not disabused him of this notion. After all, I can’t turn on the TV and satellite network without instructions from my 15-year-old daughter. I don’t watch TV very often, not because I find it to be a pointless waste of valuable time, but because I have no clue how to work the remotes. There are four of them and they are covered with buttons. I may as well be at the helm of the Starship Enterprise.
However, despite my technological challenges, I am jumping into the Internet blogging pool, and for any who stumble upon my ramblings I hope that what you find here makes you smile enough that you come back for more. These are stressful and crazy times; if my musings provide a brief respite for you then I will consider the effort worthwhile. Check back in a day or so and see what view I skew!
Til next time,
Posted by Lisa Ricard Claro at 11:22 PM
Cathy C. HallMarch 29, 2009 at 5:44 PM
Peer pressure will get you every time :-)Can’t wait to see the naked truths you uncover in your own skewed way!
So began my blogging career. There are countless posts that only one person ever read. Cathy.
She commented and she encouraged. I learned a ton of stuff and started meeting other bloggers. Eventually, I sort of got the hang of it and met more bloggers and blog readers, including you. I’ll be forever grateful, and if you have a copy of my book, take a look at the acknowledgements in the front. Cathy is there. After all this time, she’s still my Writing Yoda, despite her numerous attempts to shake me loose. She is, in short, stuck with me. (Sorry, Master Yoda, but I think the Universe wants it this way.)
Maybe someday I’ll be someone’s Yoda, and can pay it forward.
So, what do you think? Synchronicity? Weird coincidence? What’s your story? Do you have a Yoda?
See you Friday for Observations From the Tub!
P.S. One more thing! On Monday, July 6th, my broadcast interview over at The Author’s Show goes on air. Host Linda Thompson interviewed me about Love Built to Last. It will air for 24 hours on the 6th, so listen at your leisure.