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I wrote this several days ago and Wombats will recognize it.

So OH was out of town last weekend, and I was sorting through a lot of papers. And I ended up spending something like 9 hours reading a lot of stuff I wrote in high school. I was obsessed with a rock band called Sweet back then. So first I read the diary entries I had saved about Sweet (I typed my diary on an old manual Underwood), and then the tawdry romantic fantasies about Sweet that my best friend and I plotted for hours on the phone.

I was blown away by the passion of all of it. Especially in contrast with the emotionally shut down, dry abstract writing I did in college. It was like going to college killed my writing talent or something. I was also blown away by the realism of the romantic-relationship development in the stories I wrote (I wrote them before I had ever had a real romantic relationship). One or two of them were almost completely plausible (although the sex bits were vague, since I hadn't had any).

I want that passion back. I want that talent back. I want that unselfconscious pouring-out-of-self back. And I am terrified of it.

When OH came back I had a hard time relating to him because I didn't think he would understand any of this stuff, and because I was feeling re-obsessed. I spent two days digging up every Sweet fan site on the web and although I haven't actually played any of the music yet, because I've only got it on LP, I remember it very clearly and I've got it jumbling around in my head constantly.

Sheesh. Some people live in a world of feelings. How do they? When I get this suffused by feelings, even pleasant ones, I feel like I am drowning.

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gloriajn
Dec. 1st, 2001 08:18 pm (UTC)
I have to tell you, but when you first posted this to the Wombat list, my husband had just (like 10 minutes previously) played "The Best of Sweet" for me, and I hadn't heard them in over 20 years! Synchronicity?
firecat
Dec. 1st, 2001 08:38 pm (UTC)
[twilight zone music]
thespian
Apr. 30th, 2002 02:04 pm (UTC)
this is such a bizarre thing (and I have no idea if you remember me, but I used to know you, years and years ago, Stef, thee and OH, through fannish and poly and bi stuff). Then I was reading your journal, and I found that gloriajn is your friend, too (I only met her here, last fall, but a) she's neat b) we have the same birthday, which is why I'm responding down here, to draw her attention here. Hey G ;-)

I don't want to go publically into how I noticed you have a journal, that's a strange little tale unto itself. But I was mourning, the other day, to a friend, about a book I had in high school, that I had written. It was HUGE, and in it, I had written a big story about myself and the guys from Platinum Blonde, who were living in London (though they were a Canadian band, I wanted to live in London, we lived in London), having all sorts of adventures in the band we were in.

What was funny, to me, was that there were 4 girls who were all writing these books at lunch and exchanging them with each other to read. The other three were writing books about romance and the house they lived in with their favourite band member, when the other members of the band came by for tea, stuff like that. I wrote a book in which I lived in a loft with my bandmates while we were working on a record, and prepping for a tour. There was romance, of course, but still I was concentrating on scenes of us arguing over the mix with the producer. I put the book down in a 7-11 one evening, while picking up some magazines, and some guys stole it and wouldn't give it back. All gone.
elynne
Dec. 2nd, 2001 10:39 am (UTC)
Sometimes it feels like drowning... but I suppose, after a lot of practice, one learns to swim. Part of the trick is possibly to take the occasional breath of cold, clear air. I'd take this metaphor further, but I the flu bug came and hammered on my head last night.
firecat
Dec. 2nd, 2001 01:11 pm (UTC)
Are you a person who has a lot of strong feelings? Were you always that way or did it happen later in life?
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