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May your blood be delicious!

I am a reader.

Sometimes I write– poems and stories and tales of nothing– but I am not a writer.  I am a reader.

Outsiders like to say we’re on the same team, but it’s not true.  They don’t understand us.

You are a writer and you need me.  I need you, too.

It’s a relationship, of sorts– a symbiotic, passionate, conflicted one.  We are gladiators fighting a battle that the world, our audience, will never forget.  It’s a tug-of-war etched into the very corners of everyday history and we each have our moments of glory.

gladiatorWriters have an obvious position of power, of course.  You tell me what you want, when you want, and from whatever perspective you want to share.  It is a bold power, yes, but it is not necessarily the upper hand.

I am a reader, and I have power, too.

If I don’t like the little letters you’ve combined, they never turn into words.  The words never turn into thoughts.  The thoughts never leave the page to morph into ideas and your story is never freed.

And so it happens that, though we are not teammates– we are equals– walking through opposite sides of the same nightmares and dreams.

We fear together:  The day you no longer write and the day I no longer read.

We promise each other:  You will write stories till you can write no longer, and I will bring those stories to life.

Thus there is balance to our purpose and our fears.

So write and be fearless in your writing because I warn you– I will be fearless in my reading.

Remember my power– tacit, perhaps, but herculean– as your blood flows from your veins in rivets of chapters and verses.    Think of me, as I think of you, and remember I will be tasting those words.

May they be delicious, for both our sakes, and may we continue to play the lucky tug-of-war that keeps the story of the written word alive.

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I decided to try the Trifecta proper this week, with exactly 333 words using the 3rd definition of the word LUCKY.  To read the other entries or to participate and link up, visit:  http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/2013/03/trifecta-week-seventy.html

84 comments

  1. Oh my gosh. I LOVE this…sorry for the passion. if I had the choice to read or write, I would choose read. I still sometimes wonder why I write.

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    1. Thank you! 😀 Passion is always welcome here. 🙂 Yep, I would read over write, too… in fact, that’s what happened yesterday when I missed a blog post. I haven’t been feeling well (flu) and decided to spend “just a little time reading” before I wrote anything… and of course I just never got to writing anything, because there’s always something more to read. 🙂 If I have limited time, writing gets the boot! 🙂 I’m always glad to know someone shares that passion! 🙂

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    2. Wow i love this , i am a good writer so far i think but it takes e so much effort to write when there are already tons of books i could be reading. Im basically struggling with my readers waiting so long before i write some and the other writers i enjoy reading

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    1. I’m still rebuilding my list, now it’s nearly-1000-but-not-quite. 🙂 It’s to every author– it actually started as a little thought about things book authors do that offend my reader-ness… and evolved into the nature of the reader/writer relationship. 🙂 *hugs*

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  2. Oh the ambidextrous nature of our existence, what is you without me, and me without you, and when I say you,I mean ALL of you, and when I say me, I mean all of us , I mean what I say and say what I mean , you know what I mean? 😉

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    1. That’s how I always feel when I’m reading… like I’m slowly building a real life character or place, piece by piece, based on nuances of the writing. 🙂 No wonder reading is so addictive! 🙂

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  3. We are eternally married in the dance of mutual need. But I am not only a writer. I am also a reader and so the dance continues, twirling ever faster. I think I have terminal eye-strain.

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    1. Isn’t it? I’ve noticed the slowing down of new published books over the years… and more and more “re releases” or fan faction… and I always think, “What if there’s no more books written one day?!” Of course then I calm myself with the idea that there’s plenty of new self-published books and blogs… phew! 🙂

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    1. I hope it was good spinning, haha! 🙂 I married a writer (who is also a reader, but is certainly more of a writer), so I often see/live the push and pull of the reader/writer relationship. 🙂 Thank you for reading!

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  4. Beautiful words. And I think all writers do two things: Read and write.

    Therefore, you’re clearly a writer.

    Otherwise, you wouldn’t read and your words wouldn’t be getting shared all over the internet.

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  5. This is pretty much awesome sauce. Though I wonder what you think of people like myself who frequently cross that line between writer and reader? 😉

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  6. You have to be a writer, otherwise you will never have books and I already look forward to reading them–despite your never having promised their existence!
    Okay, okay, do what you want–it’s not going to stop me from wishing on stars for Rarasaur books!

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  7. This was wonderfully written, so I hope you are not saying you are really only the reader because I wouldn’t believe you. But as A reader, I hope you will always be honest with me when/if you read any of my writing so I can improve & keep you as a reader for a long time.

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  8. As a student, I became a trained reader, which basically means I can reduce any piece of writing to a smoking pile of symbolic rubble pretty quickly. And you are so a writer. What do you call this lovely blog? It might not be academically rigorous, but this is writing (pretty darn good writing, too).

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    1. 🙂 Education did the same thing to my reader brain, but I enjoy the ability to turn it off and on. Some words just need to be enjoyed rather than studied! 🙂 Thank you kind words, and your readership! 😀

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  9. I loved this. I have always known that the reader has power and have often times tried to explain to friends what that feels like to me as someone who tries to create something that people will identify with when I write. You summed it up beautifully.

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  10. I too am both- reader and writer. As a writer I know that readers are the life’s blood of a writer and I must strive to give the reader a well written good story. This post says it all. As a reader I totally agree.

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