I took a page of Lizzie’s book today and, when stuck, borrowed a prompt from the Promptosaur. My prompt was about being an ambassador— if I became a household name, what types of products would I want to promote?
I would not want to be a household name. There’s something about the echo of it, the telephone-game of it. One day, you step outside into the world, and your name no longer belongs to you.
I don’t mind when this happens with my writing.
I went to an online workshop earlier this year, about the interrogation of grief in writing, and how to analyze it from an academic lens. The second piece we tackled as a group was one of mine. I was surprised because I wasn’t aware that particular blog post had left my little corner of the internet.
(Sometimes I know. Some posts go their own way, but most sit here the heart-pockets of Rarasaur blog.)
As people analyzed the piece, more and more true things became theoretical.
What if I did not actually have a cat? What if the cat’s name, Perdita, was a writing mechanism– being a reference to a lost soul, being a word that stems from the word lost? What if that means Dave’s name was also a choice? A David and Goliath reference, perhaps? What does the writer mean by saying she was in a prison when her husband died? Could it be a reference to how we live locked into the mythology of an unending all-important life?
It was actually a lot of fun. But imagine if that was being done with your actual human existence? Your story and not just a curated snapshot of it?
No, the household-name life is not for me, but I have been thinking a lot about products.
I signed up for an Amazon Storefront recently so I could compile tools that helped me through the strokes, and one big list of tools I use to make my life more autism-friendly. Not everything I would recommend is on Amazon though, and I haven’t started looking at some of the other services that let you collect recommendations.
It’s a lot of work, and I’ve been so very busy, so I haven’t started, but my current system is also a lot of work. Basically, every time someone reaches out for help, I give them an unofficial TedTalk and a few dozen links to books and helpful items.
Maybe the answer to this is another blog, but in all my years of blogging, “another blog” has never really worked out for me. I always come back here, and the other, no matter how critical of a function it holds, fades away.
I know this post is mostly just thinking aloud, but I’m very open to suggestions. Do you do something, or did you experience something, that makes you a kind of expert? Where people ask you for book recommendations or ways to improve their life?
Do you have a system? Does it work?