Flash Back Thursday

I remember when I first came down w/ the writing bug. It hit me hard in the early 70’s. I took a creative writing class at Riverside City College and the professor, Don Chotro, said, ” Write down the very ‘thing’ you don’t want to write about…the very ‘thing’ that scares you the most and it will bring out the best in your writing.”

And I took his advice literally. I wrote down everything that scared me. I wrote down all of my secrets, all of my grudges and, everywhere I thought I fell short, I wrote it down.

I was drinkin’ a lot at the time and I wrote about that. I did some very bad things to people and I wrote about that. I felt remorse, regret and worthlessness. I wrote about that.

I probably wrote about a good time here or there but there weren’t many…good times, that is.

I don’t know the quality of my work other than it was honest. I spared no one…especially myself.

I’d like to get that back. That honesty. I’d like to be as fearless as I was when I was young…not quite a man.

I think it’s worth a shot.


About joefingas

I am a songwriter, poet, blues singer, and a boogie woogie piano player. I have a grandson but I have no children of my own. All my women have wised up and left me. I was a bum, a wino, a drug/alcohol counselor, a prevention/intervention specialist and a pretender. I have no more time to pretend.
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2 Responses to Flash Back Thursday

  1. The Mom says:

    It’s still within you. It’s the part of you that’s beautiful. Let it out.

  2. joefingas says:

    Thanks “The Mom” for all the encouragement. It means a lot to me.

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