lastmandystanding

Mother. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Blogger. Aspiring writer. Smartass. But you'll probably still want to be my friend.

Could you help me with this thing here? Yes, you.

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I absolutely LOVE the Golden Girls. My twin cousins and I would spend every Saturday night with our Grandma, and we would all watch it together. Watching old episodes brings me almost as much comfort as my grandma’s hugs used to, or a comfy sweatshirt, or wearing my favorite faded black velvet pants with paint stains. They’re just plain comfortable.

If this linked correctly, it’s a clip from an episode where the ever-so-over-dramatic Blanche decides to write the world’s greatest novel. She comes dramatically out onto the “lenai” and professes to have writer’s block – something she claims to be the worst feeling in the world. I love Sophia’s banter about 10 days without a bowel movement being worse than that, but this clip leaves out the best part. Right after where this cuts off, Dorothy asks Blanche: “Well how much have you written?”
Blanche: “That’s just IT, I haven’t written A THING!”
Dorothy: “That’s not writer’s block, Blanche…otherwise WE ALL HAVE IT.”

I can’t explain it…but that episode just kills me. The sarcasm of Dorothy. The drama of Blanche. The outspoken Sophia. Rose just being…Rose. The truth in all of it. I love it.

In a roundabout way, I guess I’m trying to say that I have writer’s block, but not exactly like Blanche. I’ve got lots to write about, to talk about, to cry about, to smile about, to laugh about, to be mad and hurt about, to joke about, etc. –but I can’t just sit and do it. I want to. I need to. And I love to…but I just…(ahh…i hate saying it)….can’t.

I’ve stated in my few blogs since my father’s death, that I fear if I start writing, I may not be able to stop. So I don’t know if that is what’s keeping me from it, or something else.

Do you ever feel like you’re on the verge of something…you don’t know what it is, good or bad, big or small…but you feel it…and you don’t know whether to jump and shout and leap tall buildings in a single bound, or go sit in the corner in your faded black velvet paint-stained pants and just sit quietly until someone comes and picks you up and says “hey, snap out of it”??

Yeah. Me too. I’m stuck somewhere in the middle of all that.

I need your help, reader(s). (If there are any of you left.) Since I can’t get the words from my brain to the keyboard very well (or often), help me out. Whether you know me or not, new reader or followed since blog #1 – what would YOU like me to write about? I’m serious… Please comment and I will pick something from the comments to write about. If you know me, it should be easy for you. If you’re a complete stranger, better yet. Read some of my other stuff and ask questions. I need something to get my creative juices flowing again. (My REAL creative juices…not the pretend ones I keep boldly “pinning” like it’s my job.)

Help a sister out. I know I can write. Just help me through my version of writer’s block. I promise it’ll be honest and entertaining if nothing else.

Readers’ Choice.  Let’s do this.

Oh, and if my sister-in-law happens to read this, I’m still waiting on the Xanax casserole that was promised last Christmas. I’m starting to think that was just a bunch of talk.

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5 thoughts on “Could you help me with this thing here? Yes, you.

  1. How about childhood memories….from your first to your present…good and bad…just keep on being real ❤

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  2. Mandy! It’s Kim Kortkamp…not sure how I stumbled upon your blog-probably via facebook at some point-but I have read ALL of your stories and you truly have a gift. You are hilarious! I’m bummed that I didn’t get to know you better growing up but I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your stories. I find myself laughing aloud at most and then almost crying at another. You have an amazing ability that many probably spend their entire lives perfecting. Since I am a 2nd grade teacher, school and education-or lack there of- come to mind. Jefferson? High School? Thanks for sharing and I hope to cross paths with you again someday!

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    • Aww, Kim, thank you o much. It really means so much to me when someone compliments my writing like that. I’ve had a lack of inspiration since my dad died, and there have been many times I’ve started to, and just had to stop. Thanks so much for writing that. I hope our paths cross again, too!

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  3. Rich Mclean on said:

    The way that you write is captivating. I wish there were more to read. I don’t know if you will find this helpful at all but, a new friend gave me a book by Dale Carnegie that helped me. It was insightful and (inner) eye opening. I know how witty, self aware and intelligent you are and I really think you may be inspired. In any case, I hope to purchase inner of your books some day and I believe

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