I Carry It Around In My Heart

I bet many of you already know to what I’m referring.  I’ve read it in your blogs, gathered as much from the comments you’ve left here.  It’s a feeling that’s almost indescribable and I’m worried that I might fall on my face trying to communicate what it is.  It’s always with you, but there are certain times when that wave of euphoria gushes from within and promises to lift you above the everyday.   If scientist discovered a way to harvest it and turn it into a drug, entire cities would come to a screeching halt as the overdosed reached epidemic proportions.

Do you know what I’m describing?  That’s right.  The feeling a writer gets when he knows he’s written something that has significance.  A piece of work that has toyed with a readers emotions in some way.  A simple blog post that elicits a deluge of comments, a short story that causes their best friend to laugh uncontrollably, a poem that opens the tear ducts, or a novel that when finished compels a deep and lingering sigh. A writer who has experienced something like this, on any level, never forgets what it feels like and is always searching for ways to re-create it.  Does anybody know of which I speak?

I use that feeling like a shot of adrenaline sometimes, when the world is conspiring to bring me down.  I remember the praise of my awesome critique partners.  I think about my followers, those talented fellow writers who have linked themselves to me, and I to them.  I fall asleep at night with a smile on my face, recalling a recently written scene in my current WIP, imagining how my wife will react when she reads it for the first time.   

For me, this blog is the origin.  Everything I have accomplished so far stems from here, and from you.  My first baby-steps into fiction writing started here.  I have met, become friends with, and collaborated with, some truly amazing writers…and individuals, all from here.  My journey is just beginning, but I am confident that my foundation is a solid one.

I reached the 200 follower milestone last Friday.  Honestly, it kind of snuck up on me.  Not that I wasn’t paying attention to the newly arrived, because nothing could be further from the truth, I just didn’t notice the number.  Originally, I planned to throw another celebration to mark the event, but I have since thought differently.  I wrote when I celebrated the Mighty 100 that I wanted to focus more on generating content that would increase the number of comments left by the “like-minded”, and if I did that the followers would take care of itself.  If you build it…they will come. I’m going to continue on with that philosophy, but don’t worry, I have something really special planned to give-away when I hit 300.  I mean REALLY SPECIAL!

In the meantime, I’ll continue to try throw a little entertainment your way.  And if I hit a chord, please let me know.  It doesn’t matter if you’re the first commenter, or the 50th, they all contribute to that feeling we writers thrive off.

They say the home is where the heart is.  In my case, this blog is my home and I carry it around in my heart. 

35 comments

  1. My one friend says that I need instant gratification as some sort of ego thing, but that's not true. I love to know that someone was moved by or laughed at something I wrote. It makes a connection, if only temporary. In that brief moment, they 'get' me, and I wholly appreciate them. I know I was born to entertain in some capacity, and do with every capacity available to me, but in the end I want people I know to just go, 'You know Christi?' 'Yeah. She's weird, but cool.' 'Yup. Definitely weird.' Which would mean way more to me than 'nice' 'sweet' 'interesting' or anything else. It'd mean they know me, and were honestly okay with me being me: weird.
    /rant

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  2. I totally get the feeling you're describing! I wish it could be bottled. :)

    Congrats on the followers and on the awesome blog. It's so enjoyable to come over here and read your posts. You always make me think and wonder.

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  3. D.L.--Congratulations on hitting two hundred followers and for focusing on the quality of your blog. You are right, if you put useful thoughtful posts people will come and read them. You do both. :)

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  4. Congratulations. I'm rather new to this blogging thing, but I', amazed at the number of comments I get some days. Whatever I'm doing, I hope I continue to do it.

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  5. It's true—and almost a little frightening—that feeling you carry. Sometimes it makes you feel very alone. And sometimes it's what binds you to a community of other writers. Congrats on your blog success! It was hard earned, and well deserved.

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  6. We love you! That's why you have such loyal followers DL :)

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  7. That feeling you describe is the reason I write. I got a taste of it with my first "book" when I was seven, and I've been hooked ever since. Dangerous, dangerous stuff.

    btw I'll be here when you reach 300followers (and I know you will). Can't wait to see what you have planned!

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  8. It's amazing how much all the Blogger community has come to mean to me in 3 months. I look back at December, when my right arm was casted in an L above my elbow, and I was so depressed that I could barely manage to do anything other than watch TV all day, and I think, "If only I'd been blogging then, that time would have been so much easier for me."

    You're all a special bunch, and you're right there at the front, DL!

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  9. Hey DL. I would be one of the overdosed if that feeling could be bottled. Congrats on you 200 mark. It's wonderful that you didn't notice the number. That just means you're more focused on content, which is fantabulous, and that's why you're so loved.

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  10. Congrats on the 200 followers and I can't wait until you reach 300!

    Oh, yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about. That feeling you get when someone really likes your work is a pure shot of happiness. I try to remember that happiness when life starts to turn for the worse and it usually helps me to have a better day:)

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  11. Congrats!
    I sometimes hit that feeling with my blog, but I've definitely hit it with my books - the feedback from readers who were moved by my stories is a natural high!

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  12. DL -- I have to ask you, "Whatever happened to Fallen Knight?"

    I love your post, I totally get it, I wish I could have it every day, like a drug...

    But I've been wondering if you ever queried it or not.

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  13. Great post!! You said it all as to why I started a blog and following the ones I can! Nothing feels better than to get that comment or private email from someone that says you've helped them in some way.
    I have learned so much from your open, honest and inspiring writing! I can't thank you enough!
    Congrats on surpassing 200!! Following you to a 1000 and beyond! :-) ~ Coreen

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  14. Good post!
    And i'd much rather have that feeling, than the other one...
    You know, the one where you feel everything you've written is insignificant

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  15. I love that feeling of being in a writing groove and having goodness flow onto the paper .. I eat it up and wish it happened more often.

    and, blogging is a wonderful blessing in my life as well.

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  16. Congratulations on 200 followers! That's really cool :D

    Yes, I can identify with that feeling, and it makes me really want to get my work "out there." Waiting for the big someday!!

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  17. I love that feeling. Congrats on the followers - found my way over here via the Alternate Version blogfest. I'm so new to this whole blog-world, but I love that I've discovered all of these other writers and the encouragement they all give me is beyond words :)

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  18. I know that feeling!

    Congrats on reaching 200 :)

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  19. I know exactly what you're talking about. Every word of this post resonated with me. That feeling of euphoria is the key to the writing cycle: want to feel it; write a lot; one day hit on "it"; enjoy the euphoria; want to feel it again; write...

    Great post, and congrats on surpassing 200 followers. It'll be 300 before we know it!

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  20. I like your sentimental side. That probably helps to make you a great writer ;-)

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  21. Congrats Don :) Thank you for sharing your heart's gift with all of us. I'm not surprised you have that many followers - talent and honesty are attractive qualities in a blogger and you've got them both. People are sitting up and taking notice!

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  22. Wow, DL, what an amazing and truly heartfelt post. I couldn't have said it better. Hammer, meet nail.

    I can't even imaging having 75 followers, much less over 200! What an accomplishment, and one that's obviously deserved for so many reasons. Congrats, buddy. I'm eager to watch your popularity grow above and beyond. We love you, DL!!!

    **my word verification definition**
    refur: noun - an improper spelling of the slang term for marijuana; verb - the process of tacking on the shorn fur of an animal by use of elmer's or hot glue after one has had second thoughts on their grooming expertise

    :D

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  23. Congrats on the 200 followers! That's fantastic.

    Do you know that your title reminded me of a poem by ee cummings:

    i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
    my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
    i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
    by only me is your doing,my darling)
    i fear
    no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
    no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
    and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
    and whatever a sun will always sing is you

    here is the deepest secret nobody knows
    (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
    and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
    higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
    and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

    i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

    I love this poem and your post reminded me of its sentiments.

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  24. Having an audience is very important. It takes the feeling you get from creating and amplifies it. To know you've reached out and touched another human being with your soul is the ultimate goal of any one here.

    Congrats on reaching out to so many people.

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  25. Christi ~ You may be weird...who's to say...but you can sure write your pants off!

    Matt ~ Hold it together man!

    Jemi ~ And that's exactly what I'm talking about! Thank you!!

    Sharon ~ You're right. And it doesn't mean contests aren't fun, because they are.

    Alex ~ And as long as you do, I'll be reading!

    Portia ~ I understand completely. Thank you.

    Jade ~ You are such a gem!! The feelings definitely mutual.

    Lorel ~ It's going to be awesome!!

    Summer ~ And I know we could have helped! We're glad that your here now though.

    G ~ Deep inside some mountain scientist are working in a secret lab to do just that. I just know it! :)

    Melissa ~ I do that more than I'd like to admit. It's a great feeling to keep tucked away, insulating us from negativity!

    Diane ~ And I hope to achieve that level as well. It must be wonderful!!

    Anne ~ Making progress...slowly but surely. It's the damn query letter that will be my downfall though.

    Coreen ~ Your comment is exactly what I was talking about in my blog. I will keep that feeling with me always! Thank you for the support. I enjoy the inspiration you provide others also!

    Falen ~ Let's not discuss that one, shall we. :)

    Tess ~ And that goodness is what we all absorb from you! Thank you for that.

    Georgiana ~ That big "someday" is what we all dream of. But for right now, I'm enjoying the karma I receive every day.

    Rebecca ~ I'm running behind today because I had to take my son to the Dr., so my blogfest entry is delayed. But I'm glad you found your way here and I hope you like what you see (read).

    Tara ~ Thank you!!

    Nicole ~ It is a viscous cycle that I never want to end. It really is like a drug. Thank you for the grats!

    Wendy ~ I'd like to think so. Everything in balance though. Tomorrow I'll probably post something about burps and farts. :)

    Julie ~ The same is true for you. What makes this even more exciting is when writers such as yourself take notice. The friendship I've forged with you, and many others, have become invaluable.

    Gina ~ Thank you! With your writing and wit, the followers will be coming in droves soon enough. Not to be a number on a widget, but to hear what you have to say.

    Talli ~ That was a lovely poem!! Thank you for that. :)

    Steve ~ Amen!! Thank you.

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  27. Thanks for the sweet comment on my vlog. Your post is very heartwarming--love it. ;)

    Congrats on 200 followers. You'll be at 300 in no time.

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  28. Hear, hear Don! Julie is absolutely right.

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  29. And I'm so glad you do! You add a lot to our wonderful blogging circle, D.L. Nothing has boosted my drive to become a writer or my belief in my ability to actually make it happen as this blogging group of friends we have! :-)

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  30. Congrats on your followers. Blogging has given me so much..and I really expected nothing from it. My husbands thinks I am a little nuts (I am). I think people know, can tell something good even if is i through the magic of blogging and the Internet. I thoroughly enjoy your writing!
    Holly
    504 Main

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  32. I love the feeling I get when I know I've come up with a great story and whne I've finished it!

    Happy 216!!!! That's amazing!

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  33. Fantastic post :) And super congratulations on so many followers! You'll be at 300 very soon!

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  34. Man, Air-DL is a smooth ride this week!

    Love this post.

    I think I'm with Matt...*sniff*.

    CONGRATS on the 200+ followers of awesomeness!

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