Hillbilly Zen – Hazelnut Coffee and Pancakes on a Stick

I’ve had what I thought was difficulty writing before: no inspiration/motivation, trying to find  just the right phrasing, sweating a deadline, etc.  That all pales in comparison with this last week.  What began as a simple writing exercise morphed into a maelstrom the likes of which I’ve never experienced.

Surgeons are discouraged from operating on family members, detectives aren’t assigned to cases involving relatives or friends, judges and juries are dismissed from deciding the fate of anyone with whom they’ve had prior contact.  So why is it that writers are driven to fill pages with visceral thoughts and feelings?

I’ll ponder that later.  Right now I’m going to seek out the most mindless recreation available, while drinking hazelnut coffee and scarfing down a couple of pancakes on a stick.  The reason for these neuron-numbing, pound-producing indulgences?  The “Haiku for Two Trees” series is finished.

The story it tells may be impossible for anyone but me to follow, but I hope readers will find some beauty in the words.  The memories and emotions that swarmed from this Pandora’s Box have been duly noted and properly dealt with, for now anyway.  I know they will always haunt me, but they are less strident, less accusatory.  Grief has been softened by retrospection.  A fringe benefit of that inexplicable writer’s drive, I suppose.

As stated before, this series was inspired by a photo posted by lovinchelle.  I admit that during this last week I vacillated between wanting to thank him and wanting to throttle him for starting all this.  Now that it’s in the rear view mirror I can sincerely say it’s the former.

If you’d like to see the series presented in one chronological post, it’s here.  I’m still debating whether to use the subtitles or go with I, II, III, etc., and would greatly appreciate feedback.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all who have visited and shown their encouragement.

Online Bingo, here I come.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. seapunk2
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 15:02:47

    How’s the Bingo going? 😀
    I play cribbage…

    Reply

  2. peculiaritiesandreticences
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 16:22:51

    That’ll work.

    Forgive me for going back and close reading the series again. If it’s important enough to you to point out there’s personal significance behind the series, it deserves going back and reading it again closely. (I know the feeling when you write something personal, and readers “like” it without noting any importance or significance to it).

    Reply

  3. likeitiz
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 05:35:06

    If you don’t mind my asking, who is “C.R.Q.?” You may have mentioned this somewhere else in your blog and I have failed to recall or skipped that part

    Reply

  4. fairytaleepidemic
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 09:31:06

    Reply

  5. lovinchelle
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 13:44:36

    I know you just got nominated for very inspiring blogger but to be true to myself I had to nominate you also. You don’t have to accept mine but I had to nominate you cause you inspire me

    Reply

    • hillbillyzen13
      Jan 29, 2013 @ 16:57:33

      To be nominated by two of my favorite people on the planet is almost overwhelming. Like I told Britt (aka Chicklet) on her post, the ding-dang charger’s gone out on my laptop, so I’m having to use the library’s computers. As I type this, there’s some kid next to me hacking and snorting his germs all over the place, so I probably won’t be back online til the end of the week. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the nomination, and I’ll “see” you soon.

      Reply

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