SOL March 26 Write Stuff On The Internet

I write stuff on the internet.

I tweet.

I post.

I thread.

I blog.

I publish.

I comment.

I write stuff on the internet.

Here’s a thing I’ve learned: I never wanted to tell stories that were someone else’s, so now I tell my own, however inconsequential. But it turns out that the stories I choose, the ones that make it onto the screen, actually matter, even if they are not important. Sometimes it’s the act of telling; of deciding to tell that is brave. Other times it’s the way we’ve used words to carve a reality that someone can run their hand across and tell you what it felt like. Whether we write, sketch, sculpt, sing, dance or film our stories, that we do it is what matters. All else is of little consequence.

Once upon a time my mother revealed that she had dreamt of writing the great American novel. She was serious and wistful. I was surprised. She is long gone now. When I write stuff on the internet I often think of my mother and what she did not get to write. The stuff I write on the internet is her legacy.

10 thoughts on “SOL March 26 Write Stuff On The Internet

  1. I did not see that last line coming. So powerful to make the steps from – internet to self, to writing to what mom said, to legacy – one incredible leap from now to then to now, landing in a place of astonishment. Wow. She gave you such a gift and I am so thankful that you share it here 🙏

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  2. Your post. It’s such a beautiful tribute to your mother, and it’s a soulful expression of how you perceive yourself as a writer. You’ve captured the truth for so many of us. You know, you’re right – sometimes when we write, it’s hard to see if it brings any value. If *we* bring any value. “That we do it is what matters.” YES! 100%.

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  3. Beautiful and true, especially these two lines: “Sometimes it’s the act of telling; of deciding to tell that is brave. Other times it’s the way we’ve used words to carve a reality that someone can run their hand across and tell you what it felt like.”

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  4. Sherri. Your mother! Your mother. Your writing does equate to bravery. I know this because I too want to write my own stories— and that feels raw, vulnerable, true. Sometimes even important. Your stories are her stories; you are, indeed, her beautiful legacy. TY for sharing of yourself … with us, and with the world.
    Xox

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  5. First, this lines caught me, “the stories I choose, the ones that make it onto the screen, actually matter, even if they are not important.’ This has been one of my main themes in class this quarter. Then, the lines that followed lifted me up – I wanted to say “YES” to you through the screen; I wanted to immediately share them with my students. And then your mother. What a legacy indeed. Thanks for this slice. It’s resonating deep in my heart.

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  6. Sherri. Your mother! Your mother. Your writing does equate to bravery. I know this because I too want to write my own stories— and that feels raw, vulnerable, true. Sometimes even important. Your stories are her stories; you are, indeed, her beautiful legacy. TY for sharing of yourself … with us, and with the world.
    Xox

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