Monday, January 29, 2018

Finally, That Autobiography

After much thought and procrastination I am finally beginning to write my autobiography. 

I've struggled over the years in how to write it. Did I want to write a "Gone With The Wind" type of autobiography? No, I don't have the energy for that or the time.

How about paying someone to write it for me? Out of the question, just too expensive. Plus, I prefer to write my story in my own words. My style, which as you know is very unique. 

This is how I'm going to write my story. In short vignettes. 

I got this idea from the brother of a former classmate of mine. He wrote a short book called "Fuzzy Side Up."  He got the title from his rug business.  Fuzzy side up. A unique title that identifies him.

My title is "Sweating Already!"  I got that title from a statement I made when I was about ten years old.  I was with my parents at my uncle Ray's home during a weekly family poker game. I was standing over a heat vent in the living room and as the heat air turn on with a swoosh, I said "Sweating already!"  From that time on my relatives would kid me about "Sweating already!"  That term is an apt description of my life. 

And that is the life I want to record for posterity once I am no longer here to tell my story.

We all have a story to tell. During my research into my family history in I've often wondered what my ancestors' lives were like. How I would like to read their description of their life. To read their autobiographies. Unfortunately, I have never ran across any written histories of my relatives. But I will leave my own history. 

Right now I know of none of my relatives who are interested in my history. But I am confident there will be a "me" somewhere down the line (through my brother's children and grandchildren and now even great grandchildren, who will want to know more about "Uncle Ronnie," as I am known to my family. 

This is a labor of love folks. I will enjoy writing about my life. I think I have found the right format for me to accomplish this lifelong task. For those of you interested in this speck sand (me) on the beach, here is the link to my Word Press blog.

By the way, I'm still on a learning curve for writing a blog in Word Press. Anyone know how I can add my photo on the main page, let me know. 

In the meantime I will continue with this blog, which is mainly about my day to day life. My Word Press blog will be about my autobiography.

Life goes on folks!


Walter said...

Ron, I'm glad I found both blogs to follow. I am on Wordpress, if you need help, your can ask me and I'll try to help as much as I can. Below is a link to WP's help page on how to add an image to a blog post. Hope it helps.

pat888 said...

Well Ron - got to say that's pretty ambitious. And I'm sure you'll make it entertaining which makes me want to bid for the movie rights LOL.


Jon said...

I'm so glad that you've finally started to write your memoirs, Ron - and thanks for providing us with the link to Wordpress. Your decision to write it yourself is a very wise one. I would NEVER EVER pay anyone else to do it. This is your own story and only you know how to tell it. I also believe that writing is a great catharsis. Besides - you're a very good writer.

I also agree that it's a good idea to write it in the form of short (or even not so short) vignettes. That's the easiest way to do it. I'm thinking of doing the same thing for the second half of my memoir (I've decided to write my memoir in two parts - - first my childhood, and then my wild existence in Hollywood).

I had initially thought about starting a blog on Wordpress, but it seems to be a little more complicated than Blogger (or perhaps I'm just used to Blogger). I hope someone can advise you on how to add your photo on the main page.

Ron said...

Thank you Walter for your offer of help on Word Press. I find Word Press more complicated to navigate. But there are features that I like so I'm willing to dive in yet another learning curve.

Ron said...

Thanks Pat for your encouragement. Now to wonder who will play me in the movie. It won't be Brad Pitt or James Franco if I have anything to do with casting.

Ron said...

I feel relieved that I'm finally writing my autobiography. For several years now I've been struggling with how to start and keep it going. And now with time running out I have to get on last big goal of my lifetime. I agree with you that only I (we) can write our own stories in our own words. Writing piecemeal in vignettes is easy for me. It will be like putting together a puzzle, one piece at a time until the whole picture emerges. Thanks for your encouragement Jon.