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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Filling A Void

By Ralph Lymburner

Ronni has informed us that there may be times where she doesn’t have any stories to publish. That is disappointing news as I look forward to reading them.

So, I have taken it upon myself to help in filling the void with inane ramblings. VSGF agrees that I am very good at rambling and saying nothing.

By the way, for those of you who haven’t read any of my previous ramblings, VSGF stands for Very Special Girl Friend and I have been notified that she doesn’t like this designation. So this is the last time you will see me use this acronym.

This probably is why I’m still deeply mired in the BFIP. (Boy Friend Improvement Program)

There have been rare occasions when people would tell me they think the term girl friend wasn’t proper. WELL, EXCUSE ME. I’m 76 years old and we both had a previous successful marriage and I think it is neat to be able to say I have a girl friend. I’m proud of the lady I can call my girl friend.

I want to give thanks and lots of kudos to Ronni for having this web site for us. When I read some of these essays I feel surrounded by all of this talent. I know some of you must be professional authors and I’m honored to be in your company.

The only writing experience I’ve had since college was writing personnel evaluations during my military career and users manuals for computer systems I developed. Ronni and girl friend have given me lots of support.

After I submitted the story entitled Munjoy Hill Ronni sent me a personal note telling me she used to live near Munjoy Hill and is wise to my “Let’s go watch the submarine races” ploy.

This storytelling endeavor got started quite by accident. One day I was thinking about all of the events (good and bad) which occurred since my wife passed away. This led to jotting notes and expanding into statements.

My friend encouraged me to submit my initial try to this web site which to my utter amazement got accepted and published. (The Widower And The Humane Society)

I thought writing these little stories would be easy. Try getting them past my editor (girl friend). Sometimes it takes 8 to 10 revisions. She does a good job and works for an occasional dinner out and flowers.

I’ve tried to keep my stories on the lighter side. All of them (six) have been based on true experiences. I’m sure none of you have ever tried this but I have done something terrible. On occasion, I have embellished the truth slightly. I believe you experts call this “literary license.”

Once again I believe I have succeeded in proving that I can write pages and say nothing. This is an art form I have mastered. It’s hard work to write so many words (514) and say absolutely nothing. So, until next time.

[INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this blog. They can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, etc. Instructions for submitting are here.]

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


Thoroughly enjoyed your "writing about nothing." It is like a fun conversation with a clever friend over a cup of tea or coffee.

Well I did not get a chance to edit this nothingness. He zapped it off without notifying me. He is getting positively self-confident!!

Good job, BFIT, in the BFIP!!

I didn't check your word count, but it was definitely an interesting take on VCGF. It didn't just fill a void, it really was a fun read with my morning coffee and chocolate. Thanks and keep filling voids.

Loved it, previous commentor was right, it was nice visit with friend..yes, very clever writer too...it is a bit daunting to write within/ among/to this group...I look so forward to checking in each day & it really is a great treat reading your essays...you are hard acts to follow, so to speak...I have gone back to work, part time, 20 hours a week, but still love checking in..thought about writing about my two overnight on Greyhound trips to N.C. to see A. college graduation of oldest granddaughter, B. high school graduation of oldest grandson, they were hilarious, tedious, wonderful to be alive for them type of trips..thought about writing about job..first time in 30 years I am not in charge, i.e., trying to raise money to keep doors open for staff and needy clients therefore job is totally interesting, challenging & dough was needed badly, so that ain't such a bad reason all by itself..doing something totally different is fun; not once have I missed the stress of making payroll, sitting someone down to say, shape up or ship out, or sit through Board Meetings with high-faluting "do-gooders" who want to know why it costs so much to take care of needy folks...ah, no, I do not miss that part one teensy bit..I am feeling like your announcement that we don't have much writing coming in is somehow a troubling thing..don't know what I would do without this "fantasy hotline" visit every day..I will wrack (sp) my brain for something interesting, we must stay in the game...Great piece, provoking others to take action is good thing, esp. when it isn't call to arms, fundraising or house cleaning related...see you all tomorrow...

Excellent ramblings about....nothing? Nope, not at all. You kept me entertained throughout the reading. Nice work.

Loved your "talk". Please visit again and "talk".

yep, keep it up. I look forward to seeing your name at the top of a story.

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