Curtailment without elimination is a process

In difficult times, some people go on the stump. They give speeches. They carry signs. They march. They sign petitions and attend meetings.

I write.

Of all the things I can do, writing is on top of my personal list. I never know (does anyone?) if the stuff I write reaches anyone. Speaks to anyone. Changes anything, but I like to think it does. Sometimes. Maybe, now and again, I get someone to think about something they otherwise would have ignored.

Always writing has a “reaching out” quality in it. For me. I know there are a lot of writers who seem to spend their words exploring their inner selves and I respect that, but that ain’t me. I need to reach out.

Moreover, I don’t write because “blogging is fun.”

I started writing as soon as I could hold a pencil and form words. I wanted to write from the moment I knew there was such a thing in the world and I haven’t changed my opinion since. If I didn’t blog, what else would I do? I’m not a novel writer — I’ve proved that repeatedly.

Regardless, my need to write is powerful. These days, I write a blog, but I always wrote something. I need to find a balance where I can be friends, write, and also have a non-computer life. I just have to figure out how to leave a little time and space to get other things done. I suspect this was easier when connecting wasn’t as easy as it is now — and we didn’t have the power of the universe in our keyboard.

By the way, I also give excellent driving direction, just in case you are planning to visit.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

21 thoughts on “SPEAKING OF CURTAILING – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I am planning, but it will remain a plan. I write, but have to make sure it does not take charge of my life. Time becomes so precious as you grow older I find. Facebook – I can take it or leave it, and basically just repost my blogs. When some golden oldies are only interested in telling everyone where and what they are doing all day, I must admit I feel sorry for them.


    1. I’m not trying to quit, but I am going to have to cut back, at least for a while. Especially while Garry gets himself put back together. I don’t WANT to quit … but I need a little more time to just do whatever I feel like doing. You are right. At a certain point, time gets very precious and I want to own a little more of it.


  2. Writing has become increasingly important to me. As a shut-in, reaching out to others here, Marilyn, Martha, angloswiss, swo8 and several others, has become important to me. I enjoy so many, and as Marilyn wrote earlier, there isn’t enough time in a day to explore all I would wish and still write and and and. Still, we’re here, Marilyn. When you can be, you will. We enjoy you. Plain and simple. 🙂 Oh and Garry too! I still can’t get over that “dead” pic. the tongue hanging out was the bomb! I actually roared with laughter. I’m sure everyone thought I was nuts, but it really was delightfully funny!


    1. Garry wanted to be an actor. He had to settle for a reporter, but he is a total ham. Give him a costume, a camera and he’ll write his OWN lines.

      I’m not going to stop writing, but I need to move the pieces of my life around to make room for me to do other things. It’s difficult because I am not exactly hyper-active anyway, but even doing what I already do — writing and taking pictures — takes more time. I wind up trying to get the rest of life done in the middle of the night.


      1. Yes, I know that one. Right now the little ones are in Hardy. My daughter had to come home to take one daughter on a week long camping trip. They have a house up there yet, they are going to sell it, but it’s a vacation thing for the time being. So it’s her, Adam and me. Good times! No getting up at the crack of dawn to get kids to school. and up late waiting for the teens to get home. I’m in heaven. But usually, that’s what I’m doing, fitting things here and there.


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