Welcome to a celebration of previous writings.
Since October 2017, TheDR.World has gifted the universe with over 100 posts (this makes number #115). So, it stands to reason one or 12 posts might have slipped by even the most dedicated followers and readers alike. Relax, it’s not your fault.
Lessons learned, lessons to share
Yours truly has learned a great deal over the past year, not just about writing, but also insights on things such as ego, high hopes, crushed spirits, coping with great articles left unloved and unread. Experience is often a cruel, sweetless, and lovelessly cold bitch. Thank you, experience.
The first worthwhile lesson to review comes via To Serve Man.
The moral of the story, it’s all about perspective. Besides, where else is one going to learn how unethical psychological “tests” would play a role in horrendous consequence?
As fans of The Twilight Zone may recognize, the title comes from one of my personal favorite episodes of the old Rod Serling TV show. To those that have not seen it, check it out on Netflix.
Please note, like Michael Bolton on Michael Bolton, when it, comes to The Twilight Zone, damn near every production ranks among “one of my personal favorite episodes.”
To Serve Man:
As for Rod Serling, despite not knowing the man on a personal level, his words serve as an inspiration. Moreover, Mr. Serling’s life journey, along with his shared wisdom assist as both a friend and a muse. It was Serling that helped me through the lack of support of both family and “friends” alike, or as I refer to it as “my darkest hours of writing.”
As an unmet friend, it was a real privilege to pay homage to Mr. Rod Serling… a writer, in There is More to… Not That: That’s Too Much.
A couple of favorites
Respect and appreciation are essential aspects to living a non-a-holish life. Reverence, admiration, and primitiveness are vital themes to a couple of the first articles posted on TheDR.World– the first is a love of natural art, known as A Tree and the second is about bravery as a refined form of art: The Tank’s in the Water is a Happening (Performance as Art):
Additional respects would be paid to Shirley Jackson in
Rock, Paper, Scissors (a Literal Metaphor) and to Emily Dickinson in
War, Death, Religion: A DR’s Truth on E.D.:
Eye of the Beholder
In Comparison: Your Drawing Sucks highlights a lesson on appearance.
The visually pleasing may not be as beautiful as it seems. Conversely, that which looks like worthless crap might hold more usefulness and a superior value than the rosy overrated alternative.
“They” say a webpage must have a “niche” to build a following. Sure, the time-tested conventional thought has been proven to work. Yet, the niche of TheDR.World is not based on one given area of expertise about growing a splendid garden, or how to browbeat one’s children into conforming to the rigors of parental and societal demands. NOPE.
TheDR.World’s axiom, the niche, is to write about any topic, at an any given time, in both a unique and insightful way. In a style one cannot find elsewhere, as there is nothing similar or like it, that’s the niche.
Furthermore, a great emphasis from numerous works aims to dispel and remove the stigma of various everyday life experiences. These include my personal struggles, along with the battles of other’s I have encountered throughout this lifetime.
Thus, it is with greatest of hopes that the following writing on phobias, along with information on how phobias affect women at a higher rate than men ends up being read by at least one person that needs to know they are not alone.
Also, to whoever you might be, PLEASE understand:
- You are not weird.
- There is support and help available.
- Please take care of yourself.
Life is a struggle, but keep putting a foot forward one day at a time, okay?
The greatest lesson of all
As a writer, the most critical part of the feedback process is not flattering praise nor is it empty insults. In full disclosure, yours truly does get a chuckle out of many cases of abuse– especially those that claim something such as a simple, “You suck” or “Your dumb!” (That’s right– “Your” dumb, intentional or not–that line slays, it’s a zero to laugh your ass off moment, true story– KEEP it up!)
The best part of being a writer is to produce a work that captures a reader’s emotions, attention, and sometimes, praise or ire.
Most of the responses = blah, boring.
On one of my proudest writings (it is on Quora), some dude took the time to state:
“Ok, thank you for explaining. Your work isn’t very good if nobody “gets it.”
FYI, I love that dude’s insult attempt.
To which, as a sign of admiration, yours truly took the time to respond to said dude:
That is one way of looking at, I do suppose. Another view could be that some readers seem to have a willingness to pre-judge without even bothering to absorb the written words. As for what classifies as good, bad, boring, exciting, etc., well, classifications seem to be within the eye of the beholder. However, if telling me how terrible I am makes you feel superior or something, by all means, have fun at my expense, it’s cool. Just as long people take the time to check out anything I’ve created, they have the right to judge said works anyway they choose, that’s their right. Yet, in truth, I only take constructive feedback personally to heart. Also, it is my hope that you will check out TheDR.World, read more of my stuff and tell me all about how terrible I am. Thanks again for taking the time to voice your opinion, sir.
Yet, it would be one of my responses to another fellow that took time to tell me how much I suck that, in part, reads my greatest truth, which is:
Sure, it’s easy to criticize, but if I’m such a chump, why not just write a better answer? Apparently, to some, such an achievement should not be all that difficult.
I do appreciate your time spent reading my answer.
My view, as a writer, the best part, is that I write to satisfy the feelings within me. Honestly, one person enjoying, learning, or thinking with a different perspective from a writing equals, again to me, a success. Based on the feedback, good and bad, this particular answer has given some people in the world-at-large something to think about. So, I’ll take whatever comes my way, because I achieved my given goal. If the writing was perceived or called boring, I would then feel a tad bit disheartened, otherwise, I’m cool.
- Writing is not about popularity.
- Not everyone is going to “get” or understand a given work
- AND that is okay.
What really matters, what defines a “good” writer is to possibly help another human being out or to give the world something new.
To the reader that has made it this far, a few insider gifts:
The name, TheDR.World derives from yours truly making fun of all the insert team name NATION!
Years ago, I thought the oversaturation was, well, frankly lame. My first joke meme creations would be labeled with the “DR World.” The way I saw it, there were too many nations, and the WWE had the term universe locked down, but World? Never heard anyone use it, so… why not? I stuck with using the name, and the “THE” was a natural addition.
As for my darkest writing experience, so far, the harshest period stemmed from the personal desire to impress one person. Needless to say, said one was not much of a fan of my writing, nor apparently, me as a human. This struggle for approval was the closest I have ever come to quitting.
Well, sort of.
It was not my intent to quit, but the distress of rejection was so strongly overwhelming, yours truly temporarily “lost” my creative ability and confidence. As for “the story” it does not end well. Frankly, it sucks, but the hollowness of the experience did toughen me up. Since then, no longer do I care about impressing anyone with my writing. Turns out, that freedom equals total liberation.
My sincere thank yous & dedications to the following:
Thank you, Dan, Dana, William W., and Leslie. My appreciation is limitless, THANK YOU ALL!
- Infinite praise to the platinum-tongued “Dickish” Damn Yankee for the elite crash course in Chinese fluency: 谢谢
- Props to the 1959 Mike Wallace Interview featuring Rod Serling.
- Mad respect to Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power. One of my favorite jams from the album and a personal life motto remains– Unscarred by trials– A New Level. #DimeForever
- To my friend Debbie, not a day passes without thinking of you. You shall never be forgotten, my friend AKA “baby.”
Here’s to another year, I promise to keep on keepin’ on– Until it Sleeps… So tear me open but beware…
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Thank you for your time and consideration,
One final puzzle
As Xmas approaches, Did Santa F*ck Charlie Day’s Mom? Yes or no?