On more than one occasion when I’ve told someone about my blog, I’ve been asked if I’ve seen the movie “Julie and Julia.” It’s an odd response, I thought, considering the movie is about Julia Child and I couldn’t imagine how this woman, who taught French Cuisine and passed away before social media became mainstream, had to do with blogging!
Now I know.
In 2002, Julie Powell decided that over a 365 day period she would take on a project of testing each of the 542 recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” book… while blogging about her efforts. She’d always dreamed of being a writer and as her blog took on a life of its own she signed a book deal. In 2009… her book became a movie.
After watching Julie & Julia, I’m left with a profound understanding of “reaching your dreams.” Not because I dream of de-boning a duck or making aspic (which up until yesterday I thought was a bad word) but because I’ve always had a need to write… and in blogging… I’m doing it! I’ve had people tell me they think I’m a “great writer” but I’m always quick to tell them that I’m “not a writer… I’m a blogger.” To me, suggesting I’m a writer takes away from the talents of the many published writers who’ve worked terribly hard to get their words in print… published… sold… and in reprint. However, after watching the movie… I think this blogging thing still means something… maybe I am a writer?
People read Curtains… every day… many people… and what are they reading if it’s not my writing? I’m not suggesting I’m a “good” writer… a “refined” and “skilled” writer… but I’ve read many books through the years that are neither good, refined or skillfully written. And really… maybe it doesn’t have to be a work of art at all!
I’ve written a book… it’s just never been published. While I’ve been told it has “potential”, it’s been turned down by more than one publisher… one not committing to anything but suggesting I write “more”… the “more” I’m not sure I ever wish to write. In 2005, when I completed what I thought was the final Chapter… it tore through me. I’ll never forget the feeling of completing something I felt so strong about and the realization that it wasn’t “publishing” the book but “writing” it that was so unbelievably satisfying. In retrospect, there’s a lot to do if I ever want to see it in print and maybe someday I’ll take it on… or not. I don’t really know.
While I’ve always wanted to be a writer… after watching Julie & Julia I realize that in some odd way… I am. It’s not in stores, I’m not getting rich, you can’t touch it or turn the pages and I’d never want to disrespect those who’ve worked hard to get journalism degrees and fought tirelessly to get their works published. I may not be a “writer” in the traditional sense of the word but regardless… I’m writing! And in doing so, I’m fulfilling one of my greatest dreams!