I feel inspired by my friend Myke Ondek today. In my position, sometimes I have to keep my mouth closed when I wish i could say what I think. So today I will say what is on my mind. My friend Susan Simone sings the prettiest opera and I am envious of her talent but no matter how I try, I can't do the same. I accept that and enjoy that she can. I envy that David Dahman can be furiously polite in the most dire situations; I am not. I am green that Toneye Eyenot andJim Goforth are metal gods and hey....I am never going to be! I appreciate the gifts other people have but know they are not my gifts. That said....how the blue hell is it that we all say "anyone can write....just do it" as if there is not training and talent involved? (Yes, some stinkers make us wonder if people do love bad writing). While I encourage those with talent to write, I can also say that some people need to let go of that dream in the same way I have let go that I can ever sing opera (or play piano, or play pro sports or be a dancer). Writing takes training, a special skill set, HARD work, and yeah...talent. Just for today, I am tired of telling people that "anyone can write" (well). Let's allow some to have their talent and stop belittling what some of us work long hours to perfect. And no...Mom and aunt Sally and your best friend are not the ones who are being honest...I am this one time. Find your own place and allow a few to have this. (Weird but true...the 5 mentioned here ALSO are excellent writers....who would have thought?) And let the flack fall; I was honest for today.
Catt Dahman lives in Texas with her Husband, son, 4 cats (Ollie, T.S. Eliot, and Procol, and a dog named Levi. Catt writes horror, thrillers, spooky stories, and westerns.