Going on tour, without actually going anywhere…

It’s happened twice.  I guess I should pay attention.  Karma might not be so considerate next time. And who wants to end up with bird droppings on your shoulder, or worse…

Two distinguished writers, yes there’s a few on this site, has suggested, on separate occasions, that I go on tour without actually going anywhere.  (And that comment only makes sense in this crazed universe we exist in, i.e the Blogosphere.)

Scott, who’s snoozing on a sofa, is probably THE best daddy-blogger out there.  His posts are hilarious and funny and sincere and heart-warming and something I hope to imitate one day when I’m all grown up.

Bruce, who writes short stories has the ability to conjure the craziest concepts on a daily basis.  Cause that’s how often he posts.  Every. Day.  I wait in anticipation, wondering what’s the next thing that’s gonna spill from his imagination.  Even Roald Dahl would have been impressed.

(I trust the old saying of “Better late than never”, would imply Bruce has forgiven me…)

Their version of events can be found here and here.

What’s even more impressive is that both these gentleman are published writers.  This must mean I am in distinguished company.  Gotta tell the wife.

The purpose of the blog tour is to revel in the science of my writing process, which seems a bit ironic, as I didn’t realise I had one. So I have answered two sets of the same questions, the first version was my initial thoughts, the second implies I had to do a bit of pondering…

VERSION 1.

Question 1: What am I working on now?

Besides the urgent month report, the next quarterly sales forecast and my attempt at finishing this post before I leave work today, you mean?

Question 2: How does my work differ from others in the genre?

Define genre.

Question 3: Why do I write what I do?

Good question.  Next one.

Question 4: How does my writing process work?

What?

 

VERSION 2

Question 1: What am I working on now?

The answer basically remains the same as in the first version.  The only additional information would be that since I started to write more frequently, I’m acutely aware of events happening in and around my life.  I’m always in the process of considering whether I should jot down the said event or not.  So I do.

It might seem weird, but I’m always busy writing a mental opening paragraph about everything I see.  Would I consider writing a novel?  Hell ya, there might even be one brewing…

Question 2: How does my work differ from others in the genre?

I’m not sure whether my stuff can fit into a specific genre, even though I like to think my posts are hilarious slightly humorous.  I love laughing and the idea of making someone giggle, whilst reading things I post, is REALLY gratifying.  The stories I write is commentary about daily life, stories for, and sometimes about my kids and their Mother.  I have delved into fiction a few times.

The common thread of my blog is brutal, sometimes frightful, blatant honesty, sprinkled with lots and lots of funny.

Question 3: Why do I write what I do?

I’ve never considered myself to be a writer, until someone suggested I start putting my random commentary down on a page.  At the same time our community lost two young fathers in separate accidents.  I became semi-obsessed with the notion that my kids might never fully understand the person who’s trying to raise them.  Alas the birth of the blog – An initial novelty that has grown into a full-on passion/addiction.

I’ve reached the point in my life where I HAVE to write.  Which implies I’m always searching for things to write about.  Most of the time, topics seems to fall out of the sky, but in those rare moments when it doesn’t, I revert to fiction.   My mind goes to very strange places, and I’ve come to embrace those awkward journeys.

Question 4: How does my writing process work?

I sit down.  I switch on the computer.  Activate the Internet icon.  With Chrome, it’s easy as I just click on the ahdad.com link.  Then I open a new draft and type.  I’ve mentioned that topics rain from the heavens, but twitter helps when my family becomes too boring or my imagination decides to take a leave of absence.

The point is, I repeat; I HAVE TO WRITE otherwise I become like the taxi driver in Taxi Driver.  The most important thing about my writing process is: Just. Doing. It.  I always have drafts lurking in the shadows, waiting for the moment when the blue publish button will breathe life into them.  Make them shine.

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(Thank you for reading this far.  Almost done…)

In order to comply with the rules of the tour, which will imply a severe beating by the blogging gods if you don’t, I have the honour of passing the torch to two bloggers who not only entertain, but make me laugh my ass off.  Every time.  Here’s hoping the flame doesn’t die on me now.

Becky actually don’t write stuff, she says things.  She incorporates a very effective decoy aka Stickman, who does most of the hard work for her.  They were one of my first discoveries on this site, and since that first time I read the things she said, I have become a faithful groupie of her blog.

Becky, please reveal your secrets.  Enlighten us with your wisdom so we can become better people…  You can even ask Stickman to assist.

Then there is the Jogging Dad, another one of my early discoveries.  I’m slightly biased towards any dad who are able to peg the parental journey we all embarked on.  And he runs as well.  No, not away from them… His blog is highly entertaining and I really enjoy his musings on being a great, active dad, which is sort of where I would like to see myself.  Lately he’s even tried his hand at fiction, with great success.

Come on buddy, please open your mind for us.  We want to learn.

And this is Ah Dad passing the microphone.

 

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12 thoughts on “Going on tour, without actually going anywhere…

  1. OK – great stuff, and thank you for the accolade. I showed my wife, and she said, “Has he never left the house?” She’s a cynic. I appreciate your posting. And (don’t run yourself down) it’s an honour and a thrill to be appreciated by ah Dad… Just disappointed really that I didn’t warrant an f-bomb. Thanks Pieter.

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  2. This is lovely! More bloggers who happen to be dads to discover 🙂 I already follow Scot, who’s snoozing on a sofa… excited to read the others too 🙂

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  3. I’m eager to check out the other bloggers you mentioned, because by the end of the third paragraph I was convinced that you have excellent taste in blogs.

    I am officially humbled, but if what you said were true I’d probably get a lot more visits per day.

    So far, no one on this Writing Process tour seems to have an actual writing process. What does that say about us?

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  5. I mentally write opening paragraphs about everything too, until I realise that I’m writing about TOAST and then shake my head at myself! Writing gets in your blood, that’s for sure 😉

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