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Date: December 13, 2002 at 16:35:53
From: R. Dale Flick, [nr12-216-196-179-226.fuse.net]
Subject: Re: Steamboats/Ocean liners/Writing.


Greetings: The 'postings' from Jane Greene & Elanine Santangelo are thought provoking. An article appeared in 'Atlantic Monthly' a couple of years saying, "There are no new stories to be told." Not so. We all react and interact to our environment, life experiences and each other to produce rich stories. I'm sure the author in AM wrote with tongue-in-cheek. One MUST write something each and every day. Jane Greene and and I have discussed this from time to time. Get it down on paper now and amplify, edit and polish in time. Jane has a great sense of humor (which I lack) and knows how to tell a good story. It all begins with the 'oral traditions' in our family and personal experiences. Keep notes no matter how informal or scribbled. Research can come later to enrich the text. I've made far more voyages (about 60 to date) on ocean liners around the world than steamboat trips. I'm keeping a diary of experiences, impressions, anecdotes and quotes I think may be of use. Most of my scribblings are in the form of letters to my correspondents. Other writings are in history (ships, boats, Russia, English history etc.). One of the keys is "write on what you know best." I felt silly writing my experiences of the 'Moth Man' here the other week. I feel better sharing all with you and know no judgments will be made. It's all true. I know personally many of our steamboats.org 'posters' while others are new to me only via this medium. I feel like I've made a whole new group of friends. No, I didn't have the 'Moth Man' on my mind (to answer an E=Mail) previously or even the memories of the anniversary of the Silver Bridge collapse. A quote from a passenger on a PRINCESS liner in Asia: "Ah, Captain, do the women working on this ship ever marry and have a family?" Another: "Does this ship ever turn around and come back this way again?" Another: "Do the people working on this ship live someplace and have a family?" No kidding, gang. I'm still waiting for a few steamboat Christmas stories or memories.
Regards,
R. Dale Flick (AKA 'Gabby')
PS> The 'point' of a story is...well...the story.


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