This post inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #38: What’s In a Name?
…what’s in a name? Specifically, your blog name.
So how did I come up with…oneletterup?
It was a process…a metamorphosis from one idea to another.
Quickly realizing there were many like-minded WordPress writers who had already scooped up my blog name ideas. Containing the words diaries or letters or journals…
I took that as a sign. To dig deeper. As this blog-to-be was just taking shape in my mind…and I surveyed the saved boxes of diaries, journals, stories – and old letters.
Especially the letters…hundreds of handwritten letters from as far back as when I was 7 years old. Precious pieces of everybody-has-a-story history. Letters from girlfriends, camp friends, grandparents, mother, father, sisters, brothers.
Also, just as interesting, were the letters I had written to my parents…from camp, summer jobs, college or from the privacy of my childhood bedroom.
Something…intuition I couldn’t ignore…kept me from throwing them all away.
Despite advice from well meaning loved ones…
What do you need all those letters for?
Burn them. They’re awful.
It’s all in the past anyway!
However…the past – and its people – and their stories – are important.
I needed to write…and use the letters…and the diaries…
and (as I was to discover) the photographs that had piled up high.
Source material? Inspiration? Family history? Because it was fun? And perhaps cathartic at the same time?
All of the above.
I had already begun writing about my family and friends over the years. Sharing at various writing classes and groups. One short essay published online.
For the most part, though, my life had been full of responsibilities pushing the writing down low, if not completely off, the list. Until a year ago. When I was ready. And strong enough to ignore all the discouraging voices…inside and out.
Stories were swimming
Beneath the surface.
I needed to dive in
Put words on the page…
…one letter up….at a time.