Erik Orrantia

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Everybody deserves a second chance...
Hotel California
Just watched Forrest Gump about a week ago, for like the fifteenth time.  It's one of those movies that I can watch over and over again...and then I start quoting until everyone around me goes berzerk (sp?).  I like the simplicity of it, I guess, the messages that are more like reminders--things you forget but you like to remember.  Maybe it's a bit over-simplistic, but it still makes me feel kind of squishy inside.

I'm already have a hard time keeping up on LJ.  I really think that I could spend hours reading everyone's comments and replying to each one.  If anything, we're a colorful group, a little cynical (as I think most writers are), expressive, and funny! 

I guess I'm not the only one who has a hard time sitting down and writing, at times.  I didn't get to the first message about "write or die," I think it was.  A few hundred words every day.  It's so easy to put things off or get distracted...I think I'm distracted right now, in fact.  And don't you sometimes hit parts of a story that you're just not thrilled about?  I figure, if it's boring to write, it won't be any funner to read.  Because I get those times, too, when I feel like I just got done painting Sistine Chapel, where I feel exhausted from spending all my artistic energy, but accomplished, too!

Then I deal with some difficulties of the real world.  I happened to be passing through a most trying circumstance...I'll get into it later.  And that sucks all the creative marrow from my bones.  I can hardly even read when I get thinking about the bad stuff.

Nevertheless, I have found some consolation amongst you, as you have also shared some of your own hard times (and good ones).  I guess it's just part of the human condition.  "Life is like a box of chocolates..."  I try to remind myself once more!


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