Gettin’ It Down

This week The Hound asked:

“Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what might become of them? Will someone in your family pick them up and FINISH them? [as the estates of some famous authors have done]. Would you WANT anyone (family or otherwise) to finish writing those stories you envisioned and possibly outlined? “

The quick answer would be, “No, I don’t think my works will be finished by anyone else”, but that comes with conditions.

 My sister was the one who wanted to be a writer and got me started, however, our styles are completely different. I have finished works; I have works published. She hasn’t finished many and she inherited even more of the family fatalism than I have.

There is no way that she could finish my works the way I’d like, although she might toy with the idea. The likelihood of her changing /finishing my works is highly unlikely.

Then there is the ‘winner’ of the ideas I offered up in a recent post to see what was the most appealing. The top choice was a story which was actually the premise thought up by my grandson some years ago. He knew that he was too young and inexperienced to write it, but now he is nearly grown to where he just might take it on in a few years.  However, he has stopped writing. I hope that he goes back to it someday.

 (Now the question is, do I add his name to it even if I finish it? I suppose that I will have to ask him. He was not thrilled with the original opening which I showed to him.)

With any luck, I have a few more years left and I intend to get this one and others completed soon.

 And as I think of it, a couple of my short stories are weird/supernatural/otherworldly enough that one of my granddaughters might try her hand at them, should I leave them unfinished.

I am hoping that it will not be necessary, however.

I truly am putting in more effort.

I now have more time.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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6 Responses to Gettin’ It Down

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’m glad you have more time to write and complete your projects! It would be nice if your sister and grandson begin writing again, but as you say, their vision would be different. We each have our stories to tell.

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    • And the way in which we want to tell them, right? Perhaps it would be my grandson’s right to make the story go as he intended. However, even though my sister and I have the same sense of humor about most things and have even said the same thing at the same time, our writings are completely different.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Nice to see that writing talent and potential in your grandson. Is he the one I met (briefly) in Bowling Green a few years ago?

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    • Yes, Jeff. He’s almost 18 now; (in February). Granddaughter #1 also likes to write, although I don;’ know much of her work. There have been way too many writers who did nothing with their works in the family.At least,I have some published, but I can’t stop there.


  3. It’s nice that you have more time to write now. That’s great that your grandson was able to give you a great story idea. I hope he does go back to writing someday.

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  4. So do I. It’s a mixed bag, how I will have more time. He’s gone to live with my son in Nevada and the Granddaughters don’t stay anymore.


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