Sunday, August 12, 2018

History of Sura, the writer, Chapter Two: Grizzard

In my second quest to Florida, I did a lot of reading of the columnist Lewis Grizzard. He was with the Atlanta Constitution. He was syndicated, and his columns were compiled into books. I read most of them. His columns were funny, thought-provoking, and touching.

I am not sure what got me hooked on him. I have read columns by the great Erma Bombeck, a columnist and humorist, from my mother’s collection of books.

The last title focuses on small town heroes and people who change the world even if it is just their corner of it. I was reminded of this collection when watching Happiness Heroes, Returning the Favor, Humankind, and Military Kind videos on Facebook (positive stuff on the Internet?). There are a lot of good people out there doing good things. Heroes are everywhere; identities are not secret, and their stories are being told.

As far as Sura, the writer?

I have to admit that it has been awhile since I have visited the Grizzard collection, but I loved his use of language and his humorous and insightful look at life. Lewis and Erma, along with Dave Barry and Mitch Albom, have always impressed me at the way can write about stuff, just regular stuff, and make us laugh, cry, or be amused.

Now, in this quest in Florida, the second one, I worked night shift in the Roadway Inn in Ft Myers. I spent my days sleeping, writing (mostly Cry of the Eagle), watching Karate movies (big fan), and reading. Thus, Lewis Grizzard.

I think what hooked me was Kathy Sue. I am sure the name was changed, but her name same real and his columns that involved her and romance as a young man real. I connected.

Therefore, I have made a few attempts at this blogging thing. It is a part of my playing with words. It’s fun. Although in hobby and free time status, I hope to post regularly here or other places.

It is good to get on the keys. The play and adventure continues.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Writer Food

I could not tell you how or when it started, but I have writer food: Pepsi and Fritos corn chips. If more substantial fare was needed, a pizza with ham, sausage and onion would be at the top of the list. Paul (co-author for science fiction novel, Cry of the Eagle) and I would started out getting it from a place in East Lansing known as West Side Deli.

Of course, I don't have to be in writing mode to have my two favorites. My students at school know that I am a Pepsi man too. And most of the time, I am hiding a bag of Fritos.

And I do realize that these two items are not at the top of the list for health food. However, it you look at the ingredients for Fritos, it says, "Corn, Corn Oil, and Salt." All natural, right

Pepsi, has a little more challenge, but I am drinking limited amounts, preferably the Pepsi with "real sugar." It sounds healthier.

Writing, alone or with a co-author, takes energy and needs sustenance and fuel. And, I am sitting here right now, with said items staged by the Samsung Chromebook for a few reasons:

1. I am writing.
2. I am hungry.
3. I am experimenting with affiliate marketing.

Now, don't run off. All I ask my friends and fans (all 7 of you) to do is just read. No clicks or purchases needed. A chuckle or two, a satisfied nod, or a "Hmmm, interesting" would not be bad either.

For you writers or friends and fans who are curious, I will occasionally have a post here on SuraWordz letting you know how it is going.

As I have learned from teaching journalism for years, marketing and advertising is a big part of our society and culture. Advertising fuels many good things: news, entertainment, and businesses (small and local included).

Just want to see if and how it is done.

"But, Sura, don't fall into the abyss!" 

No worries. Let's consider it play. Something fun to add to the blogs. And if the abyss consumes me, and I am in a van down by the river, rescue me amidst the empty bags and cans. If I am in a cottage on the shoreline, come hang out. I'll have cold Pepsi and some Fritos.