Story or Reality?

This is the end of this blogsite.

It served as a beginning for me – a foray into the online world of reality writing. (Today, I made this recipe by Julia…  Yesterday, my happiness project was clearing away the clutter in the garage… Tomorrow I’ll tell you how to write a query letter…)

It smacks too much of summertime TV for my liking.

Some people can carry it off. Their blogs are useful, or funny, or inspiring enough to genuinely entertain us. I applaud them. I even follow a few, myself.

But I’d really rather sit down with a good book and be blown out of myself into the world of story. Maybe you would, too. I hope so, because really, the ongoing, multi-faceted tale of what it is to be human, in all its manifestations, is our story, our only story, the story we need to hear over and over until, against our will, we begin to understand ourselves and each other.

There is nothing else. Nothing else we need to do, nothing better we can aspire to: Just understand.

Story can do that. Story’s the sugar that coaxes us to swallow truth.

So I choose to write story instead of reality. I choose ‘what if’ instead of ‘how to’. Because ‘what if’ will get you anywhere you need to go, if you’re willing to put in a little effort. And if you’re not, you won’t get there through ‘how to’, either.

Thank you for visiting me here. It was a good meeting place, but it’s not where I live. Instead, come over to my website, and share with me what really matters. Story.

What if…?

See you there!

Jane Ann


About Jane Ann McLachlan

spoken at several events, including Write!Canada, Canwrite, and Montreal Worldcon, short stories published in Storyteller Magazine, B.A. in English Literature from York University, Toronto, M.A. in Canadian Literature from Carletion University in Ottawa. Jane Ann McLachlan writes fiction and memoir and teaches business communications and professional ethics at Conestoga College in Kitchener. She has published two college textbooks on Ethics, The Right Choice and Ethics In Action. Interests include writing (fiction and non-fiction), family, reading, public speaking, volunteering.

Posted on July 8, 2012, in What Really Matters. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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