Talk To Me Of Totems
It’s like I said: I have work to do, so my posts may be a bit truncated over the next couple weeks.
One “category” of post I plan to do then, during this time, is to talk about those writers that I consider “totems,” meaning, writers who are (er, unknowingly) the writers that shepherd and guide me — they’re the ones that made me want to do what I do, they’re the ones that I turn to in times of uncertainty, they’re the writers I admire most.
These writers, I literally ethered them and brought them to my house. I constantly Rufie them (“Rufie” as a verb — try it, it’s fun!) and duct tape them to chairs behind me in a half-circle. So, whenever I find myself in a trouble spot with writing, I merely need to crane my head over my shoulder and see the pantheon of Household Writer Gods I have collected. I ask them what to do, and they reply: “MMPH! GRRBB.” This is not, as you may expect, “Please call the police,” it is rather, “Chuck, you’re really great, keep on doing what you’re doing, hoss. We love you.”
… okay, no, I didn’t do that.
So don’t send the police to my house. (OR THEY WILL TAKE MY CAPTIVES. What?)
These writers are both the rock that grounds you and the ladder by which you attempt to reach greater heights. These writers are the ones that give you inspiration, confidence, and perhaps even infected you with the madness to want to do what it is you do.
Anyway, today, I’m not going to tell you about my totems.
You’re going to tell me about yours.
Writers and non-writers alike, I want to know: I’m not just asking who you read, but who are your Benevolent Totemic Writer Animals, who lurks among your Authorial Pantheon of Household Pen-Shepherds? What authors comprise whole sections of your shelves, sections that you’ll never excise no matter how much you need to pare down? Give me authors. Give me books. Hell, do you even look at other authors this way? Am I insane? (Yes.) Am I alone in this insanity? (Shit, I hope not.)
And let’s not have any illusions: this is purely selfish. I’m looking for good stuff to read, dontchaknow.
So. Let’s have a conversation.
Talk to me of totems.
Get going. Chop-chop. These comments ain’t going to write themselves, people.