To improve is to change;
to be perfect is to change often.
– Winston Churchill
Steis feat. Termanology & Erin Daneele
with Who Would I Be
Republished for a new, yet frustrated Author (big smile)
SING! even when no one is listening
by Kendall F. Person
A funny thing happened yesterday….
In the scores of individual and collaborative work I have written and published, never before had silence prevailed as loudly as it did with the series finale of The Exorcist. No comments toward the story in any forum, by anyone. No voices from personal friends or relatives, nor long term fans or staunch supporters – in neither praise nor condemnation, just a silence, that only I could hear. No arrows to my pride, nor sense of despair (I like to think) for my mother often told us “Not everyone is going to like everything you do“. So instead of fretting, I used the silence as a teachable moment, for myself.
I reached out to readers – something I have never done – with the specific purpose of discovering how The Exorcist’s ending was interpreted. My thoughts were two-fold: either I delivered a finale that had crashed and burned, making a mess of a promising beginning OR with the assistance of a brilliant assembly of artists, produced the perfect short story, that fooled them all.
Each character, firmly established; plot line of the 3-part drama, remained on course throughout. But short stories can be more difficult than long form or novels, since the exact same elements must exist without cheating the audience.
I sing because The Exorcist may have reached perfection in the short story genre. The small, but nonetheless informative study revealed, that while the excitement and adrenaline rush of a thriller/horror were felt, and the overall premise of good versus evil was understood; the intricate dynamics, along with an abbreviated use of words, combined to overwhelm, and the bombshell moment, flew overhead, even though every single clue was there.
We long to be recognized on a grander scale, but be that as it may, it is vital that we sing even if no one is listening, and that we offer praise to ourselves. Not with a sense of bravado or self-importance, but sing if for no other reason, than we were gifted with a voice.