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-The Days That Never Came-

-Just Writing-

So, it appears that soaring with the eagles will come in another life, or, pity, not at all!

No ‘Best Sellers’ from my list of books.

No ‘Academy Awards’ for any of my many TV commercials.

No special awards but good newspaper reviews of my one and only role in the ‘Stage Production’ of “The Pleasure of His Company.”

No speechless ‘Awes’ for my little known ‘Dog Track Racing’ and ‘Shell Oil’ Industrial Film roles.

Oh, there were chances but a very big obstacle got in the way – my Life!

Okay, I must write this before I go on…

This is ‘early morning – 4am‑ self-absorption, likely not the sort of penning a person of normal humility and good humor would partake of. But, this is I! My only Life (that I now know of), and dancing around my brain, stopping here and there for spot analysis, I decided, ‘Why Not!’ Someone could possibly identify with my rambling, with my soap-box mumblings. PLUS, I love to write! Sure, there will be those who pronounce me ‘showing off’, but, remember, I live in ‘Twilight’ where the hours are like jet planes and their white vapor trails, disappearing, gone in a flash!

So, am I bitching and moaning?

Well, YEAH!

But, I’m Writing!

I’ve still got books to write, posts to pen on my Blog, still have an outside chance of a dream or two coming true! Heck, I want to be an inspiration to the people older than I (Don’t be laughing at me! There are some!), to younger people coming into mid-life crisis. I want to be the ‘Poster Boy’ for all those fearing old age. Heck, I say again, I just might go gin-mill hopping again, pick up a nice blue-eyed blond lass who shows a preference for the older guys… (I only wrote the last sentence because my loving wife was peeking over my shoulder – now, she’s sulking and turning her head to laugh.) How can ‘sulking’ and ‘laughing’ go together?”

Okay, what is the point of all this? That’s the beauty of writing! You can make it up as you go, and it doesn’t have to make any sense – anyone read a college textbook lately? Or, maybe “Shades of Gray?”

Well, actually, there is a point!

I awoke when ‘Lady Gray’ (my sweetheart cat) stepped on my feet, wanting a ‘Temptations’ treat at 4:00AM. She got her treat, and I decided to get up and write something really constructive, vivid and riveting with a ‘Life’s Message’ for the ages all wrapped and in a box with a ribbon on top… See how easy writing is? But, remember, you have to get up at 4:00AM to write something as meaningful and earth-shattering like I am here. Also, check first with your doctor. He or She might not want you trying this at home…guess you could bust something loose in your brain!

Just saying!

Well, now you can see what ‘stream of conscious’ writing is all about, and the purity of SOCW, what I’m doing here is the benchmark!

Okay, that’s a little strong!

The real message???

Well, if there was really a message, it would be, Just Write!

Don’t talk about writing!

Just Write!

Don’t think about writing!

Just Write!

The only way you get good like me is,

Just Write!

Again, a little strong!

Okay, maybe I stretch it all just a little bit!

Do me a favor!

When you’re hovering over your laptop, simultaneously crying and laughing at yourself, feel like you have ‘writer’s block’ and will never be able to write again, do this!

‘Think of a two-word or three-word phrase, like, say, ‘Spirit of Youth’, or, ‘Oh, Crap’, or, ‘Aging is A Pain in the Ass’! (I know, that’s more than a two-word or three-word phrase – it doesn’t matter!) Just start typing! Just throw caution to the wind! (I hate clichés!) Just peck out what enters your mind! Wait! That could be dangerous! Just don’t direct your words, if they’re mean-spirited, at anyone who could possibly sue you!

Just Write!

Not loud enough?


Here’s your first line, just to get you started:

‘My gas gauge is showing empty, and it’s scary dark here on this stretch of the Carefree Highway…’’

Okay, take it from there!

You heard it here!


I’m going back to bed!

BR. Chitwood – March 4, 2018

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21 comments on “Attainment

  1. Outrageously good, Billy Ray. I see you as the guide as we all slowly circle the drain hoping for one more dream to come true. I had to laugh out loud on this one. 😀

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  2. So true! We are our own worst stumbling blocks!

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    1. Thanks, Jacquie, for your good comment… Wishing you a lovely weekend! DON’T JUST WRITE! ♥

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  3. D.L Finn, Author says:

    Being awake at 4 a.m. happens more than I like. It is a time that certainly leads one’s mind to interesting places:) I have to agree with your advice to just write. Who knows if some dreams will be answered in those early morning hours;)

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  4. Great post, Billy Ray! 🙂 Just what I need today.

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    1. Your comment, Bette, helps to make my day super! Thank you and have a great Sunday! ♥

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  5. More! More! Now, what did you really think, good John? You make my entire weekend! Shucky Durn, I might have another Wil… er… Maker’s Mark! Hic! All the best to ALL the HowellWavers! ♥


  6. Thanks, DL, for the good comments. Actually, there were some dreams that came true! Can’t complain too much… But I will! Ha! Some dreams have come true. Life has been good to me. You, dear lady, and yours, have a great weekend! ♥

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  7. Sorry to those where my return comment didn’t show under yours! I responded to them out of order – without knowing it, of course! Bless all with a super Sunday!


  8. 🙂 Terrific SoC, Billy Ray. I could just see the expression on your wife’s face… The car too. Happy weekend hugs.

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  9. Thank you so much. Backatcha on the ‘Happy Weekend’ – now, almost over! Time! Damnable Time! 🙂 ♥

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    1. Yep… Monday/Mordor is already snapping at my heels.

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  10. Gwen Plano says:

    What fun, Billy Ray, just write. Yes! This was a delightful read and I related to your insistence and the dreams. Big hugs!

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  11. Big hugs right backatcha! Thanks so much, Gwen, for your kind words. ♥


  12. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    A little mulling (pondering) by Billy Ray Chitwood 😀

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  13. Thanks again, Chris! ♥


  14. Thanks very much, Chris… ♥


  15. Jennie says:

    Well said, Billy Ray. Keep sayin’.

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  16. Thanks, Jennie. Your comment is much appreciated! ♥


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