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Why Am I Still Alive?

Ah, let me list the ways!

Why am I still alive?

To annoy people who tire of my sometimes pedantic and/or melancholy matters of the heart and mind!

A mechanic will tell you what’s wrong with your car, often times, not words you wish to hear!

“A cracked engine, you say! My God, man, don’t tell me that! Can’t you caulk it, put cement along the crack and seal it? I drove it in here! It was running fine! I just wanted gas! Now, you give me more gas than I wanted! You must be wrong! My engine cannot be cracked! I just drove this car off the showroom floor! You’re mad! Yor’re a scoundrel!”

Now, a noble ‘Romantic’ comes along to tell you that his words can bring you joy! If not joy, his words can bring you sadness! If not sadness, his words will speak to you of murder and mayhem, of love lost, regained! If not sadness, his words will squeal with fashioned glee he has never truly felt! But, then, what is a writer for but to create whatever it is you wish to feel!

Why am I still alive?

I’m still alive because I must, I need, I require before saying goodbye to my three fans and these earthly orbits a ‘Best Seller’ – allow me to repeat that, please: I must, I need, I require before saying goodbye to my four friends – I picked one up with just these first few lines – a BEST SELLER!

I’m still alive because I’m told by the Gods on Olympus that my time won’t be up until the frost on all pumpkins dehydrate at the same time and the world of Halloween knows no bounds. The Gods tell me I can even create an event that does not even exist!

Yes, it’s true! Take, for example, the fine scholar of a gentleman (or, perhaps, lady, for I know not the gender of ‘Anon’) who wrote: “Life is really simple! We people insist on making It complicated.”

Oh, where was I?

Oh, yes! The mind goes, you say, so it is written that I must be on way to death’s uncertain embrace! Yet, still, I beg to stay for that BEST SELLER! And, I shall stay until you merry lads and lassies fulfill that dream I carry in this villainous old head of mine… Oh, that reminds me, you get to see the steady decline of my head (that is to say, my brain!) but only after you give me my BEST SELLER!

So, ask not what you can do for other authors! Ask what you can dor for me!!!

I’m now working on my seventeenth novel! It is also that golden moment I’ve written of in this brilliant post: it is that BEST SELLER of which I speak…with the understanding that books I’ve already written should have had that high rank of BEST SELLER!

But, I shall trifle no longer with my quaint words which the Gods of Olympus provided me!

My acquaintances tell me that my subtlety is one of my finer traits, along with the ‘boy scout’ honor I’ve carried with me all these many years!

So, had you expected more than I’ve given here, I truly would like to be sorry! But, the Gods on Olympus speak to me directly and tell me not to be sorry! That, they say, shows weakness in my character. The Gods on Olympus also tell me leave now whilst I still might add my fifth friend.

The foregoing words relate so much better than I could speak it to you: Why I’m Still Alive! (Until age, 105, I hasten to say!)

Billy Ray Chitwood – September 16, 2018

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19 comments on “Why am I Still Alive?

  1. Billy, Billy, Billy. We quest after the same windmill. A best seller? Moooohahahahah. Just keep writing and the gods may take care of you.

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    1. Get our donkeys and let’s ride, pardner! This 17th may be it! You going to ‘beta-me’? ♥♥

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  2. Soooz says:

    😊 Nodding sagely. Consider me number 5! I’ll organize you a Best Seller celebration … that is of course after I have mine. 🍸

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    1. All for it, Sooz! Finally found your comment. It’s only good etiquette to allow you to go first – my southern heritage dictates! My best wishes, Sooooz! ♥

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  3. Gwen Plano says:

    You are an amazing writer, Billy Ray. You’ve touched on the hopes of all writers and brought some levity to a topic that can be painful. Thank you for being you – wise and brilliant – and prolific! 😀

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    1. ‘You go to my head like a bottle of burgandy wine’!!! (As in ‘opened and drinking’! Not un-opened, however! As in, ‘hit over the head’! You are precious, Milady! One for you & one for hubby! ♥♥

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  4. D.L Finn, Author says:

    Very glad you are still alive and hope you get not only one but many best sellers!

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  5. eden baylee says:

    17 is the charm? You never know, Billy Ray.The fact that you write sets you apart from so many others, and putting a request of a bestseller out to the universe is a good thing. Now you have a beacon. 😉

    Always rooting for you, hon. xox

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    1. Thank you! I know! Luv ya! ♥ XO

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    1. Thanks, again, Chris. You are a ‘great ape’! ♥

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  6. tidalscribe says:

    I’m still working on my fifth so I am impressed by your total!

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    1. Thanks, ‘tidalscribe’. My best wishes. ♥

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  7. Spoken like a true writer and author, Billy Ray.

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    1. How sweet, thy statement. Thank you, sweet lady. ♥♥♥

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  8. I don’t know, bestsellers may be overrated, Billy Ray. I’ll be happy (but not ready to die) when I sell thousands. Thousands would, in fact, make me young again! 🙂 Best of luck in your endeavor. You’ve got a lot of good writing years in you. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Warrior of the first order! Confucious say: ‘Beely Ray no looka like bess sailor, but Warrior Princess Pamaleea weeth her books make beeg splash in USA and Chinatown’!

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