I'm discovering (duh, I guess I'm a little slow) that the best writing is usually collected around a central theme or focal point. Perhaps this is why my attempts at blogging seem like a series of rabbit trails to strange places in my brain. Because they are.
I just read this fantastic book called Little Chapel on the River by Gwendolyn Bounds. I won't take time to go into a full review here, however raving it would be. The book is focused on this little Irish pub in New York and all that goes on there. That is a gross oversimplification, but I think gross oversimplification is something my writing lacks. A thesis statement, a main idea. There you go. That's what it is I don't have. Now High School English is all coming back to me.
Julie's blog in the movie Julie and Julia was wildly popular because people were drawn to her central premise; reaching a life's goal. Another example of just what I'm missing.
Profound questions of the day: Suppose I had a main idea, what would it be? What would provide enough material for a sustained effort? Even if I found something wildly consuming to me, would it matter to anyone else?