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Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

by Madam Z

Even with my fingers in my ears, and chanting “La-la-la...” to myself, I can hear my inner critic’s gruff, scorn-filled voice telling me, "Your writing stinks and you stink. Don’t even think about trying to write another stinky story, you disgusting stink-bomb!" “Oh yeah?” I reply, pulling myself up from my fetal position on the floor. “Guess what, big guy. That stink is coming from you, you stinking gas bag, and not only that, I’m going to keep writing, no matter what you say, because I’ve got something to say and I’m going to say it, no matter how offensive it may be to your tender olfactory sensibilities.” “So there!” I add for good measure, as I turn my back to him and resume my post at my desk, determined to churn out a tale as fragrant as a crimson rose on a sweet summer day.

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14 comments:

Cloro said...

Madam Z, your writing always speaks to me, but never more so than this one. You have described my struggle perfectly. Thanks for sharing a great six.

Joe said...

You have a great way with words and this six does not disappoint. It says it all for everyone. Madame Z, you are simply the best. Great six, as usual-keep writing. The hell with anyone who says anything different. Your talent inspires us, Z.

AmyS. said...

Wow. How did you get inside my head? Good to know I'm not the only one curling up into the fetal position in my office! Great six. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Honey, you never have to curl up on the floor. Your always a good
6er. Go Z

Jeanette Cheezum

Reynolds said...

A+ for Z!

Hemingway's Lounge / Bukowski's Basement said...

Just another day writing. How'd you get in MY head??

David H. said...

That is the stinkiest inner turmoil I have ever come across. But pretty stinkifically true to life.

Anonymous said...

You made me smile at the thought of my own Inner Editor ripping me a new one — that's a first! Nicely done, Madam Z. :)

~Caren

quin browne said...

ah, z!

Madam Z said...

Thank you all for your commiseration. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one with a stinky editor residing in my fragile psyche. (Or something like that...)

Catherine said...

You are an inspiration, madame Z!

Anonymous said...

Madam Z - To me, you smell like fresh orange rind, burnt sugar and dried lavender - my favorite scents.
You're fresh, sweet, with a bit of naughty. Who could ask for anything more. Keep 'em coming.
caccy46
Caroline Wells

Cat said...

I think you captured the ongoing conversation in me head daily!!

Autumn Heartsong said...

Uhhh...yeah...been there...still fighting that battle...and you just went on my heroes list! Great 6!