A request


Hello everyone, Eric Filipkowski here.

I have been thinking about assembling my blogs into a “book” of some sorts, it’s been on my mind for a while but recently I’ve been a little more pro-active about it.

At first, I was just going to take the short stories I’ve written and put them into a collection, but I think I would be doing a disservice to myself if I excluded the things about my real life and what I’ve gone through this past year or so.

It is really weird for me to read through all my old entries and have to re-live some of my recent experiences.

This is why I think the book should be about my journey as a person AND a writer. Because this isn’t just a place I post stories I’ve written, this is a journal. This is a place where I come to share what’s going on with me with the rest of the world. Or at least the people who read this.

And to those people, I really want to thank you. I think if you go back, you’ll see this blog has definitely helped me through some very difficult things in my life.

I guess that’s the appeal of it. You share with others and they relate to what is universal in all of us. Blah blah blah.

But seriously, I look back on where I’ve come from and it’s kind of amazing. I’m sure lots of people go through changes like this all the time, but when it’s sitting right there on a computer screen for you to see, documented through words, it’s really cool to witness and this is what I’d like to share with people.

When I started writing in my blog, I was healthy and I had just started dating someone I thought I was in love with. I came to see that both of these weren’t really true.

Even though I thought I was really happy, looking back now it certainly doesn’t look like I was. My outlook on life was pretty negative. I think I had grown complacent.

I had my surgery and the long recovery period which gave me hours of time I had to fill without being able to do anything remotely physical.

This lead to me writing in my blog. What had been a practically abandoned webpage was soon updated on a daily basis. New characters were born and my mind took adventures my body was unable to.

Gumdrop streets with candy cane light posts opened up before me as I took a journey on a magic cupcake filled with dreams and frosting!

As my health improved, I wrote about my progress and my hopes for the future.

I talked about Harry Potter and Disneyworld and my imaginary friend who may or may not be a rapist.

I churned out story after story and got my confidence back as a writer. I moved from Los Angeles to Rhode Island to Florida and back to Los Angeles. A journey of nearly 1000 miles!

I have a very special friend and she believes that everything happens for a reason. I’m not sure if I believe this completely, but when I look back at who I was and who I am now, I am glad for what I’ve gone through. I’m glad for the friends I’ve made (or re-made), I’m glad for the change in my attitude. I am thankful for the chance to re-examine my life and the things that I value as important to me.

So as I try and piece together some sort of narrative for this book, I’m going to ask for your help.

First of all, do you think there would be any interest in a book like this?

Do you think I should stick with my fictional stories or try and combine them with my real-life blogs?

Which stories would you like to see?

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is “Superman” and 10 is “Jesus”, what score would you give me as a writer?

Thanks for all your help!

Advertisements

3 comments

  1. Hey Eric, I was going through my wallet and found a business card you’d given to me a long long time ago. I was oh Hellz! I had meant to email you way back when I still lived in the Los Angeles. I think you were hanging out with me and some of the fellas at a Denny’s. I dunno, some late night thing or other. Anyway!

    This is Katy Hargrove, I’m a friend of Andrew and Jorge, I live up in Seattle nowadays. Give me an email back at goosezilla@yahoo.com I wanted to ask you a question. Nothing scandilous mind you!

    Oh and my website is here http://www.tangrala.com

  2. Hi, Eric. I started reading your stories from the most recent posting (some time in August 2006) and working my way steadily backward through them. A journey back in time in a weird way. This is as far as I’ve gotten so far, and I figured it was as good a time as any to leave a reply.
    I’ll be honest and say I enjoy reading your fictional stories more than your blogs. The blogs are interesting, but your imagination, creativity, and sense of humor really shine through in your fiction. Every one I’ve read has made me laugh, or at least chuckle, or gently blow air out my nose.
    I would enjoy a book which included your fiction mostly, though a few blogs added in certainly wouldn’t hurt it (can you still call them “blogs” once they’re in a book? Or do they become “klogs”?). The interesting thing about your fiction and blogs is that they are all told from a first-person perspective as if they happened to you. Maybe your book should blur the line between reality and fiction.
    Heck, that’s what James Frey did! And he totally got away with it!
    By the way, I found your page via a link from bobanddavid.com. Have you been getting more hits since Bob Odenkirk recommended you on his page? That guy’s funny. And you’re funny too. I guess funny people hang out together or something.
    On your scale of 1 to 10, I would put you at a 5, in between Superman and Jesus, which I guess would make you Super Jesus.
    Maybe your book should be called “I Am Super Jesus.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s