Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Pillar of Society

The pillar of society. I think it was my mother-in-law that used that term about someone she knew, someone who took a lot of pills. As I grow older, I find myself taking more pills too. Don't worry. All natural stuff. All doctor recommended.

Did you know that magnesium is nature’s tranquilizer, or that arganine prevents stroke? Did you know that niacin strengthens blood vessel walls, or that fish oil fights depression? Did you know that cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar or that carnitine prevents aging. The list goes on and on. Did you know that practically no one in North America gets enough vitamin D from the sun, at least not this far north in North America?

Today as I counted out my pills, I realized that I have arrived. I have become the pillar of society. I guess there are worse things I could be. It seems that there is a pill for everything, at least everything medical. I would like to formulate my own kind of pill to remedy the other ills of my life.

I would like a pill that would help me be kind when I feel irritable, a pill that would motivate me when I am tired, a pill that would help me see a bigger picture, a pill that would make me less selfish and less greedy. How about a pill that would help me balance my budget, stick to my diet, control my temper. Do you see the possibilities?

Always looking for shortcuts, I wonder if we could manufacture a line of writer’s pills. If your manuscript is ailing, we could prescribe the appropriate pill. We could have one for plot problems, another for character development, definitely one for voice, and another for dialogue. With the proper dosage of the appropriate pill, you would know exactly how to nurse your manuscript back to health. Readers would be happy, writers would be ecstatic, and we would be rich.

The "we" I mentioned, is you and I, my faithful readers, because I would let you in on my secret and we could work together and share the profits. We could call our pharmacy Write-Aid, and together we could be the pillars of society.

And if not…there’s always hard work.

Linda Garner

8 comments:

aspiring_x said...

it really all means nothing without the hard work. ask any trust fund brat. the meaning, the joy, the life is in the journey and the labor to arrive... because once you've hit the end- you're dead babe. that's one of the biggest reasons why drug abuse is so depressing. it robs people of the experience of living...
other than that! amusing post!- write-aid :)

N. R. Williams said...

I think I have a character who believes he has the pills you speak of. LOL
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Lisa Potts said...

Write-aid. I like it! Great post.

Carolyn V. said...

Write aid. That's just awesome. I'd need some of those revision pills. lol!

lotusgirl said...

You could make a mint.

Lynda Young said...

haha I definitely need that writer's pill ;)

Jenn Wilks said...

My plot is coagulating, my dialogue temperature is dropping fast, and I have a serious case of POV Laryngitis. I definitely need some Write Aid. Stat!

Linda Garner said...

Fun comments! Love you guys. LG