Though I didn’t verify this term with so much as a Google search, I thought I’d jump in feet first to this whole create your own reality thing. I’ll even throw in a definition, too.
A Friction Writer is a:
- Career nomad who knows a little about a lot of things
- Sarcastic, non-expert who prefers complaining over helping you
- Softie on the inside, despite a tough leathery outside appearance
- Writes at least at an 8th grade level
I don’t agree with that old guy who said that a writer, by his very title, must excel in something other than writing, like parachutes, hunting, or macrame.
In fact, I think the main point of my writing is to work things out. It’s not to instruct, sermonize, or even make you change your mind. It’s more like a Pain Think Pad for what I’m going through. I figure things out AS I WRITE. You read it and either agree or disagree . . . hopefully with a laugh, comment, or conversation with me along the way. Then we live it!
This embodies the meaning of Ober Oberata (Latin) – “It is done in the doing.”
Brass tacks: I’m a 40 year old husband – married happily as a clam (because clams are happy) to my amazing wife. I also feature FIVE great kids, which I believe makes a gaggle or a muster or at least a drove or something. I live in suburban Houston and love it. I’m reviled, however, for loving the Tennessee Titans.
As for being a worker bee, I’ve done a lot, including: Video Production, Electronic Music, Foodservice Sales, Teaching, Bartending, Small Business Consulting, and collecting TV cable boxes from delinquent customers in scary neighborhoods. Oh, and some writing here and there. Overall, life has been rewarding.
But, as Dr. Seuss wrote, “Life can have hang-ups and bang-ups, too. These bang-ups and hang ups can happen to you.”
So true. Someone’s always got it worse, but there’s been friction o’ plenty, whether self inflicted (relationships), battling Lupus (arrrrgh), or Western medicine using me as a pin cushion . . . . Friction Writer is born!
With any luck, I won’t get some letter of contention from disgruntled physicists claiming they are, in fact, the Friction Writers.
Welcome to my website, and please join the conversation.
Jeff Timpanaro, Friction Writer