“Turn The Page” makes me think of the old movies where, at the beginning, there’s a book. A pair of hands reach for the book and flip it open to the title page, and continue flipping the pages through all the credits until the beginning of the story, when the book would fade into the first scene of the movie. At the end, when the hero and heroine are kissing, that scene fades back to the book, where the hands flip to a page that says “THE END,” usually in ornate lettering, then they close the book to show the title of the movie on the cover in gold leaf as the music reaches a crescendo.
The 1952 movie Invitation had a variation on the theme, where instead of a book they used invitation notecards. Same kind of a deal. (Notice one of the stars was Ray Collins, who played Lt. Tragg on Perry Mason.)
The theme from the movie has become a standard, with such jazz luminaries as Joe Henderson, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Art Blakey and Ahmad Jamal having recorded it. My favorite version is Maynard Ferguson’s from 1976, which was used as the background music for WFLD’s (Channel 32 Chicago) Community Calendar segment.
Anyway, all that’s beside the point I was going to make. I went all stream of consciousness on you, and my train of thought jumped the tracks.
Our lives are like that. They’re full of stories: school days, people you dated, people you loved and lost, jobs, marriages, divorces, and on and on. You start a new book, if you will, with each new beginning, and when that story is finished, you see the page that says “THE END,” shut the book and move on to the next one. Sometimes the characters from one book are in the next book, some leave, never to return, others leave for a few of the books and rejoin, and so on.
The thing to remember is that you’re in charge. If you don’t like the “book,” you can “slam it shut,” cast it aside, pick up another, and start to read it. Or, for that matter, write a different book with a different outcome. Don’t just hang in there with the same story if you don’t like it, or keep writing it if you decide what you’re writing is stupid. You can decide “screw this noise, I’m moving on.”
Just be ready for the old “story” to try and lure you back. I quit a job once and, at my exit interview, they offered me a different job, with more money and regular hours. I thought about it for a few minutes, then realized I’d still be working for the same people and it’d be the “same old song and dance,” to borrow from last week’s prompt. Another time, I got really aggravated with my boss (the one I talked about last week), wrote my resignation, went in and threw it on his desk. I was fool enough to let him talk me into staying. He ended up making my life miserable for another few months. Some stories are just not worth continuing.
And while I’m on the subject of writing (I was, kind of), good luck to all of you participating in NaNoWriMo. As many of you might remember, I said “NaNoNoMo” a few years ago and have no intention of ever doing it again, but that’s me. A lot of you have stories to tell, are a lot better at it than I am, and I’m sure that everyone doing the 50K in 30 Days thing will succeed.