Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Matron's Favorites

The Matron has a confession.

She rereads her own blog posts. And essays, short stories, and novel chapters--over and again. She chortles, weeps and sighs with pleasure when the prose is deftly done, just so.

You see, she enjoys writing -- the process and result, even when it's not all that good! She never tires of this process. Indeed, she never tires of herself! Some people are simply self-absorbed. The Matron likes to think that, while she may also be self-absorbed, it is in a way that is very interesting to others.

This is not necessarily a desirable attribute, but, it is the Matronly state.

Thank you, John, for living with this and loving her.

Of course, the writing don't always work out. Sometimes the message falls flat or prose putters and dies. Still. She enjoys the journey.

So while the Matron tools through the center of contemporary civilization (sorry, Paris), here are a few of her favorites, for both nostalgic (in real time) and writerly reasons. She picked lots from the early days, so go ahead and get to know her better.

The vacation ends Monday.

John shops for the Matron's Birthday

200th Post

How the Matron met her man

My Cinderella Story

On a somber note, but so beautifully done (if she says so herself)

Books the Matron was reading this week

Merrick's Birthday Party

Stryker (this one and the linked within)

Recent, but she really likes the Hip Mama analysis.

Real comments from student evaluations

Raven and her lost brother

Better Stage Mother moments

Scruffy and the Hit Man

Just what a kind and diplomatic teacher she is

Mom, Can I call you Missy?

Grandma Mary

Way to go, John

Behind the scenes with a stage mother (this one)


Cheri said...

The Matron would have made the work I put into my post for tomorrow easier if she'd posted her list for today yesterday. Are you following me? You see, I read through most of The Matron's old posts until the wee hours of the morning searching for my favorite.

Check out my blog for tomorrow's list post, my last list post. You're in it.

Love your list today, even if it was too late for me.

MamaBird said...

Oh my goodness, I am weeping and chortling over this confession. And thanks for the Cliff's Notes--I'm new to your blog and also an addictive blog reader so your faves list will come in handy. Have a great trip.

Anonymous said...

Well I loved How Matron met her of you all!!
And of course, Can I call you Missy? Seriously, that Stryker needs his own show.
But of course they were all good. But of course you knew that huh?

Sweet Irene said...

Those are too many for me to read now. I think I need a rainy Tuesday for that, but it is nice to read your own posts and be impressed by them. I hear we have rain this week and I do read my old posts too.

Professor J said...

I, too, read and reread everything I write (though with considerably less cause). This was a throughly enjoyable interlude.

Melissa said...

You have a gift, that's the long and short of it. I adore the ones about your kids--the birthday party one is a personal fave.

Heather said...

I do that too. Marking this post to read the "oldies but goodies" when I have more time!

The Cheap Chick said...

I do this, too! Is it wrong to be thrilled anew by one's own brilliance? Does that make me the MOST conceited woman on Earth? Or does Paris Hilton have such a lock on that title, nothing I do will over-throw it?

jennifer h said...

Yep, I do this, also. And I continue to edit my posts if I think of a better word, or find a spot where a comma should go.

I can't wait to read more of these...I've read some of them already. I love your writing!

JCK said...

I loved your 200th post! Very funny dealing with real life friends versus virtual readers. Ahhh the blog, nothing like it.

Mary Alice said...

Minnesota Matron, I quite understand. I am excited to read back through your favorites. Putting the RIGHT words together in the RIGHT way is such a craft. When it all fits together, like it was dropped from heaven that way, there is such satisfaction both for the writer and for the reader.