Aaron Hotchner Once Said…

Aaron Edward Hotchner was born on June 28, 1917, and died on February 15, 2020. Aaron was an American editor, novelist, playwright, and biographer. In fact, he wrote Ernest Hemingway’s biography. I chose Aaron because the name stood out to me as a character on Criminal Minds and I was wondering if perhaps the creators of the show knew of Hemingway’s biographer or Hotchner himself.

Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done. – A.E. Hotchner

I know I have my limits and boundaries and I definitely have been pushed on both in my lifetime and more than one time. When someone’s boundaries are pushed it changes our character. One can only be pushed for so long until they break. As I’ve stated I have been past my breaking point and the courageous shake it off and try to figure out a different way of being. That is what I’ve been doing. I also test my boundaries or see what new things I can come up with to feed my creativity.

He (Hemingway) used to a stand-up work place he had fashioned out of the top of a bookcase near his bed. His portable typewriter was snugged in there and papers were spread along the top of the bookcase on either side of it. He used a reading board for longhand writing. – A.E. Hotchner

I think Hemingway was creative and not just in his writing and I think that his this standing work place came to be out of necessity or in a fit of writers block perhaps. One has to get in their own little place to be able to open those floodgates and perhaps this was his way of doing it. I know I have other writers that follow me what is special or how or where do you write. I have found that transitioning over the years. These days it’s in my living-room, late at night on my laptop in the quiet.

Why is it…that the good things that pop up almost always get clobbered by these miserable darn things that seem to choke out everything like stinkweed? – A.E. Hotchner

I think that those stinky things that keep popping up are the roadblocks or things that are supposed to be our building blocks of life. Yes, sometimes those things really stink and it sucks having to deal with them but you’re much better off once you have trudged through the shit to get to the clearing. In other words you have to take the good with the bad and there is that balance and a learning curve that we all go through. There really isn’t smooth that much smooth sailing otherwise more people would be taking the trip.

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