By Mel McConaghy
I write, but I don’t write for financial gain.
I write only for my own satisfaction, entertainment and to keep my mind active. If other people happen to read what I write, and enjoy my work, that’s a bonus. It’s also good for my ego.
I met a lady the other day, who said that she listens to my contributions to our community radio station and, although she does not always agree with what I have to say, enjoys them because they make her think. I think that it’s important for people to think, especially when they’re thinking about the things that effect their lives. A person should never take what they are told as gospel, without first looking at every aspect of the subject. One of the greatest abilities of the human mind, is that it can ingest a subject or an idea, and rationally decide whether it’s good or bad, fact or fiction, or an outright lie.
There are times when you know that the water in a pot is hot, or when a sign says the paint is wet, but you still move your finger out to touch it, defying all reason. Now, there is a reason I’m telling you this. It is because the other day I got to thinking (which is sometimes good, but usually gets me into trouble) while lying on the front room sofa, reading. The afternoon sun beat through the picture window, and although it was a good novel, I kept dozing off. When this happened, I’d lose my page, and even though I had a pretty good idea where I’d left off in the book, it was still frustrating. Finally, I gave up and went into the kitchen for a glass of water.
My good lady had apparently been planning dinner, and had left one of her spiral-bound recipe books lying on the counter. It was lying so nice and flat, open to the page that contained the recipe. I picked it up, doubled it over and laid it down. It stayed on the same page. It was at this point that I started thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if all books did this? You could lay them down, and when you came back, they’d still be exactly at the page where you left them. Why, no longer would you have to worry about page markers, or bending the corner over! Your page would be right there’.
I made a few phone calls to knowledgeable people I know, and asked, “Why don’t they use spiral binding on more books?” I received a multitude of answers, from ‘it’s not traditional’, to ‘they would never think of spiral binding a great book’. I don’t think I will ever publish anything that could be considered a work of art, or a masterpiece. I like to think that I write so everyone can enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it, so I think I’ll go with spiral binding on my next book, and I’ll keep on touching the paint!
My Life Through a Broken Windshield by Mel McConaghy
Mel McConaghy is a retired trucker and author from Prince George, British Columbia. Mel’s tales are his views of life “through a broken windshield”. They are entertaining and humorous in a folksy style.
Visit Mel’s website at www.melmcconaghy.com