Monday, October 22, 2012

Letting Go Bloghop

Today's the release day for Kyra Lennon's new novella, If I Let You Go. It's free on Amazon for today only, so quick, go get a copy!

The rules:
"Was there a time when you had to let go of someone or something? How did it make you feel? How did you handle it? Or if that's too personal - which I completely understand - how about writing a piece of flash fiction? The only rules are - obviously - it has to be related to letting go, and please keep it to a maximum of 500 words."

I'm very, very bad at letting things go. Not grudges (believe it or not, I'm actually quite good at letting go of those), not people, but things. Possessions. Stuffed animals from my childhood or school assignments from the 1990s or old computers and computer bits. Stupid stuff that the intellectual part of me knows I'll never use again or never want to use again.

I want to be clear. I'm not a hoarder... but just barely. Sometimes it feels like the only thing that keeps me from being one is a severe lack of free space and claustrophobia (irrational fears win out over irrational attachments any day). I can get rid of things that are obviously garbage, like hastily scribbled notes of no consequence and things that are broken beyond repair (though my definition of "beyond repair" might be looser than some). But if there's even a chance there might be practical value or, heaven forbid, sentimental value, I have a hard time parting with it.

To some extent, I blame Disney for this. You can say what you will about whether they give little girls unrealistic expectations for their future or give people a false sense of what "true love" is, but I think the real problem with Disney movies are that they personify everything. Suddenly, my stupid childhood toys have sentience. How can you just throw something out that has sentience?! Damn you, Disney, for giving me empathy for things that have no feelings for me to share.

I also don't like change. I think the might have something to do with it too.

We all have our issues, I suppose. If this is the worst of mine, I'm probably doing okay... though I should probably keep an eye on it if I ever move into a bigger place.

Congrats on the new book release, Kyra!


  1. Ha, I'm here to tell you to keep holding on to that stuff! There have been SO many times when I've thrown things out because I thought I wouldn't need them again, but eventually, I ALWAYS wish I still had them!

    Tnamks for joining in with the bloghop!

  2. Ha. I love Disney. And I say hold on to it. You can never hoard too much. I think your post is hilarious.

  3. I keep old assignments too. There are so many things packed away in my closet that I know I'll never need, but I still want to keep them. I can understand your difficulties.

    "Damn you, Disney, for giving me empathy for things that have no feelings for me to share."-I loved this line! It's probably true for me too.

  4. This was really funny. I loved the line about the 90's and damn you Disney!! I say hold on to it all. You'll feel better about it.

  5. Saying hello from the blog hop...on one hand, the things we hold on to can sometimes trigger inspiration for our writing.

  6. Hmm, they do personify everything, don't they? I never really thought about that. Perhaps that's why I get attached to some things I shouldn't.

  7. I hold onto all kinds of things, so I know where you're coming from. :D

  8. I can think of quite a few of my things that are hidden in the back of my mom's cubby-hole in her bedroom (the same spot my sisters and I have been begging her to clean out, which she stubbornly refuses to do...)
    Imagine the amount of stuff SHE has... stored in there? And she's 83 years old....

  9. agreed...disney stuff is sure hard to let go...they make u so happy!

  10. I know what you mean about space, but in some ways I regret I don't have my old stuff with me (the stuff from school is in my parents' attic at the other end of the country... at least last I knew it was!) You could be searching for one thing and come across something else you'd forgotten and it brings up a load of old memories. I have some old stories from the 90s it would be interesting to see again one day.

  11. I loved this post. Mainly because I think in a few years I will be a hoarder. I have a storage unit full of papers, and boxes of stuff from college. Things I just refuse to throw away. Recently I shattered my favorite coffee cup, the one I stole from the coffee shop after they fired me, and then moved across the country with it, and almost cried. There were a lot of memories in that coffee cup...