Facebook reminded me this morning that four years have passed since I published this post, Leaving Nostalgia Behind – a Buenos Aires Notebook, as I was departing the Argentine capital. I was barely a week into a trip that was to last 18 months. I had no idea at the time that illness would cut it short after eight, but hey, at least I can say, that I survived Hepatitis A.
At the risk of sounding and being repetitive: I mentioned a little over a week ago that that unceremonious four-year anniversary inspired me to once again kickstart a book manuscript idea that propelled much of that trip, which made this morning’s Facebook-inspired nostalgia all the more nostalgic, circling all the way back to a post that even had that word in its title.
I’m not big on rereading things I’ve written in the past. Most writers aren’t. We’re all our own worst enemy when it comes to scrutinizing old work. Poorly developed metaphors, cliches and outright mistakes pound down like a stabbing, jabbing rain –much like that trite forced simile. Rereading this was no exception.
But I was also surprised to find that I didn’t even hate it all that much, given what it was: a fairly rushed 2,000 word post cobbled together from some notebook entries and posted here for a few hundred people to read before I moved on to the next destination.
I experimented with many style variations that year both on the blog and elsewhere, and like at least parts of this one. Content-wise too I’m fairly pleased, four years on, that I didn’t succumb to presenting this as a crap travel blog-style list dripping with superficial observations, ludicrous platitudes or the forced ‘selling’ of a destination.
So I ask a favor.
If you missed it, I’d really appreciate it if you took a few minutes to give it a read and then let me know what think in the comments, either there or here. It’s not really the draft form that will wind up in the manuscript, and is missing many elements that I’ll be including, interviews and personal encounters among them. But it’s got the makings of a voice that I like — which doesn’t necessarily mean that others do or will.
For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,123rd straight, was snapped in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 22 January 2013.