"The Perfect Hub Dreamer"

This writer is NOT me

I have yet to allow my frustrations to get the best of me while I pound-out a hub that I like.
I have yet to allow my frustrations to get the best of me while I pound-out a hub that I like.

All aboard for story ideas unknown

I don't know what it will take. I don't know what I will have to give up. To accomplish my one goal: to write "a" near-perfect hub.

Tall order, huh? You bet. And being that I am a realist at heart, I am not naive enough to believe for a moment that writing this "dream hub," will not require work. And lots of it. Plus a lot of perspiration, mental anguish and walking the carpet on my floors.

Someone years ago gave me a classic piece of advice. "Anything in life that's worth having, is worth suffering for." The guy now is a vice-president of a newspaper chain in the mid-South, and owns three papers in that chain that are all near my home in Hamilton, Alabama. And I know this man has went through his own brand of "suffering" over the years and I know for a fact that he is reaping numerous financial, social and personal harvests.

Now back to writing "the" perfect hub. Just how would one go about succeeding in this challenge? Mediate for hours in all of the Zinn Theories? Travel to Tibet and speak privately to a few enlightened monks in the Himalayan Mountains? One of these maybe? All of these? None of these? Too many good choices and too little time to address them.

To me personally, the term "perfect," takes on an sharp image of being a relative term. Who among the legions of mankind can truly say that they have the "one" definition of "perfect"? Too many miles to cover and too little time to spend searching an endless circle.

So to start from back to front, I suppose that a

"perfect hub" has to have some or all of these things:

  • Majority of interest to HubPages readers.
  • Unusual in its content. Not a rewrite of some dog with three legs in Alaska.
  • Rare life-changing moment. Like being pushed out of the way of an oncoming train.
  • Rare interview with a reclusive person, not necessarily a celebrity.
  • Rare pet with a talent such as being able to change channels with television remote.
  • Sharing "the" deepest, darkest confession a person can share and not fear public condemnation or judgement.

These categories are only a few suggestions I need to look at for myself when and if the opportunity of writing a "perfect" hub comes along or I stumble across it one day when it's not on my mind.

Example: I am in line (of course) at the Water Department in my hometown to pay my monthly water bill. This is not a rare or unusual moment, so this is not on the table as an idea.

"Next," says the pretty clerk with a soft voice of an undiscovered singer.

I start to hand her my check and it hits me . . .an idea for a "perfect" hub. Now I have a choice to make. Pay my water bill or run like the wind back home to my PC and get this "perfect" hub written before it leaves me.

Guess which avenue I take? The pretty clerk at the water department is stunned at my leaving. Then after that five minutes of shock to her conservative life is over, I am forgotten. Until next month.

But even "if" I happen to write a "perfect" hub, and surpass the standards of the many-talented editors and monitors of HubPages, I am left with one burning question: Is the "perfect" hub, even with perfect grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, really "perfect"? To clarify, is life perfect? I would get a rousing "no," if this were a live lecture and you were a crowd inside a municipal auditorium.

"Perfect" and "perfection," are the toughest things to achieve and then live up to them after one reaches these near-impossible levels of writing, teaching, singing, painting or whatever pleasure a man or woman does in the life around us.

I am the first to admit to God and you, that "I cannot reach or live up to a "perfect" standard of writing or even trod on the ground thinking that "I" have finally attained to "perfection" in our fallen world.

So now I guess my quest for the "perfect" hub will have to be filed among all of the other "brass rings" I've reached to get and missed while I rode this carousel someone gave me a long time ago when I started out on my road of life. No worries. I am not hurt. I have grown accustomed to disappointment.

But for some mysterious, and possibly-senseless reason, I keep on trying. Searching, reading other works of other writers, travel to forgotten areas of our country and talk to faceless, nameless people who have been passed over by "us," the so-called enlightened people. Those areas. And those people many times tug at my heart strings. One day I will just "up and go," as old-timers were known to say years ago.

Like a monk on a trek to find that "perfect" level of inner peace. Turning loose of all things I "hold" to in life as "dear," and just walk off the edge of a New York skyscraper, close my eyes and allow whatever is to happen to happen.

Maybe then I will have reached a sensory or emotional area of my life, provided I live from the fall from the skyscraper, and then sit quietly and pound-out the "perfect" hub.

A "perfect" hub needs a "perfect" name.

I got it. "The Perfect Hub Dreamer"

Yeah. And I think now that I will slowly step-back from the edge of the roof of this gigantic skyscraper in New York City. People on the sidewalk below are beginning to talk about me.

Okay . . .one more step and . . .okay.

Feels pretty good actually.


This MIGHT be me

if I allow my obsession for writing a "perfect" hub take over my life.
if I allow my obsession for writing a "perfect" hub take over my life.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Kenneth, this is fun! I think perfection should be something out of our grasp. I won't ever achieve it and don't want to spend too long worrying about it but I am beginning to resemble the fella in the photo - my laptop has become like an appendage....urgh! Happy 'Near-Perfect' Hubbing.


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Pennypines 4 years ago from Mariposa, California, U.S.A.

Ah you are not alone sir, because nobody, but nobody is perfect. As soon as we realize that we become comfortable with ourselves.

Here's to a long life of comfort!


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Ken...Sorry, but tourist travel to Tibet is now banned by the Chinese! Perhaps you can read a book by the Dalia Lama instead....

Good luck!

JAYE


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Lisa HW 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I think it's possible for people to come up with perfect grammar, because grammar rules are what they are. Most people are prone to making at least the occasional grammar mistakes, but proofing and editing can take care of that kind of thing.

I don't, though, think it's possible to come up with perfect piece of writing, as far as everyone's finding it to be that; because people are just individuals and have their own ideas about perfection. I think there can be one or more "perfect Hubs" from the writer's viewpoint, however, if one's own Hub(s) meet his own standards of "perfection" (which may include some objective standards of others, such as perfect use of grammar throughout), among his own ideas about what would make a Hub perfect. So, maybe there can't ever be a Hub that would be considered "perfect" by every reader ever, I think the person who aims for perfection by his own standards might easily come up with x percent of his stuff that he views as meeting those standards he has.

As for me, I hate the majority of my Hubs; and with the ones I don't absolutely hate, there's still enough crud in, or about, them that I only have a few that I consider at all coming anywhere near my own standards. Why? I've never aimed for perfection on this site, because for years we've all been told, "Nobody cares about good writing on the Internet." I was satisfied to know that I "cared" more than a lot of people apparently did, so now I'm got a bunch of "height of mediocrity" (and worse) Hubs that I hate.

I'd agree with the person who has that nobody is perfect, but I think it's more than possible for some people to achieve perfection in one project or another - just not projects that involve subjective opinions about the finished products.


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PHILLYDREAMER 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

If you believe it is perfect, that is all that matters.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

My goodness..the perfect hub.....can't even imagine what that looks like. You are darn close though!!


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

I think the perfect hub is one that is written from the heart and you certainly have many of those!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Jools99: You give an interesting viewpoing. Yes, it is fun not having perfection within our grasp. I never thought of it that way. We might say that the human imagination is endless, so thereby, a work of the Creator to prove that HE DOES exist and is the only ONE whom is Perfect. Did that make sense?

Thanks again.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Pennypines,

you are also correct. Oh, I long ago accepted that idealogy, no one is perfect. I walked to a girl who worked at a nearby business. I had known her for years. And I just mis-judged her appearance and said, "Congratulations. When is the big day?" She grew angry fast. Red in the face. "I am not pregnant," she said. I quickly apologized. And from that time to now, when we see each other, we grin and laugh about that one mistake I made. And it was a lu lu.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Dear Jaye,

thanks, dear friend, for telling me. You have saved me lots of money, time and hassle. I appreciate it. Maybe you are right about me reading that book instead.

Have a happy Monday!

Your friend,

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Lisa HW,

You are correct on all points. With human beings' limitless opinions, there isnt a solitary way that ALL of us could agree on ONE hub that was perfect. I truly think that if J.D. Salinger, Faulkner, Hemmingway or other greats, were members of hubs, they would too learn that even their "perfect" wordings are just like ours. Human-engineered. Thanks for your very-interesting comment. I wish that YOU, Jools99, PennyPines, and PhillyDreamer were my followers. I would love that.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

PhillyDreamer . . .yeah, man. You got it. I like your input. Thanks!

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, picklesandrufus,

WOW, what a compliment. You, my dear talented friend, are way too kind to me, a hubber who dreams of being a scarecrow, a "Man-taur," and a "Waiting Room Enterainer," but I thank you in the most-humble sense of the word. You are truly an amazing person.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Friend, catgypsy . . .THANK YOU kindly for what you said in your comment. I never realized just how powerful the heart can be. Now I do. Thanks so much for saying that.

God bless you, dear friend.

Kenneth and Festus.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Ah but Kenneth, is "perfect" just a matter of semantics? Is there a perfect anything? Everything has at least one flaw...even the Tillsontitan ;)

This, as always, was an entertaining hub and I sure hope you stay away from rooftops in NYC.

Voted up, funny, and interesting.


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Hello Kenneth. A fantastic hub offering much to the reader, especially if an author or a writer. A little joke if I may. You sir metaphorically are a knight in shinning armor, yet this is hub'pages' and most are just that pages to knights. Though written of self this hub asks the writer to search within for the author, which you being a knight are, for sure.

I wandered a bit, desiring an honest reply rather than a promotion of rank and this hub. It is an awesome read offering with talent of prose and wit a very carefully planned thought becoming a question of intent. Well done, a valuable read worth more than appreciation as is seen by the comments higher above.

As for grammar and stuff. I was taught we really can only learn one thing at a time, even though many subjects or disciplines are undertaken. I took a a writing class with a noted author livining in La Jolla, California. She told me don't worry about it Tim. That is what editors are for. I await the day when someone doesn't criticize my grammar, yet asks would I be interested in an editor. And then I would ponder. . .


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Kenneth, I just realized my comment could sound like you have many hearts...haha...while you have a huge heart, I think you only have one! You have many HUBS written from the heart. Just wanted to clarify that so no one will think I'm wacko...haha!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

@tsmog and catgypsy . . .hey, guys. I am so sorry, heart-sorry, that I have just now, saw your comments and for those words I thank you both.

I don't know what happened. It might have been when I had to have retina repair surgery or some other physical obstacle, but with that being said, I have no excuse for this slothful-response.

So I covet your forgiveness.

And have a Great Thanksgiving Day!

Love, KENNETH


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

As Sir Sremmus, a Knight of the Order of the Sword, of the Ninth Realm, bow before thee, knowing more than not. A prayer offered for a speedy recovery and hopes tomorrows meal is near and close to that as shiningirisheyes (Beckie) shared. Say hello to the fam for me, a friend Sannel, and her pup Max.

Love, (giggle which name should I use today), tim


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

tsmog . . .wow, what a great writer you are. Thanks for the comment that I love.

Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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