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A Writers Ramblings: About Urbane Chaos

Updated on December 12, 2017

The Dawn of Realization

It was just another hot and sultry Sunday. The soft creaking of the Brazilian hammock nearly lulled me to sleep as I idly leafed through an old copy of The Old Man and the Sea. I could almost feel myself on the small boat as the marlin pulled me across the gulf. I could feel the anticipation of pulling in such a big fish, and then the fear of being lost at sea. Hemmingway has a way of doing that.

Of course, it wasn’t the first time that I had read the book. In fact, the pages were so worn that the novel appeared centuries older than it was. All of my books looked like that. I know, it’s a disease, a debilitating and soul consuming disease.

As I sat there, sipping my Key West Song and sweating in the Florida heat, I came upon a realization; one doesn’t have to write great to be a great writer, one only has to write.

Over the next several days, with that thought in mind, I sat myself down to create a work of art that would be read for generations to come. I plugged away at an old student typewriter that my dear old mum had given me. I pounded on those keys, letting whatever thought I had roam freely across paper. Page after page became filled with flowing words and intense drama.

Then it was done.

It might have been the rum, but more likely, it was my inexperience as a writer. Indeed, after those many hours of pounding away, what I wrote was pure gibberish. Still, I had found a calling that somehow escaped me all those years previous.

To this day, that first realization has stayed with me; one doesn’t have to write great to be a great writer, one only has to write.

A Period of New Discovery

When I moved to Oklahoma in 2003, I found myself in a strange new land. The gulls had gone quiet, and the waves no longer crashed against the shore. Lazy days faded away like a crimson sunset into the horizon. To say the least, I wasn’t impressed. I started searching. I was looking for something to keep me in this foreign land, and as the fates would have it, I found exactly what I was looking for.

Oklahoma was not the vast wasteland full of cowboys and Indians as I had envisioned. In truth, Oklahoma is a land vivid with life and teeming with history.

From the ancient seas that stretched across the central United States to the rebirth of Main Street, Oklahoma has shown me more than I could ever have found while lying out on those sunny beaches. It is a land full of growth and opportunity, a land full of untold wealth.

My research began from a meaningless desire to control my environment. In truth, I missed the beaches, I missed the way the air smelled as the wind carried the warm salt air down the streets. I wanted something more.

At first, all I could find were the “usual” places; the swanky bars and nightclubs, the old greasy restaurants where the only server was one-toothed-Linda. I hadn’t yet seen Tulsa, and in a town where the total population was a little less than what would fit on a subway, there wasn’t much to see.

As time wore on I began to find little sparks in Oklahoma, what one may refer to as hidden gems. I started writing this information down as future places to visit. As I researched further, I began to find more of these little sparks. Soon, my little list wasn’t so little anymore. I had found a new passion to write about.

A Forward to Writers

Today, I have finally found where I belong. That quiet Sunday so long ago still follows me around; one doesn’t have to write great to be a great writer, one only has to write. And so, I write. I write about the things that fascinate me, and in the process, I write about the things that others are interested in. I write about where I live and how I live. I write in order to encourage and delight. And further still, I write to write.

Everyone has a writer lurking within them; their words silently searching for escape, seeking solace in unwritten pages. Those words shape our lives. Without written language, we would be as tattered ships forever seeking port; progress would cease.

These are our words, this is who we are. In our hearts, we are adventurers and dreamers, poets and pirates. The words that we conjure forth bring life to our world.

One doesn’t have to write great to be a great writer, one only has to write.

About the Author

I have been writing since I was 14, in one aspect or another. My first brush with the art came when, unknown to me, I was entered into an amateur adult writing contest. I was shocked when I was told I won second place.

While that was encouragement, I had sat the art aside in pursuit of greater things; mainly women and money. For several years, those two things became a part of my religion.

Time moved on, as it always does, and I became more of the man I am today. I learned that there are greater things in life, and have dedicated the rest of my life to helping others. I began writing again, but this time, I was writing with a purpose.

It is my belief that life should not be lived passively, but rather, one should be active in all aspects of their lives. As they say, time waits for no man.  Instead of dreaming, I believe firmly in doing - as should we all.

Time to run, got boats to build.

© 2010 Eric Standridge


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    • Urbane Chaos profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Standridge 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma


      If I could live in Oklahoma and still vacation in Florida a couple times a year, everything would be perfect! To be honest, Jamaica even sounds good - anything with a beach, a couple boat drinks, and maybe a bikini or two!

      I haven't really added anything new here in awhile, but HP still treats me well. Awhile back, I partnered with another guy to write a book about the history of Poteau. For the most part, that's taken up all of my time. The thing is, everything has been financed by income from HP, Amazon, and AdSense!

      I don't think that SEO is as important as it once was; a lot of people are making decent money without doing any of that now. That's how it goes though, by the time you learn one method someone comes out and changes everything.

      With Amazon, after the California thing, I started using Facebook more for sales. Every now and then I'll post an Amazon link on Facebook and that seems to keep the money coming in. Also, I set up a separate page just for selling Oklahoma stuff, and that seems to generate a lot of traffic.

      When I get more time, I really need to get back and read a lot of the hubs that I've missed. I'm sure that you have a lot of new and exciting articles! I have quite a few that I need to put up, but with this book it's hard to find time to do much of anything.

      I hope you're doing well with your writing!

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      Jean Bakula 

      9 years ago from New Jersey

      I can't recall the name, but in one of my first Astrology classes, many years ago, we did an exercise that showed us a geographical location where we would be able to find the most happiness based on our star information. Yours must be OK. I hope mine was Jamaica :). But I can't find any more info on it for the life of me. Still writing, here and other places, never mastered SEO, but having fun and getting braver. Thanks for your advice in my early days. How did the Amazon thing work for you? I considered it, but am undecided about topics. I am exposed to many new thoughts and authors in the Metaphysics classes I take with my husband, and sometimes my mind is on too many subjects at once. I'm happy for your success, history is great!

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      9 years ago

      Indeed, not everyone needs to write great to be a great writer, but in your case you do and you are. Thanks!

    • Urbane Chaos profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Standridge 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma

      Fastedde, I love your eloquence. Now let me go grab a dictionary so that I can translate...

      As always, I was rolling..

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      9 years ago

      Rites on The rights&responsibilities from writing as right dextrous and correct livlihood, civility&serious play. Roiling&rolling thruway OK,personallous, privateer,per se:empowered of a corporate charter.

      Just so: Urbane Chaotic Hubs banner appeared on the cybernautic nimrod horizon, but, hold,what wind from yonder window breaks? Yer hubs got me own spokes hopeful for alliances &renaissances in questing for the harmonius development of humankind. Oneironauts unite!

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      Yvonne Spence 

      9 years ago from UK

      You conjure up some lovely images in this. This is probably my favourite sentence:

      "Everyone has a writer lurking within them; their words silently searching for escape, seeking solace in unwritten pages.” Wonderful images!

      But the description of reading Hemingway in the first chapter was great too - I could almost feel myself on that Brazillian hammock sleepily reading the book.

    • Joy56 profile image


      10 years ago

      your comments today meant a lot to me,,,,, hope to see you over on my poetry some day, have not written for a while though.... take a peep

    • Urbane Chaos profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Standridge 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thank you, that means a lot to me..

    • Joy56 profile image


      10 years ago

      you are indeed a lovely writer, i could have read more of this and i have such a small concentration span, usually....... You are a kind hearted person and writer, keep writing, i know you will.......

    • pamplemousse profile image


      11 years ago from Austin, TX

      My girlfriend loves to hate on Oklahoma (she's a texan), but i've always been drawn to places that have that "wasteland" image. I'll be following you! you're a beautiful writer.

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      11 years ago

      Urbane Chaos,

      Welcome to Oklahoma. Better late than never, eh? lol. Great articles, I love to read and got swept away in your "ramblings". Well done. I hope you continue with your adventures in this state and continue to share them with us locals as it brings a refreshing view of familiar places and ideas via another persons new perspective. Oh and yes, you've accomplished the great writing, just by doing so. Your articles are truly enjoyable. Thanks so much.

      T-towns oktigerette

    • Ms Chievous profile image


      11 years ago from Wv

      "one doesn’t have to write great to be a great writer, one only has to write." Love it! Nice Hub!

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It sounds like you are at a peaceful place and know what you want. Interesting hub.

    • Urbane Chaos profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Standridge 

      11 years ago from Oklahoma

      Lorlie, that's exactly it.. I thought Florida was everything, but I quickly learned that there's a bit of history everywhere.

      I can only imagine how hectic LA was. I lived in Chicago for awhile, and while I loved all the stuff to do, I couldn't handle driving two hours to get to work because of the traffic. LA's probably a lot worse. I hope that Bishop is treating you well..

    • lorlie6 profile image

      Laurel Rogers 

      11 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      And build you should, Urbane Chaos! This is such an inspiring hub; I thoroughly enjoyed it. About 17 years ago, I moved from Los Angeles to Bishop, Ca-pop. 3,500-to get away from the madness. I found such solace that I have remained in this place and am proud to call it home.

      Congratulations to you on your successful 'adaptation' to a place that heralds back to "The Grapes of Wrath." We can find treasures if only we choose to see!


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