What If I Was a Blogger in a Submarine movie?

Imagination … flying in like humming birds, and I am in the midst of something I did not expect.

Such imagination can be fun, good for a writer’s brain; and it shakes off the mediocrity.

So, there I was, up on the Conn of the Red October. Captain Ramius is trying to defect.  Russian planes, ships, and subs, are out to destroy Ramius and his sub, the Red October.  A Russian torpedo, incoming!  Ramius and Jack Ryan (CIA) both have serious poker faces.  Things are pretty tense.  Here is a glimpse of the conversation that is happening:

Capt. Vasili Borodin: Torpedo impact, 20 seconds.

Captain Ramius: [to Ryan] What books?

Jack Ryan: Pardon me?

Captain Ramius: What books did you write?

Jack Ryan: I wrote a biography of, of Admiral Halsey, called “The Fighting Sailor”, about, uh, naval combat tactics…

Captain Ramius: I know this book!

Capt. Vasili Borodin: Torpedo impact…

Captain Ramius: Your conclusions were all wrong, Ryan…

Capt. Vasili Borodin: …10 seconds.

Captain Ramius: …Halsey acted stupidly.

The orders Captain Ramius has given had brought about an evasive maneuver, and the torpedo missed it’s mark.  Captain Ramius looked at me,

“And you, an eccentric?  You are known as … ‘T’?  Change your name, T, and be famous with me and Jack Ryan.  Do you write books?”

“I am finishing up my first book.  More importantly, I read other books written by good authors, but only when I am not on top-secret missions aboard submarines.”

 
The whole idea of living, working, sleeping, fighting, below the surface of the sea taps the curiosity of many.  Submarines fighting the bad guys means stealth.  Secret missions are at the core of what they do.  I read an article “War Is Boring/An American Submarine Just Slipped Under The Arctic Ice” / https://medium.com/war-is-boring/an-american-submarine-just-slipped-under-the-arctic-ice-627d050dd4 

Sometime apparently in August 2013, the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Seawolf eased out of the port of Bremerton, in Washington State …

A month later the U.S. Sixth Fleet, in charge of ships in European waters, posted a series of photos to the Website Flickr depicting the U.S. ambassador to Norway, Barry White, touring the 350-foot-long Seawolf pierside at Haakonsvern naval base … in southern Norway. Thousands of miles from Washington State.

How Seawolf got to Norway—and what she might have done en route—offer a rare and tantalizing glimpse into some of the most secretive quarters of the most poorly understood aspects of American naval power.

For it seems

Seawolf traveled to Norway

along a path rarely taken … 

underneath the Arctic ice.

 
The picture, below is of a different submarine … not the Seawolf … in the Arctic:
The Connecticut, a U.S. Navy submarine in the Arctic
 As human beings some of us are more “submerged” than others.  Writers, poets, painters, at times, lean toward being submerged.  It’s part of the creative process.  And when we write, we make decisions, sometimes difficult decisions, about what to “release” to the readers, and what  to hold back: thus, secrets.  The secrets may be nothing more than data we hold back because we don’t want to bore the reader, or because we have a goal about how many words we will use.  Other times, the “unsaid” is profound, and paradoxical.  
Well, now you know what it could look like … if I was a blogger in a submarine movie.  Pretty exciting.
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15 thoughts on “What If I Was a Blogger in a Submarine movie?

  1. brilliant, i love how you took this concept and used it in a brand new way. you are right about why we hold things close, only choosing to release them in our own time, or maybe never, depending on many things –

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    1. I’m surprised that I did not respond, yet, to your comments. Thank you for your visit. Your words are kind, and empowering, and I do receive them. Do you teach writing at the university? (Been meaning to ask you that). If you don’t teach writing at the university, then maybe you should. Peace.

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      1. A few thoughts that came from your words: not everyone is teachable, it seems … sometimes we teach without knowing that it is happening … and, I’m glad that you are rising to the challenge of teaching yourself, and releasing your work to others.

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      2. no, i do believe everyone is capable of learning and teaching. while i do not teach at the university level, i do teach my class of kinders (4 and 5s) to write, and i learn right along with them, through my teaching. what i try to instill in them is to express themselves fearlessly and thoughtfully and with full emotion. even if they don’t know all of the letters yet.

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  2. “Living, working, sleeping, fighting…below the surface”…once again Wild Man you have captured my imagination in a way that is soul gripping. I have been enjoying this adventure since me first read!

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    1. Thank you, Dr. HW. Your words are always welcome, on the Other Side of the Trees. Your comment is really interesting, illuminating some paradox in your thoughts. As a writer, you “gasp for air when (you) can’t go under to write …” What does that mean for you? I’m drawn in with this. Up, above the surface, where there is air, you grasp for air … Thus, the writer. Things are not always as they seem.

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      1. I like that … and its odd because for the last several days, I’ve been thinking about a quote, and it seems to connect with yours: “I don’t write because I love to write. I write because I must write.” Yeah, your thoughts remind me of that quote.

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      2. YES! I suppose only a writer (even an unpublished one) can get excited about how cool that is: “I don’t write because I love to write. I write because I must write …”; “I don’t breathe because I love to breathe. I breathe because I must breathe.” You made my day. I hope someone or some thing makes your day.

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