March 9, 2011 at 9:51 am (Random Thoughts)


I love the movie Trainspotting (and need to watch it again now that I know who Kevin McKidd is) but one of the things I love best about it is the beginning, where Renton (a stunningly beautifully fucked-up Ewan McGregor) is running from the cops, and the voiceover is this poem. (I’d post a YouTube of it, but I can’t find one that works for me.) Obviously, this has always stuck with me, the sight of Ewan’s crazy grin as he’s caught, the cadence of choose life, all of  it. It may not be Irvine Welsh, but here’s my version:

Celebrate the first word. Celebrate the last. Celebrate every line written that wasn’t there yesterday. Celebrate the successes. Celebrate the failures. Celebrate every scene even if it doesn’t match GMC. Celebrate the queries, celebrate the rejections. Celebrate a friend’s contract and celebrate the dreams of yours. Celebrate every edit, celebrate every perfect line. Celebrate those who understand you. Celebrate those who don’t. Celebrate your plans to write ‘NYT Bestseller’ on every Christmas card once you’re there. Celebrate the thinking, the planning, the plotting, the waiting. Celebrate the crazy downhill runs with nothing to catch you. Celebrate your writing space, celebrate your writing style. Celebrate your processes and all of the crazy shit that makes you hum. Celebrate it all.



  1. coffeegirl88 said,

    I love your version . . . definitely gives me something to think about and a little perspective today.

  2. montana (curtbooks) said,

    And in the spirit of the day… celebrate your pancakes! Thanks for a great post.

  3. Robin said,

    OKAY!! Great words, Pam!

  4. Caryn said,

    Love it! The writing stuff is terrific (and I WILL celebrate for you when you get to do all that!) but I especially loved the running downhill one. Such a great image!

  5. Pamela Cayne said,

    Thanks for the lovely thoughts, all. And I forgot the most important one–celebrate yourself!! 😀

  6. Marilyn Brant said,

    Don’t know how I missed this! It’s wonderful, Pam. I hope you had a week of celebrations… 😉

  7. L.A. Mitchell said,

    Celebrate your blog friends and writing sisters!


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