Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Creching As the Path of Writers...

So it's been, 3 weeks and 3 days since the creation of this blog; a total of 24 days.  It was late last evening when I was in front of my monitor and my significant other was relaxing and digesting a fab meal.  In the calm comfort of that moment, I wondered what I was going to post today.  I didn't have any more reviews to go up and I really didn't have jelled any concrete ideas for another Life Vignettes piece.  I was also wondering about blog traffic, followers, will it ever spike, etc., etc.  Bloggers, you know what I was feeling!!

With the newness of all of this, I guess I felt a bit underwhelmed by the response (or lack thereof) and my significant other just grinned at me and said, "You should write about cretching; it's a Jewish word."

"What's that?"

"You're on the computer look it up.  You could start a trend with it!"

"But what does it mean?"

"I was having discussions, you know to round out my life, and this word came up..."

"Ahh, yeah.  Whatever," I said laughing.

I figured he was pulling my leg to make me smile and it was working.  So, I google this word but I ask him for the spelling and he says, "C-R-E-C-H-E."

Lo and behold, it's an actual word of French origin (not Jewish or Hebraic) that means:

a group of young animals (as penguins or bats) gathered in one place for care and protection usually by one or more adults
 So, I know we're homo sapiens and not penguins but as my significant other and I talked and he cracked some more jokes, I realized he may be on to something. 

Writers, write, right?  These works are our offspring and there are times when we have to go back into our psyches to get more material and create more offspring or art.  Who is taking care of our work when we're back inside busy working on more material?  If you don't have an agent, publisher or publicist the answer is nobody!  But, if we did like the penguins -- we'd have a creche to fall back on. I particularly find interesting that a creche can also be a day care for poor women...

Interesting, right??

The Creche God: Ahem, Ms. Blogairy?  You seem to have forgotten a few references to Creche...

NB Reply to The Creche God: Okay, sorry about that! Forgot to mention that Creche also is a band in the UK and also can refer to Christian nativity scenes.  Now back to our regularly scheduled post...

So, as I'm feeling it, the creche -- as it pertains to writers -- is a nurturing supportive herding of like-minded individuals who will promote each others' literary works even when said writers, members of the creche herd, must go back and create, dream and write more.  If we cease to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, we are no longer writers and we will no longer have the need for creching.

Okay, now that we've got the groundwork laid, here's the life-cycle of writing as I understand it:

 Generally speaking, this is the process through which we all get our writing done, right?  (If you have some other graphic ideas about how it's done -- COMMENT below!) But that last one, marketing & book promotion that's a doozy.  It takes more time and effort, in some cases than does the actual writing of the books!  Hence, creching!

I'll not belabor the point, but if you're interested in forming a creche, let me know by emailing: crechewriters[at]gmail[dot]com or by following @Creching.  And definitely, leave a comment (or 2, or 3...) right here.

Until next time, keep creching!


  1. Many will find this really useful and thanks for sharing..

  2. This is Brilliant and I love how you took us from your cozy home digesting and sharing the harmony of your relationship to the etymology of the word (which might be used in Yiddish as that is a blend of many languages and varies from country to country) Not to defend your significant other...
    Very useful and thanks for sharing at Book Blogs!
    LOVED IT and you gave me great ideas. BRAVO ROCHELLE :)
    M.C.V. Egan

    1. Thank you both! Catalina, I'm glad you found inspiration from this post. In the end, for us writers, that's all that matters.

  3. Heh Rochelle,
    I'm a big believer. It fits with my philosophy. Friends care for friends...that's how it's s'posed to be. :)
    All the best,