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Sugar Daddy

- Sweet~Meat -

By Jay KantorPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - October 2023
Author © Jay Kantor - Painting © Darlene M. Wescombe

? THIS or THAT ?

I am a noted Stick-Figure-Artist, who can't even stay within the lines of Paint-By-Numbers. This fabulous artist said that the inspiration for her gorgeous watercolor was when she asked her friends their 'CHOICE' of favorite childhood treats. Some said "Hostess-Twinkies—Others Helms-Truck Pastries," hearing the tweet of the Bakery trucks coming down their street, from their stomachs even before their ears.

Darcy's Motto, Quote: "If it ain't Chocolate, why bother?"

— Interpretations —

Abstract art and oil paintings, even photography stills, hang from the walls of galleries while viewers may stand for very long periods mesmerized by the meanings—'Eye of the Beholder' is often quoted. Or even films have their 'Target' audience with messages. Ask the artist-presenters, "What's This?" They will invariably say: "What do you think it means?" Certainly a short story may be a lot less 'cerebral' when it comes to "Interpretations." But, you get the 'Picture'.

How do you see it - What do YOU pick out in an article?

It has occurred to me, by having this huge Vocal Media national exposure, I know that it's not my option when I'm 'Out-There' to control any 'perceptions' readers might have after viewing. I am a lifetime highly-scrutinized business writer which can be very tedious; now just a 1st time 'Goof-Writer' for the fun of it, nothing more. I could say it's a strange phenomenon but it's not, it's just human nature, with so many reasons for personal reactions. What does it speak-to-you? What is the 1st thing that catches your eye, with any topic, then piques your interest enough that viewing a particular short story may be worth your time? Presentation 1st impression intros brings-um-in.

As an author, I know I have little control over the circumstances affecting the reader. For example: What may be on their mind at the time or are they 1/2 concentrating = skimming or pre-thinking an article? Or, even worried about what they are making for dinner while simultaneously viewing my 'Schpiels?' Often not a lot of concentration there - who could blame anyone. Having just noticed this I'm ruminating on it; can't change what I don't acknowledge. None of my writings create anything other than passing interest. No story is everything to someone, we all differ.

— Pieces of the Piece - Perhaps? —

Simply, it's just amazing to me how one person may relate to, or what they may hone-in-on—or not. No matter how hard I try to direct them or state: "Of course this is a metaphor," before I preface this or that. In itself, I always strive to make the 'piece' more-clear.

My Matzo-Balls = Your Dumplings: Same recipes just different demographics. For instance: The Interpreting of Social Media articles by describing explicit videos with 'Twist-Interpretations' in all ways to see if there are any 'Takers' — there always are Colloquial Differences.

In our 'Business' detecting perception and body Language is imperative! Often, it's mandatory to actually read-into what is said: Perception trumps Reality — 'The Tells'.

People have said directly to me that my 'Calling-Card' is way off target: Why don't I say it This Way or That Way to better introduce my short stories? I've been told, "Seriously, it should be about 'This not That,' I only read-on with your stories to see what silly statements you are going to make next." But, I'm thinking, it may not be about them. If I say it in another fashion other readers won't 'Get It' the revised way either — Happy Medium?

I'm sometimes way off target! I could stand and explain intent and meanings all day long. Then be told, out of the blue, "NO you really want to say it like this it would make a better story." As Ricky Nelson once sang Garden-Party, "I can't please everyone, so might as well please myself."

A very ODD thing to me — I'm seeing-hearing that by being 'Out-There' how even my own thoughts aren't correct — of course for my own good.

— It isn't a compliment if I have to pay it to myself —

Jay Kantor, Chatsworth, California

'Senior' Vocal Author - Vocal Village Community -


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Jay Kantor

Retired: Write for "The Kids Someday"

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  • Angie the Archivist 📚🪶10 days ago

    Writing is so subjective and as you rightly pointed out… readers’ distractions etc influence how stories are understood and received. Great final line!

  • Kristen Balyeat15 days ago

    You write for you, J-bud! Forget about the crazies— everyone has their wiring, and some can’t think outside of their loops. Let them walk on by. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by you. Keep it up, dude! Also, there were many gems in this piece, but this was my favorite line: “My Matzo-Balls = Your Dumplings:” 🥟🥟🥟💫💞

  • Mariann Carroll2 months ago

    Congratulations, 🎉 I thought I have already subscribed to your stories. I just subscribed ☺️

  • Onah chidera2 months ago

    Nice work I loved it ❤️🤗 I hope my stories get to the top one day 😪💔

  • From Lon: Does your 'Juicy Fruit' Lose its flavor on the BedPost overnight? Darlene is a fabulous artist.

  • Phil Flannery2 months ago

    At the end of the day, you only have to please yourself. You paid to be here, and if your goal is simply to pass on interesting tales that only you can talk about, then you're nailing it. Do it your way and keep up the good work.

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    But that's the beauty and the frustration if art isn't it? To bring our own perception, and to know we are never completely seen as we intended.

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    Jay, your mind is so fascinating and unique, I wonder if I can hop on inside and see it while the wheels are turning. Your students must have marveled at your innovative way of doing things. Fascinating, I always have to double read, kinda like double speak. Interpretation is many sided, some get it, some won't. Yet, life goes on. Congrats...keep delving deep, so much more to learn.

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    There are lot of critics out there, most of whom simply never learned to read. Seriously, J-Bud, I always enjoy a little trip inside your head. Keep doing you and I'll keep reading. Judging from the previous comments, I'm not the only one.

  • J. S. Wade2 months ago

    Love the way your mind works and translates into compelling writing. Let loose. I think the public flogging of writers is from days gone by... wait… maybe not. If you don’t mind, I call dibs on that Butterfinger. Congratulations 🥇

  • Naveed2 months ago

    Congratulations on your Top Story, 💓❤

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    I am delighted you have no desire to control what other people think! A delightful rummage around your thoughts. Thank you for sharing!

  • nicely done

  • Debbie Praise 2 months ago

    Hang in there sugar daddy 💝

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    I've just had a short meander around the inside of your head and I rather liked it. Just write for you, Jay. People may pick it up, people may put it down but as long as it's your voice, who cares? We all love the plaudits but more and more I'm coming to realise that it's me I want to express and if it's liked by others, so be it. If it's not, so be it. Moulding yourself to what you think the people want - pfffftttt! I blow raspberries at that. It is an eye of the beholder thing, just like art. Remain true and write from the heart.

  • Out there is my personal favorite. Hang in there, sugar daddy ❤️

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    I don't listen to the 'haters'. There is a thin line between constructive criticism and jealousy. They are all jealous of your ability to entertain with the words you chose to use. I sometimes don't get the message right away when reading poems but that doesn't give me the right to ask the writer what the hell do they mean. I interpret for what it means to me. Great topic of discussion J-Bud/Bro.

  • Carol Townend2 months ago

    I write about anything that is inside my head. After all, no two people think about the same thing in the same way, and if it's in your head, it's not their thoughts that count! Brilliant Top Story, and congrats Jay!

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    I agreee with what others have said - write the way you want and the way that makes you feel happy! Congrats on a great Top Story!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Write for your own enjoyment. People will interpret it as they please. Congrats on the TS

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Love the Ricky Nelson song quote!!! Humorously written!!! Loving it!!! Congratulations on Top Story!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    Gotta just write what makes your soul happy!! Congrats on the TS!😁

  • Kenny Penn2 months ago

    Jay I think you should just do you and forget what some have to say. You should write what makes you happy. I for one enjoy what I’ve read of your work so far

  • Jay, you just keep on doing you. We enjoy reading what you have to say. And my version of the saying is, "If it's not chocolate, what's the point?", lol.

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