I'm not even certain when I started the kitchen sampler in the photo above, but I'm guessing no later than 1993 or so. Now some 25+ years later, I finished it, framed it, and sent it to its new home. I am glad to see it go to someone who wants it and who knows the person I've become since then.
I do love Tig Notaro. And I love Cameron Esposito. The two of them together are almost too much for me. If you don't have the time to listen to the whole episode, be sure to listen starting around 45 minutes in. Tig, like me, is "inching up on 50" and shares that she knows what she ""put in to get" what she has, even though it didn't happen the way she thought it would.
I don't really do resolutions. I do make plans, though, and I do a lot of reflection on the previous year. That's what I've spent the first few days of 2019 doing.
I am sure I've complained in the past about access. Recently, I was flattered to receive a message requesting a copy of an essay I had in The Yeats Eliot Review back in 1999. The article wasn't available digitally to the grad student who was lucky enough to be at my alma mater and working with Dr. Jonathan Barron. He suggested to her that she contact me and see if I could help her. Fortunately, I answered the FB message and had a copy of the essay and a scanner. In return for my essay, she sent me a copy of her work, and for a brief moment, I felt connected to my field again.
I certainly don't feel that connection right now as I start making plans for research in 2019.
This week, Cindy Hyde Smith was elected to office in Mississippi, even though she made statements about attending public hangings and voter suppression. In response, I'm seeing a lot of folks on the internet call for a Mississippi boycott. Here are my thoughts on that issue. Let's take a pause and consider what that would really mean and what we can see from the election results. For instance, what if the rest of the world decided to boycott the United States after the last presidential election? Would that be fair to those of us who voted differently?
I do it every year, NanoWriMo, and have since 2012, and every year I wind up with a good start on something. Right now, I'm at that point where I have about 20-25K words and I realize I probably am not getting to 50K in the next nine days. And that's OK.
Before our New Orleans trip last weekend, I was way ahead. Like finish by next week ahead. Now, I'm sitting here thinking I hate the whole thing--the names, the scenes I have outlined, the scenes I wrote already, the premise. But I know that's just part of the muddy middle.
This Writer's Relief infographic is great! I'm gearing up like never before for NanoWriMo this year. And, a lot of things have changed about my whole process, including the types of things I'm consuming when I'm not writing or planning a WIP.
Meet Chester. His name is really Tex Chester Codgers, as he was named Tex after one of the folks that works with the pound. Around here, he goes by his middle name, when he remembers he has a name at all. He's been with us a week and a day or so, and plenty of people have had lots of advice and criticism to offer. What follows is my rambling about that general trend in our culture to offer unsolicited advice. Feel free to ignore the post--most people who might read probably already are tired of me bitching about it.
It's that time of year again--NanoWriMo is just around the corner. Here's why I'm attempting it once again, even though every month should be a heavy writing month for me. Also, need some reasons why you should try, too? Read on.