You can click the link at the bottom of this post to read it now because I am mentioned in it, and… they spelled all my names correctly!
That is the Guardian, as in Guardian, UK. Yes, the paper everyone is reading in those British murder mysteries I watch on Netflix.
I never would have heard about it except that I received an interview request from a Seattle publication because of it and she mentioned reading it.
Back in 1993-94, I never thought that this would become a trend but apparently it has. Here is a quote from the article, ‘Women who have chosen tattoos over reconstruction cite the reclaiming of their bodies as the main reason for the choice. Some women refuse reconstruction because they feel it is a denial of the impact of cancer, both positive and negative, and that a tattoo (often very carefully designed to express the personal nature of the cancer journey) is the exact opposite.’
“The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.” – John Cheever
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
This blogpost, Writing Habits, discusses the way some writers can force inspiration while others wait for it.
I wonder if these habits correspond to the homework habit one had as a child. Some kid’s parents had them go to their room for homework during the same hours each day while some of us worked in study halls, restaurants, or in a noisy living room.
I find I work best with some noise. I write blog posts in cafes and papers with movies as background, I wrote my BA thesis while “watching” Lord of the Rings on repeat about 12 times, and my most recent paper with Holst, The Planets as background.
Way cool, I just found my BA paper online! The Myth and the Mundane: Reflections on Women in Society. Finding it has inspired me to inaugurate Mythic Monday as a regular feature. The paper lives on the Kepler College Website along with lots of other good reads. I have continued work on this paper since graduation but I enjoyed rereading it in its original form. It now has a table of contents, better organization and even more pages. But I hope this original form is interesting both for its own merits and for its references. This is from the Introduction:
How do you get motivated? How do you keep motivated? Here are some ideas I use.
Set deadlines. Get out your calendar and write in a completion date 10 or 12 weeks from now. Then flip back and make yourself some check-in dates along the way. I use my Llewellyn Daily Planetary Guide for this, but Outlook, Google Calendar or a wall calendar with inspiring pictures may be better for you.
Create opportunities. If I want to write more, I need to have a laptop or notebook accessible. If I want to exercise more, I need to get to the gym, walk some errands or plan a weekend hike.
I’ve been working on my photography and got some good pix of a few scarves I made over the winter. I found a tutorial on digital photography and learned some new techniques. Well, not new techniques really, just figuring out what some of the buttons on my camera actually do 🙂 I learned to switch between auto and macro but I can’t seem to get the background blurred sufficiently. There must be another button somewhere…