I suppose it can feel alienating to read through an article about the traits of a real writer and find that one shares a few, but not all of them or even none, but what I appreciated most here was the very LONG list. The more traits, the more possibility for seeing traces of oneself. Half way through, I felt inspired to write a daily 500 (that were not all student feedback) and was reminded of the outside reading that almost always helps me experience a conceptual break through (Judith Butler’s vulnerability), or come up with the snappiest article package (text, counter text, social text). Most of all, I loved the Graham Greene quote about the myth of writer’s block:
“So much in writing depends on the superficiality of one’s days. One may be preoccupied with shopping and income tax returns and chance conversations, but the stream of the unconscious continues to flow, undisturbed, solving problems, planning ahead: one sits down sterile and dispirited at the desk, and suddenly the words come as though from the air: the situations that seemed blocked in a hopeless impasse move forward: the work has been done while one slept or shopped or talked with friends.”
Yet another comrade knows we are always writing; even in the shower, while walking the dog, and sometimes while arguing with the insurance company (or not, but I hope there’s some positive something that can be gleaned from those mini-hells).
My sister came for a long weekend and this kept me busy during the work week (trying to free up my calendar for a work-free weekend (sad that I have to work on the weekend most weekends :( ), but awesome to see her, slow down, and enjoy what’s happily turning into an annual event.
I’m still trying to puzzle this one out, but it’s big, on a thoroughfare, and gets me wondering about all the visual design and composition stuff I’ve been working on with my ed tech class. Who’s the audience? What’s its purpose? Is it solely to provoke nerds? If I saw it, thought about it, snapped it, and blogged about it, does that make me a nerd? And if it does, what matters next? If I’m not offended, does it end? Most nerds I know are into their nerdiness, so I’m just lost. I need some other interpreters. Help!
Am I crippling my children in a digital world? When Nina (my 4 year old) comes in with this found tree bark calling it an iPhone, is she deprived? imagining? Is it the same as the child who pretends that a bucket is a stool and a bristle block is a gun and a piece of paper is a skirt? Everything is an iPad or an iPhone. You’d think we were on them 24/7 (we’re not). Or perhaps they’re socially valuable markers of power and possibility. Another puzzle I’m working to unravel and would love to hear thoughts on…
Best use of outdoor useless porch-let I’ve ever seen (3rd row down). #cosmopolitanprovincialism
Pleasant commute surprises still abound. Next week, the first installment of the Thursday Bike to Work Chronicles.