Monthly Archives: July 2012

Happy Little Trees and Dancing Squirrels

This post has nothing to do with writing. I just wanted to say that if you’re stressed about, say your enormous amounts of financial aid debt that are looming on the horizon and you don’t have a job yet, watch some Bob Ross.

There’s something about his demeanor and attitude that is so relaxing.  You watch him crisscross some lines here and add some puffy clouds there. Voila! A seascape! It is meditative. It makes you stop and breathe. And remember that there is more to life than stress.

Anyway, that’s what he did for me today.  And he also showed a video of the cutest squirrel. I’m not one who necessarily thinks squirrels are cute, but this one was.

Thank you, Bob Ross.  We lost you far too soon.  May you rest in peace.

Happy writing, everybody!

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Umberto Eco Quote and the Dissertation

I’m not sure if I’m planning on rededicating myself to this blog, which really fizzled rather quickly it seems, but I had a thought and then an itch and then decided to write this down.  Earlier today I was surfing some of the blogs here on WordPress and I came across one that had this quote:

“Authors frequently say things they are unaware of; only after they have gotten the reactions of their readers do they discover what they have said.” ~ Umberto Eco

I found it both inspiring and relevant to something I experienced recently.  I’m sure many of you can relate.

I have officially started working on my dissertation again.  If I wanted to spend 12 – 16 hours every day, I’ve no doubt I could finish it by the end of the week; however, I think I’m going to give myself a tiny break with that and try for the end of July…end of next week at the latest.  What spurred me to this decision?  The realization that there is only one month of summer left and if I want one of my professors to have time to read it before the semester starts, then, well…, it kinda has to be FINISHED.

My first step in this process, after not even looking at it for almost three months, was to re-read it.  I read the Intro and the first three chapters and then decided to start revising and editing before I delved into the rest, but what I discovered was…parts of it are pretty damn good, if I do say so  myself.  I know I’m the one who wrote it, but I found myself interested in re-reading and engaging again with the ideas I had.  Now, it’s just a dissertation and even after the revision, it still won’t be publishable, but that’s the beauty of a dissertation, right? It just has to be good enough.  Nevertheless, I was a little surprised to be investing in the reading of my writing the same way I would have been if it had been a book for one of my classes.  And it reminded me of some of the ideas I had that I think are pretty important to my subject.

Anyway, that is all.  Setting aside a manuscript and coming back to it a few months later can be extremely eye-opening…and I’m willing to bet that it is nearly never as bad as we think it will be and at least parts of it will almost always impress us.

Happy writing, everyone!

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I got a little distracted…

Yeah… There was vacation, then the step-son for a week, then a crazy week of spring-cleaning… That was pretty much the last month.  Hmm…that’s only three weeks though.  Well, I am sure I wasted a week or two in there somewhere.  But, wow, I can’t believe it has been over a month since my last post.

My dissertation is still in process.  *big sigh* I’ll get there “soon.”  I absolutely have to finish it by the end of this month though (I haven’t said that in a previous month already, did I?).  I really want to finish it now, though, because in addition to this whole “becoming an author” thing, I have decided on my next avenue of research and would really like to get started with that as soon as possible.  And, of course, the longer it takes to finish the diss, the longer all those other plans get postponed.  This means, for instance, I have made no progress on that novel I decided to write.

Okay, full disclosure here…I’ve been playing a video game.  I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but my name changed to Verity.  This is because I have started a blog for her and unfortunately, the name that shows up as author of my threads has to be the same across all of my WordPress blogs.  (If I am missing something and this isn’t true, please let me know.  Thanks!)

Verity is a character in The Secret World, which came out just over a week ago and is AWESOME!  It is an MMO, which basically means that I am playing this game with a bunch of other people all around the world.  One of the things I like to do when I play MMOs is roleplay.  I like to inhabit my character and live out her life in-game.  The Secret World is cool, because instead of being a fantasy-based game, it takes place in an alternate version of our real world, which means that using social media, like blogs and Facebook, is totally acceptable.  The blog I keep for her is “in-character,” which means it is written as though she were real and experiencing the things she is in-game. (I know some of you already know these terms, but for those of you who do not…)

For awhile now I have wanted to write a post about roleplaying.  This is not that post.  But, I wonder sometimes if the roleplaying saps creative juices that I should be funneling into writing my novel (let alone finishing my dissertation).

Anyway, if anyone has wondered, that is why my name is now Verity and my new blog may seem a little strange.


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