This is just a really good post about being a writer. I’ll just quote this bit:
And growing up I watched [my mom] struggle with the difficulty of telling people she was a writer at cocktail parties and having them ask, “Have you written anything I have read?” and having her crumple inside as she tried to come up with a breezy cocktail party answer to something that cut her to the quick. Man, that’s brutal stuff. I don’t think most people understand how personal good writing can feel, and how much doubt there is when you put something out there and don’t get a response.
I did my best not to want it for myself, because life is a lot easier if you have an answer like, “I’m a lawyer” at a cocktail party. People don’t further question your success or credentials. You don’t have to doubt every day whether you’re good at what you care the most about being good at, or whether anyone will ever acknowledge what you’ve done.
This is so true.
After going through law school, I have a theory that there are three kinds of lawyers: the ones who are in it solely for the money/prestige, the ones who are in it to “change the world” (includes both social justice types and academics), and the ones who are really writers. Surprising how many people said to me over the course of the three years: “But I’m really a writer.”
~~ If anyone wants to send some good luck waves my way, I’d appreciate it. ~~
It’s hard typing w/ your fingers crossed.
FYI, it’s stuff like this that makes me proud to be Canadian.
Same-sex legislation passed
The Liberals’ controversial same-sex marriage legislation has passed final reading in the House of Commons, sailing through with a vote of 158 for and 133 against.
Supported by most members of the Liberals, the Bloc Quebecois and the NDP, the legislation passed easily, making Canada only the third country in the world, after the Netherlands and Belgium, to officially recognize same-sex unions.
Not quite as momentous, but…
After a lengthy public debate, Vancouver city council has rejected a proposal to build a 143,000-square-foot store that would have been the city’s first Wal-Mart. The vote was 8-3.
What? Someone said “no” to WM? *gasp* (hee)
I must be getting cooler (um, yeah, right) or at least more tuned in to the >cough< A-List, if I can read a list like this, and not only be familiar with five of them but have been so over one of the 5 six months ago (sorry, JB).
(The joke’s on me, of course, as he’s the one with the book deal.)
June issue of TC is up.
I have my diploma in hand.
We’re off to The Metropolitan for the night.
Ah, this is what you like to see when you log into the “view graduation application” section of the SSC:
Application Status Graduation Approved
Yes, folks, it’s true. Law school: complete. Yay, me!
Okay, so the story isn’t done. And it’s crap. But I won! Woooo! Today, that’s all that matters.
Now, back to my tax outline (woo).
Have I mentioned how insane I am to be thinking about doing this? (At this point, it’s still thinking. The doing is yet to come.) It’s November. November, people. This is the month when I must, at the very least:
- read, read, read for 4 courses w/ exams
- finish outlines for aforementioned 4 courses
- read, read, read (& take notes) for course w/ paper
- write rough draft of aforementioned paper
- write research proposal (& do other related stuff)
- read, read, read subs for TC’s Dec issue
- make selections for aforementioned issue
- once list is final, set up December issue
- send out acceptance / rejection letters (?maybe someone else will do this?)
Ahhh! Nevertheless, I’m still going to give it a shot. To that end, I’ve got all the subs sorted & ready to read, already, before the end of October. Yay, me. I’m going to finish w/ my non-law-review journal assignment (reviewing essays) this weekend. Have outline for paper done. Almost finished with bibliography. Will finish this weekend. Have good start on outlines, some more so than others. And on the plus side, actual *studying* for exams and writing of final draft of paper can wait till December 1. Ah, yes, the bright side. We’ll see how I feel about that in 2 days.
I think I mentioned that I scheduled NaNo writing time into my calendar as my first appointment of the day, in lieu of my usual morning activity: reading blogs / forums. See? I think it’s really possible to do this, if I just skip that little time suck. I won’t be giving up blog reading entirely, because of my paper. And of course, I’ll want to know how others are making out. But it will have to wait till later in the day.
I think that’s it. Oh, yeah. A first scene came to me one day on the bus. I was sitting way at the back and I “saw” (imagined) something (apple or something of that ilk) rolling up & down the aisle as the bus braked and accelerated. And I’m like, yeah, that’s a good image to start with. So I have something to get me started Monday morning. We’ll see where it goes from there.
So I actually registered for NaNo. My username is yeah but (original, I know) if anyone is looking for me. Not that I’ve posted anything there yet. The forums (especially the YA boards) seem to be dominated by teens & sf/f writers and I haven’t really found a happy niche. I looked at lit fic and it’s mostly “what’s lit fic?” or “how do I know if my novel is lit fic?” so that’s not terribly inspiring. So mostly I check out the local board. They’re planning a get-together: bowling. Hrm.
I was going to say something else, but I forget. Oh, yeah. After the first “chapter” of the NaNo, I’ll probably filter the entries. I have a TC filter for actual writing, as opposed to blithering about writing. If you’re already on my friends list, you’re already added. Anyone else, just ask. If you don’t have a lj, well, then you have a little problem, don’t ya?
Anyhow, I think I’m set for this thing. I’m registered. I don’t plan to do any more in the way of outlining. I scheduled in writing time for every day in November. My earliest class is 10:30 T/Th, so I really should be able to manage an hour in the morning. It’s not like it means getting up godawful early or anything. Seriously, if I wrote instead of reading blogs & visiting TWoP, I’d be done already 😉 So no blogreading or TWoP-visiting until I’ve finished my quota for the day. (Yeah, I say that now…)
This is so weird. I just finished reading this book of short stories by Carol Shields. One of the stories is about a window tax (tax is based on how many windows people have, so naturally people board up their windows). So I figured it as some kind of 1984-ish type thing: this is where we’re going. Except not. Today in Tax (first day of school, btw), I learn that there actually was a window tax, way back when. Who knew?