Saturday, June 6, 2009

First off, I want to say how happy I am that type 1 diabetes did not stand in the way of Judge Sonia Sotomayor being nominated to the highest court in the land. I, as many of you know have type 1, too. She will be the first person with type 1 to be nominated and confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. Now, why does this matter? Discrimination my friends. It happens! I may not agree with her politics, but my hat is off to her. She has beat the prejudice,and unfairness given to folks with this disease. :)

I've been pondering Glam's posts this week on art and craft. She posted her Father-in-law's essay, which was very good and I so enjoyed reading it. To me art is the ability to create beautiful things that stir me. If it makes me feel, then it's art.

I've been thinking about creativity. Can you dig in and write whenever you sit down at your computer? Or does it come and go? It comes and goes with me. I know when it's coming though. It's something I feel inside. Like today, it came! YAY! Creativity = the ability to use the imagination to develop new and original ideas or things especially in an artistic context. Does your muse come every time you sit down at the computer, or are you like me and you know when it's approaching. You feel it and then you sit down and write your beautiful words. That's what it's all about my friends. The words! :)I'm off to my critique group meeting with Beth.

15 comments:

  1. When the words don't flow, I force myself to plunk out what I can, even if it feels like utter crap. This helps when creativity seems at a lull.

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  2. I force myself to write something, even if I don't like it. It makes me feel like I've done something for the day, and I know I can go back and edit later. Especially when I'm working under a deadline...because then, I don't have the choice!
    That's interesting about diabetes. I didn't realize the part about discrimination. Although it doesn't surprise me. I remember that gal that won the Miss America pageant years ago. She had diabetes and I thought she was so cute. Diabetes was her platform, but her name escapes me. I'm getting old.

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  3. Me to: I force myself to write, even if it's crap. Then you tell me it's crap and I rewrite it :) I'm working on that scene with Amy and Harley right now!

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  4. The more I write the more the muse comes. The blog has been great for getting me out of a rut and I find myself scribbling ideas on the backs of envelopes and writing with less pain.

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  5. PJ, I guess it's good to write no matter what, right? And the thing about imitating authors that I read, thanks for clearing that up for me on your blog!:)

    Amy, I know who you're talking about, but can't think of her name either. Discrimination has been rampant in folks with diabetes. :)

    Beth, I'm glad to see you worked on that before grading those papers, because it was important to get it down while it was fresh, baby!! :)

    Buttercup, the blog is a great release and it helps us to become better writers. :)

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  6. Yeah, it comes and go, but I force myself to write the bad stuff and then go back to it later when I feel better. Great post!

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  7. BJ, thanks! Yeah, I'm trying to force it, when it's not there. I figure I'll make it come and maybe it'll listen. :)

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  8. It comes and goes for me. For the longest time, it was gone and seemed lost forever. I started a "Blocked Writer" journal which I used to gripe and complain (had so many outside forces vying for my time and attention).

    I'd start with the worst of the worse and write until I either got it all out or felt silly for giving in to the negativity. At that point, I'd soon switch over to my "real" writing almost automatically. It worked very well.

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  9. Hmm, sounds like a promising trick we all could use. Thanks for sharing dellgirl. :)

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  10. Great questions! And I am happy you liked the essay. I used to have to wait for my Muse, then I got so mad at her that I've learned how to write past her. But my BEST work does come when she is around. I think the longer I write and the more experience I get, the better I'm able to write through most anything that's going on in my life. Thank you for some great thoughts!

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  11. It depends, for me. Sometimes the words just flow and all time stops. Other times, time drags and lurches forward. But I've found that if I force myself to work anyway, those icky times become fewer and don't last for as long. :D

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  12. I write in front of the computer, and sometimes it is better than others. Others times it is best if I don't write on the computer but on paper.

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  13. Glam,thanks for your comments. I am finding that if my muse just ain't coming around, I pick up a book and beging to read. Before long muse is back. YAY :)

    Danyelle, The longer I write, the better I am at recognizing when my writing is good and the muse is on top of things. :)

    Rebecca, I usually write in front of the computer too. Here lately I've been at the hospital so much that I have had to adapt and pick up a pencil. I thought I'd forgotten how to use one.:) Though I always do my crits for Beth in pencil. Thanks for your comment. :)

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  14. I've have Type 1 diabetes since I was 18 months old. That's many, many, many years ago. The new insulin regimens make eating what I want, when I want, so much easier. It's all about counting the carbs and adjusting the insulin. Woo-hoo!

    My muse comes and goes at her own pleasure. I swear, she was a cat in a previous life . . . or is one now. : ) Most times, I can sit down and write if I'm in the middle of a project and my muse is willing to grant me some of her time. Other days, I stare at the blank screen. Yesterday was one of those days, though I did piece together the timeline of the first sixteen chapters and work on the character spreadsheet, so the day was not wasted. Lately, my muse has found it very amusing to inspire me while I'm driving down the road. Not funny, not funny at all. The notes I hastily scribble at stoplights are far too frequent lately. Heck, I almost - almost, not quite - look forward to stop lights. ; )

    S

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