5 Random Things, Part X
Posted on 25 April 2012
1. I’m not proud to admit this, but for a brief period in the third grade, I insisted on correcting my friends when they said things like “Me and Julie went to the store.” I’d get all school marmish and say, “Julie and I went to the store.” I can vividly remember saying this to a friend on the jungle gym behind the elementary school. She let it pass like nothing had happened, which was big of her. When I look back on this now, I wouldn’t have blamed her if she’d given me a bit of a slap or set about emotionally sabotaging me. Which, come to think of it, she kind of did three years later, so I guess I got my payback in the end.
2. Not far from that jungle gym was a patch of woods that contained a few old gravestones. One read “J. Dillinger,” so a friend and I decided it was the grave of the bank robber John Dillinger, and obviously the whole area was haunted. I also swore I once saw a ninja in those woods. I reported the Dillinger/ninja stories in careful detail in our short-lived Kreative Kids Klub newsletter. I would love to get that newsletter back in my hands (especially for my upcoming Lakewood Library presentation) but it’s long gone.
3. Let’s get away from the elementary school trauma with this post about social media from Roxane Gay. She says: “When it comes to the social networking, do what you want. This is not as complicated as we make it. Ignore most of those well meaning articles about writers and social networking. Some of those articles are a little crazy and written by people who want you to Market Yourself and Be a Product.”
4. Ann Patchett discusses what it means to not have a Pulitzer winner in fiction this year: “Let me underscore the obvious here: Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings. Following complex story lines stretches our brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking, and staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps.”
5. Finally, here’s an easy-as-pie video tutorial on how to write a novel. (Found via Margaret.) There’d be a lot more snacking, tea/coffee drinking, cat interruptions and stress sobbing if I made my own version of this video, but still.