It’s been awhile since I’ve ventured into the District. Which is crazy, seeing as I live a short 30 minute drive to the relatively new Metro Silver Line, which is a further 20-ish minute ride in. But I made the trek this past Saturday and even took a few pictures, for practicing purposes. I’ve been learning a lot from a co-worker on what makes a good shot, both journalistically and otherwise, and it was time to take some risks with actual hands-on application.
So, I have a confession. I read Craigslist’s Missed Connections page. It’s become a bad habit, actually. But today I got on, and I read something that really hit home for me with some things I’m going through right now. A great example of using story to illustrate a point: Have You Heard The Story […]Read more "Craigslist finds: Heard the story of the Russian cosmonaut?"
Dear Open Letters, I bet you never get mail. I know you’re pretty busy, what with all the work you’ve been putting into the internet the past months. But just as you’ve called out Miley and the Biebermeister in your concern (which I’ve agreed with), and also played devil’s advocate (“ain’t no thang, Bieber and […]Read more "An Open Letter to Open Letters"
I haven’t done Top Ten Tuesday in possibly a year. Which is fine. I’ve been off having crazy adventures like we wild kids do. Right. So, this Tuesday’s theme is “Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read (either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, book club) — doesn’t necessarily have to be a BAD thing. […]Read more "Top Ten Tuesday–It’s Been Forever"
Having a job where you’re paid to write sounds great when you have certain goals aimed at scribbling. However, I’ve heard from friends and other bloggers that those writing and creative jobs make it harder to write when you’re not working, keeping you from focusing on what you’re passionate about. I used to think “nah, just laziness. I could do it.” Curse my ignorance, they were right. When you’ve been sitting for eight hours, five days a week either writing or collecting material to use for writing, the last thing you want to do when you get home is write more.
Working in the daycare last summer and the summer before, I still wasn’t consistent with writing, but it was a lot easier to go home and force myself to do it and not have my brain screaming for air. So, point is, writing jobs are great for learning and are a great platform for doing specific kinds of things with writing (not to mention getting a paycheck, however meager it might be), but for writers serious about pursuing a passion, it’s hard. Not impossible, but hard.
That being said, for those of you who have menial or repetitive jobs that don’t have anything to do with writing, you might actually be better off than someone in a more writing-oriented environment, where their creative energies are spent by the time they get home. I’ve been in both situations, so you’re not alone.
I had a day off from being all interny today. Lately I’ve taken up the challenge of getting rid of a fallen tree in our back yard, which requires my picking up an axe and swinging it around. I don’t do this all the time, so my hands have some fashionable blisters on them. But […]Read more "I’m a Lumberjack and I’m Okay"
Makoto Fujimura on Beauty I already mentioned before that the Calling and Vocation lecture series had Makoto Fujimura, the Christian artist famous for his elaborate paintings using precious materials such as gold, as a guest speaker. It was Tuesday of the series, I think. As a whole, his talk on beauty probably touched me more […]Read more "Come and See: Calling and Vocation Conference (Part 2)"