This weekend, I will be partaking in Verbatim this Saturday night at the Bartlett, a super cool fundraiser for INK Art Space. I am so excited about it!
That's a half lie. I am so excited to see other people's collaborations and, until a couple of days ago, was completely regretting that I agreed to do it because, oh yeah, I have an infant and am working and trying to keep my postpartum hair clumps from joining with our cats hairballs in the corners of every room (it's a loosing battle) . But, when asked, I said to myself a lot of women do so much, and so effortlessly. Especially women with awesome, helpful partners, like I've got. So i said yes. But my partner also said yes.
When I sat down to start, I remembered that on top of being busy, I am a terribly unoriginal writer and not funny or profound or heart-breaking or any of the things good writers are. But I started anyways. Then, as often happens, I stumbled across a few internet gems that set me straight.
First, this FB post from Elizabeth Gilbert. I know that she gets a lot of flac from the literary community for Eat, Pray, Love, but the lady is legit. And she's a big advocate for artists to get to it and do their work. She's has this TED talk I've watched more than my fair share.