Well that's such a material answer, I feel compelled to give a more spiritual one, too. I really need to get rid of my negative thinking. And slowly, I seem to be succeeding in doing that.
What I've learned in recent weeks is that path to misery is lined with egotism. The more I think about myself and what other people are doing to me -- or not doing for me -- the more unhappy I become. The solution, I suspect, is in service to others, while expecting nothing in return. Expectations exist to be shattered, so if I reduce or eliminate expectation then I can just live in the moment and enjoy what comes or doesn't come. I'm trying to be optimistic that this will work for me, but what would life be if it wasn't a struggle?
Many a day I come walking up to an intersection where I have to wait to cross. I look on one side of the street and think, "Maybe I'll go to that coffee shop." Then I look on the other side of the street, and think, "No, maybe I'll go to that coffee shop." I can't decide, so I let the Walk light decide for me; whichever light allows me to walk first will beckon me to one coffee shop or the other.
This is how I would like to structure the rest of my life. Making decisions based on the paths that open up to me first. It's a little like the thrill of infinite possibility, but it is everyday and forever. I can be much calmer and content living this way.
Beyond that, I have been busy. Mostly been busy being in pain, and dealing with the snow that hit Seattle last week and then quickly turned to slush. I am still selling GFantasy, and wondering why no one has taken me up on my offer to Make You Free Stuff. And I have a new humor blog and am writing about being gluten-free. So there you go.
My pledge? I promise to make something handmade for the first 5 people who comment on this post.
The catch? You must then post this on your own LJ/FB/Twitter (wherever you like) and make something for the first 5 people who comment on it.
The rules? Items must be handmade* by you and the recipients must receive them before the end of 2012. So what are you waiting for?
*when it says handmade, it doesn't have to be anything major like a chest of drawers. It can be anything as simple as some graphics (if you don't want to give out your address), or a card, or origami, crafts, sewing, knitting, food related, anything at all.
If you live in Seattle or near there, I can provide you a hula hoop or cook you a meal. Beyond that, I also can do knitted things (hats, scarves, shawls, mittens), music mixes, and manga coloring. I might even be able to write you a fic. I might have other skills, but can't seem to think of what they are at the moment. Ask, and you may just receive!
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Anyway, I think the universe is telling me to wait on publishing. The whole field is changing drastically. Maybe in twenty years there will be a way to inject a book into your vagus nerve and have it do the polka in your corpus callosum. Stalling on this while I reach my eventual peak as a writer could be a good thing. And if not, there will be a lot of unpublished manuscripts for someone else to play with when I die.
- Current Mood: hungry
I want to live in a world where people spend more time looking at each other than at various screens. Where hands enjoy skin to skin contact and people can fall asleep with each other instead of their laptops and iPhones. I’m as addicted to the Internet as anyone else around here, but on cool autumn nights when the days are short, I swear I was born in the wrong century.
- Current Mood: life's not bad actually
All the wackiness my non-sequitur sensors require is right there on the page: characters who shape shift into weapons or animals; a character who goes around with half his face and shoulder on fire; a death-god with skull mask who talks like a goofus; bad guys who fuck up their spells in hilarious ways; a zombie fighting people with his own tombstone, and ridiculous situations involving getting trapped inside a book or seeing a guy in a priest costume kick some ass. All these fun things bask under a sun and moon that have toothy mouths, which sometimes drool or drip blood.
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Next I would remind Mr. Obama that if he wants to get reelected, he really needs to market himself a little better. I love that he's a thinker and works a lot behind the scenes to get things done, but unfortunately, most people are ruled by their emotions and their emotions are constantly being manipulated by various forms of media, so without a good game plan, I fear the man is in danger of losing his post in the 2012 election.
I hope I get to see Elizabeth Warren for President some day. Or Oprah Winfrey.
Question was: "If you could ask the leader of your country anything, what would it be?"