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Writing and Anxiety

Yup, I’m having a bout of writing anxiety. I even took 3 naps this weekend to avoid working on my writing. How is THAT for anxious? But I had a great video conference call with a couple of other writers. Not specifically for this but more as a way for us to motivate each other generally, share our knowledge, skills, and push us towards our goals. The discussion reminded me of a time a few years ago where I was “sprinting” (doing 15 minute writing jaunts) every day. That year I had almost 30 short stories completed. The following year was my “most published.” Since then, I think the not-writing has lead to anxiety that EVERY WORD must be worth something, must mean something, and that is just too much pressure so my productivity has plummeted as my stress has skyrocketed. Thus, today’s quote.

Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Writing until not writing makes you anxious

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#Writing Fire – Audre Lorde Inspires

Audre Lorde Fire Quote

Audre Lorde Fire Quote

Audre Lorde’s Life and Career: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/lorde/life.htm

Poems by Audre Lorde: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/audre-lorde#about

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Non-Video Saturday – Deviation from the Norm. Quotable – Sturgeon’s Law

Sturgeon's Law Pie Chart 90% Crap 10% Not CrapOkay, today I actually didn’t find a video for Video Saturday that made me happy.  So, I thought I’d use the space for something else.  I was reading and came across a great quote from Theodore Sturgeon that I had to share.  From the 1958 issue of Venture:

I repeat Sturgeon’s Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of SF is crud.[1] Using the same standards that categorize 90% of science fiction as trash, crud, or crap, it can be argued that 90% of film, literature, consumer goods, etc. are crap. In other words, the claim (or fact) that 90% of science fiction is crap is ultimately uninformative, because science fiction conforms to the same trends of quality as all other artforms.

Over time it, like most famous quotes has morphed and changed and been altered to meet the demands of society.  That lovely long quote is now much more familiar to us as:


“Ninety percent of everything is crap”


For those of you who don’t know who Theodore Sturgeon is…shame on you.  😉  Okay, just kidding but let me offer a quick bio. Gaaked from the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust website and Wikipedia:

With more than 400 reviews and over 200 stories, Theodore Sturgeon was considered one of the most influential writers and critics of the so-called “Golden Age” of science fiction fostered by editor John Campbell from 1938 to 1950. Sturgeon was particularly appreciated for his literary style, his attention to character and his treatment of important social issues such as sex, war, and the alienation of those felt to be different from the norm. His depictions of the American working class and his sensitivity to strange and disabled people have been likened to Flannery O’Connor, Sherwood Anderson, and William Faulkner.

Sturgeon’s most famous work may be the science fiction More Than Human (1953), an expansion of “Baby is Three” (1952). More Than Human won the 1954 International Fantasy Award (for SF and fantasy) as the year’s best novel and the Science Fiction Writers of America ranked “Baby is Three” number five among the “Greatest Science Fiction Novellas of All Time” to 1964. (Ranked by votes for all of their pre-1965 novellas, Sturgeon was second among authors behind Robert Heinlein.)  The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Sturgeon in 2000, its fifth class of two deceased and two living writers.”  His work is beloved by younger generations of writers as well, including James Tiptree, Jr., Connie Willis, Samuel R. Delany, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem and Nalo Hopkinson.”


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Video Saturday – Advice to Writers – Amy Tan and Creativity

Today’s video (which is backdated because I’m running late again) is from Amy Tan’s TED Talk. It’s longer than my usual video clips at 24 minutes but is easy to listen to in the background while doing other things so I don’t want to hear any “I don’t have time” excuses. 🙂 It is an interesting discussion about creativity and where it comes from and the mystery of ideas and cosmological constants. So definitely worth a listen.

Amy Tan has written several bestselling novels, most famously, The Joy Luck Club. Also included are, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter and Saving Fish from Drowning. Her most recent novel Saving Fish from Drowning explores the tribulations experienced by a group of people who disappear while on an art expedition in the jungles of Burma. In addition to these, Amy Tan has written two children’s books: The Moon Lady (1992) and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (1994), which was turned into an animated series which aired on PBS. This last of which I have seen and is really very cute.

But, lets get to the video!  And as she said, “Near death is good for creativity, as is childhood trauma.” (If you what to know what THAT means…watch the video)

Quotable #Flashathon , #Flashing and the Full Monty (yes it does mean what you think it means)

As you no doubt are aware of, this weekend is the inaugural Flashathon!  12 Hours.  12 Cues.  12 Stories.  And we here at Unleaded: Fuel for Writers are very excited.  Excited enough that we thought we’d learn a little bit more about flashing.  Yes THAT kind of flashing.

From the late 14c., flash likely came from flasken (c.1300) meaning “to dash or splash” (as water), probably imitative. To flash, meaning “indecent exposure” is from 1896.  And a flasher as in “male genital exhibitionist,” was much more in use in the 1960s (though meat-flasher in this sense was attested in 1890s); the base agent noun from flash the verb.

Wow.  I was hoping for something more exciting.

I guess that is why I’m hoping folks will join us for Flashathon this Saturday from 12pm to 12am EST at http://www.dlthurston.com/blog.  Are you willing to go “full monty?”

Hmmm, full monty. You know, I never heard of “the full monty” until the eponymous film came out.  I must investigate!  (Thank you Google!)

Fully Monty first appeared in print in 1980s, but probably existed before that. The most common theory for its origin is that a purchase (especially that of a full three piece suit) from Montague Maurice Burton, (1885-1952) founder of Burton Menswear, was known as a “full Monty”. According to the OED, this etymology is “perhaps the most plausible”.

Amusing that the post 1997 meaning (post the movie) is almost the reverse of the original.


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Quotable – Sayings, Cliches and Ephemera – The Naked Truth

THE NAKED TRUTHWoman Swimming in Lake - Photo by Phil Moore

Meaning – the completely unobscured facts 

Etymology – the ancient fable (according to 1870 Brewer) says that Truth and Falsehood went bathing and Falsehood stole Truth’s clothes. Truth refused to take Falsehood’s and so went naked.

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