Doing The Best She Can
Look what I got in the mail last week! All the Pretty People by Ariel Gore, illustrated by yours truly! I am VERY proud to be part of this small, but powerful book. It’s so beautiful, so personal, and so good. It’s available for purchase from Ariel’s blog, but soon to be available from Microcosm and Amazon. I will keep you posted.
While researching for another project, I found these lines from Ariel about her working on writing:
I tell the therapist I’m passionate about books and I’ve written quite a few of them and people are constantly asking me how I have time for all this writing, all these books, all this passion. I tell her that they seem impressed.
She doesn’t seem impressed.
She asks me if I feel like a fraud. I am not terribly impressed myself, but I do not feel like a fraud. Why would I feel like a fraud?
I write while I’m driving. This is probably rather dangerous. Worse than being on the cell phone, really. But I try to be careful. I write in my head and then I speak it out loud so I won’t forget it and then I jot it down at red lights.
This is why I do not take the freeway.
I learned to do this when my daughter was small and the car seat provided the only respite. Later, she got a plastic car and tooled around our concrete backyard muttering half-lines of poetry as she turned the wheel because she understood that this was how you drive. You drive muttering and then you write at red lights. I don’t even look down at the notebook in my lap as I scribble because the person behind me inevitably starts raging on his horn if the light turns green and I don’t budge. So I keep my eye on the signal, hoping it will stay red just a little bit longer, and I write in a shorthand that’s part English, part Chinese, part random symbolism. Arrows and circles and plus signs and ankhs and a cursive that would make my third grade penmanship teacher weep.
It’s pretty hard to decipher it all when I get home, but I’m doing the best I can.
I have a few extra copies of All The Pretty People and was wondering if anybody would like one? So how about starting the week off right and giving away a copy? Just comment below. Tell me how you work, tell me when you get things done, how you get things done, why you get things done. Or just say hi. I’ll announce a winner on FRIDAY. (Give away closed!)