Usually on Saturdays, I post an “Expat Sat” post…you know, “Welcome to Expat Sat, the culturally kooky, map nonspecific, sometimes bewildering, always fascinating intersection of expat life and writerhead. And where every Saturday, I offer tips for writing, publishing, and thriving to expat writers around the globe.”
BUT…since today is New Year’s Eve (whoop! whoop!), I’m stepping away from tradition to share a few things I learned (or in many cases, relearned) in 2011. Ready?
- The seeking and finding of oneself happens again and again in life. Stay open.
- I AM here to live out loud.
- Writing is not a solitary endeavor. (Relearn, relearn, relearn…)
- Paul Simon & I are alike when it comes to rhythm and symmetry and the breaking of symmetry.
- Despite the fact that as I get older, my eyesight gets worse and worse, I see things much more clearly.
- Just when I believe I see things clearly, they shift out of focus.
- Missing Shanghai is an ongoing feeling, as is my longing for each place in my life with which I’ve connected deeply.
- Journal, journal, journal. (& when in doubt, journal!)
- I love teaching writing to freshmen. I love how damn fresh they are.
- Steve Jobs
- Writerhead rocks! And it’s beautifully different for each writer. It can be like:
- “holding your hands to the fire” (Janice Y.K. Lee)
- “going outside to see if it’s started to rain yet, and it hasn’t quite started, and you can just barely sense those first scant drops, so light you almost wonder if you’re imagining it, but you know if you just wait for it a bit longer, it’s absolutely going to come down, any second now” (Diana Abu-Jaber)
- “an irresistible force hoping to dodge the immovable object” (Lisa Brackmann)
How about you? What did you learn (or relearn) this year?
Happy New Year, all! See you in 2012!
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