Stuff worth reading

“Writing Is Magic” by yours truly

I don’t have a muse; GPS doesn’t recognize “the zone” as a destination; and my words definitely do not materialize from thin air like fairy dust. Every day is a grind. I have to sit at my desk, place my fingers on the keys, and force myself to try and give shape to the thoughts and stories in my head. Usually they come out quite muddy on the first go-round, so I read the lines over and over and over, tweaking here, deleting there, until they get close, and closer, and finally close enough.

I’ve been writing this way for years, but only recently did I realize: Oh hey, that actually IS magic.

Jane Catherine Lotter’s self-written obituary

May you, every day, connect with the brilliancy of your own spirit. And may you always remember that obstacles in the path are not obstacles, they ARE the path.

 “I need terrible female engineers” by Amy Nguyen

I don’t want to combat misogyny by showing people who hate women that there is absolutely nothing to hate. That’s not how you garner acceptance for women  —  that’s how you put some women on a pedestal and put down anyone who isn’t perfect, who doesn’t want to be perfect. This trend of glorifying brilliant women is great for the short-term, but it’s not going to create lasting acceptance for all women.

2 responses to “Stuff worth reading”

  1. Natalia Sylvester (@NataliaSylv) Avatar

    Brilliant pieces, all of them. I’d actually read all these previously, but I love the quotes you chose to highlight.

  2. Kristan Avatar

    Aw thanks! Yeah I realized awhile after posting that I think I’ve already linked to these on FB and Twitter — usually for these roundups I try to do links I haven’t shared before — but oh well. :P