Thursday, May 10, 2012

Finals Week

I still have a great deal of school work to tie up. I'd be almost done grading except for two shortish assignments, if it weren't for late papers. Have to enter and post grades, which will take awhile.

Lots has gone on in the last week, so I have a lot to write about, but can't do it until grades are done.

In the meantime, here is a delightful post from my writing and riding buddy Rachael Hanel about a book she's reading:

Dinty W. Moore, The Mindful Writer
It's written from a Buddhist perspective but already I've highlighted a lot of passages. Here are his four noble truths for the writer:

1. The writing life is difficult, full of disappointment and dissatisfaction.
2. Much of this dissatisfaction comes from the ego, from our insistence on controlling both the process of writing and how the world reacts to what we have written.
3. There is a way to lessen the disappointment and dissatisfaction and to live a more fruitful writing life.
4. The way to accomplish this is to make both the practice of writing and the work itself less about ourselves. To thrive, we must be mindful of our motives and our attachment to desired outcomes.

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