You write because you have an idea in your mind that feels so genuine, so important, so true. And yet, by the time this idea passes through the different filters of your mind, and into your hand, and onto the page or computer screen — it becomes distorted, and it’s been diminished. The writing you end up with is an approximation, if you’re lucky, of whatever it was you really wanted to say.
– Author Khaled Hosseini, “How to Write,” the Atlantic
Twenty minutes of stream-of-consciousness thought for our first writing assignment. This reminds me of high school creative writing class.
I’m re-watching Silicon Valley’s first season right now (and I’m still laughing at the jokes). One of the lead characters is dead but there he is very much alive on the screen.
Dinner was chicken and pork adobo with steamed white rice. Technically the Hubby and I should be dieting — or at least, we promised ourselves we would. But resolve melts during times of hunger. It doesn’t help that I have three boxes of Kit-Kats in the fridge, all with funky flavors like “Sakura Matcha,” “Wa-Ichigo” and “Hokkaido Red Bean,” thanks to a recent trip to Tokyo.
Today’s quote from Khaled Hosseini rings true. Thoughts that sound deep and awesome in my head fall flat when I try to write it down. When my phone or a note pad is within reach I try and jot down these thoughts for use later (usually I imagine writing it down in one of my blog posts). When I return to these disjointed thoughts they sound wrong. I delete often and generously when writing.
In my head, I think as if I were writing. This sometimes leads to confusion when I try to explain things, since I tend to begin as if we were already in the midst of conversation (we were! except the conversation started in my head). And then I have to start over again, which is tiring.
We’re watching the Cosmos series. We usually watch it over dinner. The 1-hour duration is just right for a full meal, including dessert. I love shows like these. It brings things to perspective. People like Carl Sagan amaze me. As I always do with stuff that’s caught my attention, I Google-stalked. I’ve only gotten as far as his Wikipedia page where he’s been quoted as saying: “To be certain of the existence of God and to be certain of the nonexistence of God seem to me to be the confident extremes in a subject so riddled with doubt and uncertainty as to inspire very little confidence indeed.” Like I said, Sagan’s amazing.
Why do I write? I write because I’m curious. I’m curious about myself, about people and places around me, about how other people feel and think and react to what happens around them. Come to think of it, I suppose it’s the same reason I read a lot.
When I finish this post I’m making myself some hot milk tea… and I’m getting myself a Kit-Kat.