Liking the Writer Skin I’m in

February 03, 2011

Okay, I’ve recovered from my aneurysm.  Phew!  I know, I probably lost like half my followers but the brain has to do what the brain has to do.  On to my skin.

All things writerly make me feel like I have finally found the right skin to be in.  I usually reserve my true self, in light of being judged or thought of as odd or even just plain weird.  My close friends know me ~pretty well but I still tend to curb my more askew thoughts for the fear they might not “get me.” But you know what the best thing about my writer skin is?  I surrounded by a bunch of other weirdos.

Yep.  There are lot of us out there, some weirder than others but we writers all seem to have the same sense of humor.  Why is it when I read a corky thing another writer does, I feel more confirmed as a writer?  Like being proud when we’ve not showered in days and have thoroughly ignored our families all for the sake of our manuscript. As Kiersten points out:   Writers love their crazy Or when Kristin Cashore talks about her writing process I realize how much all writers have in common:

“When people knock on the door, I hide. When my phone rings, I yell, "Oh, who the hell is bothering me now?!" and don't answer.” 

(I’ve made those exact statements.) 

So this writer skin, makes me feel like I can be me, a little more than I usually allow.  And I like it.

(Don't ask.  I was in a weird mood when I wrote the text on this image.)

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  1. I love this post! I feel the same way!

  2. Thus confirming you are a writer. See Jessica, all of our writer brains work the same. We are like our own breed.

  3. Of course we hide when people come to the door... we're still in our pajamas.

  4. So true, so true. I so get you and I don't even care if your hair on my arm!!!! It's ironic that we all bond thru the internet...would we all bond the same way in public? Well we'd never know because were all stuck in the house with a greasy ponytail!! lol

  5. Jenna, that is so true! And my pajamas aren't even stylish or sexy. Mine are still t-shirt and boxers, guess I'll never grow up.

    Nicole, if "you complete me" wasn't already taken, I'd use that line on you. I wonder that too, would we have been friends in school kind of thought. I'd like to think we would, greasy ponytail and all.

  6. Is it weird that I think I get your cartoon? Hmmm, I guess it's my writerly right to be weird.

  7. This is one of those posts where, reading it, I kept thinking, "Oops. Must have lent my brain out again without remembering." :)

  8. We would have been friends fo sho, but for the record this chick was not sportin a greasy ponytail in high school. I perfected this look in mommyhood!

  9. I totally know what you're talking about. Sometimes in classes a professor will give a 5 page paper to write or something and I end up talking to one of my writing friends about it. Almost everyone in the class moans about the length and it's pretty much something I don't think about all. I guess writing a book does that to a person. At least, my writing buddy says it's the same for her.

  10. *raising hand* I'm one of those weird writers! :)

  11. I'm so glad to hear you've recovered.

    Whenever the phone rings I think that someone is trying to steal time away from my writing.

  12. Guys I’ve been flourishing in my edits and I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get back and thank you decent folk for commenting.

    Thanks to Nicole putting the idea of a Southern debutant in my head, I shall comment here on through with the utmost Southern tongue. Just for fun's sake.

    Now Jenna, pajamas in the middle of the day isn’t what decent folk should be wearing. But I’ve had a time or two where I have fell prey my writings and body hygiene just wasn’t in the cards.

    See now Nicole, I de-clare, you’ve made me crave a mint julip and I swear it ain’t even June.

    Catherine, only someone with the keen eye for poop blog art would appreciate the humor in my cartoon.

    Karen, sometimes I’ve lent my brain out and it came back all a dither too. I’d think to myself, did I write that or did she?

    Nicole, I’m can’t stop this insanity.

    Bethany, write a five page paper? Well that’s be finer than a frog hair split four ways by me. Seeing as I’ve written 200 plus in the blink of eye.

    Medeia, that’s what them worrisome folk on the other end of the Edison are doing. They want jumble your mind and mix up all the nonsense you was trying to fictionalize on that paper. They should be ashamed of themselves for disturbing you with their worthless blabber.

    Seeing as how I’ve finished all my commenting, I’m going turn off my Scarlet Ohara voice off and get my pretty little self back to editing my manuscript before I lose all sense of who I really am and start making dresses from my velvet curtains.

  13. Hahaha great post! I am a total writing hermit once I'm in my wip!

  14. Diana - I dream of locking myself away in a cabin to just write. (with a stocked refrigerator of course.)

  15. Oh lordy, I just saw that! You've got Scarlet down PAT! But don't pat Scarlet down...that would be bad. Plus, her skirts are so FULL!

    SHeesh,I have no idea where I'm going with this crap.


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