How to be a writer

April 25, 2009 § 2 Comments

Lately, choosing a career path has turned into a full time job.  I spend hours a day revising my resume, setting up informational interviews, and researching career fields and organizations.  Frankly it’s a nightmare.

Last night, after much unsoliticited advice from the guests at my dad’s surprise birthday party, and some talk with my parents and my aunt, my head went down on the table in frustration.  My aunt responded, “Why don’t you just write since that is all you want to do!”

But I don’t know how to be a writer!

“JUST WRITE!”

Easier said than done.

All of the “adults” in my life seem to think that my (only?) talent is writing.  Whenever we discuss my future plans, they automatically assume it will involve writing.

And the truth its, I do want to be a writer.  I always have.  And I do plan to publish a book or two before my time is through, but I have no idea how to “be a writer” right now.

I feel like I don’t have enough experience to actually know how to sit down and write a book.   Or even shorter pieces.

There is the very real fact that I am afraid of failing.  If you live your whole life hearing that writing is your greatest talent, and you try, and fail… what does that say about you?

Also, writing takes a serious commitment, and lately I don’t commit to anything.  I tend to abandon projects halfway.  Most of the pieces I’ve written are only half finished.  Even my blog is half-assed.

So, like I said, I don’t know how to be a writer.

It’s also tricky because I don’t write fiction.  Or, at least, I have never done it successfully.  And the only thing I have ever written to completion are op-ed pieces for my college newspapers.  And lately, I’m not sure I have anything important enough to say in an op-ed.

I have an idea for a book, but I am way too scared to undertake it.  It would challenge me to face a lot of fears, and it would cost a lot of money and time.  (It would involve travel.)

Maybe I should join a writing workshop.

But still.

I’m scared to actually try.

Convert

April 18, 2009 § 1 Comment

I never understood why velour tracksuits enjoyed so much popularity.  Sure, I understand the draw of comfy clothes, but what’s wrong with regular sweatpants or tracksuits.  Since when did “velour” become so hip?

I think I finally understand this trend now.  I was at Old Navy, looking for cheap interview clothes, and instead found the clearance racks full of velour tracksuit bottoms.  At $6.99, I was willing to try a pair on.

Wow.

I understand now.  I had no idea that there could exist a type of sweatpants more cozy than flannel.  But these somehow are.  And, I suppose, the added benefit of their “fashionable-ness”  is that I can wear them out in public without looking like a scrub in my pajamas.

This is one of those examples of a fad I can really get behind.  Yes, at $6.99 I am willing to join the masses.

I am left pondering what could happen if Crocs were only $6.99.

Oh brother!

April 10, 2009 § Leave a comment

My brother and I are very different.  I am much more of an indie/intellectual/nerd type, and he is more of the athlete/fratboy/kegstand type.

He recently started filming some pranks he and his roommates thought up, and posting them on Break.com.

Frozen Phone Prank

He got a call from MTV asking to buy the non-exclusive rights to the video for a new show about pranks.  $250 dollars and his face on TV.

Dude Lights Roommates Laptop on Fire

This retaliation video was also posted on Break.  It won the April Fools prank prize of $1,000 dollars.

Apparently, being the athlete/fratboy/kegstand type pays better than nerddom.

Ready for Launch

April 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

“So, what do you do?”

“I’m an aerospace engineer.”

“Huh.  What exactly does that entail?”

“Well, I design rockets.”

“Wait… so you’re a rocket scientist?”

“Well, yes.  But girls don’t usually like it when I use that term.”

“I’m sorry, what was that?  You had me at ‘rocket scientist.'”

A voicemail from my best friend

March 24, 2009 § Leave a comment

“Hi Leah, I know you’re probably having sex with Heroes right now, because Heroes is your boyfriend and any time you don’t answer your phone it’s because you’re with Heroes.  I hope you and Heroes are very happy together.”

That old paradox

March 24, 2009 § 3 Comments

I’m coming up that age-old paradox: How can you get work experiece in a certain field if you need previous experience to be hired?

I have been looking into health policy type jobs, and I have also been looking into Master’s of Public Health (MPH) programs.  The only problem with policy jobs is that you need to have experience writing/working with policy. Hmmm…

Street Cred

March 24, 2009 § Leave a comment

All of my students noticed my new hairdo, and they all seemed to like it.

One of the gangsta boys said, “Ms. B, you look funky fresh!”  I think I’ll take that as a compliment.