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I read an essay at Salon detailing why NaNo is a waste of time and that non-writers should just give it up and accept their non-writer status. Unfortunately it was like a box cutter across the gut and now I am standing here in shock watching my motivation spill out onto my shoes.


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(no subject) - faerieem - Nov. 8th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Her reasons were hating it were mostly snobbish as well.

Here's a link: http://www.salon.com/books/writing/?story=/books/laura_miller/2010/11/02/nanowrimo
(no subject) - faerieem - Nov. 8th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 8th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
well obviously if you can't be the best at something you should just not ever do it. screw any personal enjoyment a person might get, even if it's just "I set myself a challenge and then met it." god it's that attitude that had me too terrified to do anything I wanted to most of my life. it's only in the past few years I pulled my head out of my ass, and hey look, now I'm a professional baker, something I'd always wanted but never thought I'd be good enough for, since I'm very obviously not the best. I've never been happier to be proven so wrong.
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
Was going to comment, but you said everything I wanted to say! Except I'm not a professional baker... not yet anyhow...
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Oh hi Ruthie. Long time no see. Did you switch schools and become a Patisserie Major? =)
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
so there is hope.
Nov. 8th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
“Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.” Jean Sibelius
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Though they may erect one some day to Roger Ebert and poor Jean will be a laughing stock.
Nov. 9th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Someone should make a bronze statue of the two of them wrestling, nude, in the graeco-roman style.
Nov. 9th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
each with one thumb up and one thumb down
Nov. 9th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
or alternately with hands obscured so they viewer has to guess; Schrodinger's Thumb.
Nov. 11th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
If I had listened to the critics I never would have had a chance at becoming one of the Chips Ahoy dancers. I was second string to the Chipndale dancers and while they did it for money I was up on stage shaking what Momma gave me for a chance to be taken home and have chocolate chip cookie dough thrown at me all night long. Those were some good times. ;-)
David Leon Haack
Nov. 11th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Dave, you are blowing my fucking mind. Honestly, I never thought I would see or hear from you again. I'm really glad you're still alive and seem to have retained a sense of humor despite what you've been through.

If you feel like talking more you can drop me a line at evilbeard34@hotmail.com.

wow. dude.
Nov. 12th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
Did you read the other post to your search for me? I'm still wondering about who "a former Mrs. Haack" was. Just to let you know you have always been more like family than a friend. I always kept you and the rest of the ones I love a secret so the rest of the worlds I've walked through can't contiminate the special quality you have. By the way, It is completely insane how many David Haacks there are but there is only one me. I does make dematerializing very efficient just too many false trails to follow. I'm proud you still remain you.
David Leon Haack
Nov. 12th, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)
Well the only "former" Mrs. Haack I know of for sure is Jen and I always figured that's who it was.

As for the many Dave Haack's you aren't kidding. I tried looking for you a couple times on the net but eventually figured if you were incognito you probably wanted to stay that way.

And Austin? That's a bit far to go get a beer or some coffee and catch up but I'm sure we can figure something out.

Man it sure is good to know you're alive.

Nov. 12th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
Hahaha 2nd string Chippendale? Coming from anyone else my bullshit detector would red-lined but with you...

I never ever used that line that you so graciously prayed to the gods for, except as a story about the time my friend wanted to help me lose my virginity so bad he prayed for foolproof words to make the ladies swoon. Unfortunately I think the gods might have been feeling tricky that day because the words delivered seemed like they would work better for the petitioner himself as I was way too shy to pull it off. I assure you I did eventually manage to lose my virginity. =p

Though I must admit you were a bit prescient with the cookie dough part as these days I seem to get most of my positive attention from beautiful women when they talk about how much they love my cookies. =)
Nov. 15th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
I think it was the fun in the closet that threw me. I am partial to strange places and am a firm believer that beds are sleeping and anywhere else is for "fun". I have a couple stories for you to laugh at but I know they're probably not appropriate for your journal. I'll send you an email and you can decide. An example of one is what is the appropriate response to an ex-girlfriend contacting you and let you know she's now a high paid escort thanks to all you shared back when you were kids.She even had a website with pictures posted. My response was apparently inappropriate. I'll fill you in on the details later. As you know I've always been a divergent thinker but I know you'll be able to laugh at my logic.
David Leon Haack
Dec. 1st, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
There is ONLY one David Leon Haack, that's for sure.

I sure as hell miss that guy from SDSU.

Jan. 27th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Dave
Matt and I made a list of the girls we knew. It's good to hear from you.
Jan. 31st, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Dave
Remember the one you hid from in your apartment? We finally convinced her you weren't there and when we left with the other girls she was still sitting in her car honking her horn like a woman possessed?

Onward to TJ.
Feb. 19th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Dave
Omega Mu! She wouldn't take no for an answer. I kept telling her we were just friends and she refused to accept it.
Mar. 5th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Bah. Not everyone's the same. Sounds like NaNo wouldn't work for that Salon writer but it doesn't mean that others don't get something out of it.
Apr. 14th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
I am easily derailed with stuff like this. If I were an artist I would have to be the kind that does not read reviews or else I would be a mess.
Apr. 15th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
But wait...I don't get the impression you're easily swayed by other people's opinions in real life about say what you should be doing at work or how to spend your time... Is it just in the creative realm that it matters to you?
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