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Monday, March 12, 2007

Thought for the Day 3/12/07

Today's "Thought for the Day" comes from "Wicked" (the musical).

Elphaba (the "wicked witch") sings (in a dramatic epiphany for her character) "To those who'd ground me--Take a message back from me...Tell them how I'm defying gravity..."

How do you keep writing when life tries to pull you down? Have you ever faced down friends or family who criticized your efforts as a writer because they wanted something more "stable" for you?

I often think of that threat of the "starving artist..." What phrase do we as writers have instead?
~Saoirse

2 comments:

Caroline said...

I have already been asked if I will find a proper job when my daughter starts school in September! It's hard sometimes.

(BTW I really want to see Wicked).
x

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Caroline,

I totally understand what you mean. Luckily because of my degree in education we're still talking about "homeschooling" my little J with other well-educated and well-versed parents in the neighborhood being involved, too.

I'm also doing so much online tutoring that the economics behind going "out" and working versus staying in pretty much balance out.

Although I do miss socializing with other adults occasionally... ;-)

I do wish you much luck with your book and wip--I think writing is most often part of a balancing act for women (sadly, most seem to only start when they can retire from "proper" employment). I think we're the rare few, with family, some sense of youth left and books in progress or (in your case, you lucky girl;-)coming out soon. Enjoy it and hopefully you'll get to do more writing whether you're employed more traditionally or not...

Wicked was wonderful. The musical avoided the politics and philosophies in the book (honestly, I didn't like his writing style very much--but the content was intriguing) and was much more of a romance.

There's also more blatant humor in the musical. Our NYC crowd was cackling time and again. I'd recommend it :-)

Take care!
~Saoirse

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