|This is a picture of my (3-year-old) soul flying through my nimble fingertips.|
So, writing habitually is exactly what I've been doing recently, but not so much for this blog. Instead, pushing my book manuscript forward has dominated my time, focus, and energy. After writing (or attempting to write) for hours at the office, coming home to lofty blogging goals has felt impossible and unfair to my brain. (I am suddenly reminded of a punchline on Friends about the presumably lousy sex lives of heterosexual male gynecologists!)
But I have good news to share. While the book manuscript still looms, I've missed the easier idea flow of blog-writing. I've missed the creativity, and the directness of expressing an emotion I'm currently experiencing rather than figuring out how a previously-experienced emotion might fit into a larger story arc. I've missed the attainable-on-a-daily-basis sense of accomplishment that comes with clicking "post".
Over the past few weeks I've caught myself daydreaming about blog posts when I "should have been" plotting my plot structure or editing my edits. I've actually told myself NOT to blog, even when feeling inspired. I told myself that I needed to "save" my writing for the book. This was well-intentioned, but dumb and unnecessary. Writing begets writing. Inspiration begets inspiration. My different writing outlets ought not be compartmentalized. So today I'm rebelling and it feels great. I didn't write a word of "book" and I'm staying up past my bedtime to blog. I'll figure out the rest tomorrow, but in the meantime, I want to share two of my blog daydreams. You'll be seeing the fruits of these plans in the coming days and weeks. Here goes:
1) Several weeks ago I described the course I'm teaching at UCLA, on the topic of "Gender, Appearance, and Inequality: From Evolutionary Psychology to Feminist Theory". I'm in the midst of teaching the class right now and it's a whole-heck-of-a-lot-of-fun. I can't get enough of the topic, and I'm inspired by how my students interpret the material and share their own experiences. Several of you enthusiastically inquired if it would be possible to take the class online, or to audit the material. I can't actually give an online course right now, but I can offer smidgebits of the material and themes through this blog. Therefore, for the foreseeable future, "Fun Fact Fridays" will be structured around my course syllabus. I'll share the syllabus itself, and as many readings as I can manage to, within copyright laws. Knowledge is power, and should thus be shared! :)
|This is my favorite image from our engagement|
photo session. I've worn this exact outfit in slightly
different color combinations about 150 times since.
2) I've been in a fashion slump. I have always (okay, since the last few years) been a jeans & t-shirt + flowing cardigan kind of gal (see image on the left). When I have a long day of writing planned, I aim to dress comfortably. The aforementioned outfit fits the bill too a "t"(shirt), but I've basically been wearing different color combinations of the same outfit, on autopilot. I'm not ashamed to be dressing for comfort and convenience, and I'm actually proud of my efficiency (sooo much better than obsessing!). Yet I've missed the creativity and pride that accompanies more mindful and expressive dressing. I truly believe that fashion can be body-positive brain-food when it captures your senses with color, texture, and pattern. To reconnect with these lost elements, I'm committing myself to "Haute Hump Days". On Wednesdays, beginning this week, I'm going to spend a little extra time putting together an outfit that makes me happy. I'll (gasp) share a photo of myself in said outfit, and write about it. After a year of not looking at myself in the mirror or in photographs, it will be interesting to share up-to-date pictures of myself so publicly. I'm not particularly interested in inviting snarky comments about my body or fashion sense, but I trust you all to keep it fun and fabulous. Sally at www.alreadypretty.com is my inspiration here.
Okay, that's all I've got for now. Sleep awaits.
Have YOU ever found yourself in a fashion slump? Did you care? If yes, what did you do to push past the slump?