“Anyhow, the older I get, the less impressed I become with originality. These days, I’m far more moved by authenticity. Attempts at originality can often feel forced and precious, but authenticity has quiet resonance that never fails to stir me. Just say what you want to say, then, and say it with all your heart.” —- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
I’m slowly making my way through this book because, life. Actually, I prefer reading it in small doses because I like to think about what she’s says, roll it over in my mind, pick it apart and put it back together. I really liked this passage. It rings true in a time where, it seems, everyone wants to be “edgey”. If I had a dollar for every lit journal that states on its submission page to send us “weird, surreal, strange”……well, I move on. Please, please, lit zines, say “send us your authentic voice”!
Here’s a photo of my cat, Spot. Isn’t she gorgeous? (Except for the drooling but, hey, you’d drool too if you had missing teeth.) Spot says now that Napowrimo is over I must spend more time with her. She needs a good brushing.
Now, where is that brush?