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I’m “east coast,” although “east coast” isn’t quite home. A Texan by birth and rearing, I still feel far from home sometimes, even after a year.

They say “home is where the heart is.” In the first six months after moving out east, I truly learned what that phrase means. I literally (yes literally) felt like my heart was evenly distributed between Texas and my new home, where I had my dear husband and darling daughter. Some nights, it my heart rattled so hard, it felt like somebody was kicking my bed. Some days, I think I took one sip of air every minute or so – just enough to stay alive – because my chest hurt so bad.

The transition was one of the hardest (if not THE hardest) things I’ve ever been through, but here I am, and my heart has decided to move back into my chest, where it belongs. In the process of moving away from my home, my friends, and my family, I discovered many things about myself, about identity crises and where they come from, and about the world of social networking and blogging sites. I’ve never been good with the phone, and through various online media, I’ve been able to get in touch with people I haven’t heard from in years, as well as stay in touch with those most dear (excepting those who live with me, of course). And fairly recently, I’ve been meeting new friends this way as well. Suddenly, I feel like I’m part of the world again (virtual though it may be ;-).

Meredith’s invitation to start this blog together also inspired me to migrate my own blog into a more public forum; check out bearablelight.wordpress.com, or “Forever…” in our blogroll. I’ll have plenty of new material soon, as well as re-postings or revisions of some earlier material.

A chemist by training, I’m also in love with philosophy, film, literature, art, handiwork, costuming, and people (as individuals and in small numbers). I have a tendency to pour myself into everything and to grow extremely attached to people. This tendency leads to utter devastation in the face of failure of a project or loss of a friend, but far more satisfaction in the face of success. Passion does tend to lend itself to extremes, I suppose.

I love to write, I think more in metaphor and movie/music quotes than in plain English, and I’ve just taken up drawing in order to give life to some of my less-articulable ideas. I hope you enjoy our blog! Let us know what you think!

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I admit it, collaborating isn’t really my thing. The last time I seriously worked with other creative individuals was my high school musical, ‘Bye Bye Birdie’. Sure, I won a production and drama award which padded my already fluffy college application, but at what cost? I lost a few friends, my high school sweetheart, and ended up spending the rest of my senior year stressed out and completely unapproachable. I poured my heart and soul into that damn musical, and I don’t think we sold out any of our performances.

The next time I tried to work with someone on a creative project was during my sophomore year of college in my Intro to Creative Non-Fiction class. I got stuck with the class stoner- a General Studies major and wannabe-punk-rocker edited my very personal and emotional essay about my relationship to Joyce Carol Oates’ books. I think he ended up butchering it , having never read nor heard about Oates, and I went home disheartened and cynical of the workshop method of teaching writing.

Of course, I later found my own voice through other workshop classes in which I proudly refused to partner up with anyone again.

Until now.

The idea behind this blog is simple: Three women from three different parts of the country, working in three different professions, living three different lives will be writing here. And somehow, through all of our differences, we seem to find a common understanding of what it’s like to be a young woman in 2008. Let’s face it: We love. We laugh. We hold our families near. We eat. We drink good wine and beer. We create to feel alive and make love to feel invincible. Well, at least I do.

We are three women who share our stories, different narratives but with the same purpose: We love life, for better or for worse.

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