Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Four Angles of Tuesday

1. I left my purse on the bus today. Luckily the driver was headed back to the garage shortly after my stop, and the Port Authority managed to track him (and my purse) down, and it should be waiting for me at lost and found. Eesh.

2. I was asked today, for the first time ever, if I was pregnant. (Well, okay, not the first time; but for the first time because I *looked* pregnant.) This made me happy. :)

3. Flannery O'Connor is an amazing woman. Proof: "Writing is like giving birth to a piano sideways. Anyone who perseveres is either talented or nuts." For those of you who have to deal with me/listen to me weep and moan on bad days, just remember I'm giving birth to a piano. Sideways. (Not sure if writing a manuscript prepares one for real labor, or real labor prepares one for writing. I'll get back to you on this in five months.)

4. Today is a soft and velvety fall day and it is wonderful. And my husband gave me money to sustain myself before class since I am without my wallet. So I can't really complain all that much I guess.

Back to grading.


  1. I am glad you found your purse! I would have been in tears.

  2. yay! i know how you feel. i am so glad to be almost out of the awkwardly chubby stage and into the actually looking pregnant stage! (at least that's what adam tells me, ha ha.)

  3. Swanksi: I would have been, but thank goodness they were able to get a hold of the bus driver almost immediately. I had my cell phone and my student ID and that was it!

    Caitlin: yes! I was waiting so long for that too ... I feel lucky cause I think I started "showing" for real a little sooner than some other first-time pregnant women. :) Wearing maternity clothes really helps you *look* pregnant, I've found!

  4. When you give actual birth, you will realize that in this case Flannery O'Connor spoke like a woman who has never given birth. Which, well, she was.

    The scariest part of giving birth for me was the complete and utter loss of conscious control. My body was doing it's own roller coaster thing--I was just along for the ride.

    Of course I also had a completely unmedicated birth, which I don't know what you're planning in that direction, but, yeah. I'd love to know what you think post-partum of O'Connor's quote.

  5. Karla: Ha! I will definitely let you know. ;) Writing as giving birth was a metaphor used quite a bit my male Victorian writers, which is kind of amusing. I don't think it's a coincidence it's a metaphor so often used--at least, not as a writer. What interests me about your comment is that the loss of conscious control is, in fact, an aspect of writing. :)(Or at least, of my own writing, when it is any good.)

    And I am totally rambling now. :) (I am capable of spending far too many words analyzing metaphors ...)