Monday’s Top 5

Stephen Watkins has a great post this week where he addresses the various types of ambitions a writer may possess. In many cases, when asked why they write, writers tend to wax poetic about the way they “have to write or they’ll die” and other such over-dramatic statements. While I understand the sentiment, the reality is that we probably have more concrete ambitions with our writing than mere survival. Stephen looks at three types of Writer’s Ambitions, what they mean, and which are most important to him.

Regardless of where our ambitions lie, however, there our times when we have to choose between spending our time writing and spending our time with our families. Tess Hardwick captures that conflict, and the fact that it really isn’t, beautifully in her post It Is Only Now…

Stephanie of Momma Be Thy Name freely admits that she has often been accused of being “overly altruistic, naive, and trusting”. She blames this over-optimistic attitude on Growing Up Sesame and struggles with the questions all parents face:

So what do I teach my children? To be skeptical? To be paranoid? To be distant? To skip down Lollipop Lane oblivious to society’s shortcomings? To steal off to a cabin in the woods and never return?

We’d all like to protect children from the negativity of the world, but how do we do that when we live in a world where language that was once taboo is common place. Heather from Prawn and Quartered touches on this issue in her post Strong Women Are Not (Necessarily) B*tches.

My main objection to the increasingly coarse standards of culture is the desensitization process. If kids see this kind of thing plastered across magazines and TV shows their parents watch, they will think it is acceptable too.

And finally this week, I bring you a great story of fear and redemption. If you have ever visited Bridget at Twinisms, you’d know that she has an aversion to crafts that borders on the phobic. Her take on craft is best summed up by her comment when discussing New Year’s Resolutions: “Take up crafting — Yuck. Don’t be gross.” But despite her distaste, this week finds her not only participating in, but apparently even enjoying, a craft project. How did that happen? Well, let’s just say she was Craftnapped!

I’m not here. My morning and my blog have been hijacked by my so-called-friends. At our Thursday morning coffee they made me do…a craft. It was the worst morning of my life. I can’t talk about it. My “friend” Brooke now has a hot glue gun to my head and her crafty fingers on my MacBook typing out a play-by-play of the awful events.

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17 responses to “Monday’s Top 5

  1. As always I’m honored to be included! Many thanks from the staff of P&Q…which is, of course, just me. :D

  2. I love your Monday Top 5 posts – it has introduced me to some of my favorite bloggers.

  3. Great, this was exactly what I was looking for today!

    • Hope you enjoyed! Since you commented here, I didn’t link my blog on your site, but I promise you I’m still reading! (Shameless plug for everyone to check out Connor’s blog — not only does he write insightful posts about writing and travelling, but he’s also in the midst of a set of dark-humour fables that rock the hiz-ouse.)

  4. Thank you for your kind words and including me in your Monday five. I’m honored!
    Tess

  5. I emailed Brooke (who really did write that post) with your link and said, “you’re huge in Australia.” She wrote back and said, “that’s what she said.”

    Yep, I have the best friends ever.

  6. Good links. I will admit that the “I have to write or I’ll go mad” people always make me a bit nervous. And then, when I have to admit that I do it mostly because it’s fun, I always feel I should have invented some cooler-sounding reason.

    • I’m pretty sure that the “I have to write or I’ll go mad” crowd have never actually been mad.

      In saying that, if I couldn’t write for some reason, I know I’d still be making up stories and inflicting them on anyone who would listen. Storytelling is part of who I am — both in the way that I’m drawn to do it, and the way I identify myself. So perhaps there is some measure of truth to feeling that I need to write. But I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t the coolest thing since sliced bread and home-made pizza.

  7. Awesome. I made the top 5!

    It’s actually an aspiration of mine to hit one of the top-5 spots each week. :)

    Also, I’m with Anthony regarding writing and going mad vs. having fun. I do it because it’s fun and enjoyable to me. I don’t have schizophrenic voices in my head, the only solution to which is writing. I write because I enjoy it, and because I feel a strong connection with the idea of telling stories. I don’t really think I need to justify it any other way than that.

  8. This is great! I loved Bridget’s post on being craft-napped- The topics here are so thought-provoking- I often wonder about how I should prepare my child for the world- we live in a time where cynicism and sarcasm are en vogue (says the sarcastic blogger)….Thanks for this post every Monday. :)

    • You’re always welcome. :) Sharing posts I enjoy is honestly one of the things I love the most about blogging. (Possibly coming second only to readiong comments on my own blog…)

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