April 2013 Archives

I try to make

I try to make every sentence I write worth reading 62 times.
Linda Sue Park

A Dark Side of Social Media

Last week my brother died unexpectedly. My sister-in-law didn't know logins and passwords for their accounts online, so couldn't see what bills were paid and what owing. We were able to find some; her son will probably have to help her figure out others.

On the plane home I was thinking about several writers who have died or become incapacitated. Their facebook pages are still up. I'm guessing that means no one in their family has access. Or family members, especially in the case of someone who is single, may not even be aware of the social media sites where their loved one was involved.

So this is my challenge to all of us creative people. Make sure someone somewhere has a list of the social media you are involved in. The list should include login information and passwords for each site. It should mention which services you are paying for and which are free.

For example, I pay for my website hosting (monthly), my domain name (annually) and ad-free yahoo mail (annually). These automatically come out of my writing business checking account, which my husband is a signer on. I also have a writing PayPal account which is tied to my checking. I have free accounts: facebook, gmail, google+, twitter, linked in. A number of them send notices to my email. If I'm using all these when I inevitably die, I want my husband or daughters to be able to cancel or change, whichever is appropriate.

As I'm typing this, I'm thinking a list of the listserves I participate in would be helpful as well. For those, the email used would be appropriate to note. And what about physical magazines or memberships in organizations? Those could be recorded too.

I know these things would be low priorities for my loved ones, but eventually, when they got to them, how much nicer to have the information than to keep having notices trickle in.

I think writer's block

I think writer's block is simply the dread that you are going to write something horrible. But as a writer, I believe that if you sit down at the keys long enough, sooner or later something will come out.
Roy Blount, Jr.

I think of writing

I think of writing as a privilege-as a gift that's been given to me. Any day that I don't get to write something-anything-is a day I have to spend being someone other than who I am.
Larry Gelbart

I think every morning

I think every morning before I start to write is my lowest low, because it's scary. You think, what if I can't do it today? But then you just put your chin up and your shoulders back and dig in and discover you can still type, at least, if not write.
Lin Oliver

I tell my students

I tell my students: Tension= the raft is headed for the falls and the character's struggle to divert. Action=point of no return.
Kelly Barnhill