When I was a debater in high school and college, we’d have debates on social issues. An argument often used by many debaters is how futile it is to convince bigots and how we should target the moderates. Although I can see that winning the moderates is an easier battle, I wonder, was it right to truly give up on the bigots?
As I’ve told you guys, I’m Writing Fiction Again. So far, I’ve written one short story, but I don’t know if it’s ok already. So I’m going to follow the advice of Stephen King in his book On Writing. He says that after he writes one story, he begins on another piece. When he’s already in the middle of the second one or he’s finished, he’ll go back to the first story and edit it.
Spending time away from that story gives him clarity, so that when he goes back to it, he isn’t so attached to it anymore. In this way, there is a less tendency to be too critical or become too enamored with his creation.
Zac Efron is topless? Whoo-hoo! Naked all-male rugby team? Awesome and cool! Prince Harry’s Las Vegas tryst? You rascal you! But we love rebels. All-male stripers? Let’s make a movie out of it because those bodies are rockin’!
Ma and I have a couple of favorite restaurants that we always go back to, but the funny thing about our regular returns is we always order the same dish. Like we have one favorite dish per restaurant, and whenever we go back to that restaurant, we don’t try something new, we just get what we ordered before.
For example, in Teriyaki Boy, I always order the tuna tartare with extra rice. In Pancake House, I order the banana caramel waffle. In Burger King, I get the whopper jr. Yet we never get bored because we change it up by going from one restaurant to the other. But it is weird. I know.
Right now I am reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This book appealed to me because I am an introvert and am someone who has recovered from social anxiety disorder (which according to Quiet is a “chronic and disabling form of shyness”, ok, I self-diagnosed, but I’m so happy I finally found the proper term for what I went through). The book discusses how introverts are high-reactive people who get readily affected by stimuli. This means that we are prone to depression and shyness, but we can also be easily encouraged.