Since I’ve been on Twitter I’ve noticed people announce when their 1000th “tweet” is coming up. There’s a certain pressure to make it a good one, yet staying within the 140 character limit is always a challenge.
Tonight I hit my 1000th and have to admit it was chosen carefully, although only a few minutes before.
Since Andy’s been writing for his MFA program, I’ve picked up his regimen of freewriting, timed writing, and reading not for research sake but for craft’s sake. When I was in NOLA last November we went to the book sale at the Latter Library and I picked up Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings. As I’m in the throes of the dissertation, I thought this quote was well-suited for describing my personal narrative chapter:
The frame through which I viewed the world changed too, with time. Greater than scene, I came to see, is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.
If listening to fellow Katrina survivors and New Orleans college and university teachers last week at 4Cs taught me anything, it’s that more and more people need to hear our stories because of the fact that they are so varied. I know my writing out of passion and emotion is something I may have to defend to a scholarly audience, but it’s something I find quite necessary to my academic work, at least for now. I can’t let what I think people will critique hold me back from constructing the narrative thus far. So thank you, Eudora, for reminding me of basic human nature because, as you say later, I know “The strands are all there: to the memory nothing is ever really lost.”