Labels

This week I’m thinking about labels. I’m not a fan of labels. They say too much and too little at the same time, and they’re too easy to use imprecisely. Words and definitions matter to me. On the other hand, labels can be useful in that they symbolize a cluster of defining characteristics that have been […]

Discovering Character

Character: The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual; a person in a novel, play or movie. I’m fascinated with the places between. All the places between. Threshold places. Edge-of-chaos places. Here-there-be-dragons places off the edges of maps. It’s in the gaps, fissures, cracks and edges that I mine for the characters that inhabit […]

Making a List, Checking it Twice

It occurred to me this morning that, in general, I’m still confused about what I want. I’ve had a tumultuous history with my own wants. At some point, very early, as I was learning to be a people pleaser, I gave up wanting anything because I thought it was bad. What I understood was that […]