Aporia, a Greek adjective pronounced a-po-ree-a, is used to describe a feeling you get when you are at loss in a situation.
Again, I found this one in Christopher J. Moore’s fascinating book In Other Words: A Language Lover’s Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World. These days, I figure, the citizens are tired of it. I feel for them, I really do, and hope they do well to help boost morale. But who shall I root for on Friday when Greece heads into the quarter finals against none other than their EU-opposers – Germany. Yes, I am talking about Eurocup 2012, again! I tend to want the better team to win, but in this case I am unentschieden, (undecided – a tie in sports) which just might be what I could feel good about!
There is no equivalent for the word compromise, reaching an agreement with some give and take, in Arabic, but they do have taarradhin [tah-rah-deen], used to imply a win-win situation where no one has has to lose face.
The break Jeff Goins gave us at the weekend really was a break.
So I messed up. Means I’m an eager participant right! Got my coffee, got writer’s ‘mojo’ and Eurocup eurythmia – no wonder I tripped!
Back from the break we are asked not to procrastinate but to prepare: ship and tweak. Send work out into the world, let the critique wash over and tweak and revise. Then ship it out again!
I’m there, I send out work to my online crtique group, just started a face-to-face crit-group in town (by the way ladies, the lightning we witnessed at the close last week may have caused the High Park fire, now covering 20,000 acres with one confirmed missing (more later)), and I also send work to Rate Your Story, for a free manuscript rating.
And I’ve been lucky with the opportunity to have published authors read a few pieces and share their advice. Recently I made an exchange: a logo design for a manuscript read-through by author Natasha Wing: her ‘on-the-side’ business venture: bumcicles
Then I tweak, revise and throw it out into the world again. Goins is right – I should ship it out next time – it has a more respectful ring to it! And without a real ship the bottle of champagne is mine!
Jeff Goins has told us to take a break from the 15 Habits of Great Writer’s Challenge, a nap specifically, and today he posted a beautiful piece about the new joy he is finding in fatherhood.
But I did not take a nap. How could I? Germany was playing their first game in Eurocup 2012 against Portugal! To see it on a big screen I headed to Pappy’s, a local ports bar. There I met up with my fellow football fans, some still in elementary school but not to be underestimated: when Boateng walked off with an injury and I hoped (out loud) that Klose might be sent in, the youngest reminded me, “Klose is not a defender.” In spite of my ignorance the Germans won, 1-0! Much to the shame of my husband, I don’t really care who wins and certainly don’t enjoy watching one team cream another, but I am always interested in a good game, where both teams show fire in their bellies!
I also won today! A signed print from illustrator and former animation artist specializing in the children’s book market, Maria Bogade of Germany. She also worked on award-winning projects like ”The Gruffalo.” I chose this piece from her site‘s portfolio:
Ben’s Flying Flowers is her most recent collaboration with Inger Maier:
AND… today I received a prize I won while participating in Paula Yoo‘s NaPiBoWriWee Challenge.
I ‘ll be busy again tomorrow though…hoping for another good game: Spain vs. Italy, and Republic of Ireland vs. Croatia!
Welcome to Design of the Picture Book! I'm Carter Higgins, and I'm a writer and librarian for kids. I spent a spectacular stint as the Children's Book Editor at <a href="http://www.designmom.com/">Design Mom</a> which I loved! You can find my column <a href="http://www.designmom.com/category/childrens-lit/">here</a>.<br /> I'm a K-6 librarian, a former-ish graphic designer, an SCBWI member, and a huge fan of words and pictures.<br /> Represented by <a href="http://www.rpcontent.com/">Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC</a>.