The best and worst writing advice I ever got was to never be satisfied.
Remain and remind
For some reason the topic of tattoos has come up a lot lately. I have none. Also don’t have any piercings, not even my ears. I have virgin ears. When asked why, my answer is quite simple: I have no idea what I would want to have marked on my body for the rest of my life. And it’s not because I think people with tattoos will regret their choice when they’re older. Let’s be honest. A faded, stretched out tattoo on wrinkled skin is probably not the only thing that doesn’t look so great any more when you’re 80.
If someone wants a tattoo, they should go get a tattoo. It does not have to be something deep, but if it is really meaningful to that person, then that is fine too. Unless we’re talking about U2 lyrics or portraits of family members. Those are always awful and should not happen.
But then I started wondering, if I ever do get a tattoo, would I want it to be meaningful, and if yes, then what would I like it to stand for?
I was thinking about the things that had happened to me in 2013. Tearing my ACL in March is probably the worst thing that happened this year and it has been really painful, physically as well as emotionally. Even though I was never particularly talented, basketball has always played an important role in my life. I probably won’t play basketball any more and I’m honestly afraid I’ll never find anything that can make me feel the same as getting out on the court, mind set on game time, and forgetting about everything else.
Then I realized this: I may not have tattoos and maybe I never will. I do as of recently have a big pirate-like scar on my knee, a rem(a)inder of doing what I love most, and I feel like that’s kind of the same thing. The scar is very meaningful and, not that I have much choice in this, it will stay with me for the rest of my life.
through the characters of your books
and the only thing that’s bold
is the font of the chapter