Cheer-Up Tuesday 13/09/2016: Everything is Flawed, and That’s Okay

Happy Tuesday!  This week, I thought I’d do something different: a pep talk.  A weird one, at that, but hopefully one that helps some of my fellow writerly people.

There’s nothing worse than those days when you look at your writing and think, Why did I bother?  This is terrible!  And then you look at talented people like Stephen King or J.K. Rowling.  People who’ve made a living–and more–from their writing.  Or maybe you just read one poem and think, Why can’t I do that?  It’s perfect.

Well, here’s the thing.  It isn’t perfect.  Harry Potter isn’t perfect, and neither is any one of Stephen King’s novels, or whatever beautiful poem you’re thinking of.  It’s not.


(These are writer owls.  They are shocked and excited by this revelation.)

The truth is, if you look far enough, you’ll find that literally every piece of beloved literature was shredded by someone.  I’ve read articles that ripped Harry Potter to pieces.  Doug Walker, the ‘Nostalgia Critic’, makes fun of Stephen King so much it’s become a running joke in his webseries.  Nothing that anyone has ever written appealed to every person who read it.

So what’s the point?  The point is, everything is flawed.  And that doesn’t matter.

Because, much as every piece of literature has avid haters, it also has adoring fans.  I’ve always found it oddly comforting to know that Harry Potter isn’t perfect, even if I can’t help thinking it is every time I pick up Prisoner of Azkaban.  Because if Harry Potter isn’t perfect, I don’t have to be.  Neither do you.  Neither does anyone.

Be good.  Write the best you possibly can.  But, as Salvadore Dali said, ‘Have no fear of perfection–you’ll never reach it.’

And that’s just fine.

Cheer-Up Tuesday 30/08/2016

It’s Tuesday, work is over, it’s been gloriously sunny down here, and it’s time for some cheerful news. 🙂

This children’s hospital was very excited to get a visit from the real-life Thor and Loki!

And I love this video of people on the beach helping a tiny hermit crab pick out a new shell.  I never knew hermit crabs could be so adorable!

Finally, as if one story with children and one story with animals wasn’t adorable enough, here’s a rot-your-teeth sweet story about children and animals: children practise reading to shy dogs at an animal shelter.

PHOTO: Ryan Huntebrinker, left, Norah Huntebrinker and Makenna Klepacki read holiday stories to a Humane Society of Missouri shelter dog during the Deck the Howls event for the Shelter Buddies Reading Program.

Cheer-Up Tuesday 16/08/2016

Oh my gosh, it’s Tuesday already, so time for more cheerfulness!

This article placing bets on who’s going to win 2016’s Great British Bake-Off had me cracking up all the way through.

I love this picture from ghost159357 on Reddit: the symbols for each sport in the Rio Olympics, with some … imaginative takes on what they represent.

(Bee twatting just about killed me.)

And, speaking of the Rio Olympics, this photo’s been flying round the Internet so hard I’ll be surprised if you haven’t seen it already!  Gymnasts Lee Eun-Ju of South Korea and Hong Un-Jong of North Korea smiling for a selfie despite their countries’ political differences.

I hope everyone had a lovely week, and if not, I hope Cheer-Up Tuesday has made you feel a little better about the state of the world! 🙂

Cheer Up Tuesday 09/08/2016

Say hello to another Cheer Up Tuesday, the day of the week where I share happy and positive things to remind me that everything isn’t awful.

First up, this picture from Literati Bookstore really made me chuckle:

Photo by Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Which one are you?  I like to think I’m The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but really I think I’m probably The Joy of LeavingYour Sh*t All Over the Place.

Next, this anti-alcoholism PSA from Thailand is as hilarious as it is bizarrely motivational.  I suddenly feel compelled to run out and furiously throw water over crops.

And one more video today (sorry, people with slow wifi!).  I defy you not to ‘aww’ at this dog being reunited with her puppies.

Cheer Up Tuesday 02/08/16

There seems to be a pervading attitude around the world, both in real life and across social media.  And that attitude is: 2016 goddamn sucks.

Between a barrage of terrorist attacks, political upheavals and news stories filled with war, doom and gloom, sometimes it feels like the best life plan is to stick on a pair of blinkers, grab a happy book, and try to ignore the world forever.  I mean, hell, there’s a reason why my last several recommends have been funny, easy reads like Hyperbole and a Half and Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops, with Furiously Happy coming next.  All I want to do is bury myself in joy and ignore the world.

But that’s silly, because good things are happening out there.  So I’m going to try and collect some happy news, and share it on my blog each Tuesday (or, let’s face it, the odd Tuesdays when I actually remember).

If nothing else, it’ll help to cheer me up.

So with no further ado, here is Cheer Up Tuesday!

Number 1:

A new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) is so effective, we think it could be an actual cure.  70% of the patients trialing the treatment have said it completely stopped the progress of the disease, which is painful and debilitating.  Some of them have said they’re finally able to walk, work, and even go freaking skiing again.

Number 2:

These 33 terrible first sentences are sure to make you giggle (and by terrible, I mean utterly ridiculous and wonderful).

‘Betty had eyes that said come here, lips that said kiss me, arms and torso that said hold me all night long, but the rest of her body said, “Fillet me, cover me in cornmeal, and fry me in peanut oil”; romance wasn’t easy for a mermaid.’

I think I’m going to make it a special goal in my life to try and get on this list.  Somehow.

Number 3:

United Talent Agency are holding an open week for manuscript submissions next week!  They’re encouraging new writers to send in their unsolicited work, with a guarantee they’ll read it and get back to you within two weeks.  Definitely something work grinning about (and also getting ready for–eep!).

Number 4:

Finally, on a sillier notw, this guy got to feed real-life deer strawberries in the cutest video ever.  It will melt your heart.

Early in the morning

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I’m not going wild today, but hopefully each Tuesday I can pull up some other happy things and bring a little ray of sunshine into the grimness! 🙂