Hey everyone! Happy Friday!!! Thanks for joining me in Banned Books Week! It’s been a blast, and I’ve loved spreading the word to my students. They’ve been surprised, inspired, and intrigued.
In other events…. I made a dang rookie mistake, and I’m beating myself over the head for it!! I always tell my students that whenever they have an idea for a paper, they MUST write it down! I explain that by the time they get home and go to work with the idea, the rest of the day has probably disturbed it, and the idea may dissolve. When I was working on my master’s thesis, I always captured my ideas in some way. Sticky notes, notebook by the bed, voice mails to myself. Whatever it took. Most of us get inspiration of the most random times – in the shower, in the car, while falling asleep. And we must hold onto those ideas by jotting something down as soon as possible…
So… the other week… at some point when I was away for my monthly trip for grad school, I had a big light-bulb moment for my book on Buffy and Angel. My examination has been focusing purely on the two television series and not on the comics. However, I had an epiphany about how the comics tied into my analysis and my lens and the importance of this expansion beyond the aired series… and now?? I don’t remember the epiphany. I remember that I had it. I remember it was on this area of the comics… and I thought it was so great and perfect and I was convinced I did NOT need to write it down. I remember thinking, “I’ll never forget this!!” But by the time I listened to all the lectures on Greek Myth, Alchemy, and African Traditions, it was gone… faded… buried somewhere in my unconscious… I’ve been trying to remember, but I feel like the more I try to access it, the further I get away from it. Damn. Surely it will return, right?? Hopefully….
But, let this serve as a reminder, writers! Don’t count on remembering your brilliant moments of insight! If you’re like me, life gets in the way, you have 15 billion thoughts a day, and if it’s not written down, it’s forgotten.