Before I start, I would like to apologise for he incomplete blog I posted yesterday. I was writing this at uni and accidently pressed post instead of save. I was meant to take it down and complete it as soon as I got home, however I fell ill and couldn’t do much for a few hours. This post will be complete, rest assured!
The title of this blog is a soundtrack from Doctor Who, The Angels Take Manhattan. The piece itself, Together or Not At All is one of my favourite pieces. I have only recently discovered it after a very long time. This soundtrack has inspired a few pieces of mine, I still get goose bumps every time I hear it.
Being an author sometimes means we have to work as part of a group, a part of a team. We all have to it, one day. We all need to take that leap and force ourselves to work with other people, perhaps people we may not like or know. It means we have to take others opinions and ideas into consideration. It is good for us to listen to other people and acknowledge their thoughts and feelings on a particular topic. It forces us to be considerate. Being a writer is a lonely profession, most of the time we are on our own. It is only when we are nearing the end of the writing process when we actually have to interact with people, with agents and editors and publishers.
Sometimes, working as part of a team is better for us, especially if we are struggling with something. We have people to help us and in turn, we can help those around us who may be struggling. We each have individual knowledge that some people may not have. For example in my post (find it here) where I spoke about how I had knowledge about audio description and no one else in the room did.
Not only do we have to work with people in a professional manner, we also have to do it in a social groups. For me, this is once again a struggle. I love seeing my friends and hanging out with them, but there’s only so much I can do. I prefer to be at home, where I feel safe and where I can do work for uni. I am in no way a recluse. I’m always out and about. Its just my ideas of a Saturday night are not the same as the rest of my peer group. There are many reasons why I don’t go and socialise very often and I won’t go into much detail about them for personal reasons. Now I have Yashka to take into consideration, I have to be a lot more reasonable with my plans. I have to forward think and plan everything well in advance. That’s just who I am, I’ve been like this or a very long time. So it has come to the point where people I know no longer ask me to go out, go to a pub or whatever. But I’m okay with that, I know what the consequences are every time I say no to an event. Perhaps, one day, there will come a day where I will go out and have a laugh and a joke and not feel uncomfortable. But I’m not ready yet.
Emily glanced at her phone,
At the umpteenth text that night.
She sighed heavily,
Her back muscles twinging as she moved.
She exchanged the paintbrush for her phone,
And hurriedly typed the passcode.
You still coming tonight?
She let the phone all from her grasp,
And clatter to the floor.
It’s important to have the right balance between being part of a group and being on your own. Each person has their own strategies and we have to respect that. Some people can’t work on their own and have to work with others, they need to be around people. And vice versa. You can’t force someone into doing something just because you want them to, even if you have the best intentions. But sometimes we do need a shove in the right direction, otherwise we would never get anywhere in life.
I’ll leave you with this quote.
"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
I would like to wish Alan Rickman, happy 71st birthday. Rest In Peace, My Potions Master.
Until the next time.