Patterns in the Splatter (Hippocampus)

“Splash Water,” by George Hodan

“It turns out that experimentation, pushing limits and “cultivating failure,” is the only path toward better writing. Those sentences that make me cringe are the curving route toward story. If I lay nothing down, then I’ve only emptiness before me. For scientists and writers, progress means ‘falling forward.’ There isn’t any way to skip those clumsy, awkward steps. I have to take the chance, make the leap. Otherwise, I’m standing still.”

For the rest of my essay on hurling math books, physics ripple tanks, and stumbling forward as a mom and writer, please check out my latest piece in Hippocampus. Thank you!

5 thoughts on “Patterns in the Splatter (Hippocampus)

  1. Oooh, I liked this! As the only official humanist/social scientist in a family of scientists, I have sometimes been tempted to do the ‘them/us’ division, but my children have taught me that we all have this diversity of talents within us. We need to rejoice in them and explore them, give them time to breathe, instead of closing off options.

    • I fall into that trap all the time, separating knowledge into boxes. My children always mess up the boxes — thank goodness! I love what you write here about giving our talents space to breathe, not closing off options — thank you!

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